• Congress must seize conservation opportunity

    An unfortunate, and little noticed, casualty of the present political gridlock in Washington, D.C. is the protection of our nation’s outdoor recreational resources. Budgets for the operation and maintenance of America’s iconic National Park system have been slashed in the interest of balancing the federal budget and parks are only part of this tragedy. With so many of us relying on public lands for our quality of life and our livelihoods, ill-considered cuts to conservation programs only make hard times worse for most Americans.

  • Looking for alternatives

    On April 24, more than 20 ordinances were introduced by council to amend the county charter to toughen existing petitioning requirements, add new requirements such as legal reviews and judicial determinations, as well as numerous other changes.  The ordinances also rewrite charter sections to eliminate ambiguities; however, this means that all of the ordinances need to be squeezed into four ballot questions.  Council will debate these ordinances on Wednesday .
    This is a major problem for citizens.

  • Remembering George Cowan

    In all the many obituaries that have appeared in the area and national press astonishing us with the remarkable life and activities of George Cowan, one important recognition he received has not been mentioned: in 2003 he was elected a Los Alamos Living Treasure.
    As he was ill at the time of the ceremony, he recorded a message which he sent with his wife Satch, and the tape was played at the event. Along with other graceful remarks, he spoke feelingly of the pleasure he felt at being  honored by his home town.
    He said that of the many he had been given over the years,  this award was one of the most meaningful to him.
    George Cowan’a remark summed up the essence of what Living Treasures is all about.

  • Taking aim at columnists

    It is unusual to find John Pawlak and Robert Gibson on the same page!
    No, not unusual in the Los Alamos Monitor, but both opposing government expenditures as wasteful.

  • Supporting Coss in House race

    I am a union pipefitter and work at the Los Alamos Lab. Many of us who work  here live in Santa Fe, Tesuque, or the Pojoaque area. This year, sadly, Speaker Ben Lujan cannot run for reelection. The best choice for his  replacement is Santa Fe Mayor David Coss.
    As Mayor of Santa Fe David raised  its minimum wage to the highest in the country – $10.29 per hour for all  workers. He stimulated job growth so that Santa Fe now has the lowest unemployment rate in New Mexico. He worked with my union to make sure that City projects can be built union and to give Santa Fe youth a chance to get  into union apprenticeship programs. David was always there at the legislature  lobbying for working families. Support Coss for state representative.

  • Reader questions police charges

    A concerned neighbor phones LAPD because a man appears “suicidal.” The man does not (at first) answer when five officers ring his bell.  He does answer a call from the police dispatcher, saying that he has no intention of hurting himself or others, but he does not want to meet the officers.
    They persist. The man goes to his garage and starts his car. An officer commands him to stop.  He warns them not to follow, and backs out a few yards, then pulls back into his garage.

  • Time to wish all a Happy Easter

    Dear Editor,
    It’s that time of year again when the hot and cold winds meet to create stormy forecasts. No, I’m not talking about the weather. I’m referring to religion and politics, the two topics best avoided in polite company.
    The two should be differentiated from faith and social problem solving. Good things often flow when these two topics come together. Not so with religion and politics. When they mix, facts get filleted and the truth gets traded for the token power of talking points and the labels of lies that send us scurrying to the security of our fortresses of fear.

  • More thoughts on roundabouts

    I  read tonight the letter from Peter C.  LeDelfe titled  “Roundabouts.” I don’t question his observations from Nairobi,  but do respectfully question his conclusions, at least broadly applied.
    I have driven extensively throughout Europe and Japan where traffic circles are quite common. I’ve found them to be a safe and efficient way to route  traffic, certainly much more efficient than stoplights or four-way stops.
    Our  own local traffic circle at Diamond and San Ildefonso moves traffic quite well, despite the occasional driver still flummoxed by the right-of-way  rules.

  • Roundabouts?

    I recently returned from a trip which included an early morning taxi ride from downtown Nairobi, Kenya to the airport, travelling the opposite direction of the majority traffic.
    As we sat in gridlock, the driver grumbled that traffic moved smoothly until they put in these (expletive deleted) roundabouts.  Sure enough, as soon as we got through the last of them, we were able to move along without impediment even though the number of cars on the road had not diminished.
     My take-away from this experience is that the folly of trying to use roundabouts inappropriately is a global problem.
    Peter C. LaDelfe
    Los Alamos

  • Questioning council's actions

    The vote on Article 409 and councilor Fran  Berting’s response to the council’s action should not be taken lightly by  residence of Los Alamos County. Councilor Berting’s response on limiting  citizen voting should be called into question as to how in touch she is with  those she represents.
    Stating that “when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of  how we do this, it becomes almost impossible.” That statement indicates she  has no interest in allowing the voters to decide the outcome of county  projects. It seems the majority of the council feels the same. Other  questionable council decisions call into question whether or not they have  the community’s best interest in mind.