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Letter to the Editor: Jim Hall is a Trusted Leader

on November 3, 2012 - 8:20am
By Terry C. Wallace
Los Alamos

Representative Jim Hall is a true public servant; he has a long record of service on community committees, county government and state government.

Jim is deeply committed to bettering the lives of the citizens of northern New Mexico, and he has lived in our community for more than 35 years.

The hallmark of Jim’s long record of service is common sense and bipartisanship – whether discussing education issues, small business or environmental stewardship, Jim is a trusted leader.

I endorse Representative Hall to continue representing District 43 in the New

Letter to the Editor: County Clerk Must be Neutral and Independent

on November 3, 2012 - 8:10am
Richard Dunn
White Rock

The Los Alamos County Clerk race has drawn very little attention. But it should.

In addition to keeping and providing records, the County Clerk is responsible for ensuring fair elections and fair initiative, referendum and recall petition processes. 

The County Clerk, an elected position, is responsible to the New Mexico Secretary of State, not to the County Council.

As such, the County Clerk must be fair and independent of the Council.

Sharon Stover, currently Chair of the County Council, showed a strong Council bias in leading a 2009 ruling (that took a

Letter to the Editor: Local Jobs, Businesses Must Come First

on November 3, 2012 - 8:09am
By Stephanie Garcia Richard
Democratic Candidate for State Representative, District 43

Jobs, jobs, jobs. They are the first words out of every candidate’s mouth this election season, and I am no different.

But how to grow them and keep them for the residents of the many rural communities surrounding high tech centers like Los Alamos is the key question.

Even the residents of Los Alamos wait anxiously for word on whether lab jobs will be cut in a flood of partisan bickering in Washington.

We must diversify our economy so there are alternatives for everyone.

There is no quick, easy

'Bless Me Ultima' Tests Family Bond

on November 3, 2012 - 8:06am

Courtesy photo

Movie Review By Kirsten Laskey

“Bless Me Ultima,” which is based on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel, can not simply be viewed and then carelessly forgotten once the credits start rolling down the movie screen.

To truly appreciate and understand this film by Carl Franklin, you have to really sink your teeth into it, chew on its themes and digest its meanings.

The movie focuses on a young boy, Antonio, and his coming-of-age story in 1940s New Mexico.

This story has many, many layers to it.

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Letter to the Editor: Reject Los Alamos Charter Amendments

on November 3, 2012 - 8:05am
By Robert A. Pelak
Los Alamos

Like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the structure of the government of Los Alamos is defined by a charter that was adopted by its citizens.

Also, like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, this charter allows its citizen to directly participate in their government by means of petitions for initiatives (proposing new ordinances), referenda (rejection of newly passed ordinances) and recall (removing elected officials) as well as amendment of the charter.

If a petition gathers enough signatures within the allotted time period, then the subject of the petition is put to a vote of

Letter to the Editor: I Voted to Pass Torch to New Generation

on November 3, 2012 - 8:03am
By Carl Newton
White Rock


How sad that elections for New Mexico House seats have been tarnished by fictionalizing candidate positions and funded by donors that have no cultural connections with our residents.

I am further saddened when my chosen candidate, Stephanie Garcia Richard, is belittled by her opponent.

Don’t be misled into believing that Stephanie lacks the relevant accomplishments.

As a bilingual third grade teacher, subject to externally applied accountability rules, she is focused on developing “the living messengers to a time we will not see.”

Stephanie is able to be a

Letter to the Editor: Rhetoric Makes Charter Changes Sound Draconian

on November 3, 2012 - 8:02am
By Fran Berting
Los Alamos County Councilor

The rhetoric regarding the Charter ballot questions on initiative, referendum and recall is making the changes sound positively draconian!

Let's look at what the most widely challenged changes actually do.

For Initiatives

1) No change in the percentage of voters needed (so not noted in the ballot question) but a change in the basis for the number of signatures required for initiatives from 15 percent of voters in the last general election to 15 percent of the number of voters in the arithmetic mean of the past two general elections.

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