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Letter To The Editor: Character Attack Requires Rejection

on February 21, 2017 - 5:46pm
A Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos,

I had intended to put the dispute incited by your letter to rest, but your last character attack requires rejection.

I think my reply to you stands on its own - it invites civil discourse and is not spineless. Unfortunately your reply to my anonymous letter reflects exactly the reason why I am not publishing my name. Unlike you, I do not have the privilege of being the descendant of an immigrant (I guess you are the better immigrant), I am an immigrant myself.

Letter To The Editor: IHM Initiates Feasibility Survey

on February 21, 2017 - 10:08am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Our community is unique in that so many people come from all over northern New Mexico to work here at LANL—from Chama to Belen and beyond. One of the things lacking in our community is a Christian-based school, which parents might opt to utilize should they feel moved to do so. 

Not infrequently, parents—Catholic and not—have queried us as to whether we might one day start a school here at IHM for this purpose.

This letter is to inform parents and our extended community that IHM has initiated a feasibility survey in

Letter To The Editor: We Can Censor Tone While Not Censoring Ideas

on February 21, 2017 - 7:57am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I agree with Mr. Nebel (link). Censorship is a bad idea and drives ideas underground rather than testing and dispensing with them out in the open. But that's not what I was getting at in my letter.

There is a vast difference between attacking someone personally, i.e.,  ad hominem, and blasting their ideas out of the water when their ideas  are, to put it nicely, sitting ducks for rhetorical ammunition. Frankly,  I share some of Mr.

Bill Helping Firefighters With PTSD Passes House

on February 21, 2017 - 7:43am

STATE News:
  • HB 157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties


HB 157, legislation that establishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, passed the New Mexico House of Representatives Monday.

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” bill sponsor Rep. Debbie Armstrong said. “We ask so much of them—from running into burning buildings to pulling victims out of mangled cars.

Letter To The Editor: Censoring People Won't Help

on February 20, 2017 - 3:40pm

By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos


While I agree with Mr. Spencer that the Post has the right to publish or not publish whatever it wants, I'm glad that it has published Mr. Antos's letters.

I don't agree with much of what Mr. Antos said, but I think he needs to be heard. The fact that a large segment of the population feels that they haven't been heard has a lot to do with the present acrimonious
situation in Washington. Censoring people isn't going to do anything to help that situation.

Listening is a better idea, even if it isn't reciprocated.

Letter To The Editor: Ok. Will You?

on February 20, 2017 - 8:00am
By JIM BOWIE
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos,

Just to clarify, rather than attempt to respond to what I said to you, you chose to attack me personally. My point, sir, was to show you that if you do not keep things civil, those who are smarter than you may choose to use their superior command of the English language to give you a taste of your own medicine.

Just because you lack whatever sense of self-preservation prevents people like me from writing outlandish, offensive, and inaccurate letters, does not mean that my words are somehow less poignant for withholding that my name.

Letter To The Editor: Why Should We Settle For Anything Less Than Excellence?

on February 20, 2017 - 7:22am
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos

There has been quite a bit of back and forth on Mr. Antos letters in response to those with whom he disagrees. I suggest a simpler solution than ones offered by other letter writers: Screening.

Back when I first started writing letters to the editor in the late 1980's in Honolulu, these had to be printed out, signed, put in an envelope, and mailed. I suspect that weeded out a lot of bad copy.

Letter To The Editor: To All You Concerned Citizens

on February 19, 2017 - 9:55pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos

Everything you said may be all too true but its credibility comes into serious doubt because you fail oh so miserably to take ownership for your remarks (link, link).

So as far as I'm concerned they are just another pile of meadow muffins to be stepped in.

If you want to be taken seriously for your comments get a spine and take responsibility for your words! Put your name on your letters!

Letter To The Editor: Open Letter To Mr. Antos

on February 19, 2017 - 12:04pm
By A Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos (link), the beauty of this country is that we (still) have the right to free speech – so you were able to publish a letter without punishment, despite the fact the large parts of it uses language unacceptable to any respectful trade of differing ideas.
 
If I disregard these unacceptable parts of your letter, you expressed some concerns that are useful to consider in any discourse that a democracy needs, to find a compromise in organizing this country.

