• Letters to the Editor 6-30-19

    Smith’s near Monopoly in Los Alamos

    Dear Editor,

    I have lived in Los Alamos since 1980. I have appreciated having a well-stocked supermarket in town. Before Smith’s bought out Safeway, we did have Ed’s Supermarket and some C-stores for some alternative.

    When Smith’s arrived, especially after moving into Smith’s Marketplace and opening their gas station, things changed.

    Ed’s went out of business. The gas station had low prices and drove most other stations out of business. We do have the Co-op but they tend to be pricier and without the selection that Smith’s has. I did notice that when they moved into the Marketplace that their selection of groceries was reduced.

    Lately, I have noticed changes.

    The gas station has raised its prices to the extent that it pays to buy gas off the hill when possible.

    They have announced that they will no longer accept Visa cards so they can keep prices low. Prices seem to have gone up. I suspect it was to they could continue to pay their corporate managers salaries of 10’s of millions. It takes longer to checkout using a bank card.

    They are having increased problems keeping their shelves stocked recently.

  • Letters to the Editor 6-21-19

    Headline does not reflect state of oil, gas industry 

    in New Mexico


    Dear Editor,

    While I appreciate Tris DeRoma covering my recent presentation on New Mexico’s economy in Los Alamos, I believe the headline of the recent story does not fairly reflect what is happening in our State with regard to the oil and gas boom.

     The oil and gas industry is indeed booming and there should be no doubt that this newfound revenue is a good thing for our State. Unfortunately, rather than using those dollars to provide tax reform or relief to average New Mexicans, our State’s political leadership massively increased spending and has embarked on a number of special interest-driven “economic development” schemes, most notably a massive expansion of film subsidies.

    The newfound oil and gas wealth is, in other words, not to blame. Rather, it is the political leadership of New Mexico who seem inclined to squander that wealth rather than using that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to free New Mexico’s economy from onerous taxes like the gross receipts tax.

    Paul Gessing

  • Letters to the Editor 6-19-19

    Happy to not be an LANB customer

    Dear Editor

    We arrived in Los Alamos in 1967. After checking in at the lab and receiving a quad assignment, we went to LANB and opened a bank account. When they did their big computer upgrade, it was done for people who are computer literate and have smart phones. Those of us who are technophobes and have dumb phones had to stand in line time and time again to try to fix the problems we were having. I found out that the account I thought was a joint account was not. The first person listed on the account was the only one who could make major changes on the account like closing it.

    I finally switched to Del Norte. Not only was I able to navigate their web site, I was able to sign in with one password to see my checking, saving, all my CDs and my two Visa cards. I get separate statements for the credit cards, but everything else is on the front and back of one sheet of paper. The interest on the CDs is posted every month, so it is cumulative.

    When our account at LANB was closed, we received 12 statements, all multiple pages. There was a separate statement for checking, savings and each CD.

    Reading Tris DeRoma’s article on LANB’s transition made me so glad I switched to De. Norte when I did. I can just sit back and smile.

    Camille Morrison
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 6-12-19

    Concerts should return to aprivate, local organization

    Dear Editor,

    As I drove by Ashley Pond on Friday night, May 31, my thoughts mirrored your comments when I saw the traffic and crowds and crowds of people, all standing at what used to be called  “Gordon’s Concert.”  

    I have seen lots of changes in Los Alamos since moving here in 1967 and when Russ Gordon started his concerts, first inside his store and then expanding into the parking lot, it was a wonderful gift to this community.  As you noted, people of all ages gathered, brought lawn chairs and watched the kids dance to the music.  It was a fun evening for all. That Friday night concert on May 31 had a totally different feel to it.

    I agree with you that the county should work with local and longtime business owners and return the event to a private, local organization. Another venue, perhaps Overlook Park as you suggest, would be more suitable for big, loud concerts. Thank you for sharing your views.

    Jackie MacFarlane
    Los Alamos

    Stalin not far behind Hitler

    Dear Editor,

    This is a response to Mr. T. Douglas Reilly’s recent editorial, when he reminded us of the USSR’s sacrifices during WWII.

  • Energy Bill column conflates two issues

    Dear Editor,

    Sunday’s column on the New Mexico energy bill by Victoria Gonzales conflates two issues which are not in major conflict with each other. Yes, New Mexico is a major producer of carbon-based energy products. However, it is not a major consumer of those products. Therefore, if our state moves more of its energy consumption to renewable sources of energy, the primary effect is to free more of our products for export and to produce more income here. 

