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Letter To The Editor: Correcting Gun Law Comments

on August 30, 2015 - 12:01pm
Los Alamos

I read the comments by Stephanie Nakhleh (letter) in Saturday's paper, and I have to correct her errors.

She states that "by the time I finish (this letter), three more people will be killed by guns in America." The truth is, according to the FBI Crime Statistics for 2013, the last year available, there were 14,196 murders in America by firearm, of every type and description, and 69 percen of those were by firearm. 

That equals about one per day, not three in the time it would take her to write a letter, as stated. Quite a big difference.

Letter To The Editor: Tagline Reply

on August 30, 2015 - 10:12am
Los Alamos

JJ Maier (letter) and Chris Weaver (letter) may think that the current tagline, “Where Discoveries Are Made” is all we need, but I haven’t seen any evidence that this tagline is having the desired impact on the targeted audience, resulting in increased tourism.

Maier may think that the viewpoints of relative newbies to Los Alamos are irrelevant, but in my experience as a past resident of Philadelphia, most people have never heard of Los Alamos or LANL, or, if they know the town as the place where the atomic bomb was developed, know nothing about it as a place


Letter To The Editor: Response To Gun Law Letter

on August 30, 2015 - 9:29am
Los Alamos

Well isn’t this different ... an anti-gunner (letter) who spouts off not knowing anything about present Federal Fire Arms Laws that are already being enforced in America.

Let me first say that evil will always find a way to raise its head and bad guys don’t want to obey the law so to believe that they are not a threat is complete naivete! Criminals do not obey the law!

First off buying an arsenal on the Internet is pretty much impossible as anyone who wants to purchase a firearm over the web will find it shipped to a Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer.

Letter To The Editor: About Gun Laws

on August 30, 2015 - 9:06am

Los Alamos

Just a quick few comments on Stephanie Nakhleh's letter.

First, there have already been bills introduced to require universal background checks. So far, they have failed, but not because no one tried. But as a Federal law enforcement officer offered to USA Today**, Vester Flanagan bought his handgun from a federally licensed gun dealer in Virginia, passed a background check, and there was nothing in his background to prohibit the transaction.

Second, there is already Federal law in place to prohibit those who are adjudicated as violently mentally ill from buying

Letter To The Editor: Overcoming Instinct

on August 30, 2015 - 8:44am
Los Alamos

When I was 17 I was recruited by Soviet Block spies to join the U.S. Military and pass secrets. I went to work with the FBI to build a case against them.

At the outset I didn't think the Communist spies would be some of the best people I would ever know. Nor did I think the FBI agents would be morally repugnant, but that was how it went. I don’t know why I didn’t then see
the need for balance between countries holding the line on war and those run by corporate prostitutes.


Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Love And Mercy'

on August 30, 2015 - 8:44am
Los Alamos

“Love and Mercy” is an intense bio-pic about Brian Wilson, the genius behind the 1960s band the Beach Boys, and his downward spiral into mental illness.

Rated PG-13 “for thematic elements, drug content and language,” “Love and Mercy” is not light fare. Its focus on mental health, abusive therapists and parents requires of the audience a strong and merciful heart. However, the story is historically informative and courageous.


Movie poster for 'Love and Mercy.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

John Cusack plays a mentally and emotionally oppressed Brian in the

Pastor Granillo: Missional Christian

on August 30, 2015 - 8:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

“Why do Christians insist on shoving their religion down everyone’s throats?”

This complaint is so common that many simply expect every Christian to try and recruit them as if they are in some kind of pyramid scheme and need to build up a base for the sake of their position. “No thanks, I’ve had plenty of Amway and Herbalife in my life!”

Unfortunately, it seems as if evangelism has become one of the practices most negatively associated with the Christian Church; and I fear this is not just to those outside the church, but also within the very body of