Letter To The Editor: Free Speech Is For Everyone

on February 19, 2017 - 10:01am
By BRUCE WARREN
Los Alamos
 
It may be best to ignore Gerald M. Antos recent letter to the Post (link, link), rather than to stoke the fire, but I think some things need to be said.
 
Freedom of speech in America is a wonderful thing, and has been a keystone to much of the progress this country has made. But while it is wonderful, it isn't necessarily comfortable. Freedom of speech does, for example, allow someone like Mr. Antos in his recent letter to spew insults, lies (Mr.

Letter To The Editor: In Response To Toxicity

on February 19, 2017 - 7:48am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
In response to a recent discussion that has gone truly toxic (linklink, link, link, link) I offer this, from a poem by William Butler Yeats, that was the introduction of an essay written by conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Letter To The Editor: Things Should Be Kept Civil

on February 19, 2017 - 6:15am
By A Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos,

A little congeniality goes a long way. One can certainly disagree without being disagreeable, and in doing so win the respect, if not agreement, of the opposing party. There is another, less visible aspect of this concept; When you are disagreeable, others may be more inclined to be disagreeable toward you. Calling (link and link) Ms. Schick (link) and Mr. Reilly (link) "thin-skinned" and "whiny" is childish and uncalled for.

Letter To The Editor: Time To Shed That Whiney Thin-Skined Arrogance...

on February 17, 2017 - 4:33pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos

I’m sorry Ms. Schick but, I don’t need or want your history lesson (link).

As a veteran, and having been born and raised in Los Alamos, I find that maybe you and Mr. Reilly (link) need to shed your whiney thin-skinned arrogance and get down to some real serious reality.

More celebrities and supposed stars have claimed that they would leave if Trump was elected and we are still waiting.

Letter To The Editor: In Los Alamos Thoughtful Inquiry And Rational Discourse Are Expected And Required

on February 15, 2017 - 8:17am
By NANCY SCHICK
McMinnville, Ore.
Los Alamos resident 1986-2014
 
I was dismayed to read Gerald Antos’s one sentence “letter” written in response to a critique of our government, advising the letter writer that if “you don’t like it (the United States), then leave it."
 
Los Alamos is a town where thoughtful inquiry and rational discourse are not just expected, but required. Mr. Antos’s comments run contrary not only to the ethos of Los Alamos, but to the foundations of our nation. We question, we criticize, and we eventually come to resolution.

Letter To The Editor: Let's All Voice Support For Two Bills Aimed At Protecting New Mexico Wildlife

on February 14, 2017 - 7:39am
By BETTE KORBER
Los Alamos

At 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, New Mexico’s Senate Conservation Committee will hear two bills aimed at protecting wildlife here in New Mexico.

Senate Bill 286, which will ban the use of traps and poisons on our public lands, was introduced by Sen. Pete Campos (D-Las Vegas) and Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs). Currently, traps and poisons can be left not far from public trails, are random in their damage, and put wildlife, endangered species and even pets at risk.

Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Sen.

Letter To The Editor: Don't Give Up Constitutional Rights For Promise Of Security

on February 14, 2017 - 6:29am
By JAMES FOLEY
Los Alamos

I am a little frustrated with politicians that believe our constitutional rights are worth giving up for the promise of security. There are too many of these laws that require you to give up your rights to be safer.

The reality is if you buy into to what they are selling, you lose your rights for little or no improvement in security. Politicians and lobbyists try to convince you that there is a big problem and they have the answer. They are using fear to get you to do something they want you to do.

Letter To The Editor: Don't Like It ... Then Leave It!

on February 13, 2017 - 7:35pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos
 
Dr. Reilly,
 
When will you realize that you should leave the USA for the simple fact that if you don't like it ... then leave it! (link).
 
Nuff said!

Letter To The Editor: The Last Thing The World Needs Is A Stronger And Greater USA

on February 13, 2017 - 4:37pm
By Dr. DOUGLAS T. REILLY
Los Alamos
 
President Trump’s inaugural address advocated a stronger and greater USA. He used the word America; I remember an Argentine friend who long ago reminded me that everyone from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Ushuaia at the southern tip of South American IS AMERICAN.
 
