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Letters

  • Thanks to fellow geocachers

    I want to extend my thanks to everyone in the Los Alamos community who helped me host a local Geocaching event last Saturday.
    The event was held at the Coffee House Cafe. The staff did a wonderful job with our crowd. Everyone raved about the food, coffee and accommodations.
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce put together welcome bags with useful local information. This was the first time in Los Alamos for many of the geocachers; others said they have not been on the Hill in years. The information pack contained maps, lists of shops/dining and information on the Historic Walking tour and other local sites. They were appreciated and used immediately.
    Thanks also goes to the lab’s Community Programs Office for LANL 70th Anniversary pins and lanyards that were added to the welcome packs. Lastly, a big thanks to Craig Martin, the county’s open space specialist for new trail maps hot off the press.
    Many geocaches are located on the trails around town so people really appreciated having the latest maps. I heard many, many positive comments about Los Alamos at the event and since. The event brought 20 people to town, mainly from Albuquerque, Denver and Santa Fe. Thank you for helping me show off our town.
    Coleen Meyer
    Los Alamos
     

  • In light of same-sex marriage

    In light of the decisions, following legal review and judges orders, of the county clerks of Doña Ana, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, San Miguel, Valencia and Taos counties to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, will you, as Los Alamos County Clerk, commit to do the same?
    State District Judge Alan Malott has ruled that New Mexico’s constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, going on to say that same sex marriage is legal.
    While the argument that it is up to the legislature, with the governor’s consent, to make laws, it is up the judiciary to interpret current law, including the Constitution of New Mexico. Current law neither specifically allows nor prohibits same sex marriage, and Judge Malott (among others) has interpreted this to mean that to deny the issuance of same sex marriage licenses violates state law against sexual discrimination.
    The legislature may, or may not, in the future change New Mexico’s laws to provide for cases of same sex marriage but, at present, the judiciary has determined that, at this time, same sex marriage is legal.
    It is my hope that you will, at once, publicly inform the citizens of Los Alamos that you will uphold state law and begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples immediately.
    Jim Kalogeros-Chattan
    Los Alamos

  • Caring for all kiddos

    Our county clerk, Sharon Stover, has for at least the last 20 years promoted herself as a friend, supporter and advocate for the “kiddos” in this town. And to her credit, she has done a lot for them. But what if some of those “kiddos” are gay?
    Do you not care about them, Sharon?
    Caroline Spaeth
    Los Alamos
     

  • UNM-LA branch is needed

    The recent article questioning whether Los Alamos needs a UNM branch showed a surprising lack of knowledge about the town, laboratory, education, technology and technology transfer.
    As for NMCC, we have been there. Please, not again. The state tried to close the UNM branch and force students to NMCC years ago. The citizens of Los Alamos rebelled. NMCC was described by terms such as, “barber college,” and, although unfair, it was clear that NMCC does not provide the type, or quality, of education the citizens demand. For an intellectual community, where 17 percent of the population over 25 has a Ph.D. and an income level which makes it the fifth richest county in the entire country, a small university branch seems little to ask.
    Also, the lab’s main product is knowledge. It is not a device production facility, except for a few demonstration, or prototype, devices. The citizens want, and need, a university environment, which teaches, and distributes that knowledge, and teaches the capabilities for developing more of it in the future, not a school that teaches current trades and business practices.

  • Just say NO to mil levy

    NO! to the mil tax increase every year, one organization or another posts the day of the year that we all work to just to pay our taxes. With the proposed mil tax, property owners can add another two days of work to that date to pay the mil tax increase.
    That’s two days you work and pay taxes on that income, just to send the rest to your local government in the form of another tax. I, for one, am tired of government organizations overspending and otherwise mismanaging their monies and then putting their hand in my pocket to make up for it.
    The University of New Mexico has many channels for raising money. They receive state funding. They get money from the lottery. They have students who pay tuition. They have alumni and the general public that make donations. Why then are our county officials proposing a local tax for a state facility? Does our county council believe that we have so much excess money that they see fit to tax us more and spend it on a few? Kind of them to ask us, before they visit us again later and impose a tax where we have no choice.

  • I guess I jumped the gun...

