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Head To Head: Hateful Words And Violent Acts

on November 1, 2018 - 12:15pm
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In light of the tragic murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the bombs mailed to 14 people and a media outlet (CNN) who President Trump has called out as his enemies, I’m going to postpone the discussion of tribal politics and talk about the capacity of speech to inspire violence.

Hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12 percent last year, reaching the highest level in more than a decade, according to a report in May by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

Letter To The Editor: Re-Elect Alan S. Kirk For Los Alamos Municipal Judge

on November 1, 2018 - 12:06pm
By Rita C. Sánchez 
Los Alamos Teacher

I would like to encourage you to vote to re-elect Judge Alan S. Kirk. Alan is running for his sixth term as Municipal Judge in Los Alamos County.

My association with Coach Kirk has mainly been where kids are concerned.

The Governor of New Mexico appointed Judge Kirk to the Juvenile Advisory Council for the Children, Youth and Families Department. During this time, he was instrumental in the establishment of our own JJAB; Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. JJAB focuses on prevention and intervention.

Jude Kirk also was appointed to the

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler's Experience And Commitment To Dist. 43 Earns My Vote

on November 1, 2018 - 11:56am
By KEN MILDER
Los Alamos County Assessor

Over the many years that I’ve known Christine Chandler, sometimes we’ve agreed on issues; sometimes we haven’t. Regardless of our viewpoint on any issue, she has always been willing to listen and actively seek other points of view.

Also, through her extensive public service, Christine has gained the skills and experience that are absolutely essential to serve in the legislature and be an excellent state representative for our district.

There are many attributes I look for in a leader.

Letter To The Editor: Proud Of Our Party & Candidates

on November 1, 2018 - 10:59am
By ROBYN SCHULTZ, Chair
Democratic Party of Los Alamos County

How sad it is that we live in a time when partisan politics means partisan news and partisan beliefs. Extreme partisans on the right and on the left tend to live in an echo chamber that only reflects their beliefs. That is why I felt I must respond to Mr. Kerr’s opinion letter of Oct. 31, 2018 (link).

I won’t bother making a point by point critique of his letter. Let’s just say that the “once proud” Democratic Party is still very proud. And I am extremely proud of our local Democratic candidates and elected officials.

FBI: U.S. Attorney Designates District Election Officer

on November 1, 2018 - 10:29am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson announced Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Jeremy Peña will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the Nov. 6 General Election.
 
AUSA Peña has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the District of New Mexico and in that capacity 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.
 
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Letter To The Editor: The Business Of Being Unfriendly

on November 1, 2018 - 10:19am
By BRADY BURKE
Republican Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

On Oct. 16, 2018, I attended the County Council working session in White Rock.

Doug Hintze, Manager of DOE’s Environmental Management Field Office (DOE EM-LA) and Frazer Lockhart of N3B gave an informative presentation about the clean-up of legacy wastes on Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) land.

Last year, DOE EM-LA awarded the cleanup contract to N3B. While facing the challenges of successfully starting up a new company, N3B has also shown their commitment to Los Alamos County and the surrounding community.

One of their

Texas Super-PAC Attacking New Mexico Land Commissioner Candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard

on November 1, 2018 - 9:31am

Pat Lyons

Staff Report

For the past two months, New Mexicans watching television have been inundated with Super PAC funded political ads attacking or supporting various candidates. One Texas-based PAC calling themselves “New Mexico Strong” has focused exclusively on the usually quiet race for New Mexico Land Commissioner, spending millions of dollars in attack ads against the Democratic candidate, State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos.

Stephanie Garcia Richard

This large influx of out of state spending in this historically obscure office has drawn the attention of many

Chandler: Let’s Work Together

on November 1, 2018 - 9:19am
By CHRIS CHANDLER
Democratic Candidate
House Dist. 43

It’s amazing what you learn about your neighbors after knocking on thousands of doors throughout Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Rio Arriba. You find that most families are more affected by local leaders’ decisions than what is happening nationally and are looking for solutions right here in New Mexico to end the vicious cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.  

Our state has continued to have among the highest unemployment rates and has participated little in the national recovery from the 2008 recession.

Luchini: Sheriff Office A Position Of Trust

on November 1, 2018 - 8:32am

By CHRIS LUCHINI
Libertarian Candidate For Sheriff

The Sheriff’s office in Los Alamos is an Administrative office. It is a position of trust on behalf of important administrative functions that require timely and competent processing.

