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Letter To The Editor: We Can’t Ignore Oil And Gas Pollution’s Harm To Our Tourism Industry

on April 29, 2017 - 5:49pm
By Ron Trujillo
Santa Fe City Councilor for District 4,
and
Amber Espinosa-Trujillo, Grant Manager
Library Services and Technology Act Federal
New Mexico State Library
 
Our state is known for breathtaking views, unique public lands and ancient cultures within reach.
 
Tourists choose New Mexico as a destination because of ample opportunities to experience these assets. We’ve built a bustling and successful tourism industry that depends on our state being in its natural state – an industry that injected $6.1 billion into New Mexico’s economy and supported 89,000 jobs in 2014.

Letter To The Editor: Russ Gordon For Living Treasure

on April 28, 2017 - 5:53pm
By KATHY WILLCUTT
Los Alamos
 
Dear Los Alamos Community,
 
While it may not be quite saint-hood, it is close! There is a way we can celebrate all the good that Russ Gordon has done for the community and for the music he brings to us. He has been a moving force in more than music, but that is how many of us know him. Maybe you even remember his store as being a safe place for kids to hang out when it was located in White Rock.
 
I have nominated Russ Gordon to be named a Los Alamos Living Treasure.

Tales Of Our Times: New Mexico Was Steered By Geologic History And Climate

on April 28, 2017 - 7:39am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

NM Was Steered by Geologic History and Climate

Once upon a time, shallow seas covered large areas of what has become New Mexico. The ancient seas deposited huge reserves of coal, oil and gas that have been useful to the state’s economy. As the climate dried, an assortment of settlers was drawn to the region. With dry air also came rare vistas and long-range visibility.

Early ones on the scene were Native Americans, who in time were called Indians. In time, others who came would be called ranchers.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on April 27, 2017 - 5:09pm

Letter To The Editor: Immigration Is A Serious Matter

on April 27, 2017 - 8:10am
By NANCY SCHICK
LAHS U.S. History teacher, 1987-2006
2005 New Mexico Teacher of the Year

In response to the April 26 “Home of the Brave” letter, I’ll be brief.

The message, jumbled as it was, was nativist and ugly. The writer failed to address the issue raised by Mr. Goldman; immigration is a serious matter, one that demands rational conversation, not invective. No one who wants to have his argument heard tells an American to go back to anywhere.
 
And as a history teacher, I am certainly relieved that the writer did not learn his history in my class (and grateful that Mr.

Letter To The Editor: News Flash ... We NEVER Stopped Being The Home Of The Brave

on April 26, 2017 - 7:20am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
As the son of German immigrants who were escaping persecution and death prior to WWII as well as a Veteran of two branches of military service for this country, I am deeply offended by Mr. Goldman (link). Did he ever serve in Canadian or the U.S. forces? News Flash: We NEVER stopped being the Home of the Brave. Freedom is NOT free! People die or worse, they are maimed for life so you can have it!
 
Let's clear up that his history lesson is of Canada. At the time of the settlement of the American Colonies until the famine in Ireland, the U.S.

Letter To The Editor: DPU Budget And Council

on April 25, 2017 - 11:15am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

I am increasingly dismayed by the recurring disingenuousness of our County Council. 

Over the last half-century, they have continually failed to press the DPU to charge rates high enough to account for amortization of facilities, as any good business must do. As little as 1 percent higher rates over that period would have provided a substantial fund to replace the wastewater treatment plant and refurbish water and sewer lines without a significant rate increase as is now necessary.

For a number of reasons, our utility rates are and can be lower than in

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