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Letter To The Editor: It's The Law ... Period

on August 14, 2017 - 2:39pm
Los Alamos


The lawsuit can be easily legally avoided by abolishing the LAPD and transferring all the officers, duties and responsibilities to the LA Sheriff Dept. Maintaing the basic command structure. This is the ONLY LEGAL way to solve the issue AND make everyone happy as well as save $206,000 in salaries (except the police chief and deputy chief who will be out of a job and the county council who enjoy breaking the law). This would solve Mr. Chapmen's concerns as well as Mr. and Mrs. Chandler and Mrs. O'leary's.

To Mr./Ms.

Letter To The Editor: Where To Find Duties Of Sheriff

on August 14, 2017 - 10:45am
Los Alamos

I am sure concerned citizens in Los Alamos are well aware of the growing concern regarding the position of the Sheriff. It is probably in the best interest of the people in the community to know where to find where the duties of the Sheriff are outlined. They are listed in Los Alamos County Code of Ordinances, Part I – Charter, Article III, Section 304.4: 

It also is in the best interest of the community to understand that it is not up to the Sheriff to

Letter To The Editor: Let's Focus On The Purpose Of Sheriff's Department

on August 14, 2017 - 7:53am

By Experienced Rational Citizen
Los Alamos
I cannot debate Mr. Nebel’s concern about excessive force with certain metropolitan Police Departments in the state, given the DOJ’s findings; nor do I dispute the purpose of the military.  
But his skittishness about metropolitan Police Departments is not fully applicable here in Los Alamos County. And, lofty daydreaming about Mayberry clouds judgement—the days of Barney Fife are long past.
Reading some of his letters, I believe he has a personal issue with the current Sheriff, and is unfortunately unable to split that personality

Letter To The Editor: Proper Use Of Units In Electrical Matters ... Does Matter

on August 12, 2017 - 6:38am
Chief Technical Officer, Ph.D.
Antenna Development Corporation
Las Cruces
Perhaps I am too concerned with the proper use of units in electrical matters. Here is a short tutorial (perhaps of interest to Andy Andrews link):
  • We pay for electricity in units of kWh - that is, the integrated product of the power consumption times the length of time. For example, a 1 kW load uses an energy of 1 kWh.

Letter To The Editor: School Choice Needed For Education Progress In New Mexico

on August 12, 2017 - 6:29am
By PAUL J. GESSING, president
New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation
It’s back to school time in New Mexico. But throughout the summer three big education-related headlines have framed education policy issues that will impact our school children this year and for years to come:
  • The recently-completed court hearing as to whether New Mexico’s education system is “adequate” and whether the courts should attempt to force legislators to spend as much as an extra $600 million on K-12;
  • Sen.

Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA’s Community Internship Collaboration Is A Great Program!

on August 11, 2017 - 8:10am
White Rock

Dear Community,

With school starting on the 17th, I want to let you know about something I did last semester that was awesome! I gained valuable experience, learned a lot, and EARNED 1 credit at UNMLA and $600.

How did I do this? I was an intern with the Community Internship Collaboration – a joint venture between LAHS, UNM-LA and businesses in our community.

This program will start again this semester. There are limited opportunities and if you are interested, you MUST ATTEND one of the upcoming orientation sessions:

  • Wednesday, Aug.

Letter To The Editor: Cats Moving Into The Neighborhood

on August 11, 2017 - 6:45am
Los Alamos
In response to the comment about cats moving into the neighborhood: be grateful.
The Lyme spirochete has been around for millions of years. Lyme disease started to explode in the 1970’s and 1980’s, which is when the national spay-neuter programs got started, and the population of outdoor cats dropped like a rock.
I remember as a child in the 1950’s seeing kittens running around outdoors in the summer. In the last thirty years, except for my own protected outdoor cat colony, I’ve seen only one outdoor kitten.
The ticks that carry Lyme have a

Letter To The Editor: No To Pajarito Mountain Transfer

on August 10, 2017 - 9:20am
Los Alamos
Some of your readers may be aware that the Los Alamos Ski Club is seeking a new arrangement for Pajarito Mountain. The original proposal was to transfer ownership of the ski area to the county, and a private company would operate it. However, that never actually happened, and now the club’s board wants to transfer ownership directly to this private company. I believe this poses an unacceptable risk that the public will lose access to the mountain.
This opinion is based on my reading of the ski club’s background memo to members (link). Quotes are from the

Letter To The Editor: Yes Leadership Takes Courage...

on August 10, 2017 - 7:58am
Los Alamos

It was a great pleasure to see Tony Fox insist that the Council recognize that voting against the rec bond is not identical with voting against the rec projects. One may be fiscally conservative and still be in favor of some quality of life improvements and infrastructure development.

