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Letter To The Editor: Voting Yes On School Bond Just Makes Good Sense!

on January 8, 2017 - 1:50pm

LAPS School Board

Have you ever had a chance encounter where a random conversation stays with you? I recently had that experience while traveling when I happened to sit near a chemistry professor from UNM’s Albuquerque Campus. After exchanging pleasantries, I happened to mention that I was from Los Alamos. His first reaction was, “They have great schools in Los Alamos! I pay $21,000 a year to send my child to (Albuquerque) Academy to get the same caliber of education that you guys get for free!”

That statement really sticks with me as I check “yes” on my ballot and

Letter To The Editor: Wall Around New Mexico ... False

on January 8, 2017 - 12:14pm
Los Alamos

Much as it pains me to defend Donald Trump, the statement (link) about building a wall around New Mexico has been proven false (search for full details.)

Of course, if a wall were to be built around New Mexico, I would ask that Texas pay for it. :)

Letter to the Editor: Regarding Unleashed Dog Debate

on January 8, 2017 - 9:21am
Los Alamos
I wanted to bring another perspective to this debate. I would like to preface this with the fact that a previous dog we owned had been so regularly subjected to unleashed "out of control" dogs attacking him that around age 5, he began to attack any dog who approached him out of fear. That never changed until he passed away. This then meant that in any populated area, we had to keep him on a leash.

Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA Is A Great Community Asset

on January 8, 2017 - 6:50am
Los Alamos

Please join me in voting yes and supporting our local college, UNM-LA. Los Alamos residents are intelligent, caring, and sharing people. As citizens we enjoy great community assets including our schools, roads, parks, trails, libraries, and other public amenities. At times directly, but most often indirectly through our elected officials, we as a community decide which of these amenities we desire and are willing to pay for through our local taxes.

As citizens we are tasked with directly deciding the fate of UNM-LA.

Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA Mil Levy - No Lies, Just Facts and Definitely Scary

on January 8, 2017 - 5:42am
Los Alamos

It is being suggested that my editorial piece (link), regarding the understatement of the UNM-LA Mil Levy, i.e. Property Tax Increase, is a misrepresentation and a scare tactic.

There are no lies.  he words are carefully chosen and exact. The statements correct. I have no control how someone interprets them. If they translate doubling ‘A’ property tax to doubling ‘YOUR’ property tax then the issue is not in my words.

The information about the Mil Levy comes straight from UNM-LA. There is an existing $1 Mil Levy for the UNM-LA campus.

Letter To The Editor: Dog Encounter Terrifying To Family

on January 7, 2017 - 3:21pm

Letter To The Editor: Council Needs To Tackle Off-Leash Dog Issue And Enforcement Needs Teeth

on January 7, 2017 - 3:05pm
Los Alamos

In college, I lived next door to some folks who had a very nice, sweet, goofy dog named Broccoli. They sneered at me when I quit letting my dog run free after she and Broccoli sauntered down an ally and across a busy street where my pup was nicked by a car. Broccoli continued to be able to run free – and ended up being dragged under a car for a mile. Still literally makes me sick to my stomach.

I share the frustration of not being able to take a relaxing walk with the dog in Los Alamos. Instead, I have to keep an eye out for unleashed dogs.

Letter To The Editor: Vote 'For' Bond To Continue Process To Upgrade School Facilities

on January 7, 2017 - 6:42am
Former County Councilor and former School Board member

One of the frustrations during my years on the School Board was that all school district operational funds are allocated by the state on a per-pupil basis, regardless of local cost-of-living. Teachers are paid from the operational fund and it costs more to live in Los Alamos. We found that needed maintenance and utility costs for our aging facilities were robbing the operational fund of money that could go to staff salaries.

We formed a team to examine the difference between continuing to patch buildings with

Sheehey: Support LA Public Schools And UNM-LA

on January 7, 2017 - 6:22am
Los Alamos County Councilor

Having hada scientific career in Los Alamos, I know I owe a lot to good public education. That’s one of the reasons I will vote Yes for the 2017 Los Alamos Public Schools Bond and the UNM-LA 1-mil levy. Both institutions have solid records of getting maximum value for taxpayers’ dollars. These two funding sources will allow them to continue their important contributions to our community.

