• Avid hiker can’t give enough praise

    I love Los Alamos! I love the mountains that surround us; folding us in their majestic embrace.
    I love the fresh mountain air and the fluffy white clouds that daily dance across the blue, blue sky.
    I love Central Avenue with the flower pots, groups of people enjoying the company of friends along with a cup of coffee at Starbucks, the colorful trolley stopping to pick up passengers and the chance encounter with an old friend.
    My walker and I stroll east down the way, dropping in here and there to check out what’s for sale or what’s not.

  • School library remarks deemed achingly obvious

    The recent remarks of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about school libraries reflects his belief that school libraries are important.
    “We recognize the dire straits of tough economic times and the stress the states are under,” he said. “We don’t want people to take a step backwards and there are all kinds of documented studies that show where you have healthy and strong and vibrant libraries with librarians staffing them students do better, they read better, their test scores go up.”

  • Kaleidoscope comments

    Kaleidoscope is my TV guide and I do read other the articles: “An Inside Look at Nuclear Weapons” was really interesting (we do live in Los  Alamos). I also appreciate your list of books on the “Best Sellers” list each week as well as many of the other articles. I hope you will keep Kaleidoscope coming on Thursdays.

    Carole Travis
    White Rock

    Thank you for asking before changing another aspect of the Monitor.  The service of providing a weekly TV listing is very helpful.

  • Los Alamos hosts a vibrant community of music groups

    Your August 26th issue of Kaleidoscope featured a nice article about the Los Alamos Piano Quartet’s upcoming Brown Bag Concert.  
    However, the headline on the Kaleidoscope cover incorrectly identified the presenter of this concert as the Los Alamos Concert Association.  
    The presenter is actually the Los Alamos Arts Council as noted correctly in the article.
     This community is fortunate to have a host of musical ensembles and presenters providing a rich assortment of local entertainment and performing opportunities.  

  • Bandelier visitor center reopening unveils new facility

    For anyone in town who hasn’t heard yet, there’s been a big project going on at Bandelier, and it just finished up.
    After the visitor center being closed for almost a year for updating, it’s open now, just waiting for our neighbors in town to come and see.  
    The new movie is beautiful, high def, in a totally new theater with a huge screen and great sound.  
    The bookstore has a comfortable new space, no longer crowded into the lobby.  

  • Letter to the Editor: Fire department’s honors should spark better pay, benefits

    After reading the recent article in the Monitor regarding the Los Alamos Fire Department receiving another accreditation,  I am embarrassed and ashamed of the Los Alamos County Council members, with the exception of Vincent Chiravalle, who at least recommended further review.  
    Remaining council members, you certainly are not representing me in your vote not to support the recommendations on the fact-finders report in consideration of fair wage compensation.  

  • The good and bad of Los Alamos

    Dear Editor,

    Today I got a good look at what is right and what is wrong with Los Alamos. After delaying for months, I got up this morning determined to have my prescribed blood work done.

  • Better explanations needed

    Dear Editor,

    John McCain and Sarah Palin offer one another some mutual support as well as some inconsistencies.

    McCain is reaching out to the far right of the Republican Party. His pick of Sarah Palin helps him reach some conservative Evangelical Christians who are nervous about the McCain candidacy.

    McCain has talked about continuing the Iraq war for 100 years if necessary. Palin has called the Iraq war “God’s task,” so that could mean staying in Iraq for eternity.

  • Change for what?

    Dear Editor,

    To all my friends, liberal or conservative. F.Y.I.

    George Bush has been in office for 7 years. The first six the economy was fine. A little over one year ago:

    1) Consumer confidence stood at a 21/2 year high

    2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon,

    3) The unemployment rate was 4.5 percent.

    4) The Dow Jones hit a record high 14,000+

  • Some voting tips

    Dear Editor,

    The League of Women Voters has been receiving phone calls asking questions about voting. Here are a few answers, with help from Gloria Maestas in the County Clerk’s office:

    • When sending an absentee ballot, be sure to sign the outer envelope. You are permitted to fold the ballot in thirds (like a business letter) before putting it in the mailing envelope.

    • Absentee ballots require $1 postage.