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Letter To The Editor: No To Pajarito Mountain Transfer

on August 10, 2017 - 9:20am
By REID PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos
 
Some of your readers may be aware that the Los Alamos Ski Club is seeking a new arrangement for Pajarito Mountain. The original proposal was to transfer ownership of the ski area to the county, and a private company would operate it. However, that never actually happened, and now the club’s board wants to transfer ownership directly to this private company. I believe this poses an unacceptable risk that the public will lose access to the mountain.
 
This opinion is based on my reading of the ski club’s background memo to members (link). Quotes are from the
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Letter To The Editor: Yes Leadership Takes Courage...

on August 10, 2017 - 7:58am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

It was a great pleasure to see Tony Fox insist that the Council recognize that voting against the rec bond is not identical with voting against the rec projects. One may be fiscally conservative and still be in favor of some quality of life improvements and infrastructure development.

And while Dr. Shin is indeed correct that quantification is not precise, it is certainly clear that everyone who voted for the bond is also in favor of the projects.

Letter To The Editor: Here We Go Again

on August 10, 2017 - 7:13am
By Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos
 
Another letter regarding the highly debated Sheriff in LA County. Many letters have quoted state statute. Many have quoted the Charter. Many have referred to the Supreme Court decision that validates the Charter. Let’s get down to the meat of the subject.
 
By election, the citizens of this County voted to retain the Office of the Sheriff, but it was a narrow margin (+/- 500). This town is as divided on the subject as the rest of the country is on other political fronts.
 
However nowhere in that election did it indicate that the duties of the Sheriff
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Letter To The Editor: Three Ideas, Two Concerns On Rec Projects

on August 8, 2017 - 4:23pm
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

Dear County Councilors,

 

With the upcoming discussion tonight of the continued want for recreational projects in Los Alamos I have three suggestions:
 
1)  Any LANL contract could incorporate an item from the bidder toward community development. LANL is just as interested in attracting the best and the brightest and, if it's true that adding recreational facilities will accomplish this, then it's appropriate for them to have some skin in the game.  It is not a "punishment" as I've heard a Councilor say, but an honor and smart business.
 
2)  Some thought

Letter To The Editor: No Means No

on August 8, 2017 - 8:01am
By GRAHAM MARK
Los Alamos
 
Dear Council,
 
Please do not continue planning or funding county projects that were voted down in the last election. Incredibly, the “No” vote is being re-interpreted by believers in alternative facts to mean “OK.” Funding was one issue in that election, and financing seems the only issue being considered today, as if that's all that matters. But there are other things in life than money—for example, representative democracy.
 
You, the council, should not get to override the voting population. The county as a whole spoke last fall.

Letter To The Editor: Follow Up On Rec Projects Issue

on August 8, 2017 - 7:41am
By ROBERT PELAK
Los Alamos
 
In recent letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Joyce Anderson, Stephanie Nakhleh and Megan Fox have each suggested that a subset of the recreation bond projects should be undertaken despite the rejection by the public of the bond needed to finance them. They each offer slightly different interpretations on the meaning of the "no" vote. Did it mean that people only wanted one or some but not all of the projects? Did they want none of the projects because of the increase in future maintenance costs? Did they just not want to finance the projects with a bond?

Letter To The Editor: Timing Of Proposal Divisive

on August 8, 2017 - 7:30am
By ELLEN WALTON
Los Alamos

 

The recent defeated recreation bond issue and subsequent proposal by Councilors O’Leary and Chrobocinski to go ahead with some of the projects in that bond has become unnecessarily divisive. It is impossible for anyone to interpret exactly what that bond election said about the voters’ view on each project. The outcome of the vote on the ballot issue presented to us said that we reject a tax increase to fund a large group of recreation projects.

 

We also know that the bond issue for the proposed leisure pool or now alternatively named multi-generational pool

Letter To The Editor: Responsible Local Government Listens To Their Voters

on August 7, 2017 - 2:26pm
By MEGAN FOX
Los Alamos

I’d like to weigh in from the “other side” on this Rec Bond topic.

To say the Rec Bond was “defeated” last year is a bit of a stretch. It was nearly a tie, 47 percent of those who voted were in favor of proceeding with all Rec Bond projects and the associated costs, and 53 percent of those who voted were opposed, for a variety of reasons. Many of those who opposed were in favor of improving or building some of the proposed Rec Bond projects, but were opposed to the huge bundle of all the projects together.

