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Local Voter Lines Have Been Steady All Day

Voting has been steady but not crowded at the Trinity on the Hill voting location near Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive so far today, according to a poll worker. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Voters wait in line today at the Community Building at 20th Street near Cenral Avenue. Democratic Election Clerk Jennifer Lathrop told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the process has been going smoothly and there has been a steady line of voters spilling out the door since this morning. Poll Judge George Chandler estimates that about 800 people have voted as of 2:30 p.m. today at the Community Building 


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Fuller Lodge Art Center Offers ‘Tax Free’ Shopping Day

FULLER LODGE ART CENTER News:

  • Celebrate our Freedom to Vote

Come by the Art Center after you vote for a Tax Free Shopping Day

To help you take a break from thinking about the government (after you vote), the Art Center

is offering a “tax free” shopping day. We’ll even serve sparkling cider! On Tuesday Nov. 6,

we will cover the tax on any purchases you make here. Say “I voted!” and we’ll even offer

you a sticker:

YOU WON’T LEAVE EMPTY HANDED!


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Letter to the Editor: Vaccines – My Body My Choice

By Tara Mara
Los Alamos

Respectfully, I must take issue with the tone of Dr. Tom’s Letter to the Editor regarding the group of parents who met with their representative to discuss infringement of personal liberties.

The CDCs Recommended Vaccine Schedule is exactly that, a recommendation and I personally take their opinion into consideration before I make decisions about MY CHILD’s health.

The issue here that Dr. Tom fails to acknowledge is that this is not a vaccine issue but a parental rights issue.

No one is questioning the legitimacy of the vaccination program en mass or their personal physicians


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Letter to the Editor: Concern Over Parental Rights, Not Vaccine Program

By Vivian Westfall
Los Alamos

This is in response to the letter to the editor by Dr. Tom Csanadi, “Vaccines-Elected Officials Should Not Feed Fear and Misinformation.”

There are several of us who were concerned over the recent changes to the vaccine exemption forms through the Department of Health (DOH.)

The concern was not that exemptions must be filed if one does not follow the vaccine schedule rigidly, but rather a concern that there is specific religious information being gathered and some parents were being turned down.

The challenge we parents find ourselves in is not one


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Letter to the Editor: People Should Celebrate Success

By David Jones
Los Alamos

After many years in small business enterprises, I’m now trying to help entrepreneurs survive long enough to generate cash flow.

My passion for building homegrown businesses and creating jobs means that I want to know how political candidates plan to facilitate the success of growing businesses.

I personally know (Rep.) Jim Hall and have asked him many questions. I believe he has many good ideas and he is clearly committed to this area and it’s economic development.

(House Dist. 43 candidate) Stephanie (Garcia) Richard has also spoken with me and I’ve asked her similar


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Heather Wilson Addresses Los Alamos Republicans

Republican candidates gather Sunday night at Republican Campaign Headquarters to talk with volunteers and work the phone banks to encourage people to get out and vote. From left, Los Alamos County Council candidate Steve Girrens, U.S. House District 3 candidate Jeff Byrd, U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson, Los Alamos County Clerk candidate Sharon Stover and State Representative, District 43 candidate Jim Hall. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

STAFF REPORT

U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson addressed a crowd of approximately 40 supporters gather at the Los Alamos Republican


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Ambassador Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Address Los Alamos Democratic Crowd

Valerie Plame speaks to a crowd at the Los Alamos Democratic Headquarters Sunday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Former CIA Agent, Valerie Plame and her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson rallied for democratic candidates including President Barrack Obama, Stephanie Garcia Richard, Kristin Henderson, Michael Redando, Pete Sheehey and Nathan Hjelm today, Nov. 4 at Democratic Headquarters in Central Park Square.

Some 75 supporters turned out to listen to Plame and Wilson speak about the importance of voting in the Nov. 6 general election.

The high profile couple touched


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Letter to the Editor: Vaccines – Elected Officials Should Not Feed Fear and Misinformation

By Dr. Tom Csanadi, MD

As a health care professional who has dedicated my life to the health, well being and safety of children, I am deeply disturbed by a recent story published in the Los Alamos Daily Post and the comments made by (Rep.) Jim Hall concerning childhood vaccinations.

Hall said, “I’m concerned with this intensive business of hitting young children with these medicines in their formative years without fully understanding the consequences.”

As someone who has lived through the devastation of polio, measles, haemophilus, diphtheria, whooping cough and mumps it is stunning that


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Letter to the Editor: We Can Do Better

Ellen Walton
Los Alamos

During this campaign season we have seen many arguments against the proposed Los Alamos County Charter amendments.

We have not, however, heard much about how they will improve our lives in Los Alamos, only about how they will make us more like Santa Fe and Albuquerque in how we govern ourselves.

We can read and find out that the ballot questions contain multiple parts which will make petitioning for referendum, recall, and initiative more difficult.

We cannot take some of the parts without taking all of them, even if we agree with some.

We must also understand in all this debate


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Letter to the Editor: Jim Hall is a Trusted Leader

By Terry C. Wallace
Los Alamos

Representative Jim Hall is a true public servant; he has a long record of service on community committees, county government and state government.

Jim is deeply committed to bettering the lives of the citizens of northern New Mexico, and he has lived in our community for more than 35 years.

