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Letter To The Editor: Vote For David Hampton, A New Voice And Vision For UNM-LA

on October 20, 2019 - 7:30am
By DONNA MACDONALD
Los Alamos
 

I ask the community to vote David Hampton for the UNM-LA Advisory Board, position 3. We need new and fresh voices at the table to move our community forward. 

I certainly appreciate his vision to push UNM-LA towards becoming a 4-year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) university. We keep losing our brightest and best students to out-of-state colleges, and a local 4-year college par excellence could encourage them to stay.

There would be stubborn resistance from UNM Main Campus, of course, so this initiative would require strong community support

Letter To The Editor: Time To Improve Our More Than 50 Year Old White Rock Schools

on October 18, 2019 - 7:52am

By CRAIG WASHNOK

Principal, Chamisa Elementary School

I have the pleasure of becoming  the next principal at Chamisa Elementary School.

It has been a truly amazing experience. The community culture is one of the best aspects of Chamisa. Our community is what makes Chamisa unique. Chamisa Elementary School’s culture is entwined with the community.

The culture of Chamisa has stood the test of time. It’s now time to enhance the culture of Chamisa with structural upgrades.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools have stood relatively unchanged for over 50 years.

Letter To The Editor: SGR Endorses Christine Bernstein

on October 17, 2019 - 6:32am
By STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Commissioner of Public Lands
 
I voted today!
 
But unfortunately, because of my district, I didn’t get to vote for one of my favorite candidates for school board. However, if you live in District 3, you have the chance to vote for Christine Bernstein for LAPS School Board.
 
I first met Christine when we were both teachers at Pojoaque Schools. She is an innovative, committed and passionate high school teacher and I know she will bring just as much energy to the school board as she does to the classroom.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Importance Of Political Parties

on October 15, 2019 - 3:57pm

By DENNIS LITTLE
Los ALamos

Mr. Kerr,

Perhaps I'm in the minority, I'm not sure and I've never seen a study to confirm. I was raised by a single mother who wasn't political at all. To the best of my knowledge, she never voted in her life. In any case, I would hope that most people in a town with so many smart people would do their own research and decide who and/or what political party to vote for rather than just depending on what their parents said to do.

With regards to the rest of your letter, I disagree.

The House (with a Democratic majority) has passed a great number of bills, including

Letter To The Editor: Importance Of Political Parties

on October 15, 2019 - 9:18am
By VERNON N. KERR
Los Alamos
 
Why do I belong to a political party?
 
We can pick a reason but most likely the reason is that the party we pick is the one our parents belong to. A political party usually represents the values of the home. Chances are that if grandpa and pop were Democrats, you are, too. There is not a lot of hard thinking involved in registering in a political party.
 
In the beginning of our nation, our first leader, George Washington was opposed to political parties because he felt that they would lead to non-productive political bickering and divert energy away

Letter To The Editor: I Believe We Are A Town That Values Education ... Vote Yes For School Bond

on October 15, 2019 - 8:41am
By DAVID LYONS
Committee member
Los Alamos School Bond Election Committee

When my wife and I decided to move back to White Rock with our two young children more than a decade ago, I knew one thing for certain: Our kids would receive a great education. A White Rock native, I grew up in the Los Alamos Public School system, going first to Chamisa Elementary and then to the Middle and High Schools. I knew first-hand the high quality of education here and was excited to know that our kids would benefit from the same. And they have.

We’ve been fortunate that our kids have had great experiences

Letter To The Editor: Pleasure To Support Bernstein

on October 15, 2019 - 8:32am
By TRAVIS RICHINS
LAHS Class of 2013

It is my pleasure to write in support of Chris Bernstein for a position on the Los Alamos Public School Board.

I attended Los Alamos school system from kindergarten to 12th grade, and ultimately graduated in May of 2013. During my time at Los Alamos High School I had the pleasure of getting to know Mrs. Bernstein, or Mrs. B as we called her.

I cannot over-stress the point that she was the most influential teacher in my high school years. She exhibits extraordinary passion while teaching, but more importantly, she cares for her students as people.

Letter To The Editor: Terry Wallace, Jr. Gives Pat Soran Strongest Endorsement; Urges Others To View Record

on October 13, 2019 - 12:58pm
By TERRY C. WALLACE, Jr.
Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is a very special and unique institution in our community. The branch campus in one form or another has been in Los Alamos for 63+ years, and has always been tuned to serving the needs of our community.

Letter To The Editor: David Hampton – A Honest And Transparent Voice For UNM-LA Advisory Board

on October 13, 2019 - 8:49am
By PAUL A. JARAMILLO
2nd Vice Chair
Republican Party of Los Alamos 

I am writing this letter in support of David Hampton for the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

For all the time I have known Mr. Hampton I have found him to be a very honest and transparent person. He serves with integrity in all aspects of community involvement and local boards such as the LA Co-op Board and the LA retirement community board. He is also a volunteer with trail maintenance at Bandelier and Santa Fe National Forest.

