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Letter to the Editor: Making a Joyful Noise...

on February 21, 2014 - 8:00am
By TERALENE FOXX
Los Alamos

Making a Joyful Noise: White Rock United Methodist Church Needs an Accompanist

One of the greatest physicists in the modern time, Einstein, said “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”   

Others have said music is a prayer and a universal language.    

Nothing soothes the mind or makes the heart soar more than music. For the congregation at White Rock United Methodist Church, the choir, led by Kelsey Cline inspires us and leaves us with a sense of joy. 

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Letter to the Editor: Urge Gov. to Sign SB 169

on February 21, 2014 - 7:32am
By VERNON KERR
Los Alamos
 
Urge the Governor to Sign SB 169

Senate Bill SB 169 would allow the school districts of New Mexico to give one half unit of credit toward graduation for completing a ”summer civics course” as an elective  as is seen in current state law for similar courses.

New Mexico Boys’ State and Girls’ State could be qualified, as it has been formerly on contract with the Public Education Department to provide the course content and material.

Eastern New Mexico University already grants three college credit hours for the course.

Letter to the Editor: Back to the Future for Pajarito?

on February 19, 2014 - 8:33am
By BILL PRIEDHORSKY

Board member, Los Alamos Ski Club
Back to the Future for Pajarito?

As a member of the Ski Club board, I’ve heard concerns about ceding control of Pajarito Ski Area to the County or a third party, and sympathize with them. Pajarito has a wonderful heritage that was earned over the years by the sweat and tears of volunteer effort, and it is painful to envision giving it away, no matter what our confidence in the recipient. Members ask us why we cannot return to this heritage, and prosper as a more modest, volunteer-based organization, as we did in decades past.

Sadly, we

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Column: Purpose of 2nd Amendment?

on February 18, 2014 - 7:55am
BY KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

In what's apparently been an ongoing Second Amendment discussion in the Daily Post, Chick Keller asks "A careful reading shows that the (2nd) amendment uses for its justification of personal possession of guns, the necessity for a "well-armed militia.” Since we no longer have (or need) such a militia, hasn't that reasoning gone away, and haven't we returned to a state where individual possession is no longer necessary?" Mr.

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Column: Billions Sitting on the Sidelines While Critical Ideas Lack Funding

on February 18, 2014 - 6:12am

By SEN. TIM KELLER
Senate Majority Whip


As the legislative session winds down and the final budget is crafted, I can’t help but reflect on one of the great tragedies of current state government. With every tax break, education program, special interest and critical line item being accounted for, it is easy to forget that our state government is awash in cash.

There are hundreds of millions of unused tax dollars, excess bonding capacity and thousands of unfilled jobs, tucked away throughout state government.

Letter to the Editor: Second Amendment My Mandate And Right

on February 17, 2014 - 11:28am

By GERALD ANTOS
Los Alamos

Mr. Keller, While I am nowhere close to agreeing with you I will say that if and when our government can guaranty that it can protect my family and I, 100 percent of the time in every way and in every situation, than I will gladly give up my guns. 

There is no governmental mandate in either local, state or federal governments to even try and protect us. That being said, the Second Amendment is my mandate and right to self-protection. This is what our founders had in mind when they wrote the 2nd amendment!

Sorry but that is a reality just too obvious to ignore!

 
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Letter to the Editor: Purpose of Second Amendment Questioned

on February 17, 2014 - 8:22am
By CHICK KELLER
Los Alamos

Having read Ben Carlson's latest column on the value of restrictions on personal gun possession, I was wondering if anyone else had noted that an argument can be made that the Second Amendment to our Federal Constitution seems to want to prohibit such possession, not allow it.

A careful reading shows that the amendment uses for its justification of personal possession of guns, the necessity for a "well-armed militia.” Since we no longer have (or need) such a militia, hasn't that reasoning gone away, and haven't we returned to a state where individual possession

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Letter to the Editor: Action for Solar Energy Needed

on February 14, 2014 - 7:26am

By RILEY MONTGOMERY
Albuquerque

Do you want your children or future grandchildren growing up in Coal-buquerque, New Mexico? As a New Mexico native, I know first-hand that New Mexico is one of the sunniest states in the U.S. - in fact, New Mexico has 300 sunny days a year.

The solar industry has increased its job growth by 19.9 percent by providing more than 23,000 jobs since September 2012; that is more than 10 times the national employment growth rate, which increased a measly 1.9 percent. The increase in solar power jobs makes New Mexicans rely less on fossil fuels.

