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Letter To The Editor: To All You Concerned Citizens

on February 19, 2017 - 9:55pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos

Everything you said may be all too true but its credibility comes into serious doubt because you fail oh so miserably to take ownership for your remarks (link, link).

So as far as I'm concerned they are just another pile of meadow muffins to be stepped in.

If you want to be taken seriously for your comments get a spine and take responsibility for your words! Put your name on your letters!

Letter To The Editor: Open Letter To Mr. Antos

on February 19, 2017 - 12:04pm
By A Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos (link), the beauty of this country is that we (still) have the right to free speech – so you were able to publish a letter without punishment, despite the fact the large parts of it uses language unacceptable to any respectful trade of differing ideas.
 
If I disregard these unacceptable parts of your letter, you expressed some concerns that are useful to consider in any discourse that a democracy needs, to find a compromise in organizing this country.

Scenes From Annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser

on February 19, 2017 - 11:58am

During the annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard briefs the crowd on the happenings underway at the 60-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd listens to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard during the annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Elia Vasquez, Eric Vasquez, Dave Schiferl and Michael Redondo listen as Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses bills under consideration at the New Mexico Legislature. Photo by Carol A.

Letter To The Editor: Free Speech Is For Everyone

on February 19, 2017 - 10:01am
By BRUCE WARREN
Los Alamos
 
It may be best to ignore Gerald M. Antos recent letter to the Post (link, link), rather than to stoke the fire, but I think some things need to be said.
 
Freedom of speech in America is a wonderful thing, and has been a keystone to much of the progress this country has made. But while it is wonderful, it isn't necessarily comfortable. Freedom of speech does, for example, allow someone like Mr. Antos in his recent letter to spew insults, lies (Mr.

Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Compromise To Fund New Mexico Courts

on February 19, 2017 - 9:41am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bipartisan proposal to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch.
 
The committee agreed to send Feb. 16 an amended version of House Bill 261 to the full Senate. The bill, sponsored Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
 
It will provide $80,000 to the Supreme Court to help meet a projected $82,600 shortfall in its current year budget, and it gives

Letter To The Editor: In Response To Toxicity

on February 19, 2017 - 7:48am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
In response to a recent discussion that has gone truly toxic (linklink, link, link, link) I offer this, from a poem by William Butler Yeats, that was the introduction of an essay written by conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Ethics Commission Proposal Clears Committee

on February 19, 2017 - 7:11am
Rep. Jim Dines
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee has unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 8, a proposal sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo) to amend the state constitution and establish a state ethics commission.
 
The resolution is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Doña Ana), Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana) and Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Doña Ana).
 
HJR 8 would empower the commission to investigate and adjudicate ethics complaints against state officials in the legislative and executive branches

NMED Strengthens Food Safety Rules

on February 19, 2017 - 6:56am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department announced Thursday that it has strengthened food safety rules for restaurants and food establishments – with the first set of rules now in effect.
 
The stronger rules incorporate more state-of-the-art food preparation technologies and increase clarity for workers and customers with more comprehensive guidance.
 
“It is absolutely imperative that we have strong food safety rules to help prevent New Mexicans from getting sick,” NMED Secretary Butch Tongate said.
 
Improved food safety is associated with preventable death and

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