And while Dr. Shin is indeed correct that quantification is not precise, it is certainly clear that everyone who voted for the bond is also in favor of the projects.

Letter To The Editor: Here We Go Again

on August 10, 2017 - 7:13am
By Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos
Another letter regarding the highly debated Sheriff in LA County. Many letters have quoted state statute. Many have quoted the Charter. Many have referred to the Supreme Court decision that validates the Charter. Let’s get down to the meat of the subject.
By election, the citizens of this County voted to retain the Office of the Sheriff, but it was a narrow margin (+/- 500). This town is as divided on the subject as the rest of the country is on other political fronts.
However nowhere in that election did it indicate that the duties of the Sheriff

Letter To The Editor: Three Ideas, Two Concerns On Rec Projects

on August 8, 2017 - 4:23pm
Los Alamos

Dear County Councilors,


With the upcoming discussion tonight of the continued want for recreational projects in Los Alamos I have three suggestions:
1)  Any LANL contract could incorporate an item from the bidder toward community development. LANL is just as interested in attracting the best and the brightest and, if it's true that adding recreational facilities will accomplish this, then it's appropriate for them to have some skin in the game.  It is not a "punishment" as I've heard a Councilor say, but an honor and smart business.
2)  Some thought

Letter To The Editor: No Means No

on August 8, 2017 - 8:01am
Los Alamos
Dear Council,
Please do not continue planning or funding county projects that were voted down in the last election. Incredibly, the “No” vote is being re-interpreted by believers in alternative facts to mean “OK.” Funding was one issue in that election, and financing seems the only issue being considered today, as if that's all that matters. But there are other things in life than money—for example, representative democracy.
You, the council, should not get to override the voting population. The county as a whole spoke last fall.

Letter To The Editor: Follow Up On Rec Projects Issue

on August 8, 2017 - 7:41am
Los Alamos
In recent letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Joyce Anderson, Stephanie Nakhleh and Megan Fox have each suggested that a subset of the recreation bond projects should be undertaken despite the rejection by the public of the bond needed to finance them. They each offer slightly different interpretations on the meaning of the "no" vote. Did it mean that people only wanted one or some but not all of the projects? Did they want none of the projects because of the increase in future maintenance costs? Did they just not want to finance the projects with a bond?

Letter To The Editor: Timing Of Proposal Divisive

on August 8, 2017 - 7:30am
Los Alamos


The recent defeated recreation bond issue and subsequent proposal by Councilors O’Leary and Chrobocinski to go ahead with some of the projects in that bond has become unnecessarily divisive. It is impossible for anyone to interpret exactly what that bond election said about the voters’ view on each project. The outcome of the vote on the ballot issue presented to us said that we reject a tax increase to fund a large group of recreation projects.


We also know that the bond issue for the proposed leisure pool or now alternatively named multi-generational pool

Letter To The Editor: Responsible Local Government Listens To Their Voters

on August 7, 2017 - 2:26pm
Los Alamos

I’d like to weigh in from the “other side” on this Rec Bond topic.

To say the Rec Bond was “defeated” last year is a bit of a stretch. It was nearly a tie, 47 percent of those who voted were in favor of proceeding with all Rec Bond projects and the associated costs, and 53 percent of those who voted were opposed, for a variety of reasons. Many of those who opposed were in favor of improving or building some of the proposed Rec Bond projects, but were opposed to the huge bundle of all the projects together.

Some voters who voted against the Rec Bond were in favor of

Letter To The Editor: Clearing Up Confusion On Rec Projects

on August 7, 2017 - 1:52pm
Los Alamos

Recent letters to the editor reveal some confusion about the results of the May 2017 Rec Bond election. To be clear, the Rec Bond question was whether to raise property taxes to proceed with five recreation projects. By a narrow vote, the town declined to support a property-tax increase. However, many citizens—those who voted for the bond and quite a few who voted against it—made it very clear that they want to see individual projects move forward.

