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Sen. Sanchez On Veto Of Bill To Raise Minimum Wage

on April 7, 2017 - 9:51am
Sen. Clemente Sanchez
 
By Sen. CLEMENTE SANCHEZ
Cibola, Socorro, McKinley and Valencia
 

In the late hours of the night, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Sen. Clemente Sanchez’s Senate Bill 386, which would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour. Throughout the legislative process, the bill received broad support from labor unions and business groups alike with representatives from AFSCME Council 18 and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce standing in support.

“This session the business and labor communities came together to support a modest raise for families who too often

Letter To The Editor: Sheriff Seeks To Build Empire

on April 7, 2017 - 9:15am
By CORNELL WRIGHT
Los Alamos
 
Sheriff Marco Lucero proposes to increase his office's budget to $348,118, up from a 2017 budget of $85,411. That's an increase of four times.
 
This is empire building, plain and simple. I wonder if Los Alamos County residents would have voted to retain the Sheriff's office if they knew this increase would be the outcome.

Letter To The Editor: Zero = A Lot? PAC Math

on April 6, 2017 - 9:39am
By DAVID NORTH
Los Aamos
 
If "a lot of these projects are going to be self-sufficient" as claimed by a board member of the PAC pushing the rec bond, why do consultants to the County say all five will lose money?

That "self-sufficient" quote appeared in a March 23 front-page Los Alamos Daily Post article. Anticipated annual costs include $546,210 for the rec center, $298,376 for the leisure pool, $37,432 for the splashpad, and $60,695 for the baseball fields. That's a tidy $942,713 total.

The losses will have to be covered by the County every year for as long as the facilities exist.

Letter To The Editor: Grateful To Smith’s Employees

on April 6, 2017 - 9:03am
By Grateful Los Alamos Resident
 
I'd like to thank the person or persons at Smith’s who have kept the mobility carts for handicapped use fully charged and ready for use in the last six months or so.
 
In the past, most, if not all, of these carts were not available for use because of fully discharged batteries. No one would plug them in. Sometimes all 12 carts were not usable and I had to go back home without shopping and try again the next day.
 
So thanks again to every Smith’s employee who has been helping all of us who need the carts for shopping.

Letter To The Editor: Immigrant Is Not A Bad Word

on April 6, 2017 - 7:51am
By That Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos
 
Dear Mr. Savage,
 
I am glad to see that you acknowledge the constitution and call human beings born in the US “citizens” (link).
 
In the present political climate in this country (including the present administration and immigration enforcement), there are areas where it is viewed differently. Way too often the news reports White Straight Americans (predominantly among those who voted for Mr. Trump) equate people who do not look “acceptable” to them to terrorists or illegal immigrants and are aggressive against them.

Letter To The Editor: Glad You're Sorry, But...

on April 4, 2017 - 11:45am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos
 
While I'm glad to see that Daren Savage is sorry, (link) (Sorry, that is the correct legal term for people who enter the United States without legal immigration documents), he still is making a common error: Nothing is definitely illegal until a judge (or jury) says so in a court of law.
 
Even 'undocumented' is an incorrect term, as those involved may well have some documents. Or they may qualify for refugee status. The only factually (independent of politically) correct term is 'unauthorized'.

Op-Ed: When Native Students Succeed, NM Thrives

on April 4, 2017 - 10:56am
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos
Chairwoman of the House Education Committee
and
Rep. Derrick J. Lente, D-Sandia Pueblo

 

When Native American students succeed, the state of New Mexico thrives. This principle was the driving force behind House Bill 484. House Bill 484 would have provided a mechanism for New Mexico’s Native American students to obtain the culturally relevant support they need to achieve academic success, helping to close the achievement gap and instilling the importance of education after high school.

 

But last week, Gov.

Letter To The Editor: So Let's Stop Hyperventilating

on April 4, 2017 - 6:49am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I was out of town for a week but managed to read Pete Sheehey's proposed resolution (link) while sitting in a Washington, D.C. area hotel and thought it was interesting but not anything to set off anyone's blood pressure.

Therefore, I am a little amazed at the hyperbole in Mr. Antos (link) and Ms.Shin's (link) letters. Nothing in the resolution says anything about being a “sanctuary city” but it does reaffirm our commitment to treat everyone here with respect, justice, and compassion. So what exactly is wrong with that?

