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Letter to the Editor: The Irony of it All

By Chief MAC (Doug MacDonald)
Ret. Los Alamos Fire Chief

I understand the Los Alamos Government Review Initiative’s (LACRI) are in opposition of the proposed amendments the Charter Review Committee (CRS) has recommended to the initiative and referendum provisions of the Charter; under the premise that the proposed signature requirements of 15 percent and timeframes of 60/90 days for referendums/initiatives are onerous.

I find LAGRI’s posture troubling. In January 2010 I attended a public meeting scheduled by the County Council.

The single topic of the meeting was to discuss LAGRI’s petitions


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Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘Yes’ on Charter Ballot Questions

By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos
Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November’s election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.
 
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
 
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings

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Public Invited to Hall Campaign Rally with Governor

ELECTION 2012 News:

Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Los Alamos Sunday afternoon to attend a Campaign Rally for Republican Rep. Jim Hall, candidate for House Dist. 43. 

Community members are invited to this event, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel and includes food, drinks and live music.


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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Rectify Shortcomings

By Ken Milder
Former County Councilor

When changes to our County Charter are proposed, I usually look at such proposals with a somewhat jaundiced eye.

Our Charter, after all, has served us well, with only minor changes, for nearly 45 years.

This is true for the most part. But, after so many years we start to see what works and what does not.

For many years the initiative, referendum, and recall provisions of the Charter have lacked clarity and, at times, inhibited the community’s effort to proceed with needed improvements.

The proposed changes rectify those shortcomings.

The grouping of the Charter


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U.S. Attorney Names New Mexico District Election Officer

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon M. Gerson will lead his office’s efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 6 general elections.

As the District Election Officer for the District of New Mexico, AUSA Gerson is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring


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Council Candidates Address Education at UNM-LA Forum

From left, student government representative Santana Garcia-Chang serving as moderator, Republican Marc Clay, Republican Steven Girrens, Democrat Kristin Henderson, Democrat Michael Redondo and Democrat Pete Sheehey. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Education was the topic of a forum for Los Alamos County Council Candidates sponsored by the UNM-LA Student Government Association Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Candidates Marc Clay, Steven Girrens, Kristin Henderson, Michael Redondo and Peter Sheehey attended the forum. Candidate Vincent Chiravalle was unable to attend. 

Student


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Los Alamos Daily Post Launches Candidates Poll

The Los Alamos Daily Post is running four un-scientific Facebook candidates polls. 

The questions are (Click each question to go to the Facebook poll):

Who do you support for State Representative Dist 43?

Who is your 1st choice for County Council?

Who is your 2nd choice for County Council?

Who is your 3rd choice for County Council?

As with most things on Facebook, the votes are viewable by the public. Make sure to press the “Like” button at the top of the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page while on the page.

Multiple votes for a single council candidate will be dropped from totals,


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Letter to the Editor: Responding to Lies in Super-PAC Mailers

By Stephanie Garcia Richard
Democratic Candidate for NM House District 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties

Dear Voters,

As a mother and a teacher, I find the recent tactics employed by Reform New Mexico Now unacceptable, no matter how grave the stakes are in our race for State House.

Many of you have received the recent mailers claiming I would support the largest tax increase in New Mexico history, yet none of the attacks cite actual facts.

That is because it couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is that since 2010, I have stood up for taxation reform that would


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Oppenheimer Place Residents Host Candidate Chats

From left, hostess Frances Kendall, Ann Wells, Moderator Bob Wells and Mary Ella Buckland at Oppenheimer Place during Saturday’s candidates chat. Photo by Don Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

In an effort to ensure that all residents at Oppenheimer Place, known as the “senior condos” have every opportunity to be informed voters, they organized and hosted two “chat with the candidates” events.

Frances Kendall and Bob Wells hosted a tea and cookies event Saturday in which residents chatted with County Council candidates and Dist. 43 House candidate


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Governor to Attend Jim Hall Campaign Rally Sunday

ELECTION 2012 News:
 
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will travel to Los Alamos this weekend to attend the “Rally to Keep Jim Hall in the Roundhouse.”
 
The community is invited to join the governor from 2-4 p.m., Sunday Oct. 21 at the rally for Hall at the Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr.
 