Some of the most vocal critics of the Rec Bond pleaded with Council to find “a better way” to fund the

Letter To The Editor: Before Voting Thursday ... Read Ski Club President's Memo

on August 7, 2017 - 12:18pm
By VALERIE WOOD, Vice President
Los Alamos Ski Club

Before voting on Thursday, Aug. 10, current members of Los Alamos Ski Club should take the time to read the memo sent to them by Ski Club President Susan Brockway-Hahn. This information has been compiled and analyzed extensively by multiple members of the LASC Boards of Directors over the last three years.
The current proposal by Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership is being drafted into a contract that protects Pajarito Mountain as a multiple-use year-round recreational area that will remain open to the public.

Spencer: Is ‘Bombs For Profits’ A Good Model For A Nuclear Weapons Lab?

on August 7, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” –Dwight Eisenhower

The County Manager and Council Chair have both submitted comments to NNSA regarding the draft solicitation for the LANL M&O Request for Proposals. The letters sent to NNSA can be found in this Daily Post article.

Letter To The Editor: Questions On Rec Project Funding

on August 7, 2017 - 10:37am
Los Alamos
In the past few days there has been a lot of uproar here in the Los Alamos Daily Post and on social media about the County Council's efforts to move forward and fund some of the recreation projects that would have been funded had the Rec Bond passed in May.
Cries of ignoring the will of the people are hanging in the air this morning as people slug it out on social media, and members of the County Council are being excoriated for their efforts to make much needed improvements to the town.

Letter To The Editor: Paradise Lost? Los Alamos' Tragedy Of The Commons

on August 7, 2017 - 9:37am
Los Alamos

The mountainous environment surrounding the Los Alamos townsite truly makes our community a unique and special place to live. Pajarito Mountain, standing tall and visible from most of the county, is the crown jewel. It would be unusual to find someone who has not wandered the flanks of Pajarito Mountain in summer or winter.

Now that crown jewel is up for sale for the bargain price of $1.25 million. That’s 750 acres at a price of $1,700/acre with the lodge and out buildings, equipment and cellular infrastructure thrown in for free!

Letter To The Editor: Unfathomable That Council Would Even Consider Proceeding With Rec Projects

on August 7, 2017 - 8:22am
Los Alamos
Dear Councillors:
After the bond for the five recreation projects was defeated in the recent election, it seems unfathomable to me that the County Council should consider proceeding with these projects anyway. It is especially galling to attempt to move forward so soon after the election and to use every last bit of available funding.
Going forward risks cementing into people's hearts and minds the belief the Council is deaf to the citizens.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Experienced Citizen

on August 7, 2017 - 5:32am
Los Alamos
First of all, I agree with Colin Powell’s view of the military. The job of the military is to kill people. If you don’t want a bunch of dead bodies and collateral damage, then you shouldn’t send in the military.
The job of law enforcement is very different. Their job is to protect and serve. What may be acceptable in the military, may not be acceptable in law enforcement. 
Have you ever watched the lapel camera videos of police shooting suspects coming out of Abq? It isn’t “bang” with maybe a couple of follow-up shots.

Shin: To Councilors James Chrobocinski And Susan O'Leary: Don't Splash Our Cash!

on August 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
By LISA SHIN, President
A Better Way for LA Political Action Committee  

On August 8, 2017, Councilors Chrobocinski and O'Leary will present “Discussion and Possible Action Relating to Proposed Changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fund.” There will be recommended action on recreation projects for the bond election which failed on May 23, 2017.

The following are my recommended actions:

I strongly recommend that the $13.4 million of CIP funds be used to improve existing facilities: the golf course and softball fields.

Letter To The Editor: County Council Overrides Voters

on August 6, 2017 - 7:26am
Los Alamos

This week’s County Council meeting may be standing room only!

During the upcoming County Council meeting Tuesday Aug. 8, the County Council is going to propose passing the items of the REC Bond, which were rejected by the County voters in May.

The two Councilors presenting the items for approval, James Chrobocinski and Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, are the subjects of a County investigation into an Ethics violation for their involvement in these items. According to the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), a complaint has been filed stating that both were involved in a Political

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel's Logic

on August 6, 2017 - 6:34am
By An Experienced Citizen
Los Alamos
I would like to suggest that Mr. Nebel isn’t very clear about things and how they work. While “Down at the farm with Grandma", I strongly doubt he’s ever been on the receiving end of fire. I have had that "opportunity" in Afghanistan, and would like to highlight some faults in his logic:
First of all, they are ‘magazines.’ Not “banana clips.”
Second -- and against my better judgement of chasing down his rabbit hole -- “Slug technology has improved tremendously over the last 30 years.