As far as Lisa Shin's comment regarding

Letter To The Editor: A Country Of Immigrants? Not So Quick!

on April 3, 2017 - 4:37pm
By DAREN SAVAGE
Los Alamos
 
I agree with Dr. Shin's letter (link) and Gerald Antos' letter (link) regarding offering sanctuary to illegal aliens (Sorry, that is the correct legal term for people who enter the United States without legal immigration documents) receiving illegal county benefits or protection.

I would also like to add that the United States is NOT a country of immigrants.
 
If your parents emigrated from another country, and having obtained their legal immigration documents, they would be immigrants. If you were born in the U.S., you are a citizen.
 
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Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos!

on April 3, 2017 - 4:04pm
By FAMINE TO FEAST
Los Alamos
 
A special thank you to the Los Alamos community from Famine to Feast for your kind and giving ways.
 
We recently posted a story in the Los Alamos Daily Post about our partnering with another agency for an event in Espanola (http://www.ladailypost.com/content/famine-feast- partners-california- npo-compassion-through-action).
 
Needless to say Los Alamos out performed themselves with the donations that we collected. Multiple businesses and individuals donated making this event a huge success.

Letter To The Editor: Sanctuary City ... Los Alamos?

on April 3, 2017 - 11:29am
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos
 
I absolutely agree with Dr. Shin (link) and would also like to add that this is a country of immigrants but ... sneaking into a country doesn’t make you an immigrant, just as breaking into a house doesn’t make you a homeowner. There is a really huge difference between legal and illegal.

Our constitution only covers the legal.

Go ahead and try and sneak into Mexico and try and receive their benefits like all the illegals are doing here in America. You'd find yourself behind bars so fast your head would spin!
 
Our County Government should keep their hands off of

Letter To The Editor: Pay Equity Makes ‘Cents’

on April 3, 2017 - 9:36am
By JUDY PRONO
Public Policy Chair
AAUW-Los Alamos 

Equity pay makes “cents” … that’s an understatement. In fact, for women in the workplace, pay equity would increase lifetime earnings by as much as $2 million for those with graduate degrees and by more than $1 million for those with undergraduate degrees.

That would mean more money to pay off student loans, put food on the table, and save for retirement. And pay equity isn’t just a women’s issue—it’s a family issue.

Letter To The Editor: Is Los Alamos A Sanctuary City?

on April 3, 2017 - 8:03am
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

Wikipedia defines a sanctuary city as one that permits residence by illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation. Municipal policies include prohibiting law enforcement and city employees from questioning people about their immigration status. Mayors of sanctuary cities would certainly proclaim that “we are a nation of immigrants and refugees. It is our moral obligation to treat all people as we would be treated, with justice and compassion.”

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey has assured us that his proposed resolution is “not about sanctuary cities or

Letter To The Editor: Thanks For Daffodil Drive Success!

on March 30, 2017 - 8:44am
By ROSEMARY COYNE, MSN, RN
Executive Director
Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service

 

My name is Rosemary Coyne, MSN, RN. I am the executive director of the Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service (LAVNS) Home Health and Hospice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made our 22nd Annual LAVNS Daffodil Drive such a success again this year. The funds we raise every year are used to help our hospice patients in need.

 

I have been here in Los Alamos just over a year, so this was my second opportunity to see the amazing work done by so many people.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Splash Pad Debate

on March 29, 2017 - 10:14am
By LAUREN GRIFFITH
Los Alamos
 
I wanted to respond with a different perspective to the Splash Pad project proposal than that of the letter recently sent in by Martha Jones (link).
  • While I do agree that as a taxpayer in town, it would be nice to have a say in how money is spent, I have to disagree with her assertions that this is a bad idea for the following reasons:
  • Cost - the grand total for this project is $720,000 with a $36,000 per year maintenance cost ($3,000 per month). When compared with the other projects the County is looking at, this is extremely low.
  • Ms.

Letter To The Editor: Outreach, Not Ads

on March 29, 2017 - 7:23am
By DAVID NORTH
Los Alamos

At first sight, the new sign and banner at the White Rock library provoked the thought “nice ads”. Bond supporters really upped their game!

Wrong.

Further inspection revealed no advocacy -- just the county logo. Turns out they aren't ads at all, but part of a $35,000 “outreach” campaign funded by the county. This is apparently normal, if a bit upscale.