This comes as good

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Letter to the Editor: Aspen Ridge a Great Place to Call Home

on February 13, 2014 - 7:01am

By ROBERT (BOB) ELLIOTT

I think until you have lived or worked in an area for a while you cannot truly know the quality of what it has to offer. I have lived at Aspen Ridge Lodge in Los Alamos for eight months. In that entire time, I have experienced only wonderful care and observed great professionalism by all of their staff at all levels: management, dining staff, custodial staff, nursing and care staff, activities staff and transportation staff.

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Sanchez: Give Credit Where Credit is Due on Education Reform

on February 11, 2014 - 6:51am
Give Credit Where Credit is Due on Education Reform
By Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Bernalillo & Valencia

Last year, high school graduation rates in New Mexico improved 10 percent over recent historic rates, from the low 60 percent range up to 70 percent.
 
For the second year in a row, Hispanic New Mexican students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes have the highest completion and graduation rates of all AP students in the country.

These are fantastic developments that are justly lauded, and which the current governor is rightly touting – for which she is incorrectly taking credit.
 

Yang: HR, or No HR? That is the Question … for Some

on February 10, 2014 - 8:34am
HR, or No HR? That is the Question … for Some
By ELENA YANG

“Thank you” following action on a simple request, and “No problem” comes the reply. Whenever I get such a response, my internal voice says, “I didn’t realize it was a problem.” Yes, I can be picky about choice of words. It’s the combination of the logic center of my mind and my heightened sensitivity resulting from “English as my second language.” Of course, I wouldn’t really want to nitpick these taken-for-granted exchanges, which bear no consequences.

Letter to the Editor: Pajarito Mountain - Moving Forward Toward Positive Outcomes

on February 9, 2014 - 8:16pm
By BECKY WECHSLER OERTEL
Los Alamos Ski Club

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC) Board of Directors held a special membership meeting to inform members and bring about a vote to transfer all or part of the Club’s assets (Pajarito Ski Area) to Los Alamos County or another third party. Unfortunately, the voting resolution was not seen by the members until just minutes before the vote was called. In addition, other potential options have yet to be discussed openly.

I respect and appreciate the significant efforts made by the LASC Board to assess options and discuss the issue with

Letter to the Editor: Community Invited to Rotary’s 5th Annual Crab Fest

on February 9, 2014 - 9:34am
By LINDA HULL, immediate past president
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Ahoy, Los Alamos! It’s time for Rotary’s 5thAnnual Crab Fest! You are all cordially invited: Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the corner of Trinity Drive and DP Road. 

This all-you-can-eat crab and prawn dinner, our Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is served family-style with coleslaw, beans, rolls, dessert and beverages. (Chicken will be available for those who prefer it.) The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., dinner, primarily prepared by Blue Window Bistro, will be served at 7 p.m.

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Letter to the Editor: Employment Rising With the Sun

on February 5, 2014 - 12:07pm
Employment Rising With the Sun
By TYLER SCHUTTE
Los Alamos

One thing that doesn’t rise as consistently as the sun is our employment rate. The solar energy industry could help to change that though, because like the sun each morning, jobs in the solar industry are on the rise.

The solar industry has added over 20,000 jobs since November 2012, a 19.9 percent increase, which is more than 10 times the national employment growth rate of 1.9 percent. The best part about these jobs that are being created is that most of them are paid a living wage!
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Letter to the Editor: A Step In The Right Direction!

on February 3, 2014 - 5:59am
KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos

Thank you Councilors for recently passing the new property maintenance standards for Los Alamos! As a new resident who moved to Los Alamos from Austin, Texas about 18-months ago, I feel new property maintenance standards are badly needed and your passage of this measure is a first step in the right direction for this community.

I appreciated how Council Vice-Chair Kristin Henderson stepped up and explained in plain English why the measure is good for Los Alamos.

Letter to the Editor: Funding Sound Wall Maintenance Questioned

on January 28, 2014 - 7:28am
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos

The artistic renditions of the "Great Eastern Area Wall" into town along N.M. 502 are finally available for Los Alamos citizens to ponder. The wall will provide some relief for the homes that abut East Drive. The wall is being funded ($655,000 appropriated) by Los Alamos County because such a wall is not justified for state and federal funding (based on federal and state noise guidelines.) I have not heard what the maintenance costs would be, nor whether they have even been determined.

According to the County Dept.

