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Letter To The Editor: Ben-Naim Is Our Opportunity For Fresh, Community-minded Leadership On School Board

on February 5, 2017 - 7:16am
Former New Mexico Teacher of the Year
Los Alamos has an opportunity for fresh, community-minded leadership on the School Board. Ellen Ben-Naim will provide new insights and vigorous advocacy for teachers and students.
As a professional educator with an MA degree and enormous community experience, Ellen will provide leadership to improve mental health, increase teacher salaries and reduce oppressive teacher evaluation.
Ellen is an excellent people-connector and communicator. She will serve our community well.
Ellen supports mental health issues and is committed

Letter To The Editor: That Gut-Wrenching Pain...

on February 4, 2017 - 9:32pm
By Bob Fuselier
Los Alamos

Have you felt that painful,tightening, gut-wrenching feeling when you hear someone state something that infringes upon your rights or beliefs?

Good, that means you’re human. The feeling comes from an emotional system that helps us survive.

Have you allowed that feeling to develop into anger toward the one expressing the statement?

That’s not good. It’s true that anger is part of our humanity, but it comes from the lowest and most ancient parts of our brain, one we share with lizards.

Have you taken an oppositional stance of the idea or policy that was stated?

Hall: LAPS School Board - Looking Ahead

on February 4, 2017 - 5:44am

LAPS Board: Why I Am Running For Re-election - Looking Ahead


LAPS Board President

Editor's note: this is the final column in a three-part series.

This is the final articleon why I am running for re-election to the LAPS Board. My first article provided basic information about LAPS as an institution, the Board, and some major accomplishments of the Board and administration ( The second article focused on current issues facing LAPS(

Michelle Hall: Why I’m Running For UNM-LA Advisory Board

on February 2, 2017 - 9:25am
By MICHELLE K. HALL, Incumbent
UNM-LA Advisory Board

The community of Los Alamos is a place I am lucky to call home. It has splendorous beauty and passionate and caring people. I cannot thank Los Alamos voters enough for their approval of the UNM-LA mil levy. With passage of the levy, it is critical for the campus to have strong advisory board members that bring a diversity of knowledge and experience to guide them toward a strong and vibrant future.

Letter To The Editor: Trump’s Misleading Attacks On Mex­ico

on February 2, 2017 - 9:16am
Los Alamos

Throughout the election process and now as President, Donald Trump has viciously and relentlessly attacked Mexico and its people over trade and immigration. In reality, Trump’s attacks are baseless and contrived.

First, there is no rational basis to blame Mexico for the NAFTA trade agreement involving the US, Mexico and Canada. Mexico did not initiate NAFTA, and it did not coerce the US government to sign the trade agreement.

The Reagan administration initiated negotiations with Mexico to expand the global economy, the negotiations were concluded with

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Ellen Ben-Naim

on February 1, 2017 - 5:01pm
Retired Pinon Elementary Teacher
I enthusiastically support Ellen Ben-Naim for the Los Alamos School Board. I would like to confirm the qualifications and experience that makes Ellen an excellent choice.
I’ve taught at Pinon for 25 years and during my tenure I saw first-hand Ellen’s commitment to our school community. Ellen has a master’s degree in education, a life-long career in teaching and a demonstrated commitment to serving our students, parents, teachers and school staff.
At Pinon School she was a knowledgeable force helping teachers and students.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You For The Coverage

on January 31, 2017 - 10:19am

Letter To The Editor: Isn’t It Great We Have Options?

on January 31, 2017 - 6:43am
By Another Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Dear Concerned Citizen:

Thank you for speaking up and showing your support for Darryl Sugar (link). Isn’t it wonderful that we have options?

You are right; he is very courageous to run for School Board. I do not doubt his compassion.

You are also right; Mr. Boerigter has not publicly spoken out against Betsy DeVos, however, has Mr. Sugar? If so, I must have missed it.

I do not feel that Mr. Boerigter being a Republican makes him have a ‘rap sheet’. I know many good people who voted Republican. I also know many good people who voted Democrat.

