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Letter To The Editor: Scams In Today’s Digital Age

on July 28, 2017 - 6:34am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Los Alamos
 
Today’s digital age comes with many opportunities never before seen or imagined. One can connect with friends and family across the world, have instantaneous access to a plethora of knowledge, and complete all shopping from the convenience of a handheld device.
 
Unfortunately, these modern conveniences can render users into victims of scams, thievery, and hackings without users even leaving their house or physically interacting with their perpetrator.
 
Gone are the days when a thief has to make a slit in your coin purse as you walk down the street in

Letter To The Editor: Can't Get Better Than This!

on July 26, 2017 - 4:08am
By ZENA THOMAS
Los Alamos
 
Wow, I think every country, waltz, and swing dancer was on the dance floor Friday night.
 
What a wonderful evening listening and dancing to Mike Heame, Jimmy Stadler and Shake Russel at the Friday night concert.
 
I just want to thank the county, the concert supporters, and the concert organizers for providing a safe, beautiful venue for our families.
 
Can't get better than this!

Letter To The Editor: Dangers Of Allowing Cats Outside

on July 26, 2017 - 3:11am
By TERESA CHAGRIN
Animal Care & Control Specialist
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Norfolk, VA

The recent case of rabies in a bat who was caught by a cat near Espanola is a reminder about the dangers that allowing cats outdoors poses to wildlife, humans, and the cats themselves (“Child cuddles rabid bat” link).

Cats who roam outdoors are exposed to a variety of dangerous contagious diseases that are also transmissible to humans, including rabies, plague, tularemia, and toxoplasmosis.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Spencer

on July 21, 2017 - 8:17am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
In regard to Mr. Spencer's letter (link), details do matter especially in the law. He is correct that this is an open carry state and the actual law is close to but not accurately reflected on the New Mexico State Police website.
 
Perhaps they missed a change to the law. The law should always be checked at the official legal site for all of New Mexico's laws, state and local. That would be the New Mexico Compilation Commission (link).

 

Also despite the Constitution of New Mexico expressly forbidding any laws against guns, the legislature passed one about

A Functional But Limited Sheriff’s Office For Los Alamos

on July 20, 2017 - 10:05am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor
 
The County Council will consider the role of the Sheriff in Los Alamos in a Special Session at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 at the Los Alamos Municipal Building.
 
The Council, not including myself, called an election last November to eliminate the office. After a contentious campaign, Los Alamos voted to keep an elected Sheriff. I believe a majority on Council now accepts that our citizens want a functional Sheriff’s Office. We need to agree on what the Sheriff’s functions will be.
 
I am proposing a Resolution: (

Sheriff Lucero: To The Citizens Of Los Alamos County … Regarding Resolution 17-08

on July 20, 2017 - 9:52am
By MARCO V. LUCERO  
Los Alamos County Sheriff

As your elected sheriff for the past six and a half years, I have done my best to provide services that hold true to my faith, the Office of the Sheriff and my passion to enhance public safety. With little or no resources provided by local government I have done my best to provide services. 

I know that life pits us with those who do not agree with what we try to do. I know that despite our good intentions, some people are going to smear us. I realize that is part of holding public office.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel On Regulation

on July 19, 2017 - 12:44pm
By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos
 
In writing my Los Alamos Daily Post letter on “regulations” (link), I confess to having focused primarily on the positive role that regulations play in keeping us safe and in protecting our environment.  
 
Mr. Nebel in his letter (link), has rightly pointed out that regulations, and the bureaucracy that supports them, often has trouble dealing with new technologies, especially if the appointees heading the organizations responsible for promulgating and enforcing the regulations are former CEO’s or executives of the companies whose legacy technologies will
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Letter To The Editor: No Fan Of Fireworks

on July 18, 2017 - 8:29am
By PHILMONT M. TAYLOR
White Rock

I believe I was endowed by my Creator with a brain with which to think, perceive, discern and, yes, to judge. If you live in northern New Mexico and are engaged in the sale, procurement or use of fireworks you are a bloody damn fool.

Furthermore, if you hold an elected office anywhere in northern New Mexico and support the sale, procurement or use of fireworks in your jurisdiction, you are demonstrably unfit for service.

