Thursday, February 03, 2005

Open Letter to President Dynes.

From Anonymous:

Open Letter to President Dynes

Dear President Dynes:

In case you haven't been keeping up with the news lately, you need to know that we are in trouble here at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Seven months ago our director, Admiral George P. Nanos shut the entire lab down claiming that we were flagrantly violating security and safety guidelines. In December, Physics Today (a well respected, peer reviewed professional journal) published an article that refuted Director Nanos' claims of deteriorating safety trends at LANL. Last week, the FBI released a report that belied the director's claims regarding the nature of the now famous "missing CREM" incident.

Where have you been lately? Your silence regarding these recent developments has been noticed. We at LANL have endured 7 months of derision, abusive treatment and ridicule at the hands of our director. Many staff members have left as a result. So have many customers. You should know that your continued silence on the matter of LANL will be interpreted as complicit agreement with Director Nanos' actions. In which case, I would like to suggest that UC consider not bidding on the next contract for Los Alamos. We need better management than we currently enjoy.

Regards,

One of the remaining LANL staff members.


Comments:
Grew up here, went to school, work here, the family was, is, and are, peace makers, that the rest of the world does not fully understand. Hooray for education and Universities.
 
What a beautifully succinct letter to a Gray Davis kind of cover-your-ass politician! The only thing I would add is that if a thousand LANL staff members each sent a letter to UC President Dynes with their own succinct version of this letter, in their own beautiful words, something just MIGHT happen. -Namely, Admiral Nanos might actually be relieved of command. What a BOOST in morale for Los Alamos that one single action, by a fortified UC, would be! Just stop now and imagine it... After a half a year, something positive, a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

By the way, there is only one piece of information missing: UC President Robert Dynes' e-mail address:

Robert.Dynes@ucop.edu

Let a thousand flowers bloom! Remember: the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. As the Dalai Lama might say, "Let your words be gentle, but full of truth--there is no harder rock than the truth."
 
Anyone remember the "All Hands" meeting wherein President Dynes implored everyone to "help me help you"? During that entire monologue he seemed to be near tears. It struck me then, as it does now with all the well-paid managers, that he needs us more than we need him. He needs us to "behave" and pull his mess out of the dumper so he and the managers can continue to rake in their big-buck salaries.
 
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