Letter To The Editor: I Support Darryl Sugar

on January 30, 2017 - 9:26pm
By A Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

I am writing to voice my support for Darryl Sugar who is running for school board. Upon reading the article about him in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), I was moved by his commitment to using the tough times in his life to help better our school system, both for his own grandchildren, and the other kids in the community. 

I think that it is admirable that he attempted to drop out quietly to avoid embarrassing his family with his past regarding the unexpected death of his wife and his tragic suicide attempt soon after.

Letter To The Editor: 100 Percent Behind Ellen Ben-Naim For School Board

on January 30, 2017 - 9:08am
By The Rittner Family
Los Alamos

We are writing to express our enthusiastic support for Ellen Ben-Naim to be a member of the Los Alamos School Board. Presently, we have two children in the Los Alamos Public School system. It has been our privilege to know and work with Ellen Ben-Naim for 16 years.


Ellen has a Master's Degree in an education-related field, and has been actively involved in the Los Alamos Public Schools for many years. This has included participation in the Budget, Homework, and Advisory Committees, and Parent Council.

Letter To The Editor: Can't Wait For Others To Act

on January 30, 2017 - 6:42am

Letter To The Editor: Marching For Life Is Not Enough

on January 29, 2017 - 5:59pm
Los Alamos

Michael Brown spends much of his polemic comparing the peaceful and positive nature of the March for Life to the sometimes rowdy and occasionally rude Women's March. I am relieved, however, that "...there will be no calls to burn down or blow up abortion clinics.." and thus Brown and his colleagues repudiate the bombing of abortion clinics or executions of abortion providers. But even if he promises a peaceful resistance against abortions, it takes more than marching around, writing letters to the editor, or having Catholic priests tell us how to vote in

Letter To The Editor: We Support James Robinson

on January 29, 2017 - 12:31pm
Los Alamos


We support James Robinson in his bid to serve on the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board.


James knows the value of UNM-LA to our community. As a 2011 graduate of UNM-LA, his involvement in student government provided him with valuable insights into the branch—its particular needs, strengths and weaknesses.


He has continued to be involved in this community after completing his BBA in Operations Management at the UNM Anderson School of Management.

The March For Life And The Anti-Trump Women’s March: A Study In Contrasts

on January 29, 2017 - 11:33am
Scene from Friday's 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/
Townhall Columnist
I’m writing this article on the eve of the 44th annual March for Life, but I can tell you in advance how it will differ dramatically from the recent Women’s March, organized in protest of the inauguration of President Trump.

First, the media coverage of the events will be totally different.

Whereas the Women’s March was in the mainstream media’s spotlight, the March for Life will be a mere footnote for most mainstream outlets, regardless of how many people

Chapman: Thoughts On Cicero’s 'On Duties' With Reflections On The Events Of The Past 12 Months

on January 29, 2017 - 7:59am
Los Alamos
Original parts ©Ralph E. Chapman 2017
“Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it's been.”  From the song “Truckin” by The Grateful Dead, 1970; written by Jerome J. Garcia, Philip Lesh, Robert C. Hunter, Robert Hall Weir
That quote from The Grateful Dead is very relevant to today, probably as much, or even more so, than the time when it was written. It was also a time of great turmoil.
As I’ve stated a few times here on the Los Alamos Daily Post, I keep my political views close and seldom, if ever, speak publicly about them.

Doomsday Clock Slips Toward The Brink – An Analysis

on January 28, 2017 - 11:26pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A vital tradition with global significance transpired this week, when a new time was posted for the Doomsday Clock under the guidance of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine of science and public affairs founded by Manhattan Project scientists in 1945.

The timekeeping ritual began in

Letter To The Editor: Apologies To LA Drivers

on January 28, 2017 - 8:17am
Los Alamos

To the driver of the car that I pulled out in front of without accelerating hard and who honked: This being New Mexico,  I should have known that you were going straight through  the intersection despite your signaling a right turn into the street that I was leaving,  -- New Mexico drivers have little concept of what a turn signal is for, and I should not have expected yours flashing to mean anything helpful.

