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Letters

  • Letters to the Editor 1-13-17

    We must properly fund New Mexico’s court system
     
    New Mexico’s courts face a funding crisis that threatens to undermine the judiciary’s ability to protect our rights by delivering timely justice. We must act now to prevent further damage.
    As Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels recently told a legislative committee, “We are now basically on life support through the end of this fiscal year.”
    In courthouses across the state, New Mexicans can see the corrosive effects of budget cuts and underfunding of the judiciary.
    Most magistrate courts are closed to the public for at least half a day each week because the courts are unable to fill vacant staff positions.  
    These courts are the busiest in the state, resolving more than 170,000 criminal, civil and traffic cases last year.
    There will be no more criminal or civil jury trials starting in March unless the courts receive additional funding. Criminal defendants, whether innocent or guilty, are entitled to a speedy trial under the constitution.
    The prosecution of criminal cases is being impaired. Some courts confront the possibility of dismissing cases because the state’s public defender office lacks the staff and budget it needs to handle more cases.

  • Letters to the Editor 1-11-17

    Thank you to all for help with Nancy’s cancer fight

    Thank you to our dear neighbors, friends and family for all your help during Nancy’s bout with cancer. Thank you for taking care of our house, for the food, cards, calls and your very generous and kind gestures.
    Thank you to the wonderful medical personnel in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico Hospital for your knowledge, expertise, patience and caring.
    Thank you to the Anonymous Angels who contribute to the cost of the excellent care and medical needs our cats, Luigi and Fellini, received during their stays at the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.
    Nancy continues to give her cancer the good fight. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
    Nancy and Annette
    Los Alamos

    Agree with proposed gun legislation

    There is a confused quote from Stanley Hayes in the Sunday Monitor, wherein he objects to Stephanie Garcia-Richard’s proposed bill that would require gun sales between two individuals to pass through a registered dealer so that a background check can be carried out.
    I think that Hayes was trying to make the point that such sales should be like the sale of a car, claiming that this is without a comparable intermediary. That claim is

  • Letters to the Editor 1-8-16

    Rose Chocolatier feels right at home

    In case you haven’t heard Rose Chocolatier has moved. We are now located at 149 Central Park Square.  We love our new space especially being so near to other great local businesses. To be precise we are across from Finishing Touch, between Allure & ProjectY and about half way between UnQuarked and Pet Pangea. With the Bathtub Row Beer Co-op and El Rigoberto’s and other stellar businesses nearby we feel right at home.
    Rose Chocolatier is in a larger space which allows us to expand our offerings. We are now serving espresso drinks tailored to each customer. We still serve our luscious hot cocoa and now are adding it to our mocha drinks for a special delight.
    Our expanded kitchen space means we can bake more goodies and produce more chocolate candies.  But we haven’t completed our space design yet. Soon we will be adding more tables and chairs for those who want to and enjoy visiting with friends over coffee or tea.
    Oh, we sold out of everything over the holidays. So are a bit slow producing and restocking our cases. Thanks to everyone who came and supported during the winter break. It was a pleasure serving you and showing off the new space!

  • 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.

  • Letters to the Editor 12-21-16

    Thank you from Children’s Christmas Bazaar

     

    Christmas is almost here! I would like to thank the Los Alamos community for their generosity in supporting the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during the Winterfest weekend. You were generous with giving of your time and your donations. 

    At least seventy-five people helped with set up, baking, greeting, wrapping (at least 25 wrappers wrapping all at the same time!), helping children select gifts and cleaning up. And this all occurs within a twenty-five-hour period of time. I would especially like to recognize the young and old from Trinity on the Hill and the high school students from National Honor Society and Key Club who continue to offer their support every year. 

    Imagine the joy on the children’s faces as they present their gifts to loved ones and friends this Christmas! Your support will bring joy to more than 200 children. It truly takes a community like ours to make this event a success.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

    Beth Pattillo

    Children’s Christmas Bazaar Chair

     

  • Letters to the Editor 12-16-16

    I plan to run for LA Public School Board

    I plan to run for the Los Alamos Public School Board in District 2 in the upcoming election. Our district has been served well by Matt Williams for the past four years.
    Upon hearing about his choice to not seek reelection, I have decided to run for the position. The LAPS Board has a substantial responsibility to our community.  Our schools and the educational opportunities available in Los Alamos are a strong attractor for new Laboratory employees, retirees, and others who come to Los Alamos.  We value education in Los Alamos and we want to continue strengthening our educational resources. I can carry on the representation of District 2; all three of my daughters attended Chamisa and I’ve lived in the district for 24 years. As a member of the UNM-LA Advisory Board and husband of a LAPS chemistry teacher, I also bring a background and knowledge of issues facing our older students. I hope you will give me this opportunity to serve Los Alamos in this new and exciting manner.
    Steve Boerigter
    Los Alamos

    Thank you to community, many others for help with fundraiser

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank my new community for assisting with my fundraiser this past weekend at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • Letters to the Editor 12-7-16

    Residents should be aware of comp plan change

    During the past year, many community members participated in drafting a new comprehensive plan for Los Alamos County. Within the plan is a future land use map, which is designed to be a “guide to land development and preservation decisions.” At the Nov. 14 county council meeting, and in several previous public planning sessions, a map was presented which showed the entire area surrounding the paved Canyon Rim Trail, south of the airport and NM502, designated as “Open Space.”
    However, during the meeting, a change was made by the council to designate part of that area as “mixed-use,” a category which allows both residential and non-residential uses. It is the category assigned to the downtown area as well, which comprises high-density commercial and residential development. This change was made by the council without prior public notice.

  • Letters to the Editor 11-6-2016

    Support for
    Stover for State Rep. Dist. 43 

     

    I am supporting Sharon Stover for State Representative. I have known and worked with Sharon for years, and she has always been kind, dependable and inclusive. Sharon is a leader with knowledge of Los Alamos and New Mexico, competent and professional.

    I am speaking to one issue that has surfaced.  Many people have tried to suggest her actions regarding issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Los Alamos County were motivated by bias.  Rather than acting from bias, however, Sharon was part of a Professional and unified effort by all 33 county clerks in New Mexico to get the courts to decide on one standard for the whole state.  I believe their actions were courageous and necessary since the Legislature at the time refused to resolve the issue through the appropriate method -- legislation. As soon as the New Mexico judge affirmed a ruling for same sex marriage and the New Mexico Supreme also affirmed it, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office has issued marriage licenses to same sex couples since September 2013.