The LAPS Bond will not increase our property taxes.

Letter To The Editor: Dispelling Subtle Lie And Scaremonger Tactics

on January 6, 2017 - 10:29am
Los Alamos

No, Brady Burke does NOT pay enough in taxes. (link)

Compared to most of New Mexico, Los Alamos County property tax rates are low; compared to most of the developed part of the country, our rate is absurdly low. I once looked into the big LA rate, which was about five times ours, if I recall correctly.

And we get more and better municipal services.

Even more irritating is the subtle lie that your property taxes would double -- classic scaremonger tactics. Only the very tiny part that goes to UNM-LA is going up in this bond election, currently 1/10th of what

Letter To The Editor: It's Time To Reclaim Our Streets, Parks And Trails!

on January 6, 2017 - 9:33am

Letter To The Editor: Vote NO To Doubling A Property Tax

on January 5, 2017 - 9:48pm
Los Alamos 

It’s true. You are being asked to double one of your property taxes. Your property taxes are made up of lots of individual tax burdens. 

This whole LAPS Bond issue has been focusing on how there will not be a Tax Rate increase.  Just look at the front page of Thursday’s Los Alamos Daily Post, first article (link) on the Front Page, continues onto Page 8; LAPS: No Tax Rate Increase. Only one line buried in a paragraph says that LAPS Bond is one of two items on the ballot.

The second item on the ballot is the Property Tax Poison Pill. It is the UNM-LA Mil Levy.

LAPS ‘No Tax Rate Increase’ Bond Election

on January 5, 2017 - 7:49pm
Barranca Elementary students give a thumbs up. Courtesy photo

LAPS Superintendent

• It is All about the Students
Ballots for the Los Alamos Public Schools bond election were mailed to voters Jan. 3, 2017. They are due in the County Clerk’s Office no later than 7 p.m. Jan. 24.  The LAPS bond is the first question on the two-item ballot. This is a continuation bond that does not increase tax rates.

All funds raised through the bond election are for school facilities to support student learning.

Letter To The Editor: Off-Leash Dog Incidents Mount! Who Is Safe?

on January 5, 2017 - 3:28pm
Resident of Quemazon
Los Alamos

In recent days, my husband, two dogs, and I have experienced AT LEAST 23 incidences with unleashed dogs in neighborhoods and on nearby trails. Three of these encounters resulted in injuries to myself and two resulted in injuries to our leashed dogs. What can be done to stop this?

Despite the county’s leash law, many dog owners do not see the need for leashes, letting their dogs, which are not under voice control, run wild. We have been rushed and/or attacked so often by off-leash dogs, that this has become an almost daily occurrence.

Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA Advisory Board

on January 4, 2017 - 11:07am
Los Alamos
Recently, I announced my candidacy for the UNM-LA Advisory Board.
I had previously sought this position in 2013, but lost to Michael DiRosa. Then, earlier this year, I sought to replace Michael DiRosa after he accepted a new position in Washington DC. Although still unsuccessful, I vowed to keep on trying. So, third time’s the charm.
Before deciding to run again, I really wanted to continue to help UNM-LA.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You To Taxpayers Of Los Alamos

on January 4, 2017 - 8:41am
By Past School Board Presidents
Joan Ahlers, Jody Benson, Judith Bjarke-Mckenzie, Steven P. Girrens,
Nancy (Nan) Holmes, Melanie McKinley, Morrie Pongratz, Dawn VanHaus

We collectively write this letter to express our deep appreciation to our local taxpayers, parents and community members that have unselfishly and generously given to support the future of Los Alamos. We embarked upon this journey in 2007 when we had more than $130 million in capital facilities needs. Since then Los Alamos has passed $60 million in bond funds and received $20 million in matching State funds.

The 2009 bond

Wadt: On Supporting The School Bond

on January 4, 2017 - 7:01am
Los Alamos
The ballots for the 2017 school bond were mailed out Jan. 3. There are many good reasons to vote yes. I want to focus on two of them.
For nearly 20 years, I have been involved in the school bond process as a community member. During that time what has impressed me the most is how seriously school leaders have taken their obligation to taxpayers and to students on getting the most out of every school bond dollar. The decisions to integrate new construction and renovation have maximized attractive classroom space for the available funding.

