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Letter To The Editor: LAHS Swimming And Diving Teams Thank Community

on March 6, 2018 - 4:30pm
By LAHS Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving Team
2018 District Swimming and Diving Champions

The Los Alamos High School Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving Team would like to give a huge thank you to all the local businesses who supported the 2018 District Swimming and Diving Championship Meet that was hosted Feb. 2-3 in Los Alamos.

Through the generosity of these local restaurants and businesses we were able to host 11 New Mexico swimming and diving teams at this event and promote the hospitality of our great community. 

Please remember to support these wonderful local businesses as they support

Letter To The Editor: Grateful For Public Bus System

on March 5, 2018 - 8:57am
By LAURA CASSWELL
Los Alamos
 
I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the public bus system. It was a great help to me while recovering from shoulder surgery.
 
I also want to thank the many bus drivers - all were always kind, friendly and helpful.
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Letter To The Editor: Overdue Shout Out

on March 3, 2018 - 9:12pm
By ALLIE THOMPSON
White Rock

This is an overdue shout out about Los Alamos County employee (I’m sorry, I don’t have his title) Larry Valdez and Joseph from the solid waste department.

We received a “nuisance” notification about a brush pile awaiting pickup. When I explained that I had called and asked if there had been a pickup on our street and was informed that it hadn’t been done yet and I could put the pile out, Mr. Valdez reassured me that they would work with us on the matter, not to worry, and to contact the solid waste department.

Joseph from solid waste returned my call and was

Letter To The Editor: Jeorg On The Bureaucracy

on February 24, 2018 - 5:52am
Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos

I spent almost 3 years on a Change of Station at DOE in Washington, DC. While there I worked as much with the State Department and other agencies related to nonproliferation and arms control. I offer this as a reply to Mr. Mead's excellent opinion piece in Thursday's Los Alamos Daily Post (link).

While there I had several conversations and meals with a former LANL colleague who'd worked many years in government and was then the Chief Scientist-Deputy Director of the On Site Inspection Agency (OSIA). I remember well a conversation regarding the inertia of

Reforming The Lottery: Our Voices Matter

on February 22, 2018 - 3:41pm
Think New Mexico News:
 
The Lottery Scholarship went through quite the journey this past legislative session and provided a lesson in negotiation for student leaders of ASNNMC and other New Mexico universities.
 
In 2008, the New Mexico legislature passed a law that guaranteed at least 30 percent of lottery revenues to college scholarships. Prior to that law, the Lottery was only delivering about 23 percent of all their revenues to scholarships. For the past three years the Lottery and lobbyists for the multinational gaming companies that contract with the Lottery have unsuccessfully

Letter To The Editor: Fighting For Gun Sense

on February 21, 2018 - 12:09pm
By STEPHANIE NAKLEH
Los Alamos

When it comes to gun violence, we can hardly keep up with the news. One deadly shooting follows another, and there’s no appetite for change in our GOP-led, NRA-bought Congress.

But in all that bad news, I want to focus on our local representatives who are fighting for gun sense.

Letter To The Editor: Common Sense?

on February 21, 2018 - 5:46am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

No sooner do we hear about the school shooting in Florida then the Liberals start playing the “Blame Game” and gun control groups scream for “Common Sense” gun laws.

“Common Sense gun laws”. That’s all you anti-gun politicians and gun control fanatics ever say you want.

Just what is your definition of “Common Sense”?

To me “Common Sense” is if you don’t know anything about guns don’t try to be an authority when talking about them or trying to pass laws restricting them.

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Letter To The Editor: Absurd Number Of Guns In U.S.

on February 20, 2018 - 12:47pm
By Douglas and Dorothy Reilly
Los Alamos

Recent media articles have discussed the problem of guns, and school and mass shootings. The basic problem here is the absurd number of guns in the USA; our country has over 11 times as many guns per 100 citizens as the average of the rest of the world.

There are about 88 gun deaths per day in the USA. Barely 2 percent of these are mass shootings, over 80 percent are suicides, and the rest domestic arguments, police shootings, and accidents. The availability of a gun makes a suicide or a domestic incident much more likely to result in death.

After

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Letter To The Editor: A President’s Day Lament

on February 19, 2018 - 3:31pm
By BILL MEAD
Los Alamos

The USA is caught in a slow-motion disaster, the worst in several decades. 

The roots of the disaster are deep, but the rise of the neo-conservative movement, Fox News, a fleet of conservative pundits, and the Tea Party mark the beginning. These new forces have led to the emergence of a radical, populist constituency with leadership such as Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump who are intent on changing the core values and government of the USA—whatever it takes.

