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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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Letter to the Editor: What Are We Voting On Anyway?

on October 29, 2012 - 6:16am
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

One would gather that the voters are voting on a bunch of amendments to the charter so that the revision is final and ratified by us.

Apparently, NOT SO. We have just gotten a new administrator whose input would be valuable, but there seems to be an effort to drive the CRC's revision through with all haste.

So, why are we now in the throes of MORE amendments by the council while we are voting?

Sounds like the CRC and the council are piecemealing it to us and certainly do NOT have a firm grasp on the total situation/package.

Governor Rallies For Heather Wilson Saturday

on October 28, 2012 - 9:58pm

Rio Arriba Republican Party Chair Geraldine Sanchez introduces U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson, Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. House District 3 candidate Jeff Byrd during a rally in the Convento at the plaza in Espanola Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson speaks to the crowd inside the Convento in Espanola Saturday. The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico's largest newspaper, endorsed Heather Wilson today, Oct.
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Governor Knocks on Los Alamos Doors for Jim Hall

on October 28, 2012 - 9:47pm

Gov. Susana Martinez joined Republican Rep. Jim Hall as he knocked on doors in Los Alamos neighborhoods Saturday including Tiffany Court. Hall is campaigning for HD43 and he and the governor spoke to residents about local issues and asked for their vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Gov. Susana Martinez and Rep. Jim Hall speak with residents in Los Alamos neighborhoods Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

County Council Chair Sharon Stover, center, met up with other supporters in the Los Alamos National Bank parking lot on Trinity Drive Saturday who fanned out in
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Pete Domenici Endorses Jim Hall for HD-43

on October 28, 2012 - 11:23am

PETE DOMENICI

ELECTION 2012 News:

Former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., came out this morning to endorse State Rep. Jim Hall for House District 43.

“Like me, Jim Hall has fought daily to protect Los Alamos National Labs. He has fought for LANL as a community member, a city councilor and now as a state representative. I’m proud to endorse Jim Hall for state representative,” Domenici said in a news release.

JIM HALL

Hall thanked Domenici for his support of the labs and of his campaign saying, “We all owe Sen. Domenici a debt of gratitude for all he has done for our labs.

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Let 'C.A.V.E. People' Torpedo Future

on October 28, 2012 - 9:47am
By William T. Sellers
Los Alamos

Sometimes one simply has to step outside the immediate “box” of one’s perspective to see the bigger picture of what’s really at stake.  

In his seminal work, Civilisation, the great British historian Kenneth Clark details the vignette of a decaying ancient city perched high above a river valley for protection, one that had long outlived its earlier dynamism, and now was suddenly confronted with the immediate danger of a barbarian horde camped out in the valley below.  

As the indolent citizenry pondered their impending fate with some trepidation, the

Column: Two Reasons Governor Supports Jim Hall

on October 27, 2012 - 10:15am
Two Reasons Gov. Susana Martinez Supports Jim Hall:
Attracting Business and Reforming Education
 
By Mandy Marksteiner

Last Sunday Susana Martinez travelled to Los Alamos to support Jim Hall to be re-elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives.

In her speech she described how Hall worked to reform taxes so that construction and manufacturing companies could recover from the economic recession, and how he supported a “no social promotion bill,” and made sure that the initiative was fully funded.

Reforming the business tax system to allow businesses to thrive in New Mexico

“We’re

Letter to the Editor: Charter Vote is Turning Point in Los Alamos History

on October 27, 2012 - 10:01am
By Ellen Walton
Los Alamos

Protecting citizen home rule in Los Alamos begins with the voter. You have before you four ballot questions for Los Alamos County charter amendments, and a very serious decision to make about your home rule government. 

A vote of “yes” to these amendments will move us towards an impenetrable central government; a vote “no” will preserve the rights that were fiercely fought for by citizens who considered the original charter of 1967. 

That charter was defeated, mostly because the petitioning requirements for referendum, recall, and initiative were considered

LAEN Hears Pros and Cons of Charter Changes

on October 26, 2012 - 8:03am

Los Alamos County Council candidate Kristin Henderson speaks in favor of the four proposed Charter Amendments during a presentation to members of the Los Alamos Entreprenuers Network gathered at The Hive in White Rock Thursday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAGRI member Skip Dunn spoke against the proposed Charter Amendments. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio Campaigns for Heather Wilson

on October 26, 2012 - 8:02am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke in support of senatorial candidate Heather Wilson who shares the podium with Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Barry Wednesday at Tiguex Park near Old Town. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A crowd of some 300 people cheer as, from left, Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Barry, Gov. Susana Martinez, Heather Wilson and Sen. Marco Rubio take the stage Wednesday for a Wilson political rally in Tiguex Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen.

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Letter to the Editor: Intent Was to Correct Any Short Comings

on October 26, 2012 - 6:56am

By Mike Wheeler

Several years ago I and my fellow councilors passed a non-partisen motion to appoint a citizen committee to review the county charter since several petitions had been brought by citizens but were found to be illegal.

Our intent was to correct any short comings that may impede citizen input to the council. Our appointed committee included several citizens who brought the problem petitions to the council.

Now three years later, Los Alamos can vote on needed amendments that clarify and simplify the county charter.

The proposed amendments should help citizens who wish to

Letter to the Editor: History of Abuse

on October 26, 2012 - 6:47am

By George Chandler

I address an interesting recent take on the charter amendments in which we were told that there is no history of abuse of the petition process in Los Alamos.

In 1979 and again in 1982 there were successful referendum petitions and subsequent elections that reversed zoning actions by the county. 

But the losers of the 1982 election appealed the voter’s decision and in 1983 the Supreme Court ruled that zoning can only be done by representative bodies, not by election. 

Under this rule the 1979 referendum would have also been illegal.

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Letter to the Editor: Furious at Icons on Ballots

on October 25, 2012 - 10:12am

By JJ Maier

I just returned home from voting early here in my home town of Los Alamos, New Mexico.

I was furious to discover that the ballot had “icons” in front of the presidential candidates – not their party icons, but icons selected by the New Mexico Secretary of State:

1. Obama had a distorted eagle

2. Romney had the American Flag

When I called our local County Clerk, they said the local government has no control over how the ballot looks or what is on it and that this ballot format is being used by all precincts throughout the state.

This seems way over the top in attempting

First Time Voter Opts For Straight Democratic Ticket

on October 25, 2012 - 9:49am

 First time voter Mason Olcott cast his ballot for House Dist. 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and the rest of the Democratic ticket Wednesday at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office. Courtesy photo 
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