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Letter To The Editor: Money In politics?

on April 14, 2018 - 9:06am
By VERNON N. KERR
Former Representative

I was shocked when I saw in the newspapers that some legislative races of state representative cost $100,000 in our state, the corker was $250,000 for a senate race. This was somewhat earlier in the campaigns, maybe a couple of years ago.

I served 16 years as the state representative for Los Alamos County and one term as a county councilor, plus a year as the governor’s cabinet secretary for finance and administration. I also spent 10 years as the chief bill analyst for the House and Senate at various times.

Letter To The Editor: A Hardworking Judge Who Learns Quickly

on April 14, 2018 - 5:48am
By ANTHONY I. ARMIJO MBA, CPA, CGMA, CGFM
Santa Fe

 

District Court Judge Gregory S. Shaffer and I worked together at the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). I was the State Controller and Financial Control Division Director; he was an attorney.

 

As a financial oversight entity, accounting is ingrained in DFA’s work and the statutes it administers. Greg quickly mastered the accounting concepts necessary to provide the highest level of legal service to the Department.

Letter To The Editor: Support Sara Scott For Council

on April 13, 2018 - 9:37am
By JOHN GUSTAFSON
Los Alamos
 
I am writing to express my support for Sara Scott’s candidacy for LA County Council.
 
I had the privilege of working with Sara at Los Alamos National Laboratory when she was in a leadership role, and I can attest to her effectiveness as a leader and a strategist. She has an ability to analyze multiple sides of an issue and formulate a proactive plan for reaching a productive, beneficial outcome.
 
Sara knows how to listen and when to adjust. She has tremendous integrity, a great work ethic, and superb dedication to task.
 
LA County and its citizens

Letter To The Editor: Elect Judges Recommended By Judicial Nominating Commission

on April 13, 2018 - 8:53am
FELICIA ORTH
Los Alamos
 
A 1988 State constitutional amendment supplemented a purely political system for selecting judges with a merit-selection appointment process.
 
Judicial Nominating Commissions now vet judicial appointment applicants using 12 criteria. Commissions are independent; include judges, lawyers, and non-lawyers; and are bipartisan.
 
Only Commission-recommended applicants may be appointed. The appointed judge runs in the next partisan election cycle.
 
The revised system improved both judicial caliber and diversity.

Letter To The Editor: Comparison Of SMR With Other Technologies

on April 13, 2018 - 8:53am
By JIM REDMAN
ErgoTech, Los Alamos
 
While I applaud the DPU for looking for innovative ways to meet the community goal of carbon-neutral electrical generation I'm a little disappointed that the review of UAMPS small scale nuclear reactor SMR failed to compare the cost to the tax payers of other options.
 
 
At a minimum I would have expected these costs to be included in the County Council Agenda Packet when asking the councilors to make a decision on this topic.

The article by Mr. Glasco in the Post (https://www.ladailypost.com/content/glasco-carbon-free-power-project) suggests that
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Letter To The Editor: Do What Works To Provide Student Success Resources

on April 13, 2018 - 8:52am
By CHARLES GOODMACHER 
Government and Media Relations Director
National Education Association – New Mexico
 
Teachers and other educators across the nation say “enough” to chronic underfunding of public education. 
 
Here in New Mexico, educators await a positive outcome to the lawsuit against the State for failing to provide public schools the supports necessary for statewide student success.

Wiemann: Should You Make Extra Mortgage Payments Or Boost Your Investments?

on April 13, 2018 - 8:35am
By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
 
Every month, you pay your mortgage. And, depending on your circumstances, you may be able to afford to put in additional payments – perhaps sizable ones. But should you? Or, if you really have the extra money, should you invest it? 

Initially, you might think it would be quite nice to rid yourself of that mortgage sooner, rather than later. But is it really the burden it seems? 

Actually, you get some real benefits from a mortgage. It certainly provides something of great value to you – your home.
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