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Letters

  • Letter to the Editor 3-22-17

    Bill 412 is double taxation

    House Bill 412 calls for closing many exemption loopholes to address the budget crisis that our state faces.  No doubt, there are many aspects of the Tax Reform Bill that need just that – reform. However, HB 412 also calls for the eliminating the sales tax exemption for Non-Profits – all Non-Profits large, small, 501c3, churches etc.  Thus subjecting non-profits to Sales and Gross Receipts Tax.
    Under HB 412, Non-Profits would need to collect and pay GRT on all contracts (local, state, federal), grants from foundations and United Way, fees from programs, classes and services. Most non-profits are local, community-oriented, and are responding to community needs. Many exist on grants and contacts to provide services that government is not.
    This has the potential to be disastrous for non-profits, and I have a front row seat in that regard, as a volunteer sitting on the board of The Family YMCA.

  • Letters to the Editor 3-12-17

    Family thanks community for love and support

    Ida S. Pacheco and her family want to thank you for the kind and encouraging words, beautiful flowers, lovely cards, thoughts, prayers and masses. All that you shared to console our hearts in the loss of Raymond David Pacheco, have comforted and sustained us. Thank you most sincerely for your generous support and sympathy.
    The Pacheco Family
    Los Alamos

    Much to be thankful for
    living in Los Alamos

    We have always loved living in Los Alamos. The views are beautiful and what other small town has enjoyed a Joshua Bell concert? But there are other reasons that make it nice to live here even when it is not a good day.

  • Letter to the Editor 3-3-17

    Easter is worst time for pet rabbits, rabbit rescuers

    Easter is the worst time for pet rabbits and for rabbit rescuers. Many people will buy their children a pet rabbit for Easter, only to learn that a few weeks, even days later, their children, have lost interest and that the rabbits are a lot more work than expected.
    This leads to people surrendering their pet to the shelter, or worse, just dumping domestic rabbits in the wild, which leaves these prey animals unprotected and essentially left to die from starvation, predators, humans and diseases.
    NM House Rabbit Society has rented the back of several Albuquerque buses and Santa Fe buses to try to educate people on the many needs of these creatures.
    Please help spread the word to not get rabbits for children for Easter gifts in anyway possible. Thank you so much for all that you do for our rabbit rescue organization. Each and everyone of you is greatly appreciated.  
    Laura Allen
    NM House Rabbit
    Society Volunteer

  • Letter to the Editor 2-8-17

    That gut-wrenching pain

    Have you felt that painful, tightening, gut-wrenching feeling when you hear someone state something that infringes upon your rights or beliefs?
    Good, that means you’re human. The feeling comes from an emotional system that helps us survive.
    Have you allowed that feeling to develop into anger towards the one expressing the statement?
    That’s not good. It’s true that anger is part of our humanity, but it comes from the lowest and most ancient parts of our brain, one we share with lizards.
    Have you taken an oppositional stance of the idea or policy that was stated?
    That’s good. You’re using the higher levels of your brain to do something constructive with that painful feeling you felt initially.
    Is your opposition causing you to see the one who made the statement as someone from another group that’s evil?
    That’s not good. You’re letting the lower levels of your brain control the higher levels. You’re developing what we call hatred.
    Is your opposition directed at the idea or policy that was stated with the understanding that the one who made the statement is your brother or sister?

  • Letter to the Editor 2-5-17

    Ellen Ben-Naim is my choice for school board

    Los Alamos has an opportunity for fresh, community-minded leadership on the school board. Ellen Ben-Naim will provide new insights and vigorous advocacy for teachers and students. As a professional educator with a master’s degree and enormous community experience, Ellen will provide oppressive teacher evaluation, mental health, increase teacher salaries and reduce oppressive teacher evaluation. Ellen is an excellent people-connector and communicator. She will serve our community well.
    Ellen supports mental health issues and is committed to enacting recommendations from the Mental Health Design Team Plan. These mental health issues, including stress and depression, affect our students and faculty. Ellen recognizes the need for more community awareness around these issues.
    Ellen has a child attending Los Alamos High School. She understands the issues of today’s families and she is committed to voicing these perspectives.
    As a community-oriented person, Ellen spent four years as a the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board program coordinator. She has enthusiastically served on many LAPS committees, including the School Budget Committee, School Bond Committee, District Parent Council and GATE Advisory Committee.

