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Letter To The Editor: Thanks County, Community, Staff!

on July 16, 2018 - 6:56am
By Lyle and Gayle Cunningham
Owners of Bob’s Bodacious BBQ

We would like to thank the community for the very warm Grand Re-Opening we had on July 2 at Bob’s Bodacious BBQ!

Acquiring the business was a long process, with the best reward at the end – the ability to continue to serve the communities of Los Alamos and White Rock.

Our family loves this area, and we are pleased to add this fabulous local business to our own family.

To that end, we would like to especially acknowledge the help and support of our County officials in making this a smooth transition.

The County officials we have

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World Futures: Statistics (And Probability) – Part Four

on July 12, 2018 - 7:28am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

In the previous column (Part Three) we ended with a question about statistics and its uses – investing, making money, providing governance, managing the budget, making choices, or something else.

As an example, consider baseball, professional baseball. For the vast majority of us, baseball is a form of entertainment as well as a sometimes highly emotional activity (are you a Yankees or a Red Sox fan?) without any real consequence other than bragging rights, unless, of course, you are betting on the outcome.

But what about the teams

Letter To The Editor: Janus Decision Highly Amusing, Refreshing

on July 6, 2018 - 6:39am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
This is a response to two recent articles in the Los Alamos Daily Post, one by the Rio Grande Foundation and another by the American Federation of Labor, concerning the Janus decision. I hate to say this, but I think the whole thing is highly amusing. I know the plaintiff, Mark Janus. He’s the same age I am and I grew up with him (church, Boy Scouts, school). I haven’t seen him since high school, but this whole episode is entirely in character.
 
Mark Janus isn’t some right wing political activist. I remember him as being a bit of an obnoxious loudmouth.

Letter To The Editor: Why I Switched From DTS To Democrat So I Could Vote For James Robinson

on July 2, 2018 - 1:11pm
By CAMILLE MORRISON
Los Alamos
 
First let me tell you why I switched from DTS to Democrat so I could vote for James Robinson. It's because he switched from a leadership roll in the Republican party and became a Democrat. I switched from DTS to Democrat so I could vote for Bernie Sanders. It was to late for him but I wanted to encourage the young people who supported him to run for office some day. I succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.
 
 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 28-year-old liberal activist daughter of working class immigrants who was a Bernie Sanders campaign manager knocked off the

Letter To The Editor: LAPS Is Requesting Assistance

on June 29, 2018 - 5:48pm
Dr. KURT STEINHAUS
LAPS Superintendent

Come join the LAPS Team and make a difference for our children!

This letter is to request your assistance in finding applicants for vacant LAPS positions. Please help spread the word. The areas of greatest need are special education, early childhood, custodians, instructional assistants, bus drivers, and teachers at Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.

A full list of vacancies can be found here: http://laschools.net/careers/

With your help, I am confident we will find the people needed to build upon our tradition of excellence.

Letter To The Editor: The Fight Will Continue...

on June 28, 2018 - 11:56am

By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos
 
Khalil Spencer makes a lot of good points in his/her letter. Unfortunately, until the Left, Liberal, Anti-Gun crowd is willing to listen and quit generating lies and deceit to advance their agenda nothing will ever get accomplished when it comes to guns and how they relate to the violence in this country.
 
They won’t accept concrete facts and make forceful and bitter verbal attacks against those that don’t agree with them and many resort to MOB violence!

Letter To The Editor: Accountability Is Not A Bad Word

on June 25, 2018 - 10:35am
By HOPE MORALES
Santa Fe
 
The culture of our state is deeply rooted in building relationships and maintaining respect; as a young Hispanic girl, I was taught to acknowledge every adult in the room with a hug or handshake. I was taught to respect those who were older than me, those who were in “charge,” and those with whom I worked. “Compadres” of my grandparents are well known to my entire family and our family has only grown in the relationships we have developed. This is true for many New Mexico families.
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World Futures: Statistics (And Probability) – Part One

on June 23, 2018 - 5:57am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
 

In exploring the future of humanity and the world we must rely on the collection and analysis of statistical data and apply the inferences drawn to decision making, selecting what road we will take both collectively and individually.

In the previous series of columns about risks, rewards and responsibilities, we started with probability and concluded that often we cannot truly assess the probabilities in making personal decisions. Will he or she say yes or no when we ask her or him for a date?

Letter To The Editor: Problems Escalating At Skate Park

on June 19, 2018 - 6:27pm
By Concerned Parent
Los Alamos
 
The skate park has become increasingly problematic.
 
My children have encountered bullying, profanity, profane music and sexual harassment.
 