By 2016, this long-standing political divide had hardened into a fierce partisan battle for the

Letter To The Editor: Family Of Ronald B. Swartz Thanks Los Alamos And White Rock Community

on February 13, 2018 - 3:23pm

By AUDRA BURDELL

Santa Fe

 

My uncle, Ronald B. Swartz, was the gentleman who was hit in the head by a flying rock in White Rock recently. Sadly, he passed away as a result of his injuries.

His funeral will be held this coming Friday in Santa Fe. He was a wonderful man and I wish you could have known him.

On behalf of my extended family, I would like to express my appreciation to all those in the Los Alamos/White Rock community, especially to the off-duty first responder who was at the scene and immediately stepped up to help Ronnie, Los Alamos Fire Department Station 3 and Los Alamos

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Letter To The Editor: Perfect Powder

on January 30, 2018 - 5:48am
By LYNN HANRAHAN
Los Alamos

Sitting in the car today outside the Unitarian Church waiting for my younger daughter to finish her piano lesson, my older daughter asked me to guess the five questions the paramedics asked her in the ambulance on the ride to the hospital two days ago. I really had no idea so I said just tell me. These were the questions: Are you pregnant?, Are you depressed?, Are you homicidal?, Is someone in your household homicidal?, and Do you fear living at home? 

I wish this somehow had surprised me but it didn't.

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Letter To The Editor: Second Class Citizens Get Second Class Road Repairs In White Rock

on January 27, 2018 - 9:40am
By ELLEN WALTON
White Rock
 
Recently loads of dirt and gravel mixed with what looks like petroleum were dumped on the sides of the road in Pajarito Acres and La Senda under the guise of shoulder repair. The work was announced Jan. 5, 2018 in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link).
 
This mixture seen in the photos of the work has done nothing to address the actual crumbling and disappearing asphalt. It has, however, created a very hazardous, slippery, ugly and messy condition for pedestrians, bicycles and animals, which share the roadway with vehicles. The dust created by this mixture is heinous.
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Letter To The Editor: Kathleen Parker, Back At You

on January 26, 2018 - 8:20am
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Kathleene Parker (link) notes that I did not comment on the hot-button issue of immigration. That was the point of one of my other points--specifically, don't create hot button issues.
 
Immigration is the obvious one. Both the left and right are staking out combative positions on immigration and playing to their respective bases while eschewing common ground.
 
The right has a valid point that illegal immigrants, whether DREAMers or otherwise, are here illegally.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Spencer Commentary

on January 23, 2018 - 2:15pm

By KATHLEENE PARKER
White Rock

Since Khal Spencer invited “disgruntled” Democrats to weigh in on how the party can win elections again, allow me. I come from generations of Democrats, but am now registered as an Independent. The party left me; I didn’t leave it.

I find it telling that Spencer, in his long list of things the party should do, made no mention of the hottest hot-button issue in recent history: Immigration.

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Letter To The Editor: ‘Grandma Calls’

on January 20, 2018 - 7:22am
By JOANN JOHNSON
Los Alamos

I guess because of my age, I continue to get scam “Grandma” calls.

I just got one that started with a male voice saying, “Hi Grandma”. When I asked which grandchild it was, I was told the oldest one. My oldest is female.

I asked him to tell me his name. He said, “are you kidding?” I said, “tell me your name”. That ended the phone call.

PLEASE, when you get one of these calls, insist they tell you their name. They know you are a grandparent but don’t know your grandkids’ names. 

These calls usually end by asking you to send money.

–Old Grandma Johnson

Horne: Los Alamos County Politics

on January 18, 2018 - 12:57pm
By JOHN L. HORNE
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Since my departure from Los Alamos in November, I have missed so many people that I was blessed to know for the past 44 years that I lived there.
 
No place we live is perfect, but there are certain elements that seriously detract from the good. Those elected or appointed to government positions should listen to and serve the people in their community. I personally do not miss that faction of Los Alamos County.
 
I believe there are many devious, self-serving individuals who have previously and currently hold positions on the Los Alamos

Spencer: Dems Have To Learn To Win Elections Again

on January 15, 2018 - 8:24am
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Upon reading former Sen. Jeff Bingaman's recent endorsement of Damon Martinez for Congress as published in the Los Alamos Daily Post, my first question was "Huh? What district?". Since I doubted Jeff would be blind siding our incumbent, I checked to see where Mr. Martinez is running and indeed, it is in District 1, Albuquerque. Ok, so not a big issue for those of us out in the Provinces. Except for dealing with those trying to mine District 3 wallets for the District 1 race.

