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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.

Letter To The Editor: In Los Alamos Thoughtful Inquiry And Rational Discourse Are Expected And Required

on February 15, 2017 - 8:17am
By NANCY SCHICK
McMinnville, Ore.
Los Alamos resident 1986-2014
 
I was dismayed to read Gerald Antos’s one sentence “letter” written in response to a critique of our government, advising the letter writer that if “you don’t like it (the United States), then leave it."
 
Los Alamos is a town where thoughtful inquiry and rational discourse are not just expected, but required. Mr. Antos’s comments run contrary not only to the ethos of Los Alamos, but to the foundations of our nation. We question, we criticize, and we eventually come to resolution.

Letter To The Editor: Let's All Voice Support For Two Bills Aimed At Protecting New Mexico Wildlife

on February 14, 2017 - 7:39am
By BETTE KORBER
Los Alamos

At 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, New Mexico’s Senate Conservation Committee will hear two bills aimed at protecting wildlife here in New Mexico.

Senate Bill 286, which will ban the use of traps and poisons on our public lands, was introduced by Sen. Pete Campos (D-Las Vegas) and Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs). Currently, traps and poisons can be left not far from public trails, are random in their damage, and put wildlife, endangered species and even pets at risk.

Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Sen.

Letter To The Editor: Don't Give Up Constitutional Rights For Promise Of Security

on February 14, 2017 - 6:29am
By JAMES FOLEY
Los Alamos

I am a little frustrated with politicians that believe our constitutional rights are worth giving up for the promise of security. There are too many of these laws that require you to give up your rights to be safer.

The reality is if you buy into to what they are selling, you lose your rights for little or no improvement in security. Politicians and lobbyists try to convince you that there is a big problem and they have the answer. They are using fear to get you to do something they want you to do.

Letter To The Editor: Don't Like It ... Then Leave It!

on February 13, 2017 - 7:35pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos
 
Dr. Reilly,
 
When will you realize that you should leave the USA for the simple fact that if you don't like it ... then leave it! (link).
 
Nuff said!

Letter To The Editor: The Last Thing The World Needs Is A Stronger And Greater USA

on February 13, 2017 - 4:37pm
By Dr. DOUGLAS T. REILLY
Los Alamos
 
President Trump’s inaugural address advocated a stronger and greater USA. He used the word America; I remember an Argentine friend who long ago reminded me that everyone from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Ushuaia at the southern tip of South American IS AMERICAN.
 
The last thing the world needs is a stronger and greater USA. We are already strong and great. Most of us know Lord Acton’s quote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Many countries consider the USA the most dangerous country in the world.

Letter To The Editor: About House Bill 50 On Gun Safety

on February 13, 2017 - 8:06am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

Friday Feb. 10, the House Judiciary Committee passed with a vote of 7 to 6 House Bill 50 (HB 50), co-sponsored by our representatives Stephanie Garcia Richard and Richard Martinez. HB 50 would close background check loopholes for buying guns in New Mexico. In our state it’s not illegal to avoid background checks when purchasing a firearm.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, New Mexico is the 10th-worst state for gun deaths: There were 14.6 gun deaths for every 100,000 people in the state in 2010. That’s 40 percent higher than the national

SCHIFERL: Success Was Not Mine Alone; I Owe Thanks To Many People

on February 8, 2017 - 8:48pm
By SHEILA SCHIFERL
Newly Elected UNM-LA Board Member
Los Alamos

Tesday was my first run as a candidate. Success was not mine alone; I owe thanks to many people:

First, thank you to my tireless campaign team.

Thank you to all the people we met, by phone and canvassing the town, for their advice, their participation, and their hospitality.

Thank you to the people who shared their experiences on school and college boards.

Thank you also to the people who brought us non-UNM-LA problems (including several potential hazards to children). We have contacted appropriate authorities to start

Robinson: Reflections On Elections

on February 8, 2017 - 9:40am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

I want to begin by congratulating Sheila Shiferl on her election last night. It was a great contest, and I wish her all the luck in her new position. UNM-LA deserves no less than all of her energy and talents going into the future.

It is always hard to wake up the day after all the hard work, time and energy spent suddenly ended. Just over two weeks ago, I got to celebrate the approval of the Mil Levy for UNM-LA. Today, however, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, BUT, there are things I can say I am proud of.

Just two year ago, I finished the

Letter To The Editor: Ellen Ben-Naim Is The One For LAPS Board

on February 6, 2017 - 8:58pm
By JEFF WAUSON
Los Alamos

The LAPS school board needs compassionate, yet knowledgeable leadership with new ideas, different points of view, and someone who can spur the board into action while working collegially with all stakeholders.

Balancing what the staff and students truly need is important and so necessary at this time when teacher morale is at an all time low. Ellen herself is an educator with first hand experience of the constant demands the profession faces.

Letter To The Editor: I Endorse Ellen Ben-Naim For Multiple Strengths She'll Bring To School Board

on February 6, 2017 - 6:35pm
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS Board Member
 
As a LAPS School Board member, I endorse Ellen Ben-Naim for School Board in the Pinon District.
 
