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Letter to the Editor: Furious at Icons on Ballots

on October 25, 2012 - 10:12am

By JJ Maier

I just returned home from voting early here in my home town of Los Alamos, New Mexico.

I was furious to discover that the ballot had “icons” in front of the presidential candidates – not their party icons, but icons selected by the New Mexico Secretary of State:

1. Obama had a distorted eagle

2. Romney had the American Flag

When I called our local County Clerk, they said the local government has no control over how the ballot looks or what is on it and that this ballot format is being used by all precincts throughout the state.

This seems way over the top in attempting

Money IQ: Transfer of Assets After Death

on October 24, 2012 - 11:18am
Money IQ:
By Dan Monte

Transfer of Assets After Death

Tom and Sarah were both 84 and had been married for 62 years. They had five children, only one of whom lived nearby.

Tom and Sarah owned their home, cars, bank accounts and investment accounts as joint tenants.

All of their retirement assets and life insurance policies named each other as the primary beneficiary.

Several years ago, they hired an attorney who prepared last wills and testament for each of them.

Simply, each will directed the transfer of all assets to the surviving spouse and then to the kids in equal shares.

Sarah died

Food on the Hill: Wine Poached Stuffed Pears

on October 23, 2012 - 6:30am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Wine Poached Stuffed Pears
Photo by Sue York/
4 pears, all about the same size and stands well. They need to be ripe, but still firm
1 cup white sugar
2 cups sweet red wine
2 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup of well chopped walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
Photo by Sue York/
Cut off the cap of each pear. Using a round core cutter and a 1/4 teaspoon measure spoon and a thin sharp knife remove the core of each pear very carefully. Do not cut the pear all the way through the bottom. Very

Column: Following The Hogwarts’ Path On Power - Part III

on October 22, 2012 - 8:46am

Column by Elena Yang
Following the Hogwarts’ Path On Power
Part III
Now, about followers.

When leaders are absent, there are those amongst the followers who would and could step in and become leaders. 

When the trio, Harry, Hermonie and Ron, returned to Hogwarts to find the final Horcrux, they found Longbottom and Ginny Weasley had lead the students in various rebellious acts against the Dark Lord’s cadre of teachers and rules. 

When Harry had to pretend to be dead in Hagrid’s arms, it was Longbottom who came charging at Voldemort.

Letter to the Editor: The Importance of Voting 'NO' on Charter Ballot Questions

on October 22, 2012 - 8:45am

By Patricia Max

There have been several posts regarding the four ballot questions designed to amend sections of the Charter that concern Initiative, Referendum, and Recall.

I urge voters to vote No on all four ballot questions for several reasons.

The first reason is that Council is required by law to present only legal questions to the voters. These four questions are not legal questions because each one was derived from a number of ordinances that were voted on as a group, not individually. This is in direct violation of the following sections of the Charter:

203.2.1 which describes the

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'NO' on Charter Amendments

on October 22, 2012 - 8:44am

By Jack and Colleen Hanlon

We are going to vote NO on all four proposed Los Alamos County Charter Amendments for the following reasons:

  • The Charter Review Committee (CRC) process was flawed. We believe the County Council (CC) formed the CRC because the CC was uncomfortable about their decision to reject a petition signed by 2,000 citizens. An over-whelming majority of the CRC members supported the CC view to reject the petition, and consequently, the CRC gave little credibility or voice to the petitioners. What a surprise! The CRC was even more repressive then the CC.

Letter to the Editor: LAGRI Logic

on October 21, 2012 - 7:16am

Robert A. Pelak and Skip Dunn
Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative

In a recent letter Fire Chief (Doug) MacDonald questions "LAGRI logic" and cites its opposition to the current charter amendments.

Let's set the record straight: "LAGRI logic" (Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative) is founded on its commitment to public participation in local government.

The original LAGRI petition sought to provide voters brand new opportunities to vote on capital projects.

The opportunities to vote on projects indirectly through bonds essentially disappeared when the county government became