Letter To The Editor: LA MainStreet Shouts Out Big THANK YOU To Community For ScienceFest Success

on July 18, 2017 - 7:36am

By Los Alamos MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet would like to shout out a big THANK YOU for the wonderful support that the community, volunteers, partners and sponsors offered throughout this year's ScienceFest. It takes a village to make ScienceFest a success!

Staff is collecting data on attendance numbers from programming and percentage of sales increase from last year at this time. That data as well as photos will be shared shortly.

Save the date for next year: July 11-15. ScienceFest will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County’s

Letter To The Editor: Selling Rope On Credit To Hang Capitalism

on July 16, 2017 - 8:57am
By PETR JANDACEK
Los Alamos

Lenin said: “When the time is right we will make great concessions and overtures of peace to the capitalists and they will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

Capitalists are bidding to sell Putin the rope on credit.

Go Hillary! Go Donald!

Letter To The Editor: To U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

on July 16, 2017 - 7:34am
By that concerned citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Pearce, we know in which direction you will be taking New Mexico. As a member of the Freedom Caucus you stood for a Republican Party that wants to push all governmental responsibility to the states while reducing their funding. With politicians like you, New Mexico will have the choice between higher state taxes or less services for New Mexicans.

On Health Care: You voted for the first version of the new healthcare bill – and as part of the Freedom Caucus were among a group of congressmen that wanted it to be even worse.

Letter To The Editor: Cautions About Hemp/Cannabis

on July 14, 2017 - 8:24am
By DENNIS LITTLE
Los Alamos

Saying it’s legal (hemp) cannabis is at least misleading and may end up getting someone fired and/or arrested (link). It is legal by New Mexico law but is still a federal crime and the current administration has made it clear they will go after users/sellers even if the state says it’s OK with it.

LANL also has a no-tolerance policy for drugs, so first offense can lead to immediate termination.

New Mexico Department Of Transportation Announces Online Survey For State Rail Plan

on July 12, 2017 - 12:46pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the availability of an online survey to find out which railroad issues are important to New Mexicans and for providing input to update the State Rail Plan.

The survey is accessible through this link.

The 2018 Rail Plan will explore these issues to identify potential solutions. The updated Rail Plan will also describe the current state of New Mexico’s rail system, articulate a strategic vision for the future of the rail system, and identify projects and funding sources to support that vision.

NMDOT

Letter To The Editor: Mosul, A Pyrrhic Victory

on July 12, 2017 - 12:03pm
By DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul Sunday “to announce its liberation and congratulate the armed forces and Iraqi people on this victory.”
 
(New York Times, Sunday July 9, 2017 from al-Abadi's official Twitter account). From the same NYT article, “The victory marked the formal end of a bloody campaign that lasted nearly nine months, left much of Iraq's second- largest city in ruins, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly a million more.”
 
The pictures we've seen in news media remind me of Dresden after the allied fire-bombing

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos For Best July 4th Celebration Ever!

on July 12, 2017 - 6:05am
By STEVE BOERIGTER, Chair
Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration

Folks, we outdid ourselves! The 2017 4th of July Celebration at Overlook Park was the best attended yet.

The hot sunny skies gave way to some clouds and respite from the heat. All who entered the park on Meadow Lane were greeted by the Fire Departments huge flag. It's a great reminder that we really do live in a special place.

While the dedication of the fireworks team in Kiwanis might be obvious, much of the community is behind the event long before the first BBQ, football toss, or glowstick.

Letter To The Editor: Red Caps And Tourism

on July 11, 2017 - 6:05am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
I would like to thank Vernon Kerr and his red cap ambassadors for their efforts in promoting Los Alamos tourism.
 
I think that the biggest problem Los Alamos has is the lack of diversity in its economy. While increased tourism won’t fix that problem, it will help.
 
One of the things that his group has noted is the lack of souvenir shops for tourists. The reason for that is that retail is difficult in Los Alamos. The market is small and the costs are high.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You From YMCA

on July 10, 2017 - 8:30am
By FAMILY YMCA
Los Alamos
 
I would like to thank everyone who helped make The Family YMCA's 5K Fun Run on July 4 such a fun and successful event. We had over 200 participants that ran, walked, and jogged with costumes, dogs, and kids in strollers.
 
Thank you to the sponsors - Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Bank, and Southwest Safety Services of Santa Fe. 
 
Over 40 items we donated by local businesses for top finishers and random door prizes.

