Ahlers deserves benefit of doubt

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Dear Editor, 

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. 

Terry Goldman
Los Alamos

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