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Letter To The Editor: Let’s Split The Pot

on May 2, 2017 - 5:19am
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos
 
Having grown up here in Los Alamos, I hold the local golf course as my second home and if there is anything that it needs (real need and not a want) it is a revamped watering system.
 
And I would vote yes for doing that but since it is coupled with a bunch of non needs (also known as greeds), I'm going to have to vote NO on the bond issue.
 
Now if our wonderful county leadership would have split the pot and made each alleged need or want a separate issue to be voted on separately then the whole pot would not have to die on the vine!

Letter To The Editor: Mexico Mission Thanks Businesses

on May 2, 2017 - 5:02am
By LAURA and RANDY ERICKSON
Mexico Mission Trip Directors
 
We would like to express our appreciation to all of our wonderful local businesses for their support of the annual Mexico Mission Auction, sponsored by The United Church of Los Alamos.
 
Since 1986, youth and adults from Los Alamos have been traveling to Mexico each Spring Break to build houses for families in need. Thanks to the generous donations of local businesses and community members, 145 houses have been built! Thank you for your support of Los Alamos youth and adults!
 

Letter To The Editor: Support For Rec Bond

on May 1, 2017 - 7:06pm
By REBECCA HOWARD
Los Alamos
 
I support the upcoming Rec Bond. Among many positives offered by living in Los Alamos is a safe community at the foot of the beautiful Jemez Mountains.
 
While I agree that there are many opportunities for recreation, I noticed last summer when my young granddaughters were visiting that the lack of a “toddler friendly” public swimming pool was a disappointment.
 
The proposed improvements to our public swimming pool and the addition of a Splash Park in White Rock will provide fun, easy to enjoy recreational opportunities for young children and their

Gibson: Recreation Bond Is Not Justified

on May 1, 2017 - 7:04pm
By ROBERT GIBSON
Former County Councilor

Like any tax increase, the “Recreation Bond” deserves careful scrutiny. A tax should be for a legitimate valuable public purpose. There should be reasonable expectation the funds will be well used. And there should be no other reasonable alternative to further burdening citizen taxpayers. The Public School and UNM-LA mill levies in January were among the rare tax proposals that satisfy these three criteria (link). This one does not.

“More recreation facilities” sounds good.  What we really need is a different mix of recreational venues.

Letter To The Editor: Do We Need Or Want A Bicycle Flow Trail?

on May 1, 2017 - 4:02pm
By BRUCE WARREN
Los Alamos

If you didn't see the announcement for the Parks and Recreation Board meeting April 13 regarding a proposal for a “Bicycle Flow Trail”, or if you saw it and thought it wasn't important to you because you aren't a bicyclist, or you are a bicyclist and thought any bike trail is a good trail, I'm here to tell you that you should pay attention to this proposal. It will affect the entire community and has some ramifications that may raise some alarm in your mind.

There was another County meeting regarding the bicycle flow trail April 26, at Fuller Lodge.

Letter To The Editor: Reply To Reply To Sen. Heinrich

on April 30, 2017 - 9:45pm

By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos

 

I read James Griffin's reply to Sen. Martin Heinrich in utter disbelief (letter). Sure, a 42,000 gallon spill is a drop in the proverbial oceanic bucket.
 
But as far as the risks of drilling offshore, and especially in the harsh waters of the Arctic, it's not the often but small disasters that will kill you. Like Fukushima, it's the big ones.
 
I will utter two phrases and let readers judge for themselves:
 
1. Exxon Valdez shipwreck.
 
2. Deepwater Horizion Oil Spill.
 
 

Letter To The Editor: Reply To Senator Heinrich

on April 30, 2017 - 8:23pm
By JAMES GRIFFIN
Los Alamos

Sen. Martin Heinrich predicts doom if drilling in the arctic for oil is permitted (link). He uses amazing statistics from the Department of Interior to back up this claim.

Evidently there is a 75 percent chance of a 42,000-gallon spill. Let's pretend to be rational. Assume this to be true. How large is the arctic?

Will 42,000 gallons have any impact! No!

US underwater drilling for oil began in 1891, approximately 126 years ago. Notice that the oceans are devastated.

Letter To The Editor: In Memory Of Jane Gerhart

on April 30, 2017 - 6:24am

By LINDA GOFORTH
Los Alamos

I  know that we thanked Mrs. Gerhart every time she led one of our young family members in band at the Los Alamos Middle School and with her serious business demeanor and greatly loving heart stood for the many years that we had a child or grandchild studying her direction.

She would show them that they, the kids, were being taken seriously by the people before them, ready and full of anticipation of what they had accomplished.