But on a more serious note, I was disappointed that the best that our former Senator could

Nephesh: Nonprofits Are Not Loopholes

on January 12, 2018 - 9:47am
By Tsiporah Nephesh
Executive Director, New Mexico Thrives
 
Nonprofits are a crucial part of the fabric that strengthens our communities. Many provide vital services, while others add to the quality of life. But nonprofits will have a diminished role in New Mexico if Governor Martinez gets her way. She would like to end the tax exemption for nonprofits as part of a plan to close tax loopholes. But nonprofit tax exemptions are not loopholes.
 
Governor Martinez is talking about restructuring the tax system in such a way that it could have devastating impacts on how nonprofits operate.

Letter To The Editor: Public Safety Measure

on January 12, 2018 - 6:29am
By DAYMON ELY
House District 23
 
Crime is out of control in New Mexico. Property crimes in Albuquerque are the highest in the nation and violent crimes are increasing at an alarming rate. Crime, particularly related to drug abuse, is rampant in communities throughout the state.
 
It seems like every night brings news of some horrible crime in our communities. But, ironically, we know how to effectively fight this problem and we have the ability to fix it. The question is whether, in this next legislative session, we have the will to fix it.
 
Over the past several months I have talked
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Obituary: Scott Wilkinson Jan. 16, 1958 – Jan. 9, 2018

on January 11, 2018 - 10:16am

SCOTT WILKINSON Jan. 16, 1958 – Jan. 9, 2018

Scott Wilkinson has gone home. He was born January 16, 1958 to Gerald (Jerry) Wilkinson and Betty Jane Christensen, and left this world on January 9, 2018.

Scott was many things in his life; a son, a brother, grandfather, an uncle and cousin, a husband and a father, and a friend and confidante. Most importantly, he was a kind and caring soul, and a selfless, simple kind of man. He was most in his element when he was giving, whether to those less fortunate or those who were hurt.

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Sheehey: Fiscally Responsible vs. ‘Fiscally Conservative’

on January 4, 2018 - 8:36am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

The recent letter “Save for the Lean Years” (link) is full of inaccuracies that demand a response. Of course during years of plenty, we should keep some funds in reserve. That is why I have always supported our county policy to maintain over $10 million (15 to 20 percent of general fund revenues) in an uncommitted reserve, above and beyond the 8 percent (for us ~$4.5 million) required of all counties. In my five years on County Council, when more funds have been available, I have worked to invest those funds in growing our local economy.

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Letter To The Editor: Cowboy Pancake Breakfast

on January 3, 2018 - 8:15am
By LINDA HULL
Los Alamos Rotary
 
Start the New Year with a Cowboy Pancake Breakfast!
 
The first breakfast of the year is 7-11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa Road. The all-you-can-eat breakfast features a variety of pancakes plus eggs, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice.
 
Adult meals are $7 and children 10 and under eat for just $4.
 
This month the proceeds from breakfast will benefit the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Letter To The Editor: My Last County Council Meeting

on December 26, 2017 - 9:59am
By BRUCE WARREN
Los Alamos
 
I attended last Friday's Council meeting because the construction of a bicycle flow trail in Bayo Canyon was on the agenda. I have followed the progress of the flow trail proposal, have attended the public meetings sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, and have voiced my opposition to the construction of a flow trail in any of our canyons in my letter to the LA Daily Post at http://www.ladailypost.com/content/letter-editor-do-we-need-or-want-bicycle-flow-trail.
 
The original proposal for a bicycle flow trail came from a small group of people who
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Nebel: LANL Bidders Please Respond To Questions

on December 23, 2017 - 9:24am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

The last time the lab management contract was put out on bid I remember thinking: “Oh great. Now we are going to have a whole new level of worthless managers sidling up to the trough to skim money out of the lab. Where am I going to find the money to cover the inevitable increase in the overhead?”

The money I was bringing in wasn’t weapons program money and there was no way that my customers were going to cover that increase.

So, what happened? My understanding is that right now a Phd Full Time Equivalent (FTE) costs about $600,000/year at LANL.

Pongratz: A Bit Of Nit Picking

on December 21, 2017 - 1:54pm
By MORRIS PONGRATZ
Former Los Alamos County Councilor
 
I think that the term “windfall” is not appropriate to describe the gross receipts taxes paid by LANL contractors. Merriam-Webster defines “windfall” as:
1: something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind;
2: an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage.
 
The term is not correct for two reasons: first, the term refers to a “one-time” event. Once all the apples are off the tree you can expect no more apples to fall.

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