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

on November 5, 2012 - 9:04am
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 of

Letter to the Editor: People Should Celebrate Success

on November 5, 2012 - 8:19am
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.

Heather Wilson Addresses Los Alamos Republicans

on November 4, 2012 - 9:52pm

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

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Ambassador Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Address Los Alamos Democratic Crowd

on November 4, 2012 - 5:26pm
Valerie Plame speaks to a crowd at the Los Alamos Democratic Headquarters Sunday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

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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 on

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

on November 4, 2012 - 12:35pm
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 he is

Letter to the Editor: We Can Do Better

on November 4, 2012 - 8:01am
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

Letter to the Editor: Jim Hall is a Trusted Leader

on November 3, 2012 - 8:20am
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

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

on November 3, 2012 - 8:10am
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

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

on November 3, 2012 - 8:09am
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

Letter to the Editor: Reject Los Alamos Charter Amendments

on November 3, 2012 - 8:05am
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

Who Calls the Shots When it Comes to Vaccines?

on November 3, 2012 - 8:04am

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.

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

on November 3, 2012 - 8:03am
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

Letter to the Editor: Rhetoric Makes Charter Changes Sound Draconian

on November 3, 2012 - 8:02am
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.

Letter to the Editor: Crossing the Aisle for Kristin Henderson

on November 2, 2012 - 8:23am
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

Heather Wilson Jams with Al Hurricane in Northern New Mexico

on November 2, 2012 - 8:07am

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson performs on banjo with the 'Godfather of New Mexican Music' Al Hurricane Thursday in Las Vegas, N.M. Wilson is traveling through Northern New Mexico campaigning with New Mexico's favorite musician. Courtesy photo
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Wilson to Visit GOP Headquarters Sunday

on November 1, 2012 - 4:31pm
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

on November 1, 2012 - 4:30pm

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.

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Letter to the Editor: Experience Isn't Everything

on November 1, 2012 - 4:19pm
By Karyl Ann Armbruster
Los Alamos

Several ads list Jim Hall's experiences. It wrongly assumes that a man 31 years older than his opponent would be a better qualified legislator.

In fact, the New Mexico Legislature was set up as a citizen's legislature. The intent was for people from all walks of life and occupations to represent our diverse population.

Stephanie Garcia Richard is intelligent, already respected in the legislature, endorsed by both U.S. senators, several current legislators and came within 190 votes of unseating 20-year incumbent Jeannette Wallace in 2010.

Following

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Early Voting Ends 6 p.m. Saturday

on November 1, 2012 - 4:01pm

ELECTION 2012 News:

This is just a reminder that all Early Voting ends at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Voting locations include:

Los Alamos Community Building at 29th Street and Central Avenue;

White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4; and

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office at Oppenheimer Drive and Central Avenue.

Nov. 6 General Election Day voting will be at three locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including Los Alamos Community Building, White Rock Fire Station #3 and Trinity on the Hill Church-Kelly Hall. 

Any registered voter in Los Alamos County may go to any one of these locations to vote.

Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendments Deserve Community's Support

on November 1, 2012 - 12:49pm
By Betsy Lucido
Los Alamos

I support the amendments to the County’s Charter. The current initiative and referendum provisions are disjointed and confusing.

The lack of clarity has led to a number of illegal and/or illogical petition efforts that have frustrated everyone.

The Charter Review Committee consisting of John Hopkins, Larry Warner, Harry Ettinger, Morrie Pongratz, Ralph Phelps, Chris Chandler, David Izraelevitz, Richard Dunn and Kyle Wheeler brought a diversity of views and knowledge to the effort.

They proposed these amendments after working diligently to craft clear and

Satirist Roy Zimmerman Entertains Crowd at LALT

on October 31, 2012 - 2:11pm

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Co-chair Robyn Schultz in the lobby of the Los Alamos Little Theater with nationally renowned musician and satirist Roy Zimmerman who skewered conservatives with a smile during his performance Tuesday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Chair Mike Wheeler welcomes the crowd to the Roy Zimmerman performance at the Los Alamos Little Theater Tuesday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Seats filled up fast for Tuesday's Roy Zimmerman performance at the Los Alamos Little Theater. Photo by Carol A.
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Letter to the Editor: Protect Our House

on October 31, 2012 - 11:36am

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

I urge you to vote and to vote for Stephanie Garcia Richard for State Representative.

For a long time, our State has avoided much of the partisan politics that have divided our Nation.

With this election, things have obviously changed.

Our State is no longer shielded from third party groups infiltrating our elections, our legislature, and our local governments.

Out-of-state corporations have learned one thing over the last decade: to have influence you must control members of the state legislature.

This election is about more than just getting a good

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Letter to the Editor: Attack Ads

on October 29, 2012 - 8:21am
By Khalil J Spencer
Los Alamos

If Citizens United is not overturned or modified, the County is going to have to send us larger recycling and garbage bins at election season to handle the third-party PAC attack ads in our mailboxes.
 
Not to mention, most of us will unplug our phones. Come to think of it, much of this literature smells too badly to be put in our recycling bins.
 
Perhaps, therefore, the solution to Citizens United is these PACs need to be taxed heavily to support our solid waste disposal systems.

In local races, we have to see each other on the street the next morning.

Bingaman and Udall Endorse Stephanie Garcia Richard

on October 29, 2012 - 6:24am

JEFF BINGAMAN

ELECTION 2012 News:

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall were in full support this weekend as they both announced endorsements of Stephanie Garcia Richard for House District 43.

“You have a lot of great candidates before you this election, but none more committed to the residents of HD43 than my friend, and your Democratic House candidate, Stephanie Garcia Richard,” Bingaman said in a news release. “I know Stephanie, I know she will work hard to provide tax relief to working families, bring jobs back to the district, and improve education.”

Bingaman had just

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