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Hopkins: Christine Chandler Superbly Qualified For Dist. 43 House Seat

on March 21, 2018 - 1:17pm

Los Alamos

I urge all Democrats in District 43 to vote for Christine Chandler in the June 5 primary. She is superbly qualified through temperament, knowledge and experience.

I have known Christine almost from her first day at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in late 1986. At that time, I was a lab associate director responsible for the nuclear weapons program. Christine and I worked together on numerous issues and problems facing the lab.

She was always professional in the face of serious challenges.

Letter To The Editor: Put Sights On Whatever May Add To Mass Shootings

on March 19, 2018 - 2:54pm
Los Alamos
School kids of the nation seem intent on pursuing varied means of giving enough visibility to school shootings to achieve useful changes in the problem.
Any major discussion of mass shootings eventually gets around to the growing "culture of violence" -- the gun-filled movies and video games. School kids could further heighten visibility with protests in Hollywood against the epidemic of violent movies and in Silicon Valley against gun-filled video games.
I don't know whether this added visibility and the data would help reduce the problem more than the

Read Latest Letters: Click ‘Opinion’ Button

on March 14, 2018 - 8:21am

LADP News:

Click on the “Opinion” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor and Column submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters and columns are archived in that location as well.

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Letter To The Editor: A Case Of Legislative Error On Gun Rights

on March 14, 2018 - 8:20am
Los Alamos
Legislators have been known to do ridiculous things and a majority of Florida’s legislators have done so along with their governor.
They have assumed that acts of violence using a firearm are age related or cynically a trick to weaken the Second Amendment is in their sights. They have forbidden sales of firearms to persons ages 18 to 20 purely on the basis of age. This denies them their rights under the Second Amendment placing them with a class of persons forbidden the right to bear arms for cause.

Letter To The Editor: Soggy Swimsuits

on March 12, 2018 - 8:13am
Los Alamos
Tossing my bathing suit into the swimsuit dryer the other day at the Aquatic Center I noticed a sign above the machine requesting the highschool freshmen who are swimming there daily for the next few weeks not to use the dryer. They are supposed to bring a baggy instead and stuff their soggy suits in it and lug it around all day. The sign explained that the machine has a tendency to overheat and is rather expensive to repair.
A week or two ago there was another sign outside the pool listing schedule changes necessary to accomodate a visiting foreign swim

Letter To The Editor: Community Thanks From Love Shouldn't Hurt Supply drive

on March 12, 2018 - 8:10am
Los Alamos Domestic Violence Supply Drive
On behalf of the Domestic Violence shelters of northern New Mexico, we would like to thank all who supported the Love Shouldn’t Hurt supply drive. 
Thanks to your support, it was a HUGE success! We were able to give each shelter a truckload of items. This drive proved to be an amazing success because of the immense support from individuals in Los Alamos and surrounding areas.
We also would like to acknowledge Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Social Services, the Domestic

Shin: Thanks To Our Governor For SB17 Veto!

on March 8, 2018 - 8:05am
Candidate for House District 43

A big thanks to our Governor for her veto of Senate Bill 17! Our Legislature should advocate for policies that bring more job creators to our state, not drive them away. Susana Martinez was right to veto this onerous and flawed tax policy on the #1 job creator in Northern New Mexico. 

Senate Bill 17 failed to meet the following Legislative Finance Committee tax policy principles:

1. Adequacy: Revenue should be adequate to fund needed government services. Our elected representatives lobbied vigorously for SB 17, not to secure funding for

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
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.

Letter To The Editor: Overdue Shout Out

on March 3, 2018 - 9:12pm
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
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
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
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.


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.



Letter To The Editor: A President’s Day Lament

on February 19, 2018 - 3:31pm
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


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


Letter To The Editor: Perfect Powder

on January 30, 2018 - 5:48am
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.


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

on January 27, 2018 - 9:40am
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.

Letter To The Editor: Kathleen Parker, Back At You

on January 26, 2018 - 8:20am
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

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.


Letter To The Editor: ‘Grandma Calls’

on January 20, 2018 - 7:22am
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
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
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.