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Letter To The Editor: Cats Moving Into The Neighborhood

on August 11, 2017 - 6:45am
Los Alamos
In response to the comment about cats moving into the neighborhood: be grateful.
The Lyme spirochete has been around for millions of years. Lyme disease started to explode in the 1970’s and 1980’s, which is when the national spay-neuter programs got started, and the population of outdoor cats dropped like a rock.
I remember as a child in the 1950’s seeing kittens running around outdoors in the summer. In the last thirty years, except for my own protected outdoor cat colony, I’ve seen only one outdoor kitten.
The ticks that carry Lyme have a

An Open Book: The Statue of Liberty

on August 10, 2017 - 4:29pm

Los Alamos

Although I grew up just outside of New York City, it was only when I returned many years later with my wife and children that we made a special pilgrimage to visit the Statue of Liberty. An immigrant myself, my port of entry was JFK Airport, not Ellis Island, but nevertheless, my call upon that symbol of welcome to America was important to me. So the recent proposed changes to national immigration policy, and a certain TV conversation about the Statue of Liberty and what it might or might not symbolize, made me reminisce about that visit.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Be Fearless

on August 10, 2017 - 4:26pm

Los Alamos

I really love the piano bar at Vanessie of Santa Fe.

The musicians are lively and entertaining, the ambiance is well-designed and comfortable, and staff is welcoming and accommodating. It is a great place to take out-of-town visitors and it is a pleasant way to end a busy day in Santa Fe. Patrons are usually friendly and quick to banter. The last time I was there I had an interesting conversation with a woman named Edith.

Edith and her husband are Americans — he is a geophysicist and she is an economist--but they had just returned to the United States after

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 10, 2017 - 4:24pm

Letter To The Editor: No To Pajarito Mountain Transfer

on August 10, 2017 - 9:20am
Los Alamos
Some of your readers may be aware that the Los Alamos Ski Club is seeking a new arrangement for Pajarito Mountain. The original proposal was to transfer ownership of the ski area to the county, and a private company would operate it. However, that never actually happened, and now the club’s board wants to transfer ownership directly to this private company. I believe this poses an unacceptable risk that the public will lose access to the mountain.
This opinion is based on my reading of the ski club’s background memo to members (link). Quotes are from the

Letter To The Editor: Yes Leadership Takes Courage...

on August 10, 2017 - 7:58am
Los Alamos

It was a great pleasure to see Tony Fox insist that the Council recognize that voting against the rec bond is not identical with voting against the rec projects. One may be fiscally conservative and still be in favor of some quality of life improvements and infrastructure development.

And while Dr. Shin is indeed correct that quantification is not precise, it is certainly clear that everyone who voted for the bond is also in favor of the projects.

Letter To The Editor: Here We Go Again

on August 10, 2017 - 7:13am
By Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos
Another letter regarding the highly debated Sheriff in LA County. Many letters have quoted state statute. Many have quoted the Charter. Many have referred to the Supreme Court decision that validates the Charter. Let’s get down to the meat of the subject.
By election, the citizens of this County voted to retain the Office of the Sheriff, but it was a narrow margin (+/- 500). This town is as divided on the subject as the rest of the country is on other political fronts.
However nowhere in that election did it indicate that the duties of the Sheriff