Martinez is attending the event to support Hall’s election campaign for House District 43 – Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.
 
All residents of District 43 are invited to this political event to meet the governor, Representative Hall and other local and

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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Achieve Goal

By Ralph L. Phelps
Former County Councilor

When I was selected to join the Charter Review Committee, I approached the task very cautiously and conservatively because any changes that might be recommended required a very thorough vetting process to ensure the right decisions were made to our community’s fundamental law.

My fellow committee members were equally dedicated, and we had many open and transparent discussions at public meetings that explored the issues from all aspects, bringing out researched facts and practical examples of what needed to be changed.

In the end, our report to council


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Letter to the Editor: The Ballot Questions

Councilor Mike Wismer
 
By Mike Wismer & David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Councilors

As part of the ballot for the November election, Los Alamos voters are being presented with proposed changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall provisions of the Charter, and the process for future Charter amendments. 

We fully agree with the notion that changes to the Charter should only be made after thoughtful and deliberate consideration. 

The Charter Review Committee provided that analysis after months of open and respectful dialogue. 

We support the proposed


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Letter to the Editor: We Deserve Better – Vote NO on Charter Amendments

By Robert Pelak

I recently participated in a League of Women Voters forum to express my opposition to the four proposed amendments to the Los Alamos County Charter that are on this year’s election ballot.

The Los Alamos Daily Post recently published a letter from Kyle Wheeler stating that, at that forum, I said that “the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense.” I am writing this letter to explain that the above statement is
an exaggeration of my comments. I do not support the way these amendments have been grouped and I oppose the tremendous toughening


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Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘Yes’ on Charter Ballot Questions

By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos

Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November’s election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.

 
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
 
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings

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Column: Hope isn’t Enough

By Allen E. Weh
New Mexico Businessman and former Candidate for Governor

Webster’s definition of hope is “to cherish a desire with expectation of fulfillment,” but hope is not a plan.

Regrettably, this country’s foreign policy has been largely based on hope during the past three plus years, and it shows.

People can desire this, and hope for that, but without good policies these things can never be fulfilled, and the recent violence in the Middle East reinforces this indisputable truth.

The brutal murder of our Ambassador and three other Americans in Libya by radical Islamists, along with the


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Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendments Clarify and Unify the Process

By Kyle Wheeler
Los Alamos

The charter amendments on the ballot group the various processes for initiative, referendum, recall, and future charter amendments into more sensible groupings within the charter, so if you want to start a petition to recall an elected official or start some other petition, and these amendments pass, the process for how you do it will be spelled out more clearly within the charter.

The amendments clarify and unify the process. Even Rob Pelak agreed at a recent League of Women Voters Forum that the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense.

His objection


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Column: Closing Corporate Tax Loophole is Win for New Mexico Businesses

Column by State Sen. Peter Wirth
District 25-Santa Fe

Developing a vibrant, diverse private sector economy is critical to getting New Mexicans back to work. 

While our national labs and large, multi-state corporations are important to our economy, 98 percent of New Mexico businesses are small or medium sized with less than 100 employees. 

To create jobs, policy makers must focus on our local businesses and give them the tools they need to grow and compete. 

Key to the success of any small business is a fair tax code that lets it compete with the multi-state competitors down the


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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Amendments Appropriately Packaged

Councilor David Izraelevitz
 
By David Izraelevitz and Mike Wismer
Los Alamos County Councilors

Among the many important decisions facing us as a community this November, is the issue of several proposed amendments to our County Charter.

Much has been written about the process by which these amendments were composed, aside of whether each is a good idea or not.

In a subsequent column we will discuss the merits of each proposed change, but here, let’s talk about the process itself, and specifically logrolling, because we want to correct some erroneous comments in this area.

Logrolling


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Letter to the Editor: Vote for Charter Amendments to Improve Local Government

By Lawry Mann

The four amendments to the Charter seem reasonable to me. For more than two years, they have been discussed in open meetings by the Charter Review Committee and the County Council. 

The Charter Review Committee was selected by the Council to represent a wide cross section of our community. Many meetings were held by the Committee so the public could present and persuade. 

The Charter Committee members themselves had many different viewpoints. The amendments, the product of all those meetings, were presented to the County Council. 

After vetting the proposals


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