I’m not looking to label any kids as “bad”, but instead increase awareness of this issue, so that we can provide a safe environment for all children, where they don’t feel threatened or scared.
 
This is especially important due to the proximity of younger children at the nearby park, and at the library.
 

Letter To The Editor: Folks Shouting Past Each Other

on June 19, 2018 - 1:30pm
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Santa Fe

I saw yet another letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post where it looks like folks are still shouting past each other. So here goes. First, some caveats.

1. I don't like the idea of piling more laws on people, but gun culture has changed. More households owned guns when I was young, but we didn't have this "me too" movement of mass shootings. Plus, to borrow an analysis from Wake Forest University's David Yamane, Gun Culture 1.0 was about gunsport and hunting. Gun Culture 2.0 is about self defense, i.e., shooting people.

Letter To The Editor: I Have Read Your Entire Letter...

on June 19, 2018 - 12:53pm
By Linda vanDyck
Albuquerque

I have read your entire letter (Robert Visel) and would like to address your points one-by-one.

The gun problem in this country is both the user AND the gun. Without the gun, the user cannot do anywhere near the damage that he/she can do with the gun ... it’s the combination that’s deadly.

Guns haven’t changed???? At the time the second amendment was written, guns fired one shot then had to be cumbersomely reloaded. No one at that time could possibly have conceived the weapons that are available today.

Today’s kids have become spoiled brats?

Letter To The Editor: Read Entire Letter...

on June 19, 2018 - 6:43am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos
 
Do any of you actually read the entire Letter to the Editor before submitting a rebuttal?
 
One of you barely made it past the first sentence before submitting a response! You get fixated on one thing and the rest of the letter gets ignored. So, make an honest effort and read this entire letter and educate yourself before submitting more foolish comments and proving your ignorance on the subject.
 
In previous letters, you yourself inadvertently admit that it is the user not the gun that’s the problem. Guns haven’t changed. People have changed.
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Letter To The Editor: YMCA Celebrates National Pride Month

on June 15, 2018 - 2:38pm
By LINDA DALY
CEO
The Family YMCA

June is national Pride month! The Family YMCA has partnered with Los Alamos Pride and other groups and individuals who are driven by the shared commitment to ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect.  

At the Y, we use this time to celebrate and support our LGBTQ+ community, members and staff. We honor those who have done the hard work for equity.

We remember the cruelty and inhumanity that has been and is perpetrated against our LGBTQ+ family.

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Letter To The Editor: All People Share Inherent Worth And Dignity

on June 15, 2018 - 7:22am

Rev. John Cullinan
Unitarian Church of Los Alamos

Twenty-five years ago, to be out as a LGBTQ+ person in Los Alamos carried risks beyond what most people might experience across the rest of the country. In addition to derision, discrimination, and outright violence, in Los Alamos being out meant risking your security clearance – and your livelihood.

It was not until 1995, when President Clinton signed Executive Order 12968, that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was barred in making decisions regarding who has access to classified information.

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Letter To The Editor: Let’s Update School Dress Codes To Reflect 21st Century Values

on June 13, 2018 - 11:57am
By LAURA MULLANE
On behalf of 74 other signatories

This week, 75 parents, students, and recent graduates of the Los Alamos Public School system sent a letter to the superintendent and school board expressing concern that the dress codes at the individual schools as they are currently written and enforced unfairly target girls with the following negative consequences:

  • It sexualizes girls at a young age.
  • It publicly humiliates them.
  • It sends the message that it is acceptable for adult teachers and staff—including adult men—to judge their clothing choices and, by extension, their bodies.

Letter To The Editor: Another View

on June 13, 2018 - 9:40am
By ANNA DILLANE
Los Alamos
 
Too many people regard “coming out” as a one-time event. It just simply isn’t.
 
My junior year of high school I started dating a girl. We held hands in the hall but never kissed, and other students started asking my best friend questions.
 
“Is she dating a girl?” “Is she a lesbian?” “Are the two of YOU involved?”
 
Then, I didn’t care what the people in my tiny, religious town thought of me. I knew I was leaving after high school and would never see any of them again. And thankfully, I was right.
 
But I moved to another small, religious town to go
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Letter To The Editor: Thanks For LA Pride

on June 13, 2018 - 9:35am
By STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Dist. 43 Representative
Candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands
 

I’d like to take this time to thank our Los Alamos County Council for declaring the second week of June the first ever Los Alamos Pride Week!

Our community has always, when faced with discrimination whether sexual or marriage equality, stood up on the right side.

I invite every Los Alamosan to join us for the Pride Festival on June 15 at Fuller Lodge, to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community members and show the world that Los Alamos is a place of love and acceptance of all people.

