Letters to the Editor 11-25-15

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Consider giving to
United Way campaign

Each day I wake up and count my blessings. My health is good and I have access to great medical care if I need it. I have been able to complete three higher education degrees and will soon be starting a fourth.
Over the course of my 31-year career in public safety. I have also been able to save some funds that should allow me a comfortable retirement. I live in a community that is not only located in one of the most beautiful parts or our great Earth, it also is blessed with great schools, low crime, great health care, great emergency services and caring and sharing people.  
Not everyone in our community has experienced the wonderful blessings I have. Many are in need of our help to achieve good health, good education, and financial stability. We can make a life-changing difference for those in need by giving to the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM). UWNNM covers both Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.
A unique feature not true with most charitable organizations is that 100 percent of your donated dollar will go to those in need. All administrative costs that are normally deducted from your personal donation are covered by UWNNM Cornerstone Sponsors.  
As this year’s United Way Campaign Chairperson, I have had the opportunity to visit a few agencies that directly benefit from our charitable donations to United Way. Two that I visited, Moving Arts and the YMCA Teen Center in Española, are filled with young people.  These organizations are led by some of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met. These leaders aren’t becoming rich through a salary, they are rich in knowing that their efforts can and have made life changing differences for those young people they support each day. The work they do is noble, but only possible through your generous donation.  
My hope is that all of you reading this editorial will do some self-reflecting and consider giving this year to the UWNNM Community Action Fund. The work that is being done is making a difference, but is only possible when charitable donors give to the United Way. If you have given in the past or plan to give this year, let me personally thank you.
If you have given in the past or are considering giving this year but you are unsure of the value, let me invite you to learn more about or take a tour of some of the supported programs before you finalize your decision. You can learn more about the supported programs or schedule a tour by contacting UWNNM Director Kristy Ortega at 663-3891, or visit the United Way office located on the fourth floor of the Los Alamos National Bank Building, 1200 Trinity Drive.  
Please join me in supporting United Way of Northern New Mexico and truly making a life changing difference for those in need.

Troy Hughes
United Way of Northern New Mexico Campaign Chair

I Stand with Officer
Jordan Redmond

We believe Officer Jordan Redmond is an honorable man. One of the many ways he has shown his dedication to the community has been through five and half years of service with the Los Alamos Police Department.
Officer Jordan, as he was called during his service at the high school, has been terminated from the LAPD. In addition, he has been charged with a misdemeanor regarding the alleged infraction. As Jordan Redmond is an honorable man, he would not have maliciously violated policy or law, so there must be some kind of misunderstanding about legitimate work and pay.
Jordan has requested that his hearing before the County Personnel Board on Dec. 7 be open to the public. He is confident that when all the facts are heard, his name will be cleared. Unfortunately in the meantime, he has had to retain legal counsel to challenge the charge and the termination and to clear his name. As of now, the legal fees are more than $13,000, and further costs and losses are expected before the situation is satisfactorily resolved. This does not include the loss of his salary. Jordan and his family need our help.
We have started a campaign called “I Stand with Officer Jordan.” Please consider helping him and his family by contributing any amount, no matter how small, in one of two ways. You can donate at Los Alamos National Bank or any of its branches to the account “I Stand with Officer Jordan.” You can also donate online at: gofundme.com/vw8j43ck.
You can read postings from the community about Jordan’s character and service on Facebook. The Facebook page is: I Stand with Officer Jordan. There will be updates on Facebook with details about the time and place of his hearing. Please attend to show your support.
Our community needs people and officers of integrity like Jordan Redmond. Please join us in supporting this fine young man and his family.

Jennifer and Bill McKerley
Los Alamos