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In recent weeks, it has come to light that some members of the Los Alamos County Council would like to pursue modifications to the city-county charter to do away with the position of Los Alamos County Sheriff.
The motives behind such a move are unclear.
The County Sheriffs Office has received written notification of this action. Thus far, we have not seen a publicized announcement of the council’s intentions in this matter.
The county sheriff is an elected position. If the council decides to move forward, one would hope that it is done through a referendum and voted upon by the general public.
This editorial is to alert voters and help educate the public.
Federalism in the United States is the evolving relationship between U.S. state governments and the federal government of the United States.
The basic philosophy being that the U.S. government ought to be limited to its enumerated powers and that all others belonged to the states.
The enumerated powers are a list of items found in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution that set forth the authoritative capacity of the United States Congress.
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