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Letter To The Editor: Thank You

on June 12, 2018 - 3:11pm
By RANDALL RYTI
Los Alamos
 
I appreciate the time that more than 400 residents took to meet me at their front doors. Many of those people provided feedback to me on County policies or services that could be improved or the areas where the County excelled. Most days spent canvassing I was with my wife Wendy.
 
As someone noted last (election) night, we make a good team. I also appreciate the help that the rest of my campaign committee (Evan, Michele, Chris, Jane, and Skyler) provided along the way. I have enjoyed getting to know the other candidates running for Council.
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Letter To The Editor: Coming Out

on June 9, 2018 - 7:41am
By JOSH CHAPMAN-GOMEZ
Los Alamos
 
Growing up in Los Alamos came with many expectations, some of which I severely missed the bus on. Los Alamos High School had information available through the Gay, Straight, Alliance, but I did not even know that was a group until my senior year of high school, the year after the summer my best friend came out to me.
 
Growing up, sexuality was not really discussed in my home because it was never really an issue. My mother had gay friends when she was in college, so the discussion never really came up.
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Letter to the Editor: Friends Of The Children Of Haiti Community Invite June 7

on June 5, 2018 - 7:07am
By CATHERINE 'KATIE' FRY
FOTCOH Volunteer Pharmacist

 

Thank you for your generous support of Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH). Like you, I have fallen in love with the people of Haiti. We are thankful that you have chosen to support the important mission of FOTCOH.

 
I invite you to join me at Smith’s Marketplace Upstairs Conference Room 5:30- 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7. FOTCOH Executive Director Nathan Ruby will be joining us to share some of the exciting things that are happening at the clinic.
 
It is amazing what FOTCOH has planned to help the people of Haiti in
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Letter To The Editor: No Matter How You Wish To Weave This Gun Control issue ... It All Begins At Home

on June 4, 2018 - 5:17pm
By DIMAS M. CHAVEZ
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
As a former Los Alamos resident who now resides in Potomac, Md., I wish to comment on the letter to the editor submitted by Mr. Robert Visel, titled “Stop Blaming Inanimate Object”. Allow me to take you for a walk down memory lane regarding Los Alamos.
 
I moved to Los Alamos with my family as a 6-year-old child Aug.

Letter To The Editor: What Los Alamos Pride Means To Me

on June 4, 2018 - 7:39am

By SAMUEL BUELOW
Los Alamos

I first heard the term “transgender” in 2001, when I was a senior at LAHS. Although the school had started a Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) the year before, it wasn’t until the spring semester of 2001 that they announced their meetings over the school loudspeaker, inviting the whole student body. A few friends and I decided to check it out, and it was there that I first heard the word. I had no idea what it meant, and was too afraid to ask, but something deep inside said that maybe, just maybe, this was me.

When I got to college, and finally had access to both the

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Letter To The Editor: Let's Show We Are A Community Of Peace, Harmony And Acceptance

on June 4, 2018 - 6:41am
By LAURI Van LYSSEL
Los Alamos

I am a Republican. A conservative. A Christian. I am probably considered to be the least likely advocate and supporter of the LGBTQ community. But I also have two lesbian daughters who are married to two beautiful women.

Together we have marched for their rights, their voice, and their safety. In California we fought against Prop 8, a segregation of a certain peoples, enduring name calling, threats. One of my daughters got shot one evening while marching.

Is that the type of legacy we want to put forth here? No! A resounding No!

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Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Has Brains And Integrity ... She'll Decide Matters Based On Fact And Law

on June 3, 2018 - 6:06pm
By KYLE WHEELER
Los Alamos

The fact that Sheriff Lucero endorses Pete Sheehey for state representative is because as a county councilor, Pete Sheehey supported increasing the budget to cover the sheriff’s duties to approximately $200,000 per year and expand the office beyond what is allowed per the Charter, our county’s governing document.

Sheriff Lucero has been involved in several expensive and time-consuming lawsuits against the county, and I truly believe that many residents are tired of the waste that has been caused by this.

I personally think Pete Sheehey has enabled the almost

Letter To The Editor: Sheehey Endorsed By Los Alamos County Sheriff

on June 2, 2018 - 1:18pm
By MARCO V. LUCERO, Sheriff
Los Alamos County

As a law enforcement officer of 30 years, and the elected Sheriff of Los Alamos County for the past seven years, I have had the opportunity to meet and know both Pete Sheehey and his opponent in the Democratic primary for the House of Representatives, District 43. Both are current members of the Los Alamos County Council.

Witnessing how both work and communicate has led to these findings. Pete Sheehey is a true public servant, and he is not influenced by personal agendas or bias.

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