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Letter to the Editor: Thanks LAPSF For Science Classroom Makeover

on September 19, 2014 - 10:25am
Barbara Musgrave
LAHS Science Teacher

During the summer of 2014, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation chose my classroom (E113) at Los Alamos High School as a classroom make-over. And boy did it need it! I had a room full of really old, broken sinks and lab tables with carvings from the Jurassic Period!

I also had an asbestos floor and several species happily breeding in the old lab tables (mice and cockroaches). The workmen told me they found papers from 1968!

I did not have an adequate white board for teaching and none of the tables were movable, so last year when I took video

Letter to the Editor: Current Shared Utilities Leadership Protects Us

on September 19, 2014 - 8:04am
By ROBERT GIBSON
Former member of County Council, Board of Public Utilities, and 1994-95 Charter Review Committee

A principal argument to justify the proposed restructuring of County Utilities is to increase its “accountability,” to its customers, all of us, by fundamentally altering the relationship between the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Department of Public Utilities and the County Council. Increased “accountability” was rejected by voters in 1966, has proven unnecessary since, and carries great risks.

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Letter to the Editor: Vote 'For' Charter Amendments On Nov. 4 Ballot

on September 18, 2014 - 12:24pm
By ROBERT WELLS, P.E.
(Civil Engineering, with experience managing facilities and utilities organizations)
Los Alamos

A few letter writers have opposed approval of the Charter Amendments to be voted on in the Nov. 4 general election, essentially arguing that the status quo should be preserved … because that’s the way things have always been. 

Let’s look at specific issues:

First, Los Alamos County government structure is unusual in that 40 percent of our community’s budget, public utilities, is controlled by an organization not explicitly under our council or county administration.

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This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 18, 2014 - 12:13pm
Column By JIM O'DONNELL 
Reel Deal Theater   

By popular demand we will again bring you Reel Deal Tuesdays starting Sept. 23.  All movies, all day are only $6.50! Holidays are excluded.

This week we are opening The Drop, Magic in the Moonlight and The Maze Runner. We will hold Dolphin Tale 2 for another week. The Hundred Foot Journey and If I Stay will end this Thursday.

For Woody Allen fans, Magic in the Moonlight is a must see. We will only have it for a one-week run so don’t let it slip by.

The Drop, which is a limited release with stellar reviews is a limited release, but Fox

Letter to the Editor: No Politicians In Homecoming Parade

on September 17, 2014 - 11:47am
By PEGGY E. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos

CAN'T WE HAVE AT LEAST ONE COMMUNITY EVENT WITHOUT POLITICS! We should be focused on our kids not our political views.  

There are plenty of other community venues for the politicians. We have three other parades through the year, not to mention the craft fairs in May and October. And of course the Friday night concerts at the pond.

This should be the one event our kids should not have to compete for community attention.

Letter to the Editor: Homecoming Parade Should Focus On The School And Students

on September 17, 2014 - 8:20am

By CHRISTINE WEAVER
Los Alamos

I have to agree with Ms. Goforth rather than with Mr. Graham about having politicians in the Homecoming Parade.

The homecoming parade should focus on the school and the students. It’s their weekend and should not provide a forum for candidates.

In addition, I know there will be members of the class of ’64 here from out of town and state for their 50th reunion. I think it’s pretty safe to say that they’re not particularly interested in the political game of Los Alamos. 

If Mr.

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Yang: Hourly Employees’ Plight ... Further Complicated By High Tech

on September 17, 2014 - 8:08am
Hourly Employees’ Plight…Further Complicated By High Tech
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

First, an update: A few columns back, I wrote about the Market Basket case (here) in which the CEO was forced out by the board of directors, agitated by a cranky cousin. Thereafter, the employees had gone on strike to demand the reinstatement of their beloved CEO, Arthur T. Mr. Arthur T. recently bought out the company, at $1.5 billion price tag, and was back on his old job. The buyout brought a huge sigh of relief from the employees, and now they are rebuilding the enterprise. I wish them luck. 

Now on to

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