Letter to the Editor: Vote FOR Charter Questions

By Donald Machen
Los Alamos

The upcoming election gives the citizens of Los Alamos their chance to establish a clear and unambiguous method for direct citizen involvement in our county government through the initiative, referendum, and recall processes.

By voting YES on charter questions 1, 2, 3 and 4, we can simplify, yet improve, what is currently in place in our Charter, assuring that we can continue to have a role in directing county legislation.

For an informative and concise view on why we are being asked to modify our Charter, I recommend that voters read the recent Los Alamos Daily Post column by John Hopkins and Chris Chandler on Sept. 10 entitled Initiative, Referendum and Recall — A Path to Good Governance.

Another source of information is contained in the Los Alamos County CRC Project webpage with background, minutes and reports of the committee deliberations over the past two year at http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/council/Pages/CRC.aspx.

Finally, the material contained in Frequently Asked Questions – Charter Ballot Questions on Initiative, Referendum & Recall by the Citizens for Good Government, contains concise answers to many questions pertaining to the charter amendment vote.

I urge the citizens of Los Alamos to vote FOR the charter questions in the upcoming election.

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