Letter To The Editor: Overtly Exclusionary National Day Of Prayer At Ashley Pond?

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am
By AMY STOREY
And
STEPHANIE NAKLEH
Los Alamos

In an April 27 press release published in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), Leilani Christensen is quoted as saying,“Our forefathers founded National Day Of Prayer. Many of them had escaped persecution for their beliefs in their homeland. In the news today, we see that people are still fleeing their homeland because of persecution.” [sic]

Our forefathers, the ones fleeing persecution, didn’t found the National Day of Prayer. (They also didn’t found this nation on prayer itself; in fact, they explicitly stated, in the Treaty of Tripoli, “the

Letter To The Editor: 2017 Rec Bond

on April 30, 2017 - 6:20am
By MELANEE HAND
Los Alamos
 
This message reflects my personal view about the upcoming 2017 Rec Bond and does not represent a statement or position from any other organization where I am involved, including the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board. I currently serve as the chair of the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board.
 
On Feb. 14, Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed the resolution to hold a special election for a $20 million recreation bond. The special election will be
held through mail-in ballots due May 23, 2017.
 
Please consider supporting Los

Letter To The Editor: Help The Hummingbirds Tonight

on April 29, 2017 - 9:27pm
By PETER HEIMDAHL
Los Alamos

Tonight (Saturday), the temperature will drop to 25 degrees in Los Alamos, which will be very hard on hummingbirds.

It may help them if people who have hummingbird feeders take the feeders inside tonight after dark (when hummingbirds go into their nightly stupor). Then bring the feeders back outside just before dawn (when the birds wake up) so the hummingbirds will have something warm to feed on.

Just don't forget to bring the feeders out by 6 a.m. Sunday!

 

Letter To The Editor: We Can’t Ignore Oil And Gas Pollution’s Harm To Our Tourism Industry

on April 29, 2017 - 5:49pm
By Ron Trujillo
Santa Fe City Councilor for District 4,
and
Amber Espinosa-Trujillo, Grant Manager
Library Services and Technology Act Federal
New Mexico State Library
 
Our state is known for breathtaking views, unique public lands and ancient cultures within reach.
 
Tourists choose New Mexico as a destination because of ample opportunities to experience these assets. We’ve built a bustling and successful tourism industry that depends on our state being in its natural state – an industry that injected $6.1 billion into New Mexico’s economy and supported 89,000 jobs in 2014.

Letter To The Editor: Russ Gordon For Living Treasure

on April 28, 2017 - 5:53pm
By KATHY WILLCUTT
Los Alamos
 
Dear Los Alamos Community,
 
While it may not be quite saint-hood, it is close! There is a way we can celebrate all the good that Russ Gordon has done for the community and for the music he brings to us. He has been a moving force in more than music, but that is how many of us know him. Maybe you even remember his store as being a safe place for kids to hang out when it was located in White Rock.
 
I have nominated Russ Gordon to be named a Los Alamos Living Treasure.

Letter To The Editor: Immigration Is A Serious Matter

on April 27, 2017 - 8:10am
By NANCY SCHICK
LAHS U.S. History teacher, 1987-2006
2005 New Mexico Teacher of the Year

In response to the April 26 “Home of the Brave” letter, I’ll be brief.

The message, jumbled as it was, was nativist and ugly. The writer failed to address the issue raised by Mr. Goldman (link); immigration is a serious matter, one that demands rational conversation, not invective. No one who wants to have his argument heard tells an American to go back to anywhere.
 
And as a history teacher, I am certainly relieved that the writer did not learn his history in my class (and grateful that Mr.

Letter To The Editor: News Flash ... We NEVER Stopped Being The Home Of The Brave

on April 26, 2017 - 7:20am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
As the son of German immigrants who were escaping persecution and death prior to WWII as well as a Veteran of two branches of military service for this country, I am deeply offended by Mr. Goldman (link). Did he ever serve in Canadian or the U.S. forces? News Flash: We NEVER stopped being the Home of the Brave. Freedom is NOT free! People die or worse, they are maimed for life so you can have it!
 
Let's clear up that his history lesson is of Canada. At the time of the settlement of the American Colonies until the famine in Ireland, the U.S.

Letter To The Editor: DPU Budget And Council

on April 25, 2017 - 11:15am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

I am increasingly dismayed by the recurring disingenuousness of our County Council. 

Over the last half-century, they have continually failed to press the DPU to charge rates high enough to account for amortization of facilities, as any good business must do. As little as 1 percent higher rates over that period would have provided a substantial fund to replace the wastewater treatment plant and refurbish water and sewer lines without a significant rate increase as is now necessary.