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Education 101: Community Values And K-12 Funding Decisions

on January 26, 2014 - 10:11am
Education 101:
Community Values And K-12 Funding Decisions
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

The role of a school board, like any elected body from the County Council to the Congress, is to provide leadership and to make decisions within its scope of responsibility; decisions that are consistent with the priorities and values of the stakeholders it serves. 

Because constituencies often have divergent values and priorities, that’s a significant challenge for any elected body or individual elected official.

Letter to the Editor: Pass Fair Teacher Evaluation System; Stop Standardized Testing Obsession

on January 26, 2014 - 8:37am
By STEPHANIE LY
New Mexico President of the American Federation of Teachers

Recently Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera admitted that the Public Education Department (PED) will not be ready to base most teacher evaluations on 50 percent of student test results for years. In the meantime, she will base teacher evaluations on a hodgepodge of calculations that apply differently to each teacher depending on how and when his or her students are tested. 

Teachers across New Mexico have protested Skandera's new reforms.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You Music Marathon Contributors

on January 24, 2014 - 6:16am
Juanita Madland and Rheta Moazzami
Co-Chairs, Music Marathon for UNM-LA Scholarships

Thank you to the pianists, jazz performers, foot-stomping blue grass group, colorful folk dancers, violinists, violist, piccolo trumpet master, and some great guitarists, for your outstanding performances Sunday in the Fourth Annual Music Marathon for UNM-LA Scholarships.

Thank you to the citizens of Los Alamos, for supporting this good cause. More than 100 people came to listen and donated approximately $900 to the fund.

Thanks, also, to the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association for paying to have the

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Methods Used to Train Soldiers to Kill Found in Kid's Video Games

on January 16, 2014 - 11:58am
By ABE DISPENNETTE
Los Alamos

With the recent school shooting hitting so close to our home in New Mexico, I would like, if I may, to briefly step aside from my role as a State Farm Insurance Agent and speak from the perspective of a former combat Chaplain who served with infantry units such as the 101st and 10th Group Special Forces. 

These units trained and produced efficient killers in combat.

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to Blood Drive Coordinators and Donors

on January 15, 2014 - 8:27am
By MIKAYLA ORTEGA
United Blood Services of New Mexico

Every day, our blood center is constantly on the go, shipping blood to various hospitals throughout the state of New Mexico. Many times, I hear the phone ring and our Hospital Services staff respond to the call saying, “What type of product do they need? When do they need it by? We’ll get it there!”

When I overhear these conversations, it makes me stop and think, what would we do without coordinators like you? What would we do if you didn’t put your heart and soul into our mission to recruit donors to donate life-saving blood?

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Letter to the Editor: Biodegradable Cat Litter Helps Environment in Several Ways

on January 14, 2014 - 8:31am
By FRAN STOVAL
Los Alamos

While working with the Female Brainpower Initiative group (FBI) I have been approaching people in town to sign a petition to remove the single use grocery bags from our town. People who have cats have said, "I use them to put my cat litter in. What am I going to do?"

I'm a cat person and I was just as guilty. I had been using clay litter and tossing the litter into the single use plastic bags. First I thought, well I am re-using the single use grocery bags, isn't that a good thing?

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Letter to the Editor: Fracking - The rest of the story

on January 13, 2014 - 1:37pm
Fracking: The rest of the story
By Donald A. Neeper, Ph.D.
Los Alamos

On Sunday Jan. 5, the Los Alamos Monitor carried an article on fracking of petroleum wells, authored by Marita Noon, spokesperson for organizations that, as the article explains, "influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom and the American way of life." On Jan. 12, the Monitor carried a follow-up article by Gerald Ansell, who praises fracking technology for its production of oil and gas, but warns that all petroleum reserves are limited.

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SGR: Time to Make Jobs a Top Priority

on January 9, 2014 - 5:52pm
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval & Rio Arriba

A recent economic evaluation of the states, conducted by Bloomberg, found that New Mexico’s economic health has declined from being in the top ten from 1995-2007 to dead last, today. This summer, the Jobs Council, comprised of Legislators and representatives from the private and public sector, was formed to come up with a strategy to get New Mexico back on track.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Wreaths Ceremony

on January 3, 2014 - 12:33pm
MRS. ALLAN CONNER and Family
Los Alamos

I would like to thank the Los Alamos American Legion Riders for their special Wreaths ceremony for Veterans at Guaje Pines last December. 

It had deep meaning for my family and we appreciated their efforts to have Guaje Pines included in this Nationwide Ceremony.

We also appreciated the Los Alamos Daily Post’s presence and the article and photos.

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