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Letter to the Editor: Constitutional Amendment #5 Is A Finagle That Needs To Be Defeated

on October 25, 2014 - 12:08pm
By VERNON N. KERR
Former State Representative
Former CABINET Secretary for Finance and administration
Former Member of the State Investment Council

Constitutional Amendment #5 is a sleeper that might well pass because it is not easy to understand.

It allows investment of the Land Grant Permanent Fund without the protection of the Prudent Man Rule that has governed the State Investment Council (SIC) management  of the Fund  and served us well since statehood. This rule states that one would make investments of trust money as one would for their own portffolio with essentially minimum risk.

Letter to the Editor: A Shelter Dog Shows Her Thanks

on October 25, 2014 - 7:52am
DOROTHY BROWN
Shelter Volunteer

Our animal shelter tries to minimze euthanasia by keeping our adoption rate as high as possible.

Some of the animals who come to us end up staying a long time until we can match them with homes in which they will succeed. Some of them need a little help to show their best side in order to be noticed. In addition to help from our local media, all of our local veterinarians, and the generosity of Pet Pangea, two local businesses help our dogs strut their beauty. 

Yours Truly Diana has donated grooming to many dogs and done so with great compassion for their

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Letter to the Editor: Enjoy WGN's 'Manhattan' But Don't Believe A Word Of It

on October 24, 2014 - 7:30am
By ALAN HACK
Los Alamos

With the finish of this year's episodes of "Manhattan" I have a few comments.

There was indeed friction between the Army and civilians involving cutting down trees and other issues. But when the story gets to the scientific and technical issues almost everything shown is wrong.

A key issue was the need to develop an implosion system when reactor generated Pu proved to have too much spontaneous fission to be used in a gun type assembly.

Letter to the Editor: Crossed-poles

on October 23, 2014 - 9:38pm
By TRAVIS NAIBERT
Los Alamos

I appreciate Rando Manley for advocating an exciting new use of the old Smith's location in his recent letter to the editor, but I think he is treading on dangerous ground by suggesting that we house both penguins and polar bears in the old ice cream section.

Since these animals live at opposite ends of the globe there is no telling what would happen if we combined them here in our community.

I would seriously advocate that we stick to our own hemisphere!

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Letter to the Editor: Knights of Columbus Thanks Community for Support of Golf Tournament

on October 23, 2014 - 10:45am
JEFF BROWN, Chair
2014 Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament

Los Alamos Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 3137 held our annual scholarship fund raising golf tournament on Friday Sept. 16 at the Los Alamos golf course with over 80 golfers participating, followed by a wonderful steak dinner at the Hall. 

The tournament raised nearly $10,000, all of which will be used to award scholarships to worthy Los Alamos High School students. As the Knights look to support students with potential but from disadvantaged backgrounds, these scholarships have a real impact. 

We are grateful to the

Letter to the Editor: We Could Make Something Special Happen At Old Smiths

on October 23, 2014 - 10:16am
By RANDO MANLEY
Los Alamos

While having a whale and jellyfish would be an awesome attraction I'd like to expand on that idea to include a tank containing sharks with laser beams on their heads and if we can get in touch with John Hammond, the owner of Jurassic Park, maybe he can create a Plesiosaurs or Mososaurus.

In the freezer storage area we could leave the freezers intact and operational so to allow for an Arctic climate. That area could house a colony of penguins, walrus, polar bears and some Siberian Huskies. 

The options are endless and as a community of highly educated and

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Letter to the Editor: Ads Distort Proven Benefits Of First Born Program

on October 23, 2014 - 10:00am

By KRISTINE COBLENTZ
Founder First Born Program

As the founder and former Program Manager of the First Born Program of Los Alamos County, I feel compelled to respond to negative print and radio ads attacking home visiting programs. Recent ads depicting government monitors and mandatory home visits are pure distortion and demonstrate either a frightening ignorance of (or a deliberate choice to ignore) the proven benefits of early childhood development programs.

Across our state, home visitation is supported by Republicans and Democrats alike because it works.

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