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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • It never had a chance

    It’s disturbing the way key decisions of state import — decisions, which properly should be left to the states’ legislatures and governors — are more and more being made or re-made by federal judges.
    Only a couple of weeks ago, federal District Judge William P. Johnson issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of a 2009 law passed by the legislature and signed by then-Gov. Bill Richardson limiting election year contributions by individuals or certain organizations to political campaign committees.
    This is a state law that emerged by fits and starts after years of legislative struggle and compromises calculated to reign in the obscene sums of money it takes to run for public office today.

  • Different approach to Trinity

    As the negotiations for the Trinity Site between the County and the North American Development Group (NADG) approached the agreement stage, I began to get an uneasy feeling about this arrangement.  In 2005, when the initial concept for this development conjured up images of a unique gathering placed with multiple opportunities for retail and eclectic mix of restaurants, café’s, entertainment venues and a Canyon Rim Trail, I was all for it.  Since then, we have witnessed one of the worst economic periods since the depression and, quite frankly conditions have changed.  We are not living in the same economy as we were in 2005.  

  • Letters to the Editor: T-board meeting illegal

    On 1/12/2012, the Transportation Board (T Board) held a meeting from 5:30-8:30 to receive the final TAC report.  At the beginning of the meeting, the T Board chair announced that the meeting would end at 8:15 to give the board an opportunity to examine a rough design for NM502 sketched by Kyle Zimmerman.
    This item, clearly new business, was not on the agenda (attached).  The public input time was shortened, contrary to what was publicized in the paper, to provide time for this presentation.  Because there was a quorum of T Board members attending this  presentation, it became a “de facto” T Board meeting, not announced, and thus in violation of the Open Meetings Act.  As I was speaking to the T Board chair after the

  • GRT has chilling effect

    Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing tax-cuts to help the economy.  
    OK. That kind of depends on what kinds of cuts.
    I have a recommendation: Reform the GRT. Either:
    • Tax moneys earned from services as personal income;
    • Apply the GRT only to the profits reported on Federal Schedule C;
    • Give a $25,000/yr deduction on the GRT to self-employeds/sole proprietors, which would be considered personal income, and reported/taxed accordingly as per any individual income; or
    • Some combination of the above.
    The GRT is a business income tax, not a consumption tax.  

  • Trinity Site is nice for a park

    I agree with James Rickman (Strip mall unsustainable, ViewPoint, Jan. 18), however, in the 32 years I’ve lived here, I’ve come to realize that when the Los Alamos County Council and other county politicians get a grandiose idea in their craw it takes a major uprising to wake them up.
    I would like to see that uprising against the Trinity Site. I have to many questions and to many reasons why we shouldn’t spend our money on this harmful and unnecessary monument to our politicians.
    I think the Trinity Site would make a very nice park.

    RD Little
    Los Alamos

     

  • Double check incentive

    In the Jan. 20 story in the Los Alamos Monitor, it was finally revealed that one  of the Trinity Site options included a Walmart.
    However, the idea was discarded because Walmart wanted a “big incentive” to come into the community.
    Did anyone calculate what that incentive would be? Did anyone calculate the rise in gross receipts tax revenues that would be garnered from a Walmart as opposed to another Smith’s?
    Might the difference cover the “big incentive?”
    The people of Los Alamos already spend 70 percent of their money off the hill. Isn’t the idea behind  the Trinity Site to recapture some of that money?