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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
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


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.


Letter To The Editor: Mosul, A Pyrrhic Victory

on July 12, 2017 - 12:03pm
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
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
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
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
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
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

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



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
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
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
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.

Letter To The Editor: Without Your Support I Would Have Been Lost

on July 1, 2017 - 6:31am
Los Alamos

Dear friends of my son John and me,


I wish to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, loving kindness, and support following the passing of my son, John. Without your support I would have been lost.


From the very beginning Sheriff Marco Lucero and Chaplain Jennifer Bartram were at my side to console and support me while dealing with the shock and grief I was confronting.


My sincere gratitude to Los Alamos Sheriff, Marco Lucero; Rio Arriba and Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office; New Mexico Mounted Patrol; and Los Alamos Police Department

Letter To The Editor: Carbon Dividends

on June 28, 2017 - 5:26pm
Los Alamos

Carbon Dividends. Many scientists in Los Alamos have a clear understanding that climate change is very real, and cite several observable effects as evidence. One of these effects is the very rapid increase in the number of record amounts of rainfall across the country, or record drought severity, or record heat spells, or record cold spells, various examples of instability in our climate.

See below for more in the way of evidence, but first we want to call everyone’s attention to a possible solution.

The June 20 edition of the Wall Street Journal, The

Letter To The Editor: Restore Office Of Sheriff Duties

on June 26, 2017 - 8:23am
Los Alamos

Open letter to the Council and all citizens of Los Alamos County concerning the illegal activity of the Council from last year until now in regard to the Office of Sheriff of Los Alamos County, giving the Council chair until Monday close of business to postpone the scheduled meeting until Thursday night so as to be able to revise the agenda to include the Sheriff's budget and meet the required 72 hour notice for agenda publication, as well as leave the County one business day before the new fiscal year starts Saturday to make the necessary changes to comply with

Letter To The Editor: Sewer Rate Increase Warranted

on June 26, 2017 - 7:25am
Los Alamos

I went to the BPU meeting. There were about 15 people there and I was the only one that stood up to speak out against the increase on the sewer rate increase. I would have spoken out against the potable water increase, but they had a 45 page powerpoint presentation on power sources by some outside consultant where I could not understand her accent. That presentation was going to take hours and the Potable water issue was somewhere after that. My condolences to the BPU for having to stay.

My first comment to the folks that don't go to these meetings is that you

Letter To The Editor: Response To Don Neeper

on June 24, 2017 - 7:02am
Los Alamos
"However, in a society modeled on winning—getting ahead—there must be losers."
Don Neeper almost gets it right (link). In America, however, this is better said: In a society modeled on getting ahead, there must be those who don't get as far ahead as others.
These are not losers; they are just not as big winners. What matters is how you view your circumstances. Wherever you draw the line, American 'losers' are almost all far ahead of Syrian or Libyan losers, to pick two recent examples. You might call this a theory of ordinary relativity.

Man With Gun At Smith's: Legal Details Matter

on June 22, 2017 - 4:27pm
Los Alamos 

The other day, the Daily Post carried a short story about a man being reported to the police for having a gun in Smith's (link). Although I'm pretty sure that even hate tatoos are protected by the First Amendment, and it turns out it was a pellet gun, its understandable that this gentleman raised suspicion but the bigger issue here is the law and there is state law that addresses this specific situation.

Thinking only of the supermarket part of the store, I was wondering what actually happened as the Daily Post story was short on details.

Neeper: What Drives A Culture Insane?

on June 22, 2017 - 8:11am
Portola Valley, Calif.
Former Los Alamos resident
In the Los Alamos Daily Post of June 20, V. B. Price asks whether a national culture can go insane. Price sees recent mass shootings as evidence of a developing mad culture within a fear-laden population that could tip into a disguised civil war or dictatorship. I suggest that Nazi Germany of 1939 and ISIS of 2017 provide examples of insane cultures that answer Price's question. However, I also suggest that the crucial question is not whether a culture can go insane, but rather what drives it crazy.

Price cites studies on

Letter To The Editor: Huge KUDOS To Firefighters

on June 18, 2017 - 11:10pm
Former resident of Los Alamos

Once AGAIN, huge KUDOS to the firefighters involved with the Cajete Fire in the Jemez for its containment, and all their hard work in preserving as much as possible of the lovely area of the Jemez.


Letter To The Editor: Wayfinder Meeting Takeaway

on June 18, 2017 - 8:14am
Los Alamos

Here are my take aways from the June 15 Los Alamos County Wayfinder presentation.

Attendance at the 95 percent design phase - two Project people (County rep and Merje consultant), one County Councilor (David Izraelevitz) as a citizen, one stakeholder and two citizens, me and another woman.

Wayfinder: Wayfinding encompasses all of the ways in which people (and animals) orient themselves in physical space and navigate from place to place, according to  Wikipedia. According to the project folks, the idea was floated around earlier in the year.

Letter To The Editor: Saudi Arabia, Iran And US Politics

on June 17, 2017 - 8:47am
Los Alamos
Saudi Arabia:
Consider Saudi Arabia and the status of women:
  • It is the only country in the world where women can not drive.
  • The reason is the belief that driving injures a woman's ovaries.
  • A male must drive a woman to work.
  • From age 8 to death a woman must wear a black burkah whenever she is outside the house in major cities like Riyahd, Mecca and Medina. In some smaller villages women may be able to uncover their faces, and may wear collorful head scarves.
  • Women are second, if not lower, citizens because of the Law of Guardianship.
  • A woman's Guardian