• Combined letter legislation

      Readers may be interested in knowing that a bill has been submitted to our legislature that would provide positive cash flow for New Mexico by closing a tax loophole that allows out-of-state and multi-unit companies to avoid paying their share of  New Mexico taxes.  The loophole would be closed by requiring ‘combined reporting’ when these corporations file their tax returns.
       This legislation, SB90, would also create a more nearly level playing field for New Mexico companies, and it would lower taxes from 7.9 percent to 7 percent for all corporations with more than a million dollars in revenue.  (Smaller corporations would continue to pay a 4.9 percent tax rate.)

  • A ‘bang’ in the universe

    Was the Big Bang an “alchemistic experiment” to create something “solid” out of the simplest assemblage of atoms, hydrogen gas? What have we learned about fusion? What is our physical ability compared to that needed to compress enough hydrogen molecules to contain all the matter of “our” universe into a small enough space and then allow enough time for it to stew and go supercritical? Quite a field experiment I’d say. A little bigger than Nevada or Siberia.
    I wonder what instruments are being used to monitor the results.

  • What to do with N.M. 502?

    Planning for the future of N.M. 502 or parts of it has been underway since before 2007 when  NMDOT and the county agreed on improvements to the Knecht to Airport Road section of N.M. 502 that would add an eastbound lane. As a result, $4M from the State and about $1.2M from the county are currently sketched into budgets for the project in 2014.
    In 2010, a $300K contract was awarded to MIG, Inc. and the “N.M. 502 Transportation Corridor Study” final report, delivered in June and finalized in September of 2011, put forward a $40M plan that would reduce Trinity from five to three lanes total (from four to two through-traffic lanes) and install nine (9) single-lane roundabouts.

  • More support for Zimmerman traffic option

    Dear Los Alamos County Council,

    I am writing as a member of the LA County Transportation Board, and in support of the so-called Zimmerman option for the improvement of N.M. 502 between Knecht St. and Airport Rd.  
    As a member of the T Board, I was not satisfied with any of the individual recommendations presented to us by the TAC.  
    Some did not do enough to improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection of Trinity and Central.  One had unnecessary roundabouts at Tewa and Airport, while others had severe over capacity and cost with 4 or 5 lanes through Eastern Area out to Airport Rd.

  • Hope for campaign financial reform

    To the Editor:
     For many years the League of Women Voters has supported legislation to bring about campaign finance reform.
     Two years ago, in a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision (ironically, called Citizens United), corporations were given the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money in our nation’s elections. Since then, more than $4 billion has been unleashed in campaign spending by corporations, drowning out the voices of everyday citizens in our democracy.
      The dismal impact has been felt across the board, including in the Republican presidential primaries.  Senator John McCain called the Citizens United decision the worst in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • All about Ashley Pond

    Dear Editor:
       The original pond would collect water in the wet months, and it could be useful, especially for livestock and wildlife, and if fortunate in the winter it would have enough ice to cut blocks from for the ice house.  In the early 20s, a pipe was built from Los Alamos Creek and a pump installed so that the pond could be kept deeper and prevented from turning into a mud pit in the dryer months.  The Los Alamos Ranch School was in a continual process of improving its property and the effectiveness of its operations.  The depression that we play on, and sit upon, and watch kids roll downward on represents the depth of the pond when water was pumped from the canyon.  

  • Bright future for Trinity Site?

    Fill the Trinity Site space with solar cells and sell the energy into the local grid.  Forgive the cliché, but we could “kill two birds with one stone.”
    Many consider human driven climate change and increasing consumerism to be among the greatest threats to our future. A solar trinity site would help reduce both threats and provide sustained revenue.
    Using the “Los Alamos National Laboratory/Los Alamos County Renewable Energy Feasibility Study” as a guide, six acres is required to produce one megawatt of solar energy. Google searches of existing US solar power plants average ten acres per megawatt.  

  • CB Fox supports Trinity Site

    CB FOX unequivocally supports the Trinity Project. We have since its conception and continue to do so.
    It’s been suggested that more competition via the arrival of new brand name retailers at the Project will harm CB FOX. We patently do not subscribe to that notion, but instead are certain that significantly increased retail choice will significantly increase retail traffic in Los Alamos.  
    And RE: the prediction that the internet will dominate and destroy, CB FOX has not in all the years the internet has gathered in increased sales nationally, CB FOX has not been hurt by it and in fact the opposite is true: we have grown at a better than 8% clip every year since 2007.

  • Trinity Site too much of a gamble

    Jorg Janssen’s letter of Jan. 22 reviews very well many of the problems that the proposed Trinity Sites faces, but an additional point seems to me to be worth making.  Retail stores in Los Alamos have to compete with the Internet, which is exceedingly convenient for anyone with a computer at hand (i.e., almost everyone).
     It is fast, cheap, offers a broad selection and is available at all hours.  Purchases can be readily returned.
     Late the other night I needed a book urgently and found it on Amazon.  In a few minutes I was very pleased to have it on my IPAD for under $5, a surprisingly low price, and without shipping cost or tax.

  • Time for Trinity to move forward

     I am in favor of adoption of the county ordinance to lease the Trinity property to North American Development Group so that the project can move forward.  I have served as a volunteer on the county’s Trinity Advisory Committee and have in-depth knowledge and perspective on the history, objectives, alternatives, and trade-offs inherent in the project  This is a complex project and it required answering many questions and addressing many issues.  The questions and issues I have seen raised in the recent public discussion are good ones.  I have seen none that were not fully considered by the work of the committee and county in making the recommendation to proceed.