The last thing the world needs is a stronger and greater USA. We are already strong and great. Most of us know Lord Acton’s quote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Many countries consider the USA the most dangerous country in the world.

Letter To The Editor: About House Bill 50 On Gun Safety

on February 13, 2017 - 8:06am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

Friday Feb. 10, the House Judiciary Committee passed with a vote of 7 to 6 House Bill 50 (HB 50), co-sponsored by our representatives Stephanie Garcia Richard and Richard Martinez. HB 50 would close background check loopholes for buying guns in New Mexico. In our state it’s not illegal to avoid background checks when purchasing a firearm.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, New Mexico is the 10th-worst state for gun deaths: There were 14.6 gun deaths for every 100,000 people in the state in 2010. That’s 40 percent higher than the national

SCHIFERL: Success Was Not Mine Alone; I Owe Thanks To Many People

on February 8, 2017 - 8:48pm
By SHEILA SCHIFERL
Newly Elected UNM-LA Board Member
Los Alamos

Tesday was my first run as a candidate. Success was not mine alone; I owe thanks to many people:

First, thank you to my tireless campaign team.

Thank you to all the people we met, by phone and canvassing the town, for their advice, their participation, and their hospitality.

Thank you to the people who shared their experiences on school and college boards.

Thank you also to the people who brought us non-UNM-LA problems (including several potential hazards to children). We have contacted appropriate authorities to start

Robinson: Reflections On Elections

on February 8, 2017 - 9:40am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

I want to begin by congratulating Sheila Shiferl on her election last night. It was a great contest, and I wish her all the luck in her new position. UNM-LA deserves no less than all of her energy and talents going into the future.

It is always hard to wake up the day after all the hard work, time and energy spent suddenly ended. Just over two weeks ago, I got to celebrate the approval of the Mil Levy for UNM-LA. Today, however, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, BUT, there are things I can say I am proud of.

Just two year ago, I finished the

Letter To The Editor: Ellen Ben-Naim Is The One For LAPS Board

on February 6, 2017 - 8:58pm
By JEFF WAUSON
Los Alamos

The LAPS school board needs compassionate, yet knowledgeable leadership with new ideas, different points of view, and someone who can spur the board into action while working collegially with all stakeholders.

Balancing what the staff and students truly need is important and so necessary at this time when teacher morale is at an all time low. Ellen herself is an educator with first hand experience of the constant demands the profession faces.

Letter To The Editor: I Endorse Ellen Ben-Naim For Multiple Strengths She'll Bring To School Board

on February 6, 2017 - 6:35pm
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS Board Member
 
As a LAPS School Board member, I endorse Ellen Ben-Naim for School Board in the Pinon District.
 
My support is based on strengths Ellen brings in the following areas:
  • New ideas, thoughts and questions about youth and education based on her experience as an educator;
  • First hand understanding of emotional and social needs and struggles of our youth;
  • Support for our teachers who work in a constrained and demoralizing environment;
  • Leadership to team with other Board members; and
  • Move forward together with new members to the School Board to bring fresh

Loy: Why UNM-LA Advisory Board Election Is Relevant To You, And James Robinson Is Right For The Job

on February 6, 2017 - 9:03am
By LAURA LOY
Los Alamos

Only two weeks ago, we finished an election in Los Alamos, and now there’s another one this Tuesday, Feb. 7. I’m sure election-fatigue has set in with some, but please let me tell you why I think the UNM-LA Advisory Board election is relevant to you, and why I support James Robinson for the position.

The election Jan. 24 had two questions, which both passed. One was to support a bond for Los Alamos Public Schools, and the other was for a mil levy for UNM-Los Alamos.

Letter To The Editor: Why I Support Jim Hall For School Board From Pinon District

on February 5, 2017 - 12:25pm
By NORMA PUCKETT
Los Alamos

I am a retired teacher who often substitutes in the schools, often at Pinon. I live in the Pinon district, and am a strong supporter of Jim Hall for School Board. I have both professional and personal knowledge of his skills and contributions. 

I was still teaching when he was first on the Board and watched as he guided the Board through very contentious discussions about the Sex Education Policy. Whether as board president or member, his professional experience in group facilitation and building consensus greatly assists Board decision making.

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