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Letter To The Editor: About That Support For Background Checks...

on March 4, 2017 - 9:32pm
By GLENN MICHEL
Los Alamos
 
I'm sure Devon Lymon would have respected a background check law despite all the other laws he had broken up to that point. Yup, one more law would have made all the difference to poor Daniel Webster.

I can imagine Devon having a little mental conversation with himself when he obtained that gun, "Oh! wait a minute, I can't posses guns, I'm a felon!", and poof, another possible criminal activity is thwarted by yet another rock solid gun law. 
 
Yup, we ought to throw up five or six more unenforceable gun laws, they're working great.

Doctors are a lot more

Letter To The Editor: If You Are Going To Quote Numbers, You Need To Provide Credible References

on March 3, 2017 - 9:54am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

There were near mirror-image letters in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) and Santa Fe New Mexican Thursday claiming that state level background checks are credited with reductions of 46 or 47 percent fewer women shot to death by their partners and 48 or 53 percent fewer law enforcement officers killed by handguns. The problem is, nowhere do the authors of these letters provide sources for this information.

I put the quotes from the letters into a web search and came up with an Everytown For Gun Safety source (there may be others), almost verbatim, with links to

Letter To The Editor: Background Checks For Gun Sales

on March 3, 2017 - 8:56am
By ANNE MANNING
Albuquerque

 

We have a gun violence problem in New Mexico - the number of deaths and injuries at the hands of people who shouldn’t have their hands on a gun is very distressing. With lives at stake, a background check to buy a gun is not too much to ask! House Bill 50 and Senate Bill 48 would require such checks for ALL gun sales in New Mexico, and as a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I strongly support this bill.

 

I grew up in England and was actually a good shot with a .22 rifle.

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Background Checks

on March 2, 2017 - 10:22am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos
 
New Mexico has incredibly high rates of gun violence, including the highest rate of law enforcement shot and killed in the line of duty.
 
Not coincidentally, we have some of the country’s laxest gun laws—it’s easy for felons and domestic abusers to avoid background checks by buying guns on websites like armslist.com or at gun shows. States that close the background-check loophole see 53 percent fewer law enforcement officers shot and killed and 47 percent fewer women shot and killed by intimate partners.
 
Our legislator, Representative Stephanie

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos Community For Extraordinary Kindness

on March 1, 2017 - 10:39am

By IDA S. PACHECO and Family

Thank you Los Alamos community for your kind and encouraging words, beautiful flowers, lovely cards, thoughts, prayers and Masses.

All that you shared to console our hearts in the loss of Raymond David Pacheco, have comforted and sustained us.

Thank you most sincerely for your generous support and sympathy.

Letter To The Editor: Need For Freedom Of The Press

on February 28, 2017 - 3:42pm
By KELLY DOLEJSI
Los Alamos
 
When I was a student at Western New Mexico University, I learned first-hand the power of the media to protect people who have no influence or authority of their own.

I had zero training — WNMU didn’t offer journalism classes — but at 22, I became editor-in-chief of the university’s newspaper. The university president had just received a 20-percent raise, so my two-person staff and I decided that would be our top-of-the-fold, front-page news.

Letter To The Editor: A Tribute To Pastor Granillo

on February 26, 2017 - 6:35am
By HOLLY BATES
Los Alamos
 
I was profoundly touched by Pastor Granillo's column, "The Love of Hate" (link), and I wanted to share this:
 
After a cruel, devastating blow during this past Christmas, I was overwhelming consumed with many of the emotions that the Pastor described in his column. As a life-long Christian, I was embarrassed and ashamed of what I had become. How could I allow this one, evil person to change me so profoundly?
 
My first reaction to this true evil was revenge, which made me even more angry.

Letter To The Editor: House Bill 50 ... Just To Clarify

on February 24, 2017 - 10:27pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I just want to clarify a couple things in response to Jody Benson's letter as well as thank her for her engagement on the topic (link).

I did not say that we should reject House Bill 50. What I said was the original and present wording was problematic. There is still plenty of time in this legislative session to find some common ground on this
bill and amend it so it has bipartisan and gun owner support.

To excerpt from my own essay (link), what I said was "...provisions in the bill put onerous constraints on temporary transfers and casual sales between law abiding

NMVC On Indiscriminate Immigrant Raids

on February 24, 2017 - 7:25am
NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the recent immigration raids in southern New Mexico:
 
“We are disturbed at the news of immigration raids in southern New Mexico and urge immigration officials to keep the best interests of all of our children and families at heart going forward.
 
“As a nation built on ingenuity, America can craft common-sense reforms to our immigration system that improve our economy and keep us safe while maintaining our American values of inclusion and equality of

Letter To The Editor: Straight Scoop On HB50

on February 23, 2017 - 8:07am
By JOHN N. HORNE
Los Alamos

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos is up to those old tired political tricks again. In order to bolster support for HB50, Ms. Garcia Richard jumped at the opportunity to have her picture taken with a shooting victim and then imply her bill will solve all the world’s ills regarding gun violence.

The fact of the matter is there is nothing in HB50 that would’ve had any bearing on the (Former U.S. Rep. Gabby) Giffords' shooting.

Professor Emerita Denise Fort: How Can U.S. Retain Scientific Leadership In Environmental Protection?

on February 23, 2017 - 7:27am
By DENISE D. FORT
Professor Emerita UNM School of Law
Former director, NM Environmental Improvement Division
 
The upheaval in Washington, D.C. that is occurring now has one surprising objective - the discrediting of scientists. Science is under attack in numerous ways.
 
The assertion that climate change is a Chinese hoax was bad enough. Now the Administration has nominated a climate denier to head the EPA, taken down web pages that inform the public about agency work, and threatened to slash funding at EPA.
 
The threat comes from the Congress as well; 114 representatives have

Letter To The Editor: House Bill 50

on February 22, 2017 - 1:21pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos
 
House Bill 50: Relating To Crime; Requiring Criminal Background Checks On Gun Transfers Between Certain Persons; Providing Exceptions; Providing Penalties Khal Spencer’s excellent OpEd on House Bill 50—the proposed background check for all gun sales including online sales and at gun shows—offered statistics and arguments about why we should support a background check bill.
His bottom line? Support a background-check bill—but not this one.
 
I completely agree with his argument that people murdering other people with guns are part of a culture of violence that

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.

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