The last time a similar election was held in 2011 -- for a leisure pool -- the county devoted $18,000 for outreach, though at that time it was dubbed “public information costs”. The idea?

Letter To The Editor: Splash Pad Bad Idea

on March 29, 2017 - 7:09am
By MARTHA JONES
Los Alamos

I just read in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) that the County Council is considering building a splash pad park in White Rock. My initial response was “Boy the County can’t wait to spend our tax dollars on nonsense once again.” The worse part of it is that they want to borrow more money to get this project and others done. It seems to me that we haven’t learned anything from watching our national government take us the citizens into debt that could possibly collapse our economy.

Do you realize that the splash pad area is such a bad idea and let me share the

Letter To The Editor: Truthiness, Or Fun With Election Hype

on March 26, 2017 - 10:45am

By DAVID NORTH
Los Alamos

Brace yourself. Here comes the media storm of exaggerations, illogics, sentimentalism, tirades and irrelevancies about the looming bond measure.

But coping with it can be fun when you play “The Truthiness Game”.

The idea? Spot a statement that seems to make sense but just might not be true. It’s easier if you already know it’s fishy. Then try to determine just how true or false it is.

Assign a percentage value to how true it sounds (truthiness) and then another value for how accurate it really is (truth). Subtract the truth from the truthiness and you have your score.

Letter To The Editor: A Better Health Care Payment System

on March 25, 2017 - 7:27am
By TED TRUSKE
Albuquerque

It's strange that a five second sound bite, “I will kill Obamacare” can drive national policies. Finally President Trump admits, “health care is complicated”. So GOP members contort themselves to make magic happen, so far unsuccessfully. They dispute the CBO's numbers because they're not happily magical.

Why doesn't the public have whatever health plan Congress has? If it's good enough for Congress we in the public could live with it.

In 2010 T.R.

Letter To The Editor: Protest GOP Healthcare Bill

on March 24, 2017 - 10:45am
By CHARLES SMITH
Santa Fe

The congressional Republican healthcare plan will be a disaster for working families. Their plan will take health care away from 24 million people across the country and impose painful taxes on working people.

Thank you.

Letter To The Editor: LAMC Exceeds Expectations!

on March 24, 2017 - 5:36am
By MARCUS HALL
Los Alamos
 
This is just a short public “thank you” to the Los Alamos Medical Center.
 
I am a single dad with an 8-year-old son. A short time ago I had to go the ER with severe stomach pains and was admitted overnight into the ICU for observation. My parents were out of the country. Friends picked my son up from school and took care of him that afternoon, but he had no familiar place to stay overnight.
 
The staff at LAMC set up a bed in my room in the ICU, arranged for his supper, and he was able to spend the night with me in my room.

Letter To The Editor: To That Concerned Citizen...

on March 23, 2017 - 10:40am

By JAMES ROBINSON, Chair
Republican Party of Los Alamos

Thank you, That Concerned Citizen, for your passionate response to the many letters written. Believe it or not, I agree with you, and I take up your challenge.

Although I share the political affiliation with the current party in power, does not mean I completely agree with all of their actions. Especially those that threaten our freedoms or future.

Many in my own Party have heard me call out the hypocritical notion that a party can call for less government, but mandate that the government decide who can marry.

Roger This: A White House Uncomfortable With Truth

on March 23, 2017 - 7:58am
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
So it’s fake news vs. alternative facts, is it?
 
Well, alternative facts are a contradiction in terms. Something is either a fact or not. Nothing is in between. There are no alternative facts.
 
We’re talking about Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President of the United States, trying to help her boss wriggle around his still-unfounded tweet that Barack Obama tapped his phone in Trump Tower. The President’s charge of fake news as a blanket statement can’t possibly apply to every case and is at the very least carelessly imprecise.

Letter To The Editor: What Is More Important, Knowing My Name Or Discussing The Facts?

on March 22, 2017 - 7:56am
By That Concerned Citizen Again
Los Alamos

Mr Visel, you are already the second person in town who does not seem to realize that you are supporting a threatening government that makes immigrants like me feel unsafe to show their face if they have a fact-based critical attitude about them (click this  link to read an exchange between Gerald Antos and Concerned Citizen a few weeks ago).

I find this surprising for a city like Los Alamos that most conservative people are silent about a lying and threatening government (e.g.

Letter To The Editor: Signs Of The Times – A New PAC In Town

on March 22, 2017 - 7:12am

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