One mandate of the office is to maintain the Sex Offender Registry, interacting with these offenders in a professional manner.  Another requires interacting with people who are being served paperwork related to lawsuits, divorce and child custody conflicts. Tuesday is the chance for voters to say who we are confident is worthy of this trust.

The Sheriff we

New Mexico Communities Hand-Deliver Protest Comments On Expanded Fracking In Greater Chaco

on November 1, 2018 - 8:05am
Scene from citizens protesting expanded fracking Wednesday in Greater Chaco at the Bureau of Land Management state office. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from citizens protesting expanded fracking Wednesday in Greater Chaco at the Bureau of Land Management state office. Courtesy photo
 
Sierra Club News:
 
SANTA FE Community groups and advocates hand-delivered more than 10,000 citizen protest comments to the Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico state office in snowy Santa Fe Wednesday in opposition to an oil and gas lease sale scheduled for December that would auction off close to 100,000

LAHS Students 2018 Essay Contest Winners Recognized By Democratic Party Of Los Alamos County

on November 1, 2018 - 7:47am
Neal Martin and Katrina Schmidt award Sonyia Williams, right, first place in the 2018 Essay Contest hosted by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County. Brooklyn Scott and Shena Han were runners-up. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Three Los Alamos High School students were recognized recently by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County in its 2018 essay contest. 
 
The essay contest asked participants to identify and advocate for new ways in which the local government and political parties could better incorporate the views of young people.
 
LAHS student Sonyia Williams won

Christine Chandler Receives Top Three Newspaper Endorsements For House District 43 Seat

on October 31, 2018 - 3:53pm

The Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican and Santa Fe Reporter join more than 20 other organizations endorsing Christine Chandler of Los Alamos for House Dist. 43. Courtesy/Christine4nmhouse

From the Christine4nmhouse Campaign:

  • Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican And Santa Fe Reporter endorse Christine Chandler for New Mexico House Dist. 43

Democrat Christine Chandler from Los Alamos has been endorsed by all three papers participating in legislative endorsements this election cycle for House District 43.

Along with more than 20 other organizations, the Albuquerque Journal, the

Letter To The Editor: How Could This Be ... Once Proud Democrat Party Turns Things Upside Down

on October 31, 2018 - 8:43am
By VERNON KERR
Los Alamos

How could this be? The once proud Democrat Party has turned things upside down. Once upon a time virtue was prized and the party believed in and prized individual thought, individual success, and individual rights.

Now the rules are different, one is guilty until proven innocent as shown in the hearing for Justice Kavanaugh and it is a crime to be a successful businessman when one makes a profit as Steve Pearce has done. Steve has been accused of holding hearings with oil and gas interests and at the same time having some business interests.

State Democrats Announce New Mexico For All Tour

on October 31, 2018 - 8:33am
NMDP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Democrats are embarking on a four-day, statewide tour to reach every corner of the Land of Enchantment.
 
Led by Martin Heinrich and Michelle Lujan Grisham, the candidates will hold rallies, meet & greets, canvass kickoffs, and other events to reach New Mexico voters and meet with New Mexico for All volunteers across the state.
 
This year, New Mexico Democratic campaigns up and down the ballot joined together into New Mexico for All and consolidated organizing capacity into a single team, with 30 organizers working out of 17 offices across the

Gubernatorial Candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham Releases Plan To Manage & Conserve Water

on October 31, 2018 - 8:16am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
From the Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor Campaign:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her plan to manage and conserve our water for future generations of New Mexicans.
 
The plan calls for a strategic 50-year water plan built on consensus and based in reality.
 
“Like many Western states, New Mexico is experiencing a drought with no end in sight as water from the mountains continue to decline,” Lujan Grisham said.

Letter To The Editor: Please Vote ... And Please Vote For Judge Alan Kirk!

on October 31, 2018 - 8:02am
By Linda and Paul Daly
Los Alamos

We hope our community will join us in re-electing Judge Alan Kirk as our Municipal Court Judge for a sixth term. He’s served our community extremely well over the past 60 years, first as Police Chief and then, for 20 plus years, as our judge.

Kirk was one of the founders of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and has served as its chair for over 16 years. Our JJAB is a benchmark and a model program for other communities. The Los Alamos JJAB has a particular emphasis on prevention programs for youth, as well as intervention.

Kirk is known for saying, “Take

Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Pearce Calls For Interagency Task Force To Fight Crime, Make NM Safer

on October 31, 2018 - 7:00am

From the Steve Pearce for Governor Campaign:

  • Former APD Det. Michelle Garcia Holmes to Lead Federal, State, Local Group

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce joined with leading police and law enforcement officials Tuesday to announce that as Governor he will immediately put in place an interagency task force to combat crime and make New Mexico’s communities safer.

