By DALE HUGO LESCHNITZER
I had to read, with some humor, Stephanie Nakhleh’s letter
about her experience concerning a bicycle accident. I also wish to stress, I am not in any way stating that her experience is not valid. However, I think she makes a major leap to believe this applies across the community.
In 2012, while the Las Conchas Fire was still raging, my personal home caught on fire and burned badly. I was in Albuquerque at the time. My neighbors stood up, contacted the LAFD (who did a remarkable job), took my dogs in and kept them safe, and contacted me on my cell phone as to the emergency. I saw members of this community work in the hot sun filling and placing sandbags for our Santa Clara Pueblo neighbors.
In about 2010, at about 5 a.m., I witnessed a car overturn while navigating the curve on Highway 4. I stopped to call 911 and offer assistance to the driver. Two other vehicles who witnessed the crash also stopped and waited with me for responders to arrive.
Two weeks ago, I was driving to work and came upon a car versus bicycle collision that had just occured. Two other cars besides the vehicle in question had already stopped. I pulled over, offered first aid to the bicyclist, and waited with two other individuals for responders to arrive.
I have seen many, many examples of Los Alamos residents stepping up and forward to assist aid, either immediately or in the aftermath. Like Ms. Nakhleh, I cannot extrapolate my observations to be entirely inclusive to all of Los Alamos. Los Alamos has many great, caring dedicated people. 100 percent, no, of course not.
I sincerly hope that future events help convince Ms. Nakhleh to change her opinions. As for me, I am proud to be a member of this community and am constantly humbled by the generosity and caring I see around me.