Clark: Apology To FOS Volunteers

on July 8, 2017 - 8:52am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Publisher
Los Alamos Daily Post

I was contacted this morning by a volunteer with the Friends of the Shelter who expressed deep hurt at a recent story published in the Los Alamos Daily Post about the organization severing ties with the local animal shelter.

She felt the headline with the word “raid” misrepresented the actions of the volunteers and that the organization's long history of caring for animals has been diminished.

I take full responsibility for that headline and apologize to the volunteers of this organization.

Letter To The Editor: About Government Regulation...

on July 7, 2017 - 9:21am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

I would like to take issue with Ed Brinbaum’s recent letter (link) on government regulation. Government (over)regulation can be a serious problem. Let me give you some examples.

When I was an undergraduate student in the early 1970s, I worked a couple of summers for a civil engineering firm. One of our clients was a small utility that was building a coal-fired power plant. The utility load was too small for nuclear power and natural gas was then too expensive to be practical, so coal was really the only option they had.

This was when the EPA was new, and the

Santa Fe Opera Opens 2017 Season With Snap, Crackle And Pop

on July 7, 2017 - 8:45am

Prince Orlovsky (Susan Graham) and Dr. Falke (Joshua Hopkins). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017

Adele (Jane Archibald) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017

By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

With a drum roll from the pit, the audience rose as one and Maestro Nicholas Carter led the orchestra and more than 2000 voices in the National Anthem. Then began the overture for Johann Stauss’ Die Fledermaus which the “Waltz King” loaded with highlights of the musical numbers from his most successful operetta.

The essence of the story is the notary Dr.

'Say Anything' At Mesa Public Library Tonight

on July 6, 2017 - 2:30pm

Movie poster for 'Say Anything'. Coutesy photo

 

Review by KELLY DOLEJSI

Los Alamos 

 

Few movies capture honestly what it is like to be a teenager, but “Say Anything” is one of them. The 1989 film, rated PG-13, will show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. Admission is free.

 

In this cult classic, senior Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) is in love with class valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye), a girl so far out of his league that on graduation day, rather than ask her to pose with him for a photo, he lurks near her while his friend surreptitiously snaps a shot.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Pearce's 'Regulation'

on July 6, 2017 - 7:44am
By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos
 
I think most people would agree with at least one sentence of Rep. Steve Pearce’s recent op-ed in the Los Alamos Daily Post, i.e., “The United States must do more to cut off the ability of criminal enterprises to launder money through anonymous shell companies.”
 
The complication is that he wants to accomplish this without imposing any “… burdens on the back of new businesses or the financial institutions that fund them.”
 
The question is, how can you cut off money laundering without imposing additional regulations and/or costs on either businesses or

Letter To The Editor: Concerning Animal Shelter

on July 6, 2017 - 7:24am
By DONNA LESHNE
Santa Fe
 
Regarding the article, “FOS Volunteers Raid Los Alamos Animal Shelter", June 29.
 
First, I will disclose that I am a representative of one of the independent rescues that was mentioned in the article that receives support from the Friends of the Shelter (FOS) group. This group has both supported and expanded the scope of work the Los Alamos Shelter has been able to do, and support individual and small-shop rescue with spay/neuter vouchers and help with emergency medical funding.
 
Without the support of the Friends of the Shelter, our little rescue could not

Letter To The Editor: Red Cap Meets With Laboratory Retiree Group Board

on July 4, 2017 - 8:19am
By VERNON KERR
Los Alamos
 
The Los Alamos Retiree Group is a civic minded group of retired Laboratory employees that is constantly looking for projects to better the community.
 
The LRG may not be the best organization to have an outing to pick up trash around the Los Alamos Resevoir and so the idea of welcoming visitors to the city was attractive. They have already received some Red Cap head cover. They have accepted the promise to wear the cap downtown and to engage any tourists they meet.
 
In speaking to the Board of Directors, I noted that the town needs more eating places as

Goodwin: Educational Retirement Plan

on July 3, 2017 - 8:19am
By JAN GOODWIN, Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
 
Both of my parents are retired educators, so my family understands firsthand the importance of secure retirement benefits for educational employees.
 
The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) plays an important role in the lives of our 46,000 retirees and 60,000 active members. They and the Legislature have entrusted NMERB with providing secure retirement benefits to all of New Mexico’s public educational employees and their beneficiaries.
 
I consider this a sacred trust.

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