The hallmark of Jim’s long record of service is common sense and bipartisanship – whether discussing education issues, small business or environmental stewardship, Jim is a trusted leader.

I endorse Representative Hall to continue representing District 43 in the New Mexico


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Letter to the Editor: County Clerk Must be Neutral and Independent

Richard Dunn
White Rock

The Los Alamos County Clerk race has drawn very little attention. But it should.

In addition to keeping and providing records, the County Clerk is responsible for ensuring fair elections and fair initiative, referendum and recall petition processes. 

The County Clerk, an elected position, is responsible to the New Mexico Secretary of State, not to the County Council.

As such, the County Clerk must be fair and independent of the Council.

Sharon Stover, currently Chair of the County Council, showed a strong Council bias in leading a 2009 ruling (that took a judicial


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Letter to the Editor: Local Jobs, Businesses Must Come First

By Stephanie Garcia Richard
Democratic Candidate for State Representative, District 43

Jobs, jobs, jobs. They are the first words out of every candidate’s mouth this election season, and I am no different.

But how to grow them and keep them for the residents of the many rural communities surrounding high tech centers like Los Alamos is the key question.

Even the residents of Los Alamos wait anxiously for word on whether lab jobs will be cut in a flood of partisan bickering in Washington.

We must diversify our economy so there are alternatives for everyone.

There is no quick, easy answer to the challenge


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Letter to the Editor: Reject Los Alamos Charter Amendments

By Robert A. Pelak
Los Alamos

Like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the structure of the government of Los Alamos is defined by a charter that was adopted by its citizens.

Also, like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, this charter allows its citizen to directly participate in their government by means of petitions for initiatives (proposing new ordinances), referenda (rejection of newly passed ordinances) and recall (removing elected officials) as well as amendment of the charter.

If a petition gathers enough signatures within the allotted time period, then the subject of the petition is put to a vote of all


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Who Calls the Shots When it Comes to Vaccines?

Local moms discuss parental rights with Rep. Jim Hall. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Kristy Mack had concerns about giving her son the chicken pox vaccine when she was eight months pregnant because she didn’t want to risk harming her unborn child.

The doctor agreed to delay the shot. Her son eventually received all of his shots. But if he had been attending preschool, he would have had to file a vaccination exemption with the State Department of Health.

If his waiver had been denied, he wouldn’t be able to go to preschool.

The waiver forms have been changed. Now parents are required


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Letter to the Editor: I Voted to Pass Torch to New Generation

By Carl Newton
White Rock

How sad that elections for New Mexico House seats have been tarnished by fictionalizing candidate positions and funded by donors that have no cultural connections with our residents.

I am further saddened when my chosen candidate, Stephanie Garcia Richard, is belittled by her opponent.

Don’t be misled into believing that Stephanie lacks the relevant accomplishments.

As a bilingual third grade teacher, subject to externally applied accountability rules, she is focused on developing “the living messengers to a time we will not see.”

Stephanie is able to be a bridge


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Letter to the Editor: Rhetoric Makes Charter Changes Sound Draconian

By Fran Berting
Los Alamos County Councilor

The rhetoric regarding the Charter ballot questions on initiative, referendum and recall is making the changes sound positively draconian!

Let’s look at what the most widely challenged changes actually do.

For Initiatives

1) No change in the percentage of voters needed (so not noted in the ballot question) but a change in the basis for the number of signatures required for initiatives from 15 percent of voters in the last general election to 15 percent of the number of voters in the arithmetic mean of the past two general elections. (Election


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Letter to the Editor: Crossing the Aisle for Kristin Henderson

By Dr. Michelle and David Carr
Los Alamos

We are conservative Republicans but we are crossing the aisle next Tuesday to vote for Kristin Henderson for County Council.

Her effort on the Trinity Site Committee and a well-run campaign demonstrate her work ethic.

She understands the needs of families with children and is committed to improving the already great quality of life in Los Alamos.

Because she is a realtor, Kristin has a good understanding of the local housing and real estate market, which is the main limiting factor to business expansion in our town.

Kristin is also an attorney, and understands


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Wilson to Visit GOP Headquarters Sunday

ELECTION 2012
 
Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for U.S.Senate will be at the Los Alamos GOP Headquarters, 1362D-1 Trinity Dr. (behind Viola’s) for coffee and dessert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.
 
Supporters are encouraged to come to the GOP headquarters to meet with Heather Wilson.
 
Volunteers also are needed to make phone calls to help “Get Out The Vote.”
 
For more information, contact JoAnn Johnson at 662-7981.

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Ambassador Joe Wilson, Valerie Plame, Rep. Brian Egolf, Mayor David Coss Rally for Stephanie Garcia Richard

MAYOR DAVID COSS

ELECTION 2012 News:

Saturday, Nov. 3, Stephanie Garcia Richard will be joined by Rep. Brian Egolf and Santa Fe Mayor David Coss at the La Cienega Community Center, 50-A San Jose, for a Get Out The Vote Event following the La Cienega Community Breakfast. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD

Supporters are encouraged to attend the breakfast at 9 a.m. and then join Garcia Richard, Coss and Egolf as they get ready around 11 a.m. to knock on doors in the area.

VALERIE PLAME

Sunday, Nov. 4, Garcia Richard will host a rally with special guests, Ambassador Joe Wilson and his wife former CIA agent Valerie


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