Letter To The Editor: Who Owes Whom An Apology?

on January 3, 2017 - 7:40pm
Los Alamos
In response to the article, “Veterans Apologize to Japan for Using Nuclear Weaponsexactly which veterans made this apology?
Two veterans I knew (my father and my father-in-law) gave three of the worst years of their lives and daily risked their lives to turn back the evil Japanese Empire, which threatened to take control of most of Asia.
Up until the time of “this hugely atrocious crime against humanity” (according to the Veterans for Peace) our country had lost thousands upon thousands of lives and vast amounts of resources. As U.S.

Rooney: Education Makes A Difference

on January 3, 2017 - 8:17am

Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to represent UNM-Los Alamos at numerous events. When invited to speak, it is easy for me to talk about the important role that UNM-LA plays in our community. Yet, it is even more rewarding to listen. At one event, a retiree told me about how her professional career at LANL was re-invented after she decided to take a biology class at UNM-LA and then took “every class offered by Dr. Leslie Dendy.”

At another event, I spoke with a former student and her current employer who both started their accounting

Letter To The Editor: How About LABB (Los Alamos Bowling & Billiards)

on January 3, 2017 - 7:42am
White Rock

In reply to Khal Spencer's letter published Jan. 2, 2017 in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), I suggest a better acronym: LABB (Los Alamos Bowling & Billiards).

Like, Dr. Dude, I'm going down to the LABB to study the collisional dynamics of hard spheres rolling on a finite frictional surface (and maybe have a beer while I'm at this grinding task).



Letter To The Editor: What Los Alamos Needs Is Ninja Bowling

on January 2, 2017 - 8:27pm

Los Alamos

After reading Chet Manley (link) and Louis Rosocha's (link) somewhat modest proposals to breathe new life into the now abandoned and decrepit Smith's supermarket location that curses our eastern end of downtown, it seems to me that Messrs. Rosocha and Manley can easily work together on this and do something truly unique to Los Alamos: a Ninja bowling and billiards league.

Just think of the marketing opportunities! It even has a nice ring as an acronym: NBBL.


Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA Provides Important Value To Our Community

on January 2, 2017 - 10:00am

Los Alamos

In the next few days, Los Alamos residents will receive a ballot in the mail asking them to support education in our community. The need to continue upgrading our elementary school buildings is self-evident; so is the need for UNM-LA to improve its finances. We hope you will vote in the affirmative to support both questions.

Other letters have explained in more detail and more authoritatively than we can the precarious financial state of our local branch of UNM. Let us remind ourselves of the value that UNM-LA provides to our community.

Our three

Letter To The Editor: Response To Ninja Training Center

on January 2, 2017 - 8:22am
White Rock

I was considerably befuddled by the Letter to the Editor entitled “New Idea for Old Smith’s” by Chet Manley of Los Alamos that appeared in the Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 print edition of the Post (link).

I had two main impressions: 1) Yes, we need to do something with the valuable ‘Old Smith’s’ supermarket building, and 2) Is this guy really serious?


Letter To The Editor: Community’s Help Is Needed As One Of Our Jewels Is Under Assault

on December 30, 2016 - 4:33pm
Los Alamos

In my mind’s eye, a model community needs several positive assets: good governance, good public services (police, fire, utilities, etc.), good job opportunities, good medical facilities, well-educated citizens, scenic surroundings, and good educational opportunities (K-12 and collegiate). Los Alamos is such a community capable of possessing all of these assets. However, we as a community need to support and nourish these assets and for the most part we do support them. Unfortunately one of our jewels is under assault.

Our UNM-LA branch college has lost just under

Letter To The Editor: Rebuttal Of Letter By Fairbanks And West

on December 29, 2016 - 7:34pm
Los Alamos

In response to the Letter to the Editor by Tom Fairbanks and Elizabeth West (link):

Firstly, the Mesa Meadow presentations were completely out of order. Tennis courts at Mesa Meadows was NOT in the Bonding package. Tennis courts at JFK-Mesa Field was the ONLY venue in it! No other.
Next, several years ago, I had determined that courts could be built in Mesa Meadows without being on pool land. This was confirmed by the consultants more recently. Mesa Meadows is county land and not these residents' backyards.