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Fr. Glenn: Acknowledging The Inconceivable

on September 17, 2017 - 6:59am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Many no doubt saw the recent press release in which the Catholic Archbishop of Santa Fe published the names of the members of Catholic clergy who have been accused of past sexual abuse of children. It’s no new news that those things happened, but if you’re like me, your reaction may have been: “Wow … so many.” At least know that they have all been permanently removed from ministry, if not now deceased.

Letter To The Editor: Old Smith’s Building

on September 16, 2017 - 11:18am
By KATHLEENE PARKER
Los Alamos

Los Alamos’ take on the old Smith’s building is clearly that of a town not dependent on retail.

Why turn to the old standby of multi-family housing or offices – more of NOT developing retail – rather than what downtown really needs? Why do we endlessly try “to bring in new residents” considering the grim housing situation for those already here, or is that just herd instinct in a nation so infatuated by growth its been bankrupted by it?

And, why always the “glass half empty” attitude about our numbers rather than that we’re one of the wealthiest towns in the nation,

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Letter To The Editor: More Utility Rate Increases

on September 16, 2017 - 10:40am
By BRADY BURKE
Los Alamos

Remember that discussion a couple of months back about how sewer rates were being rubber-stamped each year for the past five years at 8 percent each year. The Department of Public Utilities wanted an 8 percent increase this year to show that they had revenues to get financing for the White Rock Water Treatment Facility (WRWTF or WWTF).

Remember that I was a strong advocate of tying the increases to the specific projects that they were using as rationale so that they could be removed when that obligation went away?

Council Corner: The ‘How’ Of Code Enforcement

on September 16, 2017 - 10:26am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos
  • Part 2 of a 3-part series
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  • In Part 1 of my editorial on code enforcement, I covered the “why” behind the program. Today, I would like to address in some detail the “how” of code enforcement, a process which is managed within the Community Development Department (CDD) by two full-time Code Enforcement Officers. My hope is that by explaining a little more about the process, I can help clear up confusion and concern in our community.

Let’s begin with clarifying two terms that seem to be interchangeable when the public discusses this sensitive topic, but are very

Letter To The Editor: Nuisance Ordinance - Hurrah For Jim Redman And The LADP!

on September 16, 2017 - 8:56am
By KEI DAVIS
Los Alamos

I would like to publicly second Jim Redman's statement (link).

It is refreshing that someone has the intellectual capacity to see something for what it is, has the fortitude to publicly state it, and has a forum on which to do so (the Los Alamos Daily Post).
 
While I have not (yet) been either victim (or aggressor) in this context, I still regard it as a nasty and overly-expensive arrangement.

Letter To The Editor: Nuisance Ordinance - It’s Not The Messaging ... It’s The Program

on September 15, 2017 - 7:17pm
By JIM REDMAN
Los Alamos

David Izraelevitz works hard for Los Alamos and to support our citizens but on the topic of the nuisance ordinance his opinions are misguided and his advocated solutions inappropriate (link).

There are undoubtedly problems that need to be addressed, but the requirement to solve those larger problems has created an ordinance that is causing unnecessary and useless annoyances to reasonable citizens. Overzealous enforcement is at tax payers expense and adds little value to the community

It's hard to disagree with Izraelevitz’s statement “A community thrives when

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