  • Letters to the Editor 2-3-17

    Time is approaching for seasonal employees

    While we are still in the icy grip of winter, summer is not that far off and with it will come a small crowd of summer seasonal employees, here to work the season and looking for a place to live.
    With the ever-tightening housing market in Los Alamos and the requirement for yearly leases, summer employees find it difficult to locate housing.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory often dominates the scene with its summer interns and techs that visit for projects during the summer, allowing few opportunities for others. Santa Fe and Española have housing available, but the distance and price make it much more costly and less efficient.
    Most summer seasonals will start their season in April or May (some even earlier) and finish up in the fall around October. If you have a small apartment, efficiency or room available that you would be willing to rent for less than the usual 12 months, to an outgoing, pleasant, quiet, hardworking (hopefully) person, please let me know and I can pass on this information to those who are looking for a place to stay this summer.
    Brian Kliesen
    White Rock

    Apologies to drivers
    running amok around town

  • Letters to the Editor 1-27-17

    Join NM Wildlife
    Federation for annual rally Feb. 1 in Santa Fe

    On Jan. 21, millions of people from around the globe rallied for women’s rights, civil rights, the environment and a host of other issues. Here in New Mexico, thousands attended rallies across the state. The day was an amazing example of communities coming together and the power of organizing.
    The big question is, what’s next?
    As the legislative session continues and a new administration takes control in Washington, D.C. more and more citizens are looking to get involved. I think the best way to do that is by learning about local issues, elected officials, and races.
    One issue that hits particularly close to home in New Mexico is the continued access to our public lands. We are lucky to have an abundance of public lands in our state, but politicians are pushing to overturn our national monuments, and public land seizure is officially in the GOP platform.
    Our public lands give New Mexicans the opportunity to hunt, fish, hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors however they want all year long. Transferring control of our national lands to the states is fiscally irresponsible and could deny Americans access forever.

  • Letters to the Editor 1-1-17

    Thankful for support of Be a Santa to a Senior

    On behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Santa Fe and Los Alamos, we would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support o the Be a Santa to a Senior program this holiday season.
    Community members in Santa Fe and Los Alamos generously donated over 800 gifts for more than 430 seniors through this year’s program – all of which were wrapped and delivered by volunteers, just in time for holidays.
    Many of the gifts were for everyday needs such as socks, shirts, blankets and toiletries.
    The 2016 program marked our most successful Be a Santa to a Senior program to date.
    We would like to especially thank the following Santa Fe and Los Alamos organizations that partnered with us this year: Christus St. Vincent Hospital, Walmart, Mary Esther Gonzalez Senior Center, Betty Ehart Senior Center, Santa Fe Place Mall, the Santa Fe Care Center and the City of Santa Fe Senior Services. Over the past several weeks, these businesses and organizations, along with all the donors and volunteers in our community have brightened the holidays by bringing both gifts and companionship to seniors in need.
    Ken Hendricks
    Los Alamos

    Many good reasons to vote yes on UNM-LA mill levy

  • Letters to the Editor

    Support higher education with mill levy

     

    Higher education is essential to the productivity and innovation of our workforce in New Mexico. College-educated workers earn higher wages and experience lower levels of unemployment than do workers with less education. Research done by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) forecasts that by 2020, two out of every three jobs will require some postsecondary education. For many women, that education comes through attending community colleges like UNM-Los Alamos.

    The Coordinating Council of the Los Alamos branch of AAUW strongly supports the mil-levy increase sought by UNM-LA. While its enrollment is growing, the college’s state funding continues to shrink, threatening its ability to provide the innovative programs that benefit our community. For example, it offers Los Alamos High School students free dual-credit courses, which not only enrich their curriculum but give them valuable college-level credits. Through its Early College and Career Academy, LAHS students can work toward a certificate in emergency medical services, electromechanical technology, or marketing by the time they graduate from high school. 

  • Letters to the Editor 12-25-16

    Mill levy is important for UNM-LA, County

    Many individuals considering the upcoming special school election are asking UNMLA what happened after the failed mil election in 2013. What financial impacts did the campus sustain and how did it respond? Providing that information may help frame the challenge UNMLA is facing moving forward as it continues to serve the Los Alamos community.
    After the 2013 election, UNMLA was faced with difficult decisions to determine which programs and services were essential to UNMLA and which ones could continue to be supported by the anticipated revenue sources. Based on that careful review, the campus underwent a 15% budget reduction and reallocation of all resources to those identified programs and services deemed essential in meeting our mission of preparing students to transfer, creating pathways to careers, and serving those with a passion for lifelong learning. It is important to note that the 15% reduction came after years of belt tightening that included eliminating campus functions and outsourcing other services to create cost savings.