For a number of reasons, our utility rates are and can be lower than in

Valley Celebrates National Poetry Month

on April 25, 2017 - 8:17am
COMMUNITY News:
 
An event celebrating National Poetry Month called Habla Espanola! A Celebration of Spoken Word & the Language of Place is 7-8:30 p.m. April 29, at the Espanola's MainStreet Theatre (nonprofit organization). The event includes poetry, music and refreshments with a $5 suggested donation.
 
This event  features local Valley poets, including former Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe, Dr.

Earth Day Statement From The Nature Conservancy

on April 23, 2017 - 12:54am
By Justin Adams
Global Managing Director, Lands
 
We’re absolutely thrilled to see so much public support out on the streets for science and scientists. My field of environmental science has probably never been more important as today - and yet it has never felt more insecure. It is environmental science that tells us that natural climate solutions – planting trees and using less fertilizer, for example - are as important as solar panels and electric cars in the fight against climate change. 

The Earth Day Network’s mission to plant a tree for every person by 2020 is a good example and could

Letter To The Editor: It's The Right Thing To Do – Vote Yes For Rec Bond

on April 22, 2017 - 6:59am
By ENRIQUE POSADA, DDS, FICOI, AF-AAID
Los Alamos
 
I have had the honor of serving the Los Alamos community as a dental health care provider for the last 18 years. I have witnessed time and time again how our community comes together to solve the challenges which affect our small town. Another opportunity has presented itself for us to improve the quality of life for our community and we should be generous, selfless, and forward-thinking in our response.
 
I hope that we can work past the "I won't use those facilities, so I'm not going to support a tax increase" attitudes and think of what

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Save Up For New Stuff

on April 22, 2017 - 5:07am
By DAVID F. JONES
Los Alamos

Is this the example we want to set for our children?

Would we guide our children to save up enough money to purchase a bike and the necessary safety equipment and then tack on a skateboard with borrowed money instead of saving up for the board? Even better, by making the bike and skateboard available to other kids, applying democracy, and adding a few more sops to gain the support of the majority of the school body, you can force your fellow students to pay for the loan. Wow, what a deal - right? What kid wouldn’t go for it?

Letter To The Editor: No Science Rally In Los Alamos

on April 21, 2017 - 9:13am
By CATHERINE HENSLEY
Los Alamos

I have to respond to a letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) suggesting that we are sleeping through the current challenges to science in our country. I think rather that it is a matter of preaching to the choir.  

In a town that exists for the pursuit of science, it seems silly to shout that we believe it. Therefore, three generations of my family will be going to Santa Fe Saturday to remind our state government that we believe in science, and that they should, too. My friends and neighbors already know that.

Letter To The Editor: Two Important Letters

on April 21, 2017 - 6:27am
J. TAUB
Los Alamos
 
Kudos to two important letters in the Los Alamos Daily Post regarding Rally For Science and This Could Happen To You.
 
Origins of a particular quote seem vague but the words are crystal clear: "All it takes for the triumph of evil is that good ‘men’ do nothing.”
 
I’m not surprised about the lack of a science rally or march in Los Alamos, just very disappointed in lab personnel, again.
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Letter To The Editor: Vote No On Recreation Bond

on April 21, 2017 - 4:49am
By TOM HARRIS
Los Alamos
 
Once again it appears that a number of our fellow Los Alamos citizens feel compelled to spend our tax dollars to benefit a limited number of county residents.
 
In this particular case, the Recreation Bond Proposal is being championed by several special interest groups. These include supporters of the already-once-defeated recreational (now called multi-generational) pool, local hockey enthusiasts, softball players, and golfers.
 
Although I certainly don't disagree with the concept of our collective taxpayer dollars funding the county's recreational

Letter To The Editor: Science, Policy And Earth Day

on April 20, 2017 - 10:27am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

In Honor of Upcoming Earth Day: Are Science and Politics Immiscible Quantities?

“Americans have reached a point where ignorance, especially of anything related to public policy, is an actual virtue,” the scholar Tom Nichols writes in his timely new book, “The Death of Expertise.” “To reject the advice of experts is to assert autonomy, a way for Americans to insulate their increasingly fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong about anything.

Rally For Science In Santa Fe ... But Not Los Alamos

on April 19, 2017 - 9:30pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Los Alamos isn’t hosting a Rally or a March for Science. Santa Fe is, though. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Earth Day, at the Roundhouse. Get out there with your dedication and brilliance. Remember, there is no planet B, and scientists can prove it. 

The organizers of the March state: “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter.

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