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Today's Opinions

  • Trinity Site is innovative

     As a mom and teacher, I believe in helping younger generations thrive and grow. I support my students and help them find ways to contribute in a world that welcomes them.  
    Just the same, I hope that long-time Los Alamos residents want to support young families and give us the chance to share our talents and add amenities so we can fully live in Los Alamos.  
    Unfortunately, improvements that might make life better for families often do not get backing — the recent swimming pool vote is a perfect example.  
    If the new golf course building had come to a vote, would it have failed, too? I don’t know. But what I do know is that Los Alamos needs to be more visionary for all interests.

  • It’s good to hear someone listened

    Thank you Robert Gibson for speaking the truth about the Trinity Site, which has been screaming itself hoarse thinking no one was listening!

    JJ Maier
    Los Alamos

     

  • Let your voice be heard

    In the past week, reading both a cover story in the Los Alamos Monitor, and the Trinity INsite pamphlet I received in the mail, I am compelled to let my voice be heard and hope you will do the same.
    I want to acknowledge the work of the Trinity Site Revitalization Committee, some of whose citizen members have been active in the project for six years, and also the associated county staff.  They have volunteered with the objective of improving our community and I salute their efforts.

  • Time to stop debating and start building

    I have been reading letters to the editor and guest editorials about the wisdom of entering into an agreement with North American Development Group to develop the Trinity Site with Smith’s as the anchor tenant.  
    I served on the committee that extended an RFP for this project to more than 80 developers.  
    We chose the best five proposals on which to conduct due diligence and interview.  
    The committee was a diverse group of citizens who represented Los Alamos and White Rock with varied ages, family structures and backgrounds.  
    Our main objective was to maximize income for the Los Alamos Public Schools and select the best project presented to achieve this goal.  

  • Gary goes Libertarian

    Gary Johnson is moving. A few days ago, I told you where several of New Mexico’s former politicos are hanging out.
    I said former Gov. Gary Johnson usually could be found in the mountains of New Hampshire doing something adventurous plus a little politicking.
    Johnson felt like the victim in the famous movie “Catch 22.”
    He couldn’t get on the stage with other candidates for debates because his poll numbers were so low.
    And his poll numbers were low because the national GOP and its state affiliates omitted him from the ballots they prepared for news organizations to use in determining the candidates invited to speak.

  • Another special favor for the Spaceport

     It’s all go for Spaceport America. According to Christine Armstrong, executive director of the Spaceport Authority, 500 people already are signed up to fly into space with Virgin Galactic, at a ticket price of $200,000 apiece. A grand visitor center is scheduled to open in 2013.  
    Since the spaceport is several miles from I-25, two welcome centers will be constructed convenient to the highway, and shuttle buses will take visitors from those centers to the spaceport itself. After the current bond issues expire, the facility has a plan to be self-supporting.

  • Keep it civil - can the cutesy

    Without entering whether the currently planned Trinity Site development is desirable or not — it’s already been a lengthy and probably continuing slog — I do object to George Chandler’s divisions of opinions in his op- ed of Jan. 3.
    Classifying opinion holders as “nattering nabobs of negativity” as opposed to “positive visionaries” (does he consider himself one of those?) is about as useful a dividing  opinion holder as “fair representatives of the community” versus “the opinioned who think they know better.”
    That may be just as, if not, more accurate. But this kind of labeling just deepens a divide on a number of issues here.

  • Trinity Site repackaged

    Nattering nabobs of negativity against the patient visionaries? More likely weary realists against those who want to maintain the status quo packaged in a new wrapper.
    The Trinity Site Project is no longer even close to the concept that was originally pitched to us. The reality is that we will have spent a ridiculous amount of our collective money to have the same limited options as before.
    As an added bonus, we’ll probably have another vacant building to drive by on the way to our only choice.

    Mike Browne
    Los Alamos