“The time for talk is over. New Mexico communities have heard enough excuses.

Izraelevitz: Proud Of Service Among The Best People

on October 30, 2018 - 4:40pm
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos County Council Chair
Candidate for reelection

What makes for good government? Is it being responsive to local needs and expectations? Is it being fiscally responsible and a good steward of tax dollars? Or strategic planning that moves a community forward? Yes, all these things, but as the campaign season ends and my continued service is in the hands of you, the voters of Los Alamos, I want to talk about the most important component of government, and one that I have been most proud to serve with. We have some of the best people working for the County.

As

Letter To The Editor: Trump’s Rhetoric Has Influence

on October 30, 2018 - 8:24am
By CAMILLE MORRISON
Los Alamos

Saying Trump’s rhetoric does not influence what people do is like saying Hitler’s rhetoric did not influence what the Nazi’s did.

Hitler’s people voted for him and then he betrayed his people.

Please vote.

Letter To The Editor: Vote Yes On Amendment Two

on October 30, 2018 - 8:01am
By GEORGE BEST
Common Cause New Mexico Board Member
Los Alamos
 
New Mexico is one of only six states without an ethics commission to hold state officials accountable for any wrongdoing and process complaints from ordinary citizens.
 
Over the past decade there have been many scandals involving state senators, treasurers and public regulation commissioners. The reputation of our state has suffered and, combined with developments at the national level, an attitude of distrust of government has taken hold.
 
But that can change!
 
In November, as voters, we have a chance to bring New

Robinson: Thank You For Being Engage In The Issues

on October 30, 2018 - 7:58am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

It is hard to believe that we are down to the last week of this election cycle, and I want to thank everyone for their patience during this long campaign.

Elections seem to come earlier and earlier, but the people of Los Alamos have been fantastic in inviting me, and my fellow candidates to speak to as many different groups as we possibly could.

For me, it seems like yesterday that me and my fellow candidates were all crammed in the municipal building after declaring our candidacies, patiently waiting for our ballot position

Proposed Medicaid Cuts Violate Federal Law

on October 30, 2018 - 7:57am
NMCLP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s Human Services Department proposed cuts to Medicaid would hurt families and violate federal law, said the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty in comments submitted Monday on the department’s Centennial Care 2.0 waiver proposal.
 
“Everyone needs access to healthcare coverage,” said William Townley, an attorney with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. “But HSD’s proposed cuts to Medicaid would force many New Mexican families to go into debt or simply drop coverage. That’s bad news for all of us.

Democrats Host Booth At Trick Or Treat On MainStreet

on October 30, 2018 - 7:01am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján has become a regular at Trick or Treat on MainStreet and brought along his little monster sidekick to help distribute candy to the massive crowd Friday on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Democratic candidates distributing candy to trick-or-treaters Friday, from left, Council candidates James Robinson in his Spider-Man costume, Randall Ryti and Sara Scott, Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler, Council candidate David Izraelevitz and Municipal judge candidate Elizabeth Allen. Courtesy photo

Wonder Woman, AKA Andrea Determan poses with a powerful

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Will Follow High Standards Set By Jeannette Wallace And Stephanie Garcia Richard

on October 29, 2018 - 4:25pm

By ANTONIO MAGGIORE
Los Alamos County Councilor

One of the hardest things about public service as an elected official can be to place the needs of the many over what you as an individual may selfishly want for yourself. Endorsing Christine Chandler is, if I’m being honest, for me one of those decisions.

I want to be clear about this, I have no doubts about Christine Chandler being overwhelmingly the best candidate to represent not only the interests of Los Alamos but all of District 43 as a whole. Why do I know this?

Shin: An Extreme Ideologue Who Will Hurt Public Schools?

on October 29, 2018 - 3:59pm
By LISA SHIN
Republican candidate for House Dist. 43
 
I am responding to Councilor Chandler's mailer that calls me an "extreme ideologue who will hurt public schools." First of all, as a Mom, I am thrilled to have a daughter who is thriving in our public school system. Yesterday, I learned that she excels in math, testing 2 grade levels above her peers. Teachers reported she is also well-rounded, gets along well with others, and has a sense of humor. Why would I want to hurt a system that is working so well for her?
 
Secondly, my 21+ experience as a small business owner and health care

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