My support is based on strengths Ellen brings in the following areas:
  • New ideas, thoughts and questions about youth and education based on her experience as an educator;
  • First hand understanding of emotional and social needs and struggles of our youth;
  • Support for our teachers who work in a constrained and demoralizing environment;
  • Leadership to team with other Board members; and
  • Move forward together with new members to the School Board to bring fresh

Loy: Why UNM-LA Advisory Board Election Is Relevant To You, And James Robinson Is Right For The Job

on February 6, 2017 - 9:03am
By LAURA LOY
Los Alamos

Only two weeks ago, we finished an election in Los Alamos, and now there’s another one this Tuesday, Feb. 7. I’m sure election-fatigue has set in with some, but please let me tell you why I think the UNM-LA Advisory Board election is relevant to you, and why I support James Robinson for the position.

The election Jan. 24 had two questions, which both passed. One was to support a bond for Los Alamos Public Schools, and the other was for a mil levy for UNM-Los Alamos.

Letter To The Editor: Why I Support Jim Hall For School Board From Pinon District

on February 5, 2017 - 12:25pm
By NORMA PUCKETT
Los Alamos

I am a retired teacher who often substitutes in the schools, often at Pinon. I live in the Pinon district, and am a strong supporter of Jim Hall for School Board. I have both professional and personal knowledge of his skills and contributions. 

I was still teaching when he was first on the Board and watched as he guided the Board through very contentious discussions about the Sex Education Policy. Whether as board president or member, his professional experience in group facilitation and building consensus greatly assists Board decision making.

Letter To The Editor: Ben-Naim Is Our Opportunity For Fresh, Community-minded Leadership On School Board

on February 5, 2017 - 7:16am
By SUSAN BENJAMIN
Former New Mexico Teacher of the Year
 
Los Alamos has an opportunity for fresh, community-minded leadership on the School Board. Ellen Ben-Naim will provide new insights and vigorous advocacy for teachers and students.
 
As a professional educator with an MA degree and enormous community experience, Ellen will provide leadership to improve mental health, increase teacher salaries and reduce oppressive teacher evaluation.
 
Ellen is an excellent people-connector and communicator. She will serve our community well.
 
Ellen supports mental health issues and is committed

Letter To The Editor: That Gut-Wrenching Pain...

on February 4, 2017 - 9:32pm
By Bob Fuselier
Los Alamos

Have you felt that painful,tightening, gut-wrenching feeling when you hear someone state something that infringes upon your rights or beliefs?

Good, that means you’re human. The feeling comes from an emotional system that helps us survive.

Have you allowed that feeling to develop into anger toward the one expressing the statement?

That’s not good. It’s true that anger is part of our humanity, but it comes from the lowest and most ancient parts of our brain, one we share with lizards.

Have you taken an oppositional stance of the idea or policy that was stated?

Hall: LAPS School Board - Looking Ahead

on February 4, 2017 - 5:44am

LAPS Board: Why I Am Running For Re-election - Looking Ahead

 

By JIM HALL
LAPS Board President
 

Editor's note: this is the final column in a three-part series.

This is the final articleon why I am running for re-election to the LAPS Board. My first article provided basic information about LAPS as an institution, the Board, and some major accomplishments of the Board and administration (http://www.ladailypost.com/content/laps-board-why-i-am-running-re-election). The second article focused on current issues facing LAPS(http://www.ladailypost.com/content/hall-why-i-am-running-re-election

Michelle Hall: Why I’m Running For UNM-LA Advisory Board

on February 2, 2017 - 9:25am
By MICHELLE K. HALL, Incumbent
UNM-LA Advisory Board

The community of Los Alamos is a place I am lucky to call home. It has splendorous beauty and passionate and caring people. I cannot thank Los Alamos voters enough for their approval of the UNM-LA mil levy. With passage of the levy, it is critical for the campus to have strong advisory board members that bring a diversity of knowledge and experience to guide them toward a strong and vibrant future.

Letter To The Editor: Trump’s Misleading Attacks On Mex­ico

on February 2, 2017 - 9:16am
By JOSEPH A. D’ANNA
Los Alamos

Throughout the election process and now as President, Donald Trump has viciously and relentlessly attacked Mexico and its people over trade and immigration. In reality, Trump’s attacks are baseless and contrived.

First, there is no rational basis to blame Mexico for the NAFTA trade agreement involving the US, Mexico and Canada. Mexico did not initiate NAFTA, and it did not coerce the US government to sign the trade agreement.

The Reagan administration initiated negotiations with Mexico to expand the global economy, the negotiations were concluded with

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Ellen Ben-Naim

on February 1, 2017 - 5:01pm
By ROSE MARTIN
Retired Pinon Elementary Teacher
 
I enthusiastically support Ellen Ben-Naim for the Los Alamos School Board. I would like to confirm the qualifications and experience that makes Ellen an excellent choice.
 
I’ve taught at Pinon for 25 years and during my tenure I saw first-hand Ellen’s commitment to our school community. Ellen has a master’s degree in education, a life-long career in teaching and a demonstrated commitment to serving our students, parents, teachers and school staff.
 
At Pinon School she was a knowledgeable force helping teachers and students.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You For The Coverage

on January 31, 2017 - 10:19am
 

Letter To The Editor: Isn’t It Great We Have Options?

on January 31, 2017 - 6:43am
By Another Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Dear Concerned Citizen:

Thank you for speaking up and showing your support for Darryl Sugar (link). Isn’t it wonderful that we have options?

You are right; he is very courageous to run for School Board. I do not doubt his compassion.

You are also right; Mr. Boerigter has not publicly spoken out against Betsy DeVos, however, has Mr. Sugar? If so, I must have missed it.

I do not feel that Mr. Boerigter being a Republican makes him have a ‘rap sheet’. I know many good people who voted Republican. I also know many good people who voted Democrat.

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