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Letters

  • Letters to the Editor 2-19-16

    LA County owes Marquez debt of gratitude

    Richard Marquez recently left the Los Alamos National Laboratory after working there for over 10 years. Most people do not know that before working at LANL, he worked as a Department of Energy official in the Albuquerque office. During his tenure there, he provided significant assistance to Los Alamos County.
    Los Alamos County borrowed over $110 million to finance their hydroelectric facilities and other projects. After the bonds were issued, the market changed and it was to the county’s advantage to refinance those bonds. By doing so, they could save thousands of dollars per year. The transaction was held up in a disagreement on how to split the savings between DOE and the county. The county was in danger of missing the window of opportunity to refinance the bonds because of this disagreement. Richard stepped in and said that this was ridiculous. The DOE and the county are arguing over hundreds of dollars when thousands of dollars could be saved. He took an active part in the further negotiations with the county and hammered out a compromise that was fair.

  • Letter to the editor 2-12-16

    Bartlit unaware of LANL’s various contributions

    As usual, John Bartlit’s Sunday column on Structural Health Monitoring is wise, insightful and informative.
    But it is somewhat startling that he was unaware of SHM, as Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a significant contributor both in applying techniques, such as frequency response (sound spectra) measurements for both validating parts (such as castings) and in situ monitoring (such as metal beam bridges) for corrosion or stress accumulation leading to cracking.
    LANL has also contributed to designs for such monitors that can be powered and report without grid connections (reducing costs and enhancing remote sensing capabilities).
    While Lab publications can be painfully self-congratulatory, they are worth at least skimming for the many technological developments carried out here that they report regularly.
    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos

  • Letter to the Editor 1-24-16

    Vote yes on schools bond

    Because we don't have our own children, we were supporters and observers of our schools system as community members and property owners, until a young nephew came to live with us and attend Los Alamos High School.  What he found was a system that had the resources not just to teach reading, writing, science, math and computer skills, but to offer music, sports, debate, and many other extracurricular programs.  All of these things helped him learn and grow in many ways, and he was well prepared for college.
    The HB33 schools bond, on which Los Alamos citizens can vote by mail no later than Jan. 26, provides money to maintain our schools and buy needed equipment and facilities.  As a County Councilor, I have consistently voted against raising the county's portion of property taxes, in part because I believe this community prefers that property taxes should go first to support our schools. Good schools benefit everyone, not just in the young lives changed for the better, but by building a prosperous community with good property values.  Please join us in voting yes for the HB33 schools bond.
    Pete Sheehey
    Los Alamos County Councilor
    Naishing Key

  • Letters to the Editor 1-22-16

    Congrats to Larry Baca for his years as coach

    As LAHS boys track and field exits the Larry Baca-era of 30 years as coach consider: Larry has been inducted into NM Coaches Hall of Fame; his teams have won two state championships and were in contention several other years. He produced 43 individual, 13 relay state champions and five state records – four of which are current. And, his charges have set 13 of 19 event records at LAHS. Most telling of his coaching depth and consistency is that of the top 10 performances by LAHS boys in each of the 19 events, 167 of the 190 listings are his guys! (Larry is on two of these lists, javelin and shot, from his days as a Topper!)
    Larry’s teams were particularly strong on relays where they accounted for 37 of 40 listings and 13 state championships.
    Congratulations to Larry Baca and all his athletes for making the ‘Toppers a force to contend with in high school track.
    Wayne Morris
    Los Alamos

    Support HB33 for schools, community and children

    As a resident and homeowner, my property value is dependent on the quality of the schools. I support the HB33 Referendum and open enrollment.

  • Letters to the Editor 1-15-16

    Thank you for
    continued support

    It is always a pleasure to return to Los Alamos and visit my folks because it is such a unique and generous community.  This year when I returned home for the holidays I performed a recital at Fuller Lodge on New Year’s Eve and was pleasantly surprised to have over 90 people come to the performance!
    I took up a free will offering for the Santa Fe Youth Symphony, one of the many ensembles in the area that was vital to my success as a professional musician, and I just sent them $250.
    For those of you who attended: thank you for your presence and generosity, and to the community of Los Alamos: thank you for your continuous support of the arts.
    Given the size of the community, the arts opportunities in Los Alamos are amazingly diverse which is completely driven by the people who participate and support the arts. Keep it up!
    Daniel Nebel
    USAF Band of the Golden West

