So, Los Alamos National Laboratory director Thom Mason admits (“Mason: Nuclear work still core LANL mission,” April 30) that the primary mission of LANL is the designing and building of nuclear weapons. He goes on to say LANL’s other projects, presumably those that benefit humankind, would not be doable without the technological miracles like supercomputers associated with weapons.

Wouldn’t it be a more efficient use of resources to work directly on projects benefiting humankind and allow the spinoffs of such work to be applied to weapons of mass destruction?

John McClure

Santa Fe

Keep on cleaning

Much to my surprise, I recently found out a popular grocery store is no longer sanitizing shopping carts. Rather than go into mere opinion as to whether that move makes sense, I would think that a retail grocery store that prides itself on a slant toward the healthy choices would be more concerned about the community citizens who keep them rolling at the top of the sales heap.

On its website under the heading of COVID-19 update, the company touts the many things it is doing to keep us all safe, explaining they “try to do what is right.” Lo and behold, as I was exiting, I noticed shopping carts being cleaned at another store. I believe in what I see, not what I hear. At that moment, my future shopping decisions were made.

John Trentacosta

Santa Fe

Supporting Taiwan

The coronavirus pandemic has again reminded people disease knows no borders. International cooperation, along with a united fight against COVID-19, is the only path to epidemic prevention and control. The Taiwan model for COVID-19 epidemic prevention has gained high recognition globally, allowing Taiwan’s proactive assistance to other countries.

Locally, a donation of 130,000 surgical masks was provided to the University of New Mexico Hospital by the Taiwanese private sector. That’s in addition to the Taiwan government’s donation of 60,000 surgical masks and 5,000 N95 masks to the state of New Mexico.

In fact, New Mexico is one of the leading forces supporting the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. Thus, Taiwan calls on its international friends, such as the people of New Mexico, to direct attention to Taiwan’s exclusion and to staunchly support Taiwan’s participation in the global health network and its further contributions in the post-pandemic era.

Louis M. Huang

director general

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

Los Angeles

Without defense

This is in response to the article (“Former St. Michael’s students say staff abused them,” April 20). I attended the old St. Michael’s High School from 1945-57. Brother Abdon and Brother Andrew taught me in high school.

I lived right around the corner from the school. I spent many hours there after school. St. Michael’s was also a boarding school, so there were many boarders there all the time. Everyone knew that the Christian Brothers were strict and would apply strong discipline. I have always considered the Christian Brothers my father figures, as my father died before I started school. I am grateful to them for giving me my Catholic foundation.

If only we had them now, our city and state would be a better place. Both of these accused men lived long lives at the retirement home on campus. It is sad the men making the charges waited until after the brothers were dead to accuse them. They cannot defend themselves. I know many Santa Fe men they taught would stand up for their goodness and decency.

Gilbert Pino

Santa Fe

Lock in temperatures

Want to save 50 percent on heating/cooling? Anyone living in public housing or working for the governments should have locked thermostats set to 70 degrees for winter and 74 degrees for summer.

A friend who works for the government says she wears her winter clothes in the summer and her summer clothes in the winter.

Henry Griswold

Santa Fe

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Michael Grimler

Mr. McClure,

Wouldn’t it be a more efficient use of resources to work directly on projects benefiting humankind and allow the spinoffs of such work to be applied to weapons of mass destruction?"

Those "weapons of mass destruction" have kept Americans safe for more than 75 years.

You're welcome.

Khal Spencer

WW I: 40 million total casualties. WW II: 70-85 million total. Both numbers (Wikipedia & other sources)) include civilian deaths. About as many Japanese were killed in the Battle of Okinawa alone, using conventional weapons (Smithsonian source), than at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined (Atomic Archive source).

Haven't had a world war start in 82 years. I wonder if there is any connection between nukes and that fact. Perhaps major powers war has just gotten too deadly to the victor? I would call that a humanitarian mission.

But others may disagree. Have a nice day.

Khal Spencer

Correction: About as many Japanese were killed in the Battle of Okinawa alone, using conventional weapons (Smithsonian source), than total casualties (killed and wounded) at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined (Atomic Archive source https://www.atomicarchive.com/resources/documents/med/med_chp10.html )

Michael Grimler

Mr. Trentacosta,

"...Much to my surprise, I recently found out a popular grocery store is no longer sanitizing shopping carts."

I suggest that you not expect or depend on external actions to keep you safe from hazards, no matter the origin.

I suggest wearing gloves and/or bringing your own disinfectant product to public places in case the establishment isn't engaging in sanitization practices to your satisfaction.

Of course, you have the freedom to choose which retailer gets your business...but, to summarily dismiss them as a possible source of what you need in your shopping endeavors simply because you depend on *them* to keep you safe from possible harm rather than taking personal protective actions is a bit harsh.

Khal Spencer

John McClure omits one little thing. There would not be a LANL without the weapons mission. Most of the other stuff can be done more cost effectively in the private sector or or by funding things like laboratories and supercomputers at top flight universities such as Caltech or MIT or at NCAR or just pouring more money into NSF and other science funds. You would not need the security clearances, guards, guns, and fences.

So that's an option. But it means pulling the plug on billions spent in Northern New Mexico on salaries and purchases. I am sure all our politicians would love that. Not to mention all the folks who suddenly find their homes worth dimes on the dollar.

Its complicated.

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