Letters to the Editor

Letter To The Editor: I can’t breathe…

Santa Fe

Formerly of Los Alamos

I can’t breathe. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing combines shock, sadness and terror in my being.

She was an extraordinary gift to this world and gave her life to fight for and hold on to what’s right and fair.

The creature McConnell has massaged a compliant Republican Party into an authoritarian cult vs a political party working for the betterment of all people in a Democracy.

In 2016, McConnell said, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” well before the election, and 342 days before the 2017 inauguration.


Letter To The Editor: County Crew Made My Day!

Los Alamos

Recently, a construction project was started on Alabama Avenue. Los Alamos County crews have done their level best to notify the neighborhood of the project.

Trenching began with a large excavator, a broken sewer pipe discovered from the first fire in 2001 and the County came to repair.

The Vac Truck was deployed, and everyone was satisfied. Alas my sewer was plugged from the effort of clearing the broken and defunct sewer line.

I nearly had an overflow of sewage in my downstairs bedroom. Holy moly that could have been bad.  Thankfully, I was home and noticed the impending


Letter To The Editor: Someone Not Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos

Los Alamos

Hi Neighbor! Why, it’s a male cyclist!

I am proud to live in Los Alamos where my patients and neighbors are so kind and open minded. Well, at least all but one of them.

Yes, I do know who he is and where he lives and see him frequently riding his bike on our street.

This morning he greeted my wife by extending his long finger as he rode by our house. But this was only after he spit on my wife’s yard sign advocating a vote for Mark Ronchetti for the United States Senate.

I am deeply disappointed in his behavior. I hope that someday he will learn to treat others with more kindness


Letter To The Editor: In Praise Of Representative Christine Chandler’s Stance On Trapping

Los Alamos

I can’t help but think that as the weather cools, trapping season is just around the corner starting on Nov.1 and lasting all the way through Mar. 15.

It is still legal in New Mexico for trappers to hide these cruel devices on public lands where everyone recreates in order to profit from the sale of fur from the public’s wildlife.

Animals like foxes, bobcats, and coyotes will all be suffering in the months to come as they languish with a limb crushed in a leg-hold trap and await their death when the trapper returns. 

I am so grateful to Representative Christine Chandler for sponsoring


Letter To The Editor: Report Dead Birds To Inaturalist

Los Alamos

I have spent a lot of time the last few months out in the garden and have noticed birds acting odd. Some just land on me.

My daughters mentioned the other day seeing large numbers of dead birds on their walks.

Over the last couple of days, articles have appeared about a mass die-off of birds in the American Southwest in the New Mexican and Guardian.

Please report unusual bird behavior in your backyard or neighborhood on inaturalist. State officials are hoping to figure out what’s going on and they need your help.


Letter To The Editor: Support Rodney Roberson For Council

Los Alamos County Councilor

I support Rodney Roberson of White Rock for Los Alamos County Councilor.

Rodney brings unique experience. He is a veteran of 20 years in the US Marine Corps, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer. As a fellow veteran, I know military service teaches how to build effective problem-solving teams with people of all backgrounds and opinions. Service members often live in towns where a federal installation, like our national lab, is a major part of the local economy. This background will be valuable for Rodney to help the Council resolve our Lab-community


Letter To The Editor: In Need Of Another Amendment

Los Alamos

Sept. 17, 2020, two hundred and thirty-three years after the adoption of the United States’ Constitution, Americans will observe Constitution and Citizenship Day.

During those 233 years we have had twenty-seven amendments to our Constitution. As a representative democracy we are in need of another. We need an amendment which will reduce the influence of money in our elections.

This ‘election season’ the influence of political spending continues to be very pronounced. Sources of dark money cannot be traced. Political action committees, whether receiving


Letter To The Editor: Rep. Christine Chandler Demonstrates Total Commitment To Serve Her Constituents In House Dist. 43

Los Alamos

Christine Chandler has demonstrated her total commitment to serving her constituents throughout the large and widely diverse House District 43.

Christine has devoted her time and endless energy to developing relationships in her district and in the Round House.

Her background and experience are evident in the way she carries out the duties of a state representative.

I truly believe there is no other candidate that can match her skill navigating the wide range of difficult and challenging issues that New Mexicans face every day.

I support Christine Chandler for District


Letter To The Editor: Daily Data Much Appreciated

Los Alamos

Many people in Los Alamos appreciate the value of data – its collection, presentation, and analysis – in helping understand causal relationships, and how things work in general.

In the last six months, this collection and presentation of data has been in the forefront of many peoples’ minds, helping to clarify and understand the origins, nature, spread, and short- and long-term effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the concomitant coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

In the early weeks and months, as the nature of the spread and the effects of the disease were inadequately


Letter To The Editor: Why Rodney For County Council?

Los Alamos

The most fascinating political question I’ve ever asked a fellow voter is this, “Do you vote for the party or the candidate?”

At parades, festivals, candidate townhalls, concerts, intimate dinners, kids’ sporting events, and all the other gatherings that we used to take for granted, I would ask this question. 

Invariably, it would open up a political discussion, usually prefaced with my fellow voter’s independent decision-making capacity. “Why yes! I vote for the candidate based on their positions and character, etc. I don’t blindly vote for every single