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Letters

  • Letters to the editor 11-9-14

     

    Understanding what peace means

    In the theater, the overture is the moment when everything begins. It gently directs our attention to the stage. It helps us willingly suspend disbelief and enter the world of possibility. The overture says, “Hush, pay attention, something wonderful is about to happen.”

    On Oct. 27, the White House released a letter (full text posted at thecommunity.com) that created in me almost exactly that feeling of wonder and anticipation. Perhaps this feeling is even better because this possibility is very real. What if now is the time when we can end, peacefully and permanently, the awful practices of “extraordinary rendition” and “enhanced interrogation techniques?”

  • Letters to the editor 10-24-14

     

    Defeat Constitutional Amendment No. 5

    Constitutional Amendment No. 5 is a sleeper that might well pass because it is not easy to understand. 

    It allows investment of the Land Grant Permanent Fund without the protection of the Prudent Man Rule that has governed the State Investment Council (SIC) management of the fund and served us well since statehood. 

    This rule states that one would make investments of trust money as one would for their own portfolio with essentially minimum risk. The proposal removes this rule and substitutes a new rule that would give the SIC (under the Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA) the leeway to legally make risky investments. 

  • Letters to the editor 7-3-14

     

    The Y helps people with financial aid

    Reviewing applications for financial aid is truly a humbling experience.

    I communicate with each by email or telephone, and all of them share their overwhelming relief, appreciation, joy, and gratitude because the Y’s assistance has helped them, their family or children. At our Y, this is more than 200 people helped; 72 kids in camp and afterschool care, and 140 people of all ages in healthy programs.

    Donors do important work. They help children access safe, supervised childcare so parents can work. I receive at least one scholarship application a day now as we are enrolling for Camp and After School.

  • Letters to the editor 06-22-14

     

    Gratitude and a plea

    This is a heartfelt thanks to members and leaders of Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 10027 for your outstanding beautification project between the Aquatic Center and the canyon trails! It is a wonderful improvement to the area and your efforts are greatly appreciated.

    How grand it would be if this special spot, and all other areas of our community, could remain free of litter for all to enjoy! 

    Once a week, on the daily morning dog walk, I collect a full bag of trash behind the Aquatic Center and on the trail that begins below the parking lot. (I know others do this as well.) By the evening walk more trash has already accumulated. The abundance of bottles, cans, plastic items and paper products of every description, which are seen along our streets and trails, does not support the local belief that we are a highly intelligent community. 

  • Letters to the editor 06-08-14

     

    More support for Dr. Lindberg

    Over the past few weeks, I have seen two letters in the Los Alamos Monitor regarding the termination of Dr. Peter Lindberg’s contract with the Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC). Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in males after skin cancer. 

    Each year, more than 186,000 males learn they have prostate cancer and more than 3,500 die from its advanced forms. Dr. Lindberg is New Mexico’s leading physician in understanding and treating this cancer. He is recognized throughout the country as one of the leading practicioners. 

    Dr. Lindberg reads extensively to keep up with research, treatment statistics and United States physicians diagnosing and treating prostrate cancer. He also publishes an occasional newsletter describing advances in this medical area.

  • LANL campaign contributions a success

    As this year’s institutional champion for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Employee Giving Campaign, I am proud that laboratory employees and Los Alamos National Security (LANS), LLC again have shown their support for northern New Mexico by pledging a record-breaking amount (alpha-g.ds.lanl.gov/discover/publications/connections/2014-12/giving-record-breaking-giving-campaign.php) to regional nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving our communities’ quality of life.
    Over the last seven years our employees and LANS have invested more than $20 million in nonprofit initiatives, and the Employee Giving Campaign this fall adds another almost $3.2 million. As part of a larger network of community partnerships, these contributions are meant to provide building blocks for stronger communities.
    We are committed to partnering with nonprofit projects that address short- and long-term goals. Food pantries, after-school services, eldercare, safe havens from domestic violence, animal shelters and job training, for example, can provide many with cornerstones for a brighter future.

  • More to campaign spending than Morgan states

    Harold Morgan’s Nov. 11 column discounting fears about unlimited and unregulated campaign spending is a little simplistic. The examples about local races seem to make his point, but those races are the tip of the unregulated campaign spending iceberg. Look at the District 43 race where I must have received 30 PAC flyers. That money could’ve been better spent in state coffers, funding education or mental health services.
    The fear addressed by Senator Tom Udall’s amendment is that people in the national congress and to a currently lesser extent state legislatures (except for the convenient ALEC prefab voter suppression legislation) have become beholden to the sources of their funding some of which is anonymous.
    Now, why shouldn’t voters who care be able to find out who is behind what PAC, or which corporate “job creator” is behind this funding. I suppose, on second thought it is true that the job creators are creating jobs in the PAC administrative business.
    As far as the McDonnells, they were directing campaign funds for their personal use, a moral transgression besides being illegal. It would seem that Morgan would get rid of even this regulation and why not, since in the current atmosphere regarding campaign funding the ends justify the means.

    Paul D. Richardson II
    Los Alamos

  • Future with Common Core math

    Luckily John Pawlak will not have to worry about students using calculators in math in the future. When they are indoctrinated with Common Core math they will be given word problems such as this: “Juanita want to give bags of stickers to her friends. She wants to give the same number of stickers to each friend. She’s not sure if she needs 4 bags or 6 bags of stickers. How many stickers could she buy so there are no stickers left over?”
    You don’t even need to use a calculator to find the answer. Just pick a friendly number, as second graders are requested to do in Common Core math.
    Jacqueline Krohn
    Los Alamos

  • Rio Grande Foundation responds to attack

    In a recent letter attacking my organization, the Rio Grande Foundation, Jody Jones fails to make a single statement on the issue of whether Washington or New Mexico would do a better job managing lands in our State that are now controlled by Washington.
    Rather, she spends her entire letter attacking my organization and anyone affiliated with it, even going so far as to advocate for censorship! The political left has become quite hostile to free speech in recent years.
    To be clear, the Rio Grande Foundation is based in New Mexico. I have personally been to Los Alamos many times to speak to Rotary groups and the like. We have hosted speakers from ALEC and a wide variety of organizations of a free market bent, but often with differing viewpoints.
    Our most recent opinion piece merely critiqued New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich for accusing advocates of “devolution” of some federal lands to state control when it is Washington that has taken several large tracts of land throughout the state.
    I respect differences of opinion. I’d love to hear from Jones and others what special knowledge or resources that bureaucrats in Washington have for better managing our lands than people right here in New Mexico. Alas, instead of a factual argument, we got name-calling.
    Paul J. Gessing
    President, Rio Grande Foundation

  • Criteria unsuitable for publication?

    This is in regard to your posted criteria for the letters the Los Alamos Monitor welcomes for publication versus the piece published on Oct. 30 from Paul Gessing. The criteria published in your paper says, “Letters that might be deemed unsuitable for publication include those that are . . . part of an organized letter-writing campaign, or are part of a mass mailing.”
    Gessing is the president of the Rio Grande Foundation. His letters are part of organized letter-writing campaigns backed by nationwide conservative think tanks. A web search on his foundation will show that it hosts writers chosen by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, whose funding is 100 percent anonymous and which screens its writers to ensure a free market bias before hiring them.
    According to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) website, The Rio Grande Foundation also has ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a corporate bill mill.