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

on January 5, 2017 - 3:28pm
By NYLEA BUTLER-MOORE
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
By JAMES ROBINSON
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
By BILL WADT
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
By ROSS LIGON
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.
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Rooney: Education Makes A Difference

on January 3, 2017 - 8:17am
By Dr. CYNTHIA ROONEY
UNM-LA CEO

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
By LOUIS ROSOCHA
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).

 

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

on January 2, 2017 - 8:27pm

By KHAL SPENCER
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.

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

on January 2, 2017 - 10:00am

By DAVID and TERRY IZRAELEVITZ
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
By LOUIS ROSOCHA
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?

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

on December 30, 2016 - 4:33pm
By PATRICK SORAN
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
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
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.

Letter To The Editor: An Inquiry Into The Future Of The Office Of Sheriff

on December 29, 2016 - 7:11pm
By PATRICK BRENNER
Los Alamos

 

Now that the ugly smear campaign against the Office of Sheriff and our fantastic Sheriff Marco Lucero is over, will the Los Alamos County Council restore the duties to the Office that we elected Sheriff Lucero to perform?

 

A number of duties were assigned to the Office at the time of Sheriff Lucero's election. The majority of these duties have since been transferred to the Police Department for reasons that the Council hasn't made clear. Now that we again have an answer to whether Los Alamos wants a Sheriff (and the people responded "yes, we want a

Letter To The Editor: Response To ‘Petition And Rhetoric Misses Mark’

on December 29, 2016 - 8:55am
By TOM FAIRBANKS and ELIZABETH WEST
Los Alamos

Re: Petition And Rhetoric Misses Mark (link)

We take issue with Mr. William’s letter and in particular his statement that the Mesa Meadow Community possessed a "complete lack of understanding" regarding what was being proposed.

Several years ago the exact same project was proposed in Mesa Meadow. The county dismissed the project when we pointed out that the project, as proposed, would be built not on county land but on land owned by Mesa Meadow Pool.

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Wismer: The Mil Levy IS Important For UNM-LA And For Los Alamos County

on December 28, 2016 - 7:41am
By LISA J. WISMER
Director, Business Operations
UNM-Los Alamos

Many individuals considering the upcoming special school election are asking UNM-LA what happened after the failed mil election in 2013. What financial impacts did the campus sustain and how did it respond? Providing that information may help frame the challenge UNM-LA is facing moving forward as it continues to serve the Los Alamos community.

After the 2013 election, UNM-LA was faced with difficult decisions to determine which programs and services were essential to UNM-LA and which ones could continue to be supported by the

Letter To The Editor: Petition And Rhetoric Misses Mark

on December 28, 2016 - 7:30am
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos

It absolutely amazes me about what can be presented at a County Council meeting to defeat something. A case in point: the petition and rhetoric of a group at the Dec.  20, 2016, County Council meeting who spoke about the location of additional tennis courts in the area next to the current Los Alamos High School tennis courts (i.e., ‘Mesa Meadow’).

The action by this group of people demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the status of the tennis issue and the location of the new courts that the consultants were presenting to council to be included in

Letter To The Editor: Supporting Our Schools Is The Right Thing To Do

on December 28, 2016 - 6:55am
By ELLEN BEN-NAIM
Los Alamos

Early next month, you will receive a mail-in ballot for the school bond election. I urge you to join me in supporting our community’s most important asset – our children – by voting YES.

This is one envelope that won’t get buried in the mail pile. We will mail our ballots back on the same day they arrive for several reasons.

First, supporting our students is the right thing to do. My three children have thrived in the Los Alamos Public Schools, and have benefited from the new Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School wing.

Letter To The Editor: Please Help Keep UNM-LA’s ‘Engine’ Running ... Vote For Mil Levy

on December 27, 2016 - 8:51am

By Dr. LESLIE DENDY
Los Alamos

Los Alamos residents will soon be voting on a 1 mil levy request for UNM-Los Alamos. I've been teaching at UNM-LA since 1980 (and before that at its precursor, UNM-Northern Branch College) and I know we need it!