Some voters who voted against the Rec Bond were in favor of

Letter To The Editor: Clearing Up Confusion On Rec Projects

on August 7, 2017 - 1:52pm
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

Recent letters to the editor reveal some confusion about the results of the May 2017 Rec Bond election. To be clear, the Rec Bond question was whether to raise property taxes to proceed with five recreation projects. By a narrow vote, the town declined to support a property-tax increase. However, many citizens—those who voted for the bond and quite a few who voted against it—made it very clear that they want to see individual projects move forward.

Some of the most vocal critics of the Rec Bond pleaded with Council to find “a better way” to fund the

Letter To The Editor: Before Voting Thursday ... Read Ski Club President's Memo

on August 7, 2017 - 12:18pm
By VALERIE WOOD, Vice President
Los Alamos Ski Club

Before voting on Thursday, Aug. 10, current members of Los Alamos Ski Club should take the time to read the memo sent to them by Ski Club President Susan Brockway-Hahn. This information has been compiled and analyzed extensively by multiple members of the LASC Boards of Directors over the last three years.
 
The current proposal by Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership is being drafted into a contract that protects Pajarito Mountain as a multiple-use year-round recreational area that will remain open to the public.

Spencer: Is ‘Bombs For Profits’ A Good Model For A Nuclear Weapons Lab?

on August 7, 2017 - 11:31am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” –Dwight Eisenhower

The County Manager and Council Chair have both submitted comments to NNSA regarding the draft solicitation for the LANL M&O Request for Proposals. The letters sent to NNSA can be found in this Daily Post article.

Letter To The Editor: Questions On Rec Project Funding

on August 7, 2017 - 10:37am
By JOYCE ANDERSON
Los Alamos
 
In the past few days there has been a lot of uproar here in the Los Alamos Daily Post and on social media about the County Council's efforts to move forward and fund some of the recreation projects that would have been funded had the Rec Bond passed in May.
 
Cries of ignoring the will of the people are hanging in the air this morning as people slug it out on social media, and members of the County Council are being excoriated for their efforts to make much needed improvements to the town.

Letter To The Editor: Paradise Lost? Los Alamos' Tragedy Of The Commons

on August 7, 2017 - 9:37am
By MICHAEL ALTHERR
Los Alamos

The mountainous environment surrounding the Los Alamos townsite truly makes our community a unique and special place to live. Pajarito Mountain, standing tall and visible from most of the county, is the crown jewel. It would be unusual to find someone who has not wandered the flanks of Pajarito Mountain in summer or winter.

Now that crown jewel is up for sale for the bargain price of $1.25 million. That’s 750 acres at a price of $1,700/acre with the lodge and out buildings, equipment and cellular infrastructure thrown in for free!

Letter To The Editor: Unfathomable That Council Would Even Consider Proceeding With Rec Projects

on August 7, 2017 - 8:22am
By ROBERT PELAK
Los Alamos
 
Dear Councillors:
 
After the bond for the five recreation projects was defeated in the recent election, it seems unfathomable to me that the County Council should consider proceeding with these projects anyway. It is especially galling to attempt to move forward so soon after the election and to use every last bit of available funding.
 
Going forward risks cementing into people's hearts and minds the belief the Council is deaf to the citizens.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Experienced Citizen

on August 7, 2017 - 5:32am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
First of all, I agree with Colin Powell’s view of the military. The job of the military is to kill people. If you don’t want a bunch of dead bodies and collateral damage, then you shouldn’t send in the military.
 
The job of law enforcement is very different. Their job is to protect and serve. What may be acceptable in the military, may not be acceptable in law enforcement. 
 
Have you ever watched the lapel camera videos of police shooting suspects coming out of Abq? It isn’t “bang” with maybe a couple of follow-up shots.
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Shin: To Councilors James Chrobocinski And Susan O'Leary: Don't Splash Our Cash!

on August 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
By LISA SHIN, President
A Better Way for LA Political Action Committee  

On August 8, 2017, Councilors Chrobocinski and O'Leary will present “Discussion and Possible Action Relating to Proposed Changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fund.” There will be recommended action on recreation projects for the bond election which failed on May 23, 2017.

The following are my recommended actions:

I strongly recommend that the $13.4 million of CIP funds be used to improve existing facilities: the golf course and softball fields.

Letter To The Editor: County Council Overrides Voters

on August 6, 2017 - 7:26am
By BRADY BURKE
Los Alamos

This week’s County Council meeting may be standing room only!

During the upcoming County Council meeting Tuesday Aug. 8, the County Council is going to propose passing the items of the REC Bond, which were rejected by the County voters in May.