    Musical supplies made possible by mill levy

  • Letters to the Editor 1-13-16

    Thank you for the
    opportunity to serve
    as council chair

    I am writing this letter to say thank you to my fellow community members, and my fellow county councilors, for the opportunity to serve Los Alamos as the chair of the Los Alamos County Council for 2015.
    As most, but not all, of our community knows, Los Alamos is both a city and a county, effectively, under the New Mexico Constitution; the only such entity in the state. Accordingly, rather than have both a county commission and a city council for the same geography – and more importantly, the same citizens – our “forefathers” in the 1960s opted for one elected body, in the form of the hybrid county council. Each January, the council selects a chair.
    Many of the responsibilities of the chair are obvious – chairing the council meetings, officiating at certain community events – and some less obvious, such as setting the Agenda for the council meetings (with a rotating subset of councilors and senior county staff), and representing the community in the region and in D.C.

  • Letter to the Editor 1-10-16

    Do right thing with incorrectly delivered mail

    To all postal patrons in Los Alamos (especially Western Area). As we all know mail delivery in Los Alamos is less than satisfactory and frequently we get mail that belongs to someone else. It mostly happens when our regular carriers have the day off, or is on vacation, that they assign routes to substitutes who are usually unfamiliar with the route or the “sorter” is not paying close enough attention to their job and puts mail on the wrong carriers route.
    If you are one who receives mail addressed to someone else do the right thing and either take it to the correct recipient, who is usually your neighbor, or put it back out on your mail box so the post office can deliver it to the correct person(s). Don’t just throw it away! These miss delivered items could be checks, bills, or other important items that are important for the intended addressee to receive.
    Need I also remind you that it is a federal offense to hamper the delivery of mail to its intended destination? So please do the right thing and make an extra effort to get the mail that isn’t yours to the correct destination. I know that I do.
    Robert Visel
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the editor 1-8-16

    Voting yes on mill levy is a ‘no brainer’

    Please make a special effort to vote in favor for HB33 Mill Levy in the January 2016 Special Election. Approval will not increase your property taxes. Voting is easy – your ballot will be mailed directly to you. Please remember to sign the outer envelope!
    Why vote? HB33 will provide over $13 million over the next six years to the Los Alamos public schools. Funding schools is a “no brainer” in a community as fortunate as we are and with citizens who put a priority on education. I believe in this community. I believe that the voters in this town will absolutely vote in support of HB33. I will vote yes and await for the results of an overwhelming positive voter response. Thank you in advance.
    Kelly Myers
    Los Alamos

    LA County resolution in support of the
    Endangered Species Act

  • Letters to the Editor 1-6-16

    Los Alamos needs to put money where mouth is and vote yes on mill levy

    In January, Los Alamos voters will have an important opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to education when mail ballots are sent out to approve continuance of the HB33 Mill Levy in support of the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Approval will not increase property tax rates, but will provide over $13 million across six years for student technology and network infrastructure as well as funds for musical instruments, athletic supplies and equipment, heating and cooling projects and restroom upgrades for older buildings across the district, and general maintenance projects from roof repairs and handicapped ramps to improved PA systems and new fire panels.

  • Letter to the Editor 12-16-15

    Islamophobia – shame on USA

    Very un-American: I am ashamed to live in a state that announces its ignorant reluctance to accept Syrian refugees. Gov. Susana Martinez, you should be ashamed. Mr. Trump, Mr. Rubio, have you no shame in using the deaths in Paris as a drum to beat for you election?
    I didn’t write this, but I agree completely; it is not just Trump, Rubio, and Susana: it’s the citizens who stand up and cheer, and the pundits who rail against Pres. Obama and call for stricter background screening. We should look at our more civilized neighbors to the north in Canada, who are already taking in the first of 25,000 refugees that will arrive in two months.
    The United States’ review process is already several years long. For years I’ve heard journalists and military people who had Iraqi and Afghan interpreters, including some they credit with saving their lives numerous times, plead for years that our government grant visas that were promised them in the beginning.
    Look up the phrase, “People of the Book;” you will find this includes Jews, Christians, and Muslims. All three religions believe they descend from Abraham (i.e. are Abrahamic). Look in your dictionary for the definition of