I believe that as a retiree from LANL and a long-time resident of Los Alamos, he has first hand

Letter To The Editor: A Republican Wants Trump Out Of Office

on October 13, 2019 - 8:49am
By GLEN THAMERT
Jemez Springs
 
Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina is a serious conservative. He wants DT (Trump) to be voted out in 2020. He says the USA and the interest on our debt must be addressed, since it is more than our Military budget and more than what our country spends in all areas for Children - our future.
 
So where is massive spending going, which comes from our taxpayers' dollars? Here's a few items which address the problem:
 
  • The outlandish prison in Guantanamo, Cuba - since 2002 - wastes $180 Million annually and has added $6 Billion to the Deficit for 17 years,

Letter To The Editor: Thank You To The Taxpayers Of Los Alamos

on October 12, 2019 - 9:31am
By Former LAPS School Board Members:
 
Jim Hall
Joan Ahlers
Nancy (Nan) Holmes
Judith Bjarke-Mckenzie
Dennis Gill
Jody Benson
Melanie McKinley
Morrie Pongratz
Dawn VanHaus
Steven P. Girrens
As previous School Board Officers, we collectively write this letter to express our deep appreciation to Los Alamos parents, business owners, and community members that have unselfishly and generously given to support the future of Los Alamos. 
 
We embarked upon this journey in 2007 when we had more than $300 million in capital facility needs.

Letter To The Editor: Julia Baker Impressed Me

on October 10, 2019 - 8:10am
By BETHANY SCOTT
Los Alamos
 
As the candidates gave their closing statements at the end of the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum last Thursday, I heard the woman sitting next to me say, “I want to vote for her [referring to Julia Baker], but she’s not in my district.”
 
I am fortunate to live in District 4, and after hearing the candidates speak, I am excited to vote for Julia Baker.
 
Julia Baker impressed me with her knowledge of educational philosophy. She referred to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a roadmap to supporting our students in their individual path to success.

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Chris Bernstein

on October 10, 2019 - 7:54am
By BAHRAM BANISADR
Los Alamos
 
I'm writing this letter in support of Chris Bernstein for the Los Alamos Public Schools school board.
 
During my time at Los Alamos High School, she was a teacher, mentor, advisor, and friend to me and I believe she is extremely well qualified to be a member of the LAPS school board.
 
As a teacher, she would bring an unfortunately underrepresented viewpoint to the board: that of an educator.

Letter To The Editor: We Need Christine Bernstein’s Voice On Los Alamos School Board

on October 8, 2019 - 8:23am
By ELLEN MCBEE
Los Alamos
 
I have known Christine Bernstein since our daughters were in first grade together at Aspen School. At the time, Christine taught in Los Alamos and was known for being an approachable, dedicated teacher.
 
When I spent time with her, we often discussed the needs of students and the ways those needs were—and were not—being met.
 
Now Christine teaches in Pojoaque, where she continues to educate herself on better ways to approach teaching. She is the best kind of teacher: professional, involved, and passionate about education.
 
I was excited when I heard

Letter To The Editor: Then And Now ... Why I Still Vote Yes For The School Bond

on October 7, 2019 - 2:24pm
By Jenny McCumber
Los Alamos School Board

I remember voting yes for the school bond more than a decade ago to rebuild the high school. Our family was relatively new to Los Alamos. Life was very full with three boys in elementary school.

Things have changed a lot for us.

Then: If you don’t go back to bed and go to sleep ... (insert useless consequence).

Now: If you don’t wake up and get out of bed ... (insert different useless consequence).

Then: This is definitely not an appropriate show for kids to watch.

Now: This is definitely not an appropriate show for you to watch, Mom.

Then: I

Letter To The Editor: Cunningham Endorses Colgan

on October 7, 2019 - 10:34am
By ANDREA CUNNINGHAM
District 4 School Board Member
February 2015-December 31, 2019

I am writing to endorse Melanie Colgan for Los Alamos School Board, District 4 (Barranca/North Mesa).

As the sitting Board member for this District, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve and I look forward to passing the torch to a candidate who is as uniquely qualified for this position as Melanie.

While we are lucky to have two wonderful candidates for this District, Melanie is exceptionally qualified and will bring her experience and expertise to the board for the benefit of our schools,

Letter To The Editor: Morris Pongratz Would Be An Invaluable Addition To Los Alamos School Board

on October 7, 2019 - 9:03am
By SYDNE ASHFORD
Los Alamos Public Schools Alumna

It is my pleasure to write a letter in support of Morrie Pongratz for the Los Alamos Public Schools School Board. Throughout my time at Los Alamos High School, I had the opportunity of working with him through Los Alamos High School’s Key Club.