To the driver of the car following me too closely on Diamond:  I did not slam on the brakes to force you to zoom around me on my right.

Letter To The Editor: Why I Am Voting For Stephen Boerigter – District 2 School Board (Chamisa)

on January 27, 2017 - 2:29pm
By a Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

For the last four years, Matt Williams has served as the School Board member for District 2 (Chamisa District). During this time, Matt has gone the extra mile and been an advocate for the schools. I am grateful for the service he has given.

At this point, District 2 has two candidates to fill his shoes: Stephen Boerigter and Darryl Sugar. While I do not know either candidate on a personal level, I know enough to make a clear choice.

Mr. Boerigter has been on the UNM-LA Advisory Board for many years and is well respected by those who know him.

Letter To The Editor: Higher Education

on January 27, 2017 - 1:32pm
By DAVID SUTTON, candidate
UNM-LA Advisory Board Member
It’s very simple. To me, there is no greater achievement for our young people than to pursue higher education.
Higher education helps those wanting to improve their lives and their situations, which is the surest path toward establishing a good career and stability. Northern New Mexico students, from Los Alamos, the surrounding Pueblos and the Valley, need and deserve a local, affordable school that can help them achieve their educational and economic goals.
I have been on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory

Letter To The Editor: A Nod To Jim Hall

on January 26, 2017 - 4:36pm
Los Alamos

Voters in the Piñon district have a choice that one wishes every voter would always have, namely, two excellent candidates. I have had the pleasure to work with Jim Hall and Ellen Ben-Naim. They are both dedicated public servants who care deeply about our students, teachers, and schools.

If I were eligible to vote, I’d give my nod to Jim Hall.

Boerigter: Why I’m Running For LAPS Board

on January 26, 2017 - 3:55pm

Los Alamos

I am excited about to the opportunity to serve my community on the Los Alamos Public School Board for District 2. Our schools in Los Alamos are a strong attractor for new Laboratory employees, retirees and others who come to Los Alamos. We value education in Los Alamos and we want to continue strengthening our schools.

I believe that I’m well-qualified to serve on the LAPS Board. I have a long history of Board leadership for non-profit institutions and other organizations.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Thank You Thank You

on January 26, 2017 - 8:19am
Candidate, UNM-LA Advisory Board
Position 5

I would like to thank the citizens of Los Alamos for coming out in fantastic numbers to pledge their support for education.

The votes they casted in this election are not just a voice of support, but a dollar investment in the institutions that make a better community.

It seems just like yesterday that I accepted the invitation to help UNM-LA with the Mil Levy campaign by serving as chairman of Education Drives Discovery.

Letter To The Editor: SR4 Safety Issues

on January 25, 2017 - 10:19am
By Los Alamos Taxpayer
I read the column written by Mr. Harry Burgess for last Thursday’s Los Alamos Daily Post about the Safety issues of State Road 4. 
This is the only neglected road within a 40-mile radius of Los Alamos. Everyone, including Los Alamos County officials, ignore it although the primary users of this road are residents of White Rock (LA County taxpayers) and Laboratory personnel whose employer pays a ton of taxes to Los Alamos County. 
I agree with the observations made by Mr. Burgess.

Letter To The Editor: Mil Levy Congrats

on January 25, 2017 - 9:28am
By SHEILA K. SCHIFERL, candidate
UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 5

Thanks to the press - notably the Los Alamos Daily Post, for getting the word out on the mil levy. 

This made a decisive difference between now and the last time.


Letter To The Editor: Still Feeling Hurt And Resentful ...

on January 24, 2017 - 8:46am
Los Alamos

I am always amazed and humbled by the outpouring from the community when someone needs help or loses a loved one. Donations and flowers abound!

Two years ago, my grandson died. He was not born yet, but he was full term. This was the most traumatic and devastating experience of mine, my daughter’s and my son in law’s life.

Apparently, since this child was not born yet, people thought this should be swept under the rug like a dirty little secret. Because of this perception, I did not receive anything from the people around me whom I thought cared about me.

To this