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Letters

  • Letters to the Editor 4-18-18

    Thank you Sheriff Lucero

    Dear Editor,
    Even though difficult circumstance were the reason for my leaving Los Alamos, my thoughts and prayers for those in the community will always be with you.
    One matter of major concern is the unjustified scrutiny in regards to the office of the sheriff.  
    We the people elected to keep the office and a Sheriff that truly exemplifies the integrity and commission of that office. Sheriff Lucero has been under constant attack by county council members. He served us honorably and diligently.  
    His salary was virtually less than his personal expenditures to run that office and he was stripped of funding necessary to have a support staff. Yet he did not cave, much to the distress of those attacking him and the office. The Sheriff continues to serve because he loves the community and believes in the office.
    The attempted brain washing by the county council has failed. A court hearing will take place on May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Los Alamos County Court House.
    Please take the time out of your busy schedules to show your support for Sheriff Lucero and the office by attending that hearing.
    John L. Horne
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 4-8-18

    Foundation thankful for parents who contributed to recent telethon

    Dear Editor,
    On behalf of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and students from the Key Club and National Honor Society, we would like to thank all the parents of LAPS students who contributed to our recent student telethon.
    Our fellow students volunteered their time to call parents to ask for their support for projects and programs supported by the LAPS Foundation. These initiatives benefit all public schools in Los Alamos. Doing this telethon is a great opportunity for us students to give back to our schools.
    Our goal for the telethon was $2,000. So far we have raised $650. Unfortunately we were not able to call all parents of LAPS students. If there are any parents or others out there who were not contacted but would like to give to the telethon, we would appreciate your support! Gifts can be made online at lapsfoundation.com/donate or by mailing a check to the LAPS Foundation at 1900 Diamond Drive, Suite 1, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Please be sure to indicate that a gift is for the telethon.

  • Letters to the Editor 3-23-17

    Chandler is superbly
    qualified for state
    representative

    Dear Editor,
    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 Chris 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. Chris and I worked together on numerous issues and problems facing the lab. She was always professional in the face of serious challenges. I remember one case early in her career when she was selected by the legal office to brief a University of California Regents subcommittee on some legal issue. I have forgotten the specifics, but Chris was selected either to win their approval for the lab’s actions or to be eaten alive. I attended the briefing. It started out with the visitors being very hostile and ended up with them eating out of her hand.  I was very impressed.
    As an attorney, she has extensive experience across the laboratory. She understands the lab contract process and how Los Alamos interacts with local, state, and federal governments.  She is unique with this experience that will be a great asset to District 43 and all of our neighbors in northern New Mexico.

  • Letters to the Editor 3-14-18

    A case of legislative error on gun rights

    Dear Editor,

    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. The forbidden class is that which consists of the insane, idiots, statutorily immature, ajudicatedly forbidden or criminal.

    How now will this class of 18 to 20-year-old citizens feel about enlisting in the armed forces with their constitutional rights removed legislatively, a process denying right, that a person other than this newly created class, has with the individual right secured for others. These 18 to 20 year olds can die for their country but cannot be a fully covered by citizen rights under the constitution. Seventeen-year-olds can also serve their country and a case can be made for them regarding firearms.

  • Letters to the Editor 3-7-17

    More laws won’t control the nut cases in today’s world

    Dear Editor,
    I would like to respond to Mr. Robert Visel’s editorial letter in the  February 28th Monitor. Well said, ir! Your comments were concise, accurate and you hit the nail on the head. It is pathetic how our children are being raised today by parents who want to be their friends, not assuming any responsibility in their parental role. Heaven forbid they harm their child’s self esteem by telling him or her “NO” once in a while. Let them grow up with a sense of entitlement. Makes it pretty clear why so many of these nut cases feel entitled to go on to a campus and shoot it up.
    And yes, we have a plethora of gun laws through out the country but what we don’t have is a judicial system that is capable of enforcing them. Look at Chicago, New York, and even Washington, D.C. They have some of the toughest gun laws in the country and also the highest crime rates in the country.
    You can pass all the laws you want regarding gun control but you can’t control those nut cases that seem to be more and more common in today’s world.

  • Letters to the Editor 1-31-18

    Why I joined the Women’s March

    Dear Editor,

    Why did I don a handmade pink hat and march alongside my wife, Naishing Key, and thousands of others on a freezing day at the 2018 Women’s March in Santa Fe?  Because I feel the same outrage that millions of people across the United States feel. No one, whether the president or a private citizen, should abuse women or other human beings, or treat them with disrespect.