The two Councilors presenting the items for approval, James Chrobocinski and Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, are the subjects of a County investigation into an Ethics violation for their involvement in these items. According to the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), a complaint has been filed stating that both were involved in a Political

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel's Logic

on August 6, 2017 - 6:34am
By An Experienced Citizen
Los Alamos
 
I would like to suggest that Mr. Nebel isn’t very clear about things and how they work. While “Down at the farm with Grandma", I strongly doubt he’s ever been on the receiving end of fire. I have had that "opportunity" in Afghanistan, and would like to highlight some faults in his logic:
 
First of all, they are ‘magazines.’ Not “banana clips.”
 
Second -- and against my better judgement of chasing down his rabbit hole -- “Slug technology has improved tremendously over the last 30 years.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. White

on August 4, 2017 - 4:32pm
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
Response To Mr. White (link).
 
For starters, Tommy Rodella, the former Sheriff of Rio Arriba County, is not hyperbole. 
 
Neither is former Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza who was convicted of tampering with public records by having deputies (patronage employees) falsify reports. Nor is Sheriff Joe Arpaio down in Phoenix who was just convicted of obstruction of justice.
 
Perhaps I’m just paranoid, but let me explain to you where I’m coming from. I grew up in Springfield, Illinois.

Letter To The Editor: ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ Drive Underway Through Aug. 11

on August 4, 2017 - 9:05am
By Sarah and Madelyn Crotzer
Lindsey Thalmann and Pippa Fung
Ashley and Anthony Lestone
Jacob and Richard Thompson

A “youth helping refugee youth” initiative to collect a few items for refugee students recently resettled in Albuquerque is taking place right now, and we invite all our community’s youth to participate.

A local church is collecting 40 new solid-color backpacks sized for middle to high school students (no sports team logos or other logos allowed), along with the necessary basic school supplies to fill those backpacks, such as 2-inch binders, loose leaf paper, pencils and

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel

on August 3, 2017 - 10:59am

By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos

I really enjoy debating with people but that requires facts and all Mr. Nebel offers is hyperbole about corrupt police as well as deputies (link).

And he's apparently oblivious to the fact that New Mexico has been far and away the state leading the nation in violent crime as well as all other crime since long before 1980. Yes, I suppose now you'll dig up some FBI stats to disprove this - just make sure you adjust for per capita population.

I'm surprised he says he backs our police as he seems to be afraid and distrustful of law enforcement in general.

Letter To The Editor: YMCA 2017 Campaign

on August 3, 2017 - 9:24am
By DR. RICHARD MARTIN
VP Family YMCA Board of Directors
 
I am a Member and volunteer Board Member of The Family YMCA. As such, I contribute time and funds to the Y.
 
I serve the Y and contribute because I have become very aware of the positive impact the Y makes in the lives of many in our community—especially youth.
 
The Y is conducting its 2017 Annual Campaign on behalf of kids and families in North Central New Mexico. The goal of our Campaign is to ensure that everyone can participate in Y programs regardless of their ability to pay.
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Letter To The Editor: County Councilors Should Not Be Swayed By Bullying

on August 2, 2017 - 3:54pm
By CRISTINA OLDS and ELENA E. GIORGO
Los Alamos
 

In light of the threat of lawsuits against the County made at the July 26 council meeting, it seems ill-advised to discuss further the resolution to expand the Sheriff’s duties and authorities until the legal matters are resolved. Similarly, efforts to modify the County charter under the cloud of legal challenges should be postposed pending a resolution of those issues. The County should not be swayed by the bullying of a few county residents.

 

Furthermore, when Los Alamos citizens voted for the current Sheriff, they did so knowing the position

Heinrich Viewpoint: New Mexico Must Build Homegrown Tech Workforce ... Here's One Way To Do It

on August 2, 2017 - 8:06am
By U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
D-New Mexico

New Mexico has long been at the center of technology innovation. Research and development at our national laboratories, universities and military installations has led to major breakthroughs in computing, energy, health care and national security.
 
The technology industry is a driving force in creating jobs and expanding economic growth. In 2016 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than 7 million workers and added more than 100,000 new jobs.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Spencer

on August 1, 2017 - 9:29am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
In response to Mr. Spencer (link):
 
First of all, I don’t get “unnerved” around firearms. I grew up around them. Down at the farm, Grandma had a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun hanging over the back door. Obviously, that didn’t have a 30 round banana clip hanging off of it. The people who needed that kind of equipment were people who couldn’t hit what they were shooting at. Grandma didn’t have that problem.
 
So, do the police need that kind of equipment in their cruisers? An AR-15 or a mini-14 is easily lethal out to 500 yards.

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