I began working closely with Morrie in my senior year of high school (2017-2018) when I served as a Lieutenant Governor for the Southwest District Key Club. I had to train Key Club board members around the area, plan fundraisers, and attend meetings in Arizona and Texas.

Letter To The Editor: Morrie Values Our students, Teachers And Our Schools

on October 6, 2019 - 11:24am
By JOANNA GILLESPIE
Los Alamos

My friendship with Morrie began when I was a teen and he mentored a small leadership group I was a part of called, “Youth Working for Youth”. As a result, he and his wife Cheryl spent nearly every Friday for many years chaperoning informal dances that kept all of us kids dancing and out of trouble.

Like many small town youth, I could not wait to leave town. Later, I could not wait to return to raise my own children.

Letter To The Editor: Izraelevitz Endorses Morrie Pongratz For Los Alamos School Board

on October 6, 2019 - 11:09am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos County Councilor
 

Different times demand different leaders for an organization, and this is a time when the Los Alamos Public Schools will be facing a series of challenges and demands that require an experienced and thoughtful leader such as Morris Pongratz.

No one can take issue with his background and experience: long-time student mentor and advisor of the Key Club, our high school student service organization, several terms on the County Council, prior experience on our School Board when he led the fight to maintain federal support for our schools, even

Letter To The Editor: Thank You To Supporters Of Mountain Elementary School FunD Run

on October 5, 2019 - 7:54am
By Mountain Elementary School PTA
Kristy Ortega, President
Ruth Burns, Vice President
Karen Morris, Secretary
Natalie Morgan, Treasurer

The Mountain School PTA, teachers, students and staff would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our generous community members!

A large thanks also goes to our amazing Mountain families! Together you have raised an astounding amount of money that will enable the PTA to fund fun things like teacher grants, fun community events, transport for field trips, technology needs and more!

This year’s sponsors include :

Platinum Sponsor:
Kristy Ortega, RE/MAX

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Chris Bernstein

on October 5, 2019 - 7:43am
By JOLENE MARTIN
Pojoaque
 
As a high school teacher, I sometimes use my lunch period to get caught up with grading. It was one such day that a colleague, a Spanish teacher from the other end of my hall, popped in to ask me a question.
 
Apparently, during her planning period that morning, she walked by while I was teaching with the door open. A strategy we were working with caught her eye and she wanted to know more about it. We often bounce ideas off of each other and share methods. She asked me about the lesson she’d overheard.

Los Alamos Daily Post Endorses LAPS Bond

on October 3, 2019 - 10:53am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Publisher

Following careful consideration, the Los Alamos Daily Post is endorsing the Los Alamos Public Schools Bond.

Thanks to Los Alamos voters in a previous bond election, the LAPS School Board has been able to remodel Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School. Major facility improvements are underway at both Barranca Mesa Elementary School and Mountain Elementary School.

Well maintained schools enhance the learning environment for students, provide a comfortable work environment for teachers and staff and aid in

Letter To The Editor: Four Great People But Two Outstanding Women Running For LAPS Board

on October 2, 2019 - 9:33am
By KARYL ANN ARMBRUSTER
Public Education Commissioner Dist. 4
LAMS teacher (1992-2009)
LAFSE president (2002-08)
 
What a relief and joy to have a nonpartisan election for LAPS School Board. This election has four wonderful candidates but two stand out as uniquely qualified and outstanding.—Christine Bernstein and Julia Baker.
 
The first, Christine Bernstein, who will represent Aspen School will be the first LAPS Board member who is at this very moment teaching in the  “trenches" at Pojoaque High School.

Letter To The Editor: Morris Pongratz Has Character, Personality, Time, Energy To Make Outstanding Contributions To Los Alamos Public Schools

on October 1, 2019 - 10:09am
By JULIE WANGLER
Los Alamos
 
I am supporting Morris (Morrie) Pongratz for school board from District 3, the Aspen School District.
 
Morrie has consistently throughout his many years of living in Los Alamos supported our public schools.
 
Morrie previously served on the school board (2003-2007). When he was on the board, he started the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, which helps all students feel included and valued.
 
When on the school board, he never failed to support the staff of the public schools. When the school board debated about letting staff add untraditional family

Letter To The Editor: Thank you Los Alamos County Little League For Your Service To Our Kids And Our Families

on October 1, 2019 - 8:52am
By APRIL NOLEN
Los Alamos
 
As I watched my 9-year-old daughter pedal off to school this morning, I wanted to say thank you to the Los Alamos County Little League Board for the bike she won at opening day last year.
 
She has ridden it to school every day since she won it (except for her orchestra days - we can't figure out how to get her viola and backpack to school with a bike on those days).
 
She's very proud of her bike and loves riding it around White Rock.
 
We have enjoyed being part of the Los Alamos Little League over the years, and I wanted to send you all a note of
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