• Letters to the Editor 8-30-19

    Motorcycle ride to benefit Wyatt Taylor

    Dear Editor,

    The Jemez Riders, are organizing a benefit motorcycle ride Sept. 14.

    The event is to raise money for Wyatt Taylor and a small Jemez Springs church. 

    Wyatt, a junior wildland firefighter from Jemez Springs, was injured in December of 2017 in a terrible ATV accident. He has many years of re-constructive surgeries ahead of him. Wyatt cares so much about the Jemez Mountains and the folks in our community, we thought it would be a nice gesture to show him how we care about him.

    Please plan on joining us Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the Knights of Columbus (401 Trinity Drive) parking lot. We will begin the ride at 11 a.m., cruising down the Main Hill Road, through White Rock and Bandelier and on to the Madonna Hall in Jemez Springs. Teams of chili cook-off contestants will be waiting for the riders, and anyone else brave enough to come up and taste their amazing recipes. 

    Some will be flaming hot, others will only be…hot. About 40 area businesses have donated prizes for a raffle that will begin at 2 p.m., with the grand prize a 1999 Triumph Tiger motorcycle drawn at 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, the Vanlandinghams will be playing live from noon-2 p.m.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-25-19

    Unable to understand those who cannot appreciate need for guns

    Dear Editor,

    I understand that some of my Democrat friends cannot appreciate what self-defense means but I will tell the tale anyway. Firearms are essential in a civil, safe society.  Guns are only as safe as the person behind them.

    My tale is that of a family in a small western New Mexico town where a family of two little boys, a mother and a father lived in an ordinary home.

    The father was a locomotive fireman and this job required him to be out of town on the other end of a run for a day or two on a regular basis. He was concerned for the safety of his family and bought a .38 caliber pistol for his wife. She was a small woman, who had been a Fred Harvey Girl at the Alvarado in Albuquerque where the two had met. They lived in Gallup where he was based.  The town had some rough areas so the gun was warranted. The little housewife slept with the gun under her pillow.

    One night, when the father was at the other end of the railroad line, there was a horrendous banging on the front door waking the family.  The little housewife took the gun from under the pillow and went to answer the door trailed by her 9-year-old. She kept trying to get her son to go back to bed.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-21-19

    Vaping is most pervasive threat to children’s health, safety

    Dear Editor,

    Kudos to you for publishing the op-ed by Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. Quoting Dr. Sabet, “…vaping is rapidly becoming the latest public health crisis – delivering harmful, addictive substances to kids, some as young as middle school, undetected.”

    He further stated that “A 2017 study out of California found 11th- and 12th-graders who had used e-cigarettes had twice the risk of ongoing cough, congestion, wheezing or developing bronchitis. This means health problems now and continued consequences down the road.”  He added, “In Anchorage, Alaska, school suspensions for marijuana use and possession increased more than 141% from 2015 (when legalization was implemented) to 2017. Tragically, Colorado toxicology reports show the percentage of adolescent suicide victims testing positive for marijuana continues to increase.”

    Until our lawmakers make a change, parents and educators need to be educated about the dangers of adolescent marijuana use and the signs of vaping. They may find children in possession of vaping paraphernalia, like pen-shaped devices that look like flash drives.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-21-19

    Wise decision to toss Save As You Throw plan

    Dear Editor,
    The Los Alamos Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) has wisely decided to postpone plans to adopt a so-called “Save

    As You Throw” plan for completely revamping trash and recycling collection in Los Alamos. This is a good thing and it is probably best if this concept is simply abandoned entirely.

    For starters, it seems like the idea is designed to address a problem that doesn’t exist. If the desire is to reduce trash output the best approach is probably an educational campaign, not a draconian fee increase and a complete change to trash collection. And, while we all want more recycling, China’s limits on purchases of American recyclables have thrown the market into chaos. It would seem that big new changes to solid waste policy should not be considered until the market for recycled products finds its footing.

    One product that is not only consistently viable in today’s marketplace is aluminum cans. Find out for yourself by finding aluminum metal recyclers in your area if you want to pick up a little spare change for your soda and beer cans.

    This might be a better approach rather than imposing onerous new regulations that won’t actually do anything for the environment.