As a parent whose kids went all the way through Los Alamos public schools, I know L.A. voters consider education vital, but there are some things you may not know about UNM-LA in particular. UNM-Albuquerque does NOT support us financially - it's not even legally possible.

A Meditation For Women Too Busy For Christmas

on December 26, 2016 - 6:23am
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

I’m sick of Christmas,” my friend said. “Every year it’s the same thing. Shopping baking, writing cards, addressing envelopes, more shopping, decorating, entertaining, cooking the Christmas dinner…. The kids and grandkids always come to mom’s or grandma’s house for their Christmases. I have to do everything. It’s not like I’m the only one there—after all, I’m married. But does HE ever help? No. All he does is come home and enjoy the place. He thinks he’s done enough if he has to pull out his credit card.”

“It’s been the same since Christmas began,” I agreed

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Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Police And Fire Chaplain Gives Thanks

on December 23, 2016 - 10:36am

By An Appreciative Los Alamos Police and Fire Chaplain

Notification went out through fliers and emails, as it has for the past 10 years, that the Annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner was to take place Dec. 17 at the First United Methodist Church. The menu would include prime rib and/or smoked salmon. The announcement also stated “bring your families and allow us the privilege and blessing of serving you. Retirees are also invited to attend.”

For the past 10 years Susan Nava and her husband Dennis Trumblee and an unbelievable number of volunteers of all ages have organized this

Letter To The Editor: New Idea For Old Smith's

on December 23, 2016 - 10:02am
By CHET MANLEY
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Letter To The Editor: Let's Keep Momentum Going ... Vote For LAPS Bond And UNM-LA Mill Levy

on December 22, 2016 - 12:13pm
By STEVEN GIRRENS
Los Alamos

I was so proud of our community when the 2009 LAPS bond passed. I was equally proud of our community in 2013 when the bond was passed again. Since then, the Middle School renovation projects were finished in October 2013 and Aspen Elementary reconstruction was completed in October 2014. In addition, several safety improvements were made at every school along with significant protective maintenance upgrades.

Forty-year-old Barranca Elementary is next on the list for major renovation.

Letter To The Editor: Obama’s Last Chance To Protect Grand Canyon

on December 22, 2016 - 9:51am
By Hannah Perkins and Dan McGuinness
Environment New Mexico, Golden Dawn Gallery
 
While climbing into ancient cavates and hiking through the beautiful wilderness of Bandelier National Monument a few weeks ago, I was struck by the thought, what if we hadn’t protected this?
 
What would have happened to sites of the ancestral pueblo culture and the miles of natural wonders if this hadn’t been designated as a national monument one hundred years ago?

Bandelier National Monument doesn’t just preserve history, culture, and nature.

Letter To The Editor: Parents Express Support For UNM-LA Mill Levy

on December 21, 2016 - 3:50pm
By DAVID and HEIDI ROGERS
Los Alamos

As local parents of two Los Alamos High School students, we are writing in support of the upcoming mail-in vote on the UNM-LA mill levy.

UNM-LA benefits everyone in the community, and we are especially thankful that all of our high school kids can take advantage of joint classes at classes at UNM-LA while they are still in high school. Last summer, our son took an EMT training class at UNM-LA, and it was a valuable and transformational experience for him that he couldn’t have gotten at the high school.

We would like UNM-LA to remain a vibrant part of

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos Community For Supporting Children's Christmas Bazaar

on December 21, 2016 - 7:55am
By BETH PATTILLO
Children’s Christmas Bazaar Chair
 
Christmas is almost here! I would like to thank the Los Alamos community for their generosity in supporting the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during the Winterfest weekend. You were generous with giving of your time and your donations.
 
At least 75 people helped with set up, baking, greeting, wrapping (at least 25 wrappers wrapping all at the same time!), helping children select gifts and cleaning up. And this all occurs within a 25-hour period of time.

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