    This may not be what those concerned with climate change had in mind for the energy bill, but it certainly does not have the negative effect on citizens here that Gonzales claims. 

    Terry Goldman

    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 5-29-19

    Who advocates for resident poor, labor?

    Dear Editor,

    Columnist Tom Wright (Los Alamos Monitor, May 22) alludes to the elephant in the room, apparently — if you believe Wall Street-owned media — “more jobs available than applicants” or despite 82% immigration-driven population growth of a staggering 28 million to 30 million a decade for decades, still not enough workers. 

    Democrats and others who once cared about resident laborers ignore stagnating wages, loss of benefits and low or stagnating entry-level wages that indicate a basically flooded labor market — one that Wall Street and the 1% would love to see continue.

    Might it be that we are being suckered into the highest rate of immigration in our history not because there are de facto labor shortages, but because workers can’t or won’t work for the wages offered? And what of the low end of the labor market, simultaneously hit by technology, by outsourcing and globalization and the flood of literally millions of mostly unskilled, semi-literate immigrant workers?

  • Letters to the Editor 5-22-19

    Let’s protect our greatest minds with organic foods
    Dear Editor,

    Due to the unique structure of our town as a base for the greatest intellectual accomplishments of our nation we must ensure fast food establishments provide fresh and organic foods. In the days of Oppenheimer processed foods with toxic chemicals had not yet affected his and other scientists mental clarity. Our Local (Joyce Eyster) cooked for the Oppenheimer family and other scientists, and she relates; I made everything from “scratch.”  Do toxic food chemicals affect our health?

    Let us protect the greatest minds in the nation. We need restaurants that feed the brains of the locals and visiting students, and assurance of quality ingredients by restaurant owners, due to the need of the community to be at optimum brain power. Look at the beauty of our pond, let’s landscape food quality into the city structure. 

  • Letters to the Editor 4-26-19

    It’s a fine line between billing and harassment

    Dear Editor,

    When does the work of a billing agency become harassment?  What obligation—particularly when Medicare recipients are involved—does a clinic that has subcontracted to a billing company have to ensure that company is correctly billing insurance or Medicare and is behaving properly? 

    Last February, I went to Trinity Urgent Care, a clinic I’ve found caring, involved and with great doctors. I gave them all my correct Medicare information.  Yet, shortly, I received a bill for the entire balance, and no evidence of any attempt by the billing subcontractor to bill my Medicare Advantage Plan.

    I called the billing company. They said they’d rectify the problem. Yet, the bills kept coming, increasingly shrill in demanding payment. I wrote repeated letters—copied and to Trinity Urgent Care—stating (the term “cold day in hell” was eventually used), I’d not pay something never billed to Medicare. Yet, soon, threats of collection. 

    In a visit to Trinity’s office about the problem, a gal at the front desk shrugged and said, “We don’t do the billing.” So, they have no responsibility for someone acting in their name?

  • Letters to the Editor 4-12-19

    Attacks are a front for lack of ideas

    Dear Editor,
    Mr. Wright begins with the false comparison of the Hoover administrations break-up of the Bonus Army protest camp with force to FDR’s New Deal policy toward Veterans pension reductions. The bonus certificates that were to be issued to WWI veterans were not part of a Veteran pension and FDR met his own Veteran Bonus Army marchers with equanimity, not tear gas and broken skulls.
    This turns into an attack on the supposed dystopian narratives of progressives when the current false dystopian narrative king is President Trump who regaled us with his “American Carnage” apparently caused by illegal immigration, MS-13, and Democrats. This is all leading up to the focus of his attack which is the idea of Universal Basic Income.

  • Letters to the Editor 3-17-19

    Shopping, retail frustration continues Los Alamos, White Rock 

    Dear Editor,

    After April 1, I will be shopping at the Co-op, because they are willing to absorb the new charges Visa is charging, which Smith’s refuses to do.

    I am 76 and no longer drive, so I will be taking the bus or the senior van, which takes me door-to-door for $3.50 each way. I will be shopping at every store that accepts Visa because I can decide when the bill will be charged.

    I have been here 51 years and Metzger’s and CB Fox are the only stores that are still here. They are still family-owned businesses. I tell people if they don’t have something at CB Fox or Metzger’s, I don’t need it. I don’t shop on the

    Internet. I have never been in Smith’s Marketplace, Supercuts or Domino’s. I don’t have a problem with McDonald’s building a new place because they have been here for us for years.