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I was disappointed to read Don Morris' letter regarding Gary Ahlers
in Thursday's Monitor. Aside from failing to distinguish between
accusation and conviction, a fundamental principle of justice that
one is innocent until and unless proven guilty, Morris also fails to
honor an old American tradition, one especially respected in our
West: Leaving behind any old errors or conflicts and starting afresh
here with a clean slate.
I am in no position to know whether the New Jersey accusations were
valid or the result of malice or even professional jealousy. (Such things
do happen.) Mr. Ahlers may have done wrong and learned from his
mistakes or he may have disgustedly left behind corruption and
malfeasance. What I do know is that there is evidence that he has
been a good citizen in Los Alamos. (Full disclosure: I served with
Mr. Ahlers on the County Building Site Analysis Committee.) And I
believe that is the proper basis for judging his suitability for office here.
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