  • Letters to the Editor 7-31-19

    False accusations of racism should be condemned

    Dear Editor,

    In an article penned by Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz (LA Daily Post, July 18), he talked about bubbling test tubes and Galileo, then leaped to declare, with no facts to support his accusation, that our president is racist.

    According to Merriam Webster, racism is defined as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” 

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), also known as AOC, accused Nancy Pelosi of being a racist. AOC is another accuser who offers no supporting facts. 

    President Trump even came to Pelosi’s defense, stating that the Speaker of the House is not a racist. Biden also has been attacked by those in his own party for working with segregationists.

  • Letters to the Editor 7-24-19

    White Rock needs a thrift shop

    Dear Editor,

    White Rock is in dire need of a thrift shop. It might be to the county’s benefit to do something. The Los Alamos thrift shops receive much more than we can use. We end up being more of a sorting center than a thrift shop. We are overwhelmed!

    A county committee could look into inviting a commercial thrift shop such as Habitat for Humanity, Savers, Salvation Army, Good Will, or similar companies. Savors, located in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, receives a lot from us through Clothing Helping Kids and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

    Habitat for Humanity receives a fair amount from us and has shops in Espanola, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. These stores would be open six or seven days a week and would need to charge higher prices but they would be handier for the customers. Their overhead would need to include hiring sorters and clerks, maintenance, rent, etc. Our shops would be open one or two days a week with cheaper prices. Our shops are run by volunteers.

  • Letters to the Editor 7-21-19

    Offering an Olive Branch to the Polaris Charter School Governing Board

    Dear Polaris Charter School and Governing Board,

    Congratulations on working together to complete your 338-page application. It is clear that you have worked very hard on what may seem like a dissertation without the associated degree. Your grassroots work is to be commended. In reading the proposed Polaris plan, I can see many good ideas and educational approaches. I resonate with the idea of using formative assessments to develop a growth mindset for student learning.  

    This letter is to send an open invitation to meet and work together. After all, Los Alamos is a small town and we want what is best for every child in our community. Whether the Charter is approved or not, it would be great to open a line of communication, share approaches, and maximize the very limited education resources available in our community. We may even want to hold a community meeting to seek additional input from students and parents. 

  • Letters to the Editor 7-12-19

    Watch out for that foxtail, Snoopy!

    Dear Editor,

    My name is Gwen, I am 11, and I love dogs. Around town I have been noticing a lot of foxtail grass. This time of year it turns golden and has sharp seeds. 

    If dogs get into it, it could become extremely dangerous to them because it can get under their skin and doesn’t break down causing an infection.

    If left for too long the sharp seed will move deeper and require the help of a vet for removal. Dogs with curly, long ,or thick fur are more likely to get seeds in their coats. If you see any in your dogs fur, than simply brush it out. It is best to avoid grassy, open areas, and if you find foxtail in your yard, the best thing to do is to pull it up with a pair of gloves. I hope that this letter will be useful to people who don’t know how harmful this plant is and that it will help their dogs stay safe.


    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor

    More water filling stations needed at parks, summer concerts


    Dear Editor,

    Hi Parks people. I’ve been working at the summer concert Zero Waste stations for several weeks now, and we’ve had a lot of people asking for water, and especially water bottle filling stations. 

    I think these would be a great addition to our community! So many people carry their own bottles these days, yet there are few places to fill them up. Let’s keep our residents and visitors happy and hydrated!

    Thanks for considering.

    Sue Barns

    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 6-30-19

    Concerned about changes to Trinity Drive

    Dear Editor,

    I was dismayed recently to hear that the county is proposing a narrowing or “redesign” of Trinity Drive. The proposed changes, as I understand it, would reduce Trinity to one lane in each direction with a center turning lane /median with concrete cutouts similar to Central. 

    I am gravely concerned about the safety and practicality of this plan, especially as we already face a growing LANL population causing ever-longer traffic backups going off the hill during commuting hours. Since Pajarito Road was closed to the public many years ago, an increasing pressure on traffic leading off the front hill road and down the truck route has routinely made my commute to White Rock from the hospital take 40+ minutes during peak traffic hours.

    Narrowing Trinity would further add to the commute backup and congestion. This makes no sense from the standpoint of a growing workforce at LANL. From a safety perspective, how will emergency vehicles have right of way with this new design?