Letter To The Editor: White Rock Visitor Center Says NO To Los Alamos

By E. ALAN WADLINGER
Los Alamos

It was brought to my attention by another White Rock resident, that the White Rock Visitor Center almost totally ignores the town of Los Alamos. 

As you walk into the visitor center, you will see a single display advertising that, in Los Alamos, you can buy chocolate and then work it off at the local YMCA (how exciting does it get!). Showing only one retailer implies that there is nothing else worthwhile to visit in our town. A visitor center’s main purpose should be to showcase the town and entice visitors to spend their money here by identifying the Los Alamos and White Rock attractions.

I suggest hanging a 4’ X 8’ trestle board having 8”X8” squares (total of 72 spaces) where the various Los  Alamos attractions can be advertised perhaps including: the Bradbury Science Museum, CB FOX, Metzger’s, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Village Arts, great restaurants, lodgings, Nature Center, Pajarito Ski Area, ice skating, Olympic swimming pool, great hiking trails, golf, Los Alamos Historical Museum, fraternal organizations, Los Alamos Fitness Center, Ulli’s Unique Clothing Store, repurpose stores, Smith’s Marketplace, tour organizations, Los Alamos Medical Center, doctors, dentists, Los Alamos National Laboratiry (centerpiece of the Manhattan Project National Park), recreational equipment, churches, and perhaps having a haircut in Oppenheimer’s favorite chair. 

Right now, the visitor center proudly proclaims that we have little to offer in this town.

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