    Last week I started checking the mail for my ballot. I quizzed husband about it, thinking that he had accidently misplaced it. Voting to support the UNM-LA mil levy is important and I sure didn’t want to miss my chance. So I contacted the county clerk. The ballots will be out this week. I’m glad that I called … better to be safe than sorry.
    UNM-LA is an important asset to the community. High school students, young adults and long-time residents can, and do, enjoy the excellent course offerings. UNM-LA also partners with the laboratory so that employees can enhance their skills.
    This mil levy is needed to sustain our local college. Look for your ballot and please deliver it before Sept. 17, with a vote for UNM-LA. It’s important!
    Chris Chandler
    Los Alamos
     

  • Gun Show on rental property

    With regard to the recent letter, and front-page article, concerning a gun show being held on Los Alamos Public Schools rental property.
    It should seem apparent that there is a clear distinction between rental properties and student occupied property. Indeed, perhaps a wine tasting event should be welcomed (however a neo-Nazi group would be unwelcome anywhere and the comparison to a gun show was a stretch at best).
    If one were unable to delineate this separation as legitimate then wouldn’t the public school system be expected to police all the activities held on their income producing rental property? If this is the path to be taken, then the Los Alamos school system had better take a close look at what the new Smith’s Marketplace intends to merchandise, as they will be deriving income from this rental. I anticipate that they will be selling alcohol and tobacco products and may carry sporting goods and knives, all forbidden items at any school.
    I feel certain that there are individuals and groups that would find it distasteful that the school system rents to Los Alamos National Laboratory (just having had their anniversary held on an active campus), and many religious organizations.

  • Gun remarks ridiculous

    In response to Sunday’s “School grounds no place for gun show” article by Nancy Schick, my response is ... really?
    I am not even going to try to argue this one. Everyone knows the Pueblo Complex is not an active school site and that it is leased to the public.
    The Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club is a reputable organization in this community, and everyone knows that as well.
    Is Nancy trying to compare us LASC members as neo-Nazi white supremacists? Sure sounds like it.
    All this is, is a blatant attack on law abiding citizens exercising their constitutional rights.
    I encourage Gene Schmidt and the school board to dismiss this ridiculous complaint as just that.
    Ridiculous.
    John Stephenson
    Los Alamos 

  • Gun show controversy, coverage a wasted effort

    With regard to the opinion expressed by Ms. Schick concerning the use of Pueblo Gym for our annual gun show, I wish to make two points: (1) I deeply resent her trying to lay an undeserved guilt trip on us regarding the tragedies in Newtown and Columbine and (2) I resent the promised extended coverage of this “issue” by the Los Alamos Monitor. Are her hollow threats regarding adverse public perception worthy of extensive reporting?
    In her letter to the Monitor, she asserts that “in this country we do what is right, not what is popular.” As a teacher, she should be aware of the fact that our Constitution states “We the People . . .” and not something like “We the self-righteous elite . . .”
    If she wishes to do something meaningful regarding this “issue,” she should volunteer her time and resources to programs designed to diagnose and treat the underlying mental problems that lead to such tragedies. I would support her in those efforts.
    Ludwig Gritzo
    Los Alamos

  • Gun show protester creating the problem

    Ms. Nancy Schick is expending considerable effort trying to create the perception of a problem where none actually exists. Until she started her agitation, few if any in the community cared where the annual gun show was held.
    That is probably still true, except possibly for now-disquieted folk who have unthinkingly succumbed to her campaign.
    The reaction of the superintendent and school administration was entirely reasonable because most of her arguments are specious and somewhat insulting.
    An example of the latter is her not-so-subtle attempt to associate the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club with a “neo-Nazi white supremacist group.”
    The “gun free zone” advocacy has always been interesting. Ms Schick seems to be among those who have never noted the correlation (quite likely even a causal relationship) between such zones and atrocities. The list is huge and worldwide, including schools, fast food joints, commercial firms and notably Utoya, Norway, among many others.
    If there were such a thing as truth in advertising, a disclaimer would be required. “This is a gun free zone. Neither you nor your children can be protected.”
    As for students, the issue is most likely irrelevant for them, at least until they become exposed and vulnerable to Ms. Schick’s propaganda.