    Together we demand equality, justice, and respect. That means an end to discrimination on the basis of gender, race, age, sexual orientation or disability. These are not liberal values: these are American values, established in our Constitution.
    We will never solve the many problems of our state and nation with the same old politics of division and scapegoating. We can start to solve our problems by recognizing the dignity of each and every human being.

    That is why I am running, and that is how I will do my job if I’m elected as our next District 43 state representative.

    Pete Sheehey
    Los Alamos County Councilor,
    Candidate for District 43 NM State Representative

  • Letters to the Editor 1-24-18

    Recent editorials favor immigrants

    Dear Editor,
    The Los Alamos Monitor seems to run a disproportionate number of “woe the poor immigrant” editorials, gathered from national news media. The most recent was, “Leaving immigrants in legal limbo isn’t fair,” from the Boston Herald on Jan. 12.

    Why never headlines that might read, “Continuing one of the highest rates of immigration in American history unfair to workers, the poor and the environment.”?

    I will admit national corporate media is almost universally biased toward unfettered immigration – because they are owned by companies being enriched by unfettered immigration – and that can make for “slim pickins” for editors. But there are nonetheless reputable sources for better representation of the other side of the coin.

    Let’s begin with the last paragraph of the Herald editorial. 

    It states, unsubstantiated, “America needs its immigrants just as much as they need a safe haven from the countries they left.” That is an example of a statement that has been blithely repeated by open-border advocates (led by media who are at least occasionally supposed to be fair, fully inclusive of all possibilities and objective) with no effort to justify or substantiate it.

  • Letters to the Editor 1-12-18

    Contrast between Sunday columns are amusing,
    disturbing

    Dear Editor,
    The contrast between the two columns and one letter on the Los Alamos Monitor Sunday Editorial page was both amusing and disturbing.
    As usual, John Bartlit presented an even-handed/minded analysis of the football-and-the-flag controversy, recognizing that the breadth of responses is a testament to the vitality of our democracy. My own thinking had been limited to: “Standing shows respect while kneeling shows obeisance or committed fealty – the latter choice of action doesn’t seem to match with the stated purpose for it.”
    Meanwhile, Paul Gessing continued to display what appears as barely-thinking partisanship against anything Democratic despite acknowledging that it was a Democratic governor who lowered income taxes – too much for stable state funding, as subsequent events have demonstrated.
    I still consider it a miracle that the State Permanent Fund maintains a legacy for indefinite generations of New Mexicans rather than being siphoned off to immediate political needs. (And by the way, doubling the gas tax would not be a tax increase – it would only restore the purchasing power of the tax to about the level of almost 30 years ago.)

  • Letters to the Editor 1-7-18

    County in deep fiscal trouble

    Dear Editor,
    Unfortunately Mr. Pete Sheehey seems to have a gross misunderstanding of the shape of LA County fiscally. We are in deep trouble running a debt twice the legal limit and on top of that at least $71 million in the red!

    This is all available for anyone to read on the county website in the last audit done after the fiscal year 2016 ended. As it’s rather hard to find and it’s a rather long report mostly taken from figures the county supplied and broken down into small sections it can be tedious reading and hard to put together.

    You find it by going to Los Alamos County Administrative Services, Finance and Budgets, Reports and Budgets button, Fiscal Year Reports and Budgets,

    Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, Incorporated County of Los Alamos FY2016 CAFR button.

    On page 196 you see the summation of debts and on pages 179 and 180 the summations of all available moneys including reserves and all moneys spent.

    The bottom line is Los Alamos County is broke and bankrupt  to the tune of over $100 million!

    Greg White
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 12-22-17

    A bit of nit picking

    Dear Editor,
    I think that the term “windfall” is not appropriate to describe the gross receipts taxes paid by LANL contractors. Merriam-Webster defines “windfall” as:

    • Something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind;

    • An unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage.

    The term is not correct for two reasons. First, the term refers to a “one-time” event. Once all the apples are off the tree you can expect no more apples to fall. The citizens of Los Alamos should expect that LANL contractors will continue paying gross receipts taxes. Second, the term “unearned” does not apply to the taxes paid by LANL contractors. In the ‘70s, the legislature “reformed” the tax structure in New Mexico. In general, funding for basic governmental services (roads, police, fire, recreation, etc.) went from property taxes to gross receipts taxes (mostly from retail sales). In general, property taxes were to fund capital improvements.