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Letter To The Editor: Sign Me Up To Contribute To Success Of Next Generation!

on January 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Los Alamos

Response to Robert Visel’s letter published Jan. 10, 2017 (link). 

Should we really backtrack from universal adult suffrage? We live in 2017, not 1817. Every resident has a stake in this community and contributes to the property tax base in the county either directly or through rent payments. Landlords are free to charge for rent what the market will bear, but if I had a landlord that gave me that kind of attitude, I’d be looking for a new place to live regardless of the result of the election. Rents in Los Alamos are high because people want to live here.

Letter To The Editor: Funds Well Spent At UNM-LA

on January 11, 2017 - 7:10am
Los Alamos
I worked for Los Alamos Public schools for 25 years and retired five years ago. 
I continued my business and have had the privilege of being contracted through UNM-LA. I feel fortunate to have seen LAPS offering dual credit classes for high school students. When I first came to UNM-LA the enrollment was low and this past semester the enrollment has grown significantly. 
Last summer UNM-LA remodeled the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) classroom for more in-depth real life training.

Video: Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Encourages Voters To Support UNM-LA Mil Levy

on January 10, 2017 - 11:56am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right, with UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of White Rock speaks in support of the UNM-LA Mil Levy.

View the video here.

Letter To The Editor: Upcoming Voting

on January 10, 2017 - 11:49am
Los Alamos
I’m glad the Presidential Election is finally over, unfortunately we here in Los Alamos still have more B.S. to deal with. I’m referring to the upcoming “All Mail” ballots to vote for the Bonds and Mil Levi’s.
First off it should be illegal for anyone other than property owners to be able to vote on these since they’re the ones who are going to have to pay for them.
But, as a Landlord, I have informed my tenants that if these items should pass I will be significantly raising their rent to cover the property tax increase and I’m sure other Landlords

Letter To The Editor: Duck Test

on January 10, 2017 - 11:45am
Los Alamos

There seems to be some disagreement as to whether an affirmative vote by the community to increase the levy for UNM-LA or LAPS would be a tax increase.

I suggest the simple Duck Test: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. So if the amount of my check to the county, based on my property assessment, were go to up, it sure does sound like a duck. Er, I mean a tax. But that is beside the point.

The question of whether a levy increase to support local public educational institutions is a good idea is separate

Letter To The Editor: How Does Los Alamos Compare In Supporting Higher Education? We’re The Cheapest!

on January 10, 2017 - 8:54am
Former County Councilor and former School Board member

How does Los Alamos compare to other New Mexico communities in their support for local higher education? We’re the cheapest.

You can go to the website: and double check my research. I examined the percentage of a resident’s property tax bill that went to support the college in their city.

Here’s the list of the cities and the percentage of their property taxes that goes to support their local college:

  • Gallup (16.9 percent for UNM-G);
  • Farmington (16.9 percent

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos County Animal Shelter / Special Kudos To Chief Sgambellone!

on January 10, 2017 - 7:17am
Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter

Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter wants to thank the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter for its quick and decisive response to containing the spread of parvovirus that recently sickened two shelter puppies. These puppies came to our shelter from another facility with an extremely high euthanasia rate due to space constraints. 

Transfers of this type give the animals that remain in that shelter a better chance of adoption in that community. In return, our community shelter gains a more diverse pool of adoptable animals.

Los Alamos Daily Post Endorses Mil Levy, LAPS Bond

on January 9, 2017 - 1:07pm
By CAROL A. CLARK, Publisher
Los Alamos Daily Post

After much review and careful consideration, the Los Alamos Daily Post is endorsing the UNM-LA Mil Levy and LAPS School Bond and we strongly encourage the community to vote for both.

Education is vitally important to this community, now and in the future, in terms of opportunities for our young people as well as economic development benefits for the entire community.

UNM-LA has provided important educational opportunities to local students, first responders, healthcare workers and lifelong learners.

Letter To The Editor: A Community Full Of Wonderful!

on January 9, 2017 - 7:42am
Los Alamos

In today’s world when there is so much focus on disturbing news, we want to focus on the positive and send a huge thank you to this wonderful community, for supporting our fundraising efforts for our young friend and co-worker Valerie Martinez who is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

To the Los Alamos Daily Post and Los Alamos Monitor for providing such supportive vehicles for the community to get our stories out, Thank You!

To the Posse Lodge and its volunteers who work many hours to offer a perfect venue for groups and organizations to do their thing, Thank

LAPS: A New Paradigm In Facilities Management

on January 8, 2017 - 2:06pm
LAPS School Board

I am writing to explain how the priorities for facilities maintenance investments has changed from the early 2000s.

I’ll give an overview of expenditures from early 2000s, and give an example of how our new vision is successful.

Facilities Maintenance in early 2000s

I have attached a slide from a School Board meeting in 2008 (before I was on the Board). I need to state a few caveats and insights with this slide:

1) since the slide is dated 2008, some numbers are projections;
2) we evidently had some type of GO bonds passed by taxpayers prior to

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.