• PAC attack ads help no one

    In these final days of the primary election campaign, Republican households have received mailed flyers attacking one of the GOP candidates for state representative in our district. These mailings originated from a political action committee (PAC) outside Los Alamos with no connection to the opposing candidate and obviously no appreciation for our tradition of civil and respectful political discourse.
    The same sort of PAC advertising on both sides marred the general election campaign for the same office two years ago.
    Professional political operatives claim such negative advertising is effective. It probably is with some, but most Los Alamos voters are irritated rather than enlightened. It undermines and angers candidates trying to maintain a “high road.”
    Strident advertising by outsiders promotes their agendas, not necessarily ours. I urge voters to instead pay attention to candidates’ character, experience, abilities, record, philosophy and issue positions — in both the current primary and November general election.
    Robert Gibson, chair
    Republican Party of Los Alamos 

  • Kite Festival had many supporters

    The Los Alamos Arts Council wishes to thank the many people who came together to make the 17th Annual Los Alamos Arts Council Kite Festival sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank such a great success. The festival could not have happened without the support of so many people. We want to thank LANB, the sole sponsor, for generous funding, easy to build flyers, and T-shirts.
    We also want to thank the numerous volunteers from LANB, Los Alamos High School ROTC, National Honor Society, the county Parks and Recreation Department and various other groups and individual volunteers. All of you made a huge difference in the number of kites we were able to build and decorate each day. Thank you to those that helped with set-up and take-down, as well as the small odds and ends that happened behind the scenes. Each of you contributed to success, and we thank you for all that you did.
    We are grateful to several kite enthusiasts from out of town who brought beautiful and unusual kites and banners to make the event more colorful. Of course, we also want to thank the members of the community for coming out to make a kite, fly a kite, listen to the music, or just look at the awesome view in the sky.

  • Save Chaco Canyon

    We are fortunate to have so many beautiful places in New Mexico. Unfortunately, we have a looming threat to one of the places we hold so sacred.
    Chaco Canyon is at risk of fracking. There are only four places in the United States that have a dark sky designation. Chaco Canyon earned this designation last month, making it perfect for stargazing.
    If we don’t stand up as a community, one of New Mexico’s national parks could be obstructed with fracking rigs, their ominous lights and constant cranking and grinding, possibly ruining part of ancient New Mexico.
    We need to stand up, New Mexico. We cannot let the oil and gas giants take something so precious not only to New Mexico, but to the United States and the entire world.
    Chaco Canyon is also a World Heritage Site.
    I strongly encourage the Bureau of Land Management to keep fracking away from Chaco Canyon.
    Andrew Weinman
    Los Alamos

  • Earth Day was a great day

    It was a momentous day as the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) put on its 14th annual Earth Day Festival on May 3, because if all goes according to plan, it will be the last Earth Day festival that PEEC will celebrate at its current Orange Street location.
    By Earth Day next year, PEEC hopes to be settled into its new home at the Los Alamos County Nature Center, located on Canyon Road, slated to open next spring.
    Once again, this year PEEC welcomed the Santa Fe-based Clan Tynker, a popular Vaudeville circus group that encourages audience participation and always delights with its antics. Clan Tynker performed two shows. In between Clan Tynker’s performances, the Hill Stompers got the audience up on their feet and enjoying their always lively music and dance.
    There were information and activity booths from more than 25 organizations. We wish to thank every exhibitor for being a supporter of the Earth Day Festival.
    We are also grateful for the food vendors — Dosa Dosa and Taste of New York. The long lines at their stands were evidence of their good food. In addition, the Los Alamos Co-Op Market sold ice cream, which was appreciated by all on what turned out to be a rather warm day.

  • Doctor's absence a loss to Los Alamos

    I will be forever grateful for the wonderful care Dr. Peter Lindberg gave my mom a few years ago for her many and varied complex health issues. His absence from the Los Alamos Medical Center is our loss.
    Peggy Bradberry
    White Rock

  • Judge candidate has shown true colors

    In previous Rio Grande Sun stories regarding Yvonne Quintana, you read about her unethical issues wherein she cheated families from their family inheritance, including a disabled Vietnam veteran, to enrich herself.
    According to the story in the May 20, 2010 issue of the Rio Grande Sun, Yvonne Maneuvered to take possession of her client’s residence (Wences Martinez, who is now deceased) after representing him in his divorce matter.
    Yvonne ousted her client from his home, had him move into a trailer owned by her, then field a claim against his estate for $1,800 in past due rent.
    In the meantime, her client’s disabled son lived in a nursing home.
    The story also says the state rules forbid lawyers from withholding information from the court. In representing Martinez, Yvonne failed to tell the court all the facts regarding the sale of a property by her client.
    The story further states that the Veteran Services Department filed a lien against the property.
    Yvonne was not forthcoming with all the facts in this matter. Yvonne is not the type of person to be considered as a judge. Yvonne’s unethical practices would probably continue.

  • Lindberg's departure is stunning

    I was shocked to hear that Dr. Peter Lindberg had been laid off from the Los Alamos Medical Center where he has worked many years and where he is still doing leading edge work.
    I have been living with prostate cancer for nearly 22 years and because of his treatment I am alive and living a good quality life.
    I believe that Dr. Lindberg provides leading edge treatment methods that are not available anywhere else in New Mexico.
    Now for the rest of the story. In addition to Dr. Lindberg some of the support staff in the Oncology office have also been laid off. Also a number of weeks ago three other doctors were laid off and one doctor was reduced from three days a week to one.
    Los Alamos Medical Center owes us an explanation about what is happening to our medical center.
    Looking at the facts above one has to wonder if the medical center is in financial difficulties.
    Ron Christman
    Los Alamos

  • Invisible voters

     Independent voters are coming together in New Mexico to play a role in the mid-term elections, but it’s not the role we are usually cast in by the media as “swing voters.” Instead, on primary day June 3 we’ll be working to be visible at a time when we are most invisible.
    Primary elections are a critical juncture in the democratic process. They are often the most competitive. But in New Mexico, independents are not allowed to participate. It is one of 18 states in the country to do so. Other states have put in place restrictions forcing independents to join a party in order to receive a ballot.
    As taxpayers, independents help pay for the primaries, which only benefits those members of the two major political parties and in which voter turnout is usually low. (An issue to consider is that if the two political parties ran and paid for their own elections and conducted them by mail, the turnout might be higher.)
    A recent Gallup poll shows 42 percent of Americans identify as independent (19 percent in New Mexico and more than 25 percent in Bernalillo County), making the issue all the more urgent as a large and growing segment of the electorate is marginalized in its voting powers by partisan primary systems.

  • Golf apologies

    With reference to the letter I wrote that was published on April 29 about the golf course renovations, I received a lot of positive feedback and comments in support of encouraging the Los Alamos County Council to cancel, or change, the proposed modifications to our current golf course.
    However, there are a couple of items that I need to address. One is the statement that the number of players are “highly inflated” by golf course staff. That was the wrong thing to say and I apologize to the golf course staff for that accusation.
    What I was trying to convey is that the numbers of actual golfers using our current facility don’t substantiate building and redesigning a new golf course. Our current course is more than adequate and can be brought back to its former pristine condition at a far less expense than that proposed.
    Secondly, when I said that the county could use the extra money to hire “a new more qualified and better superintendent,” that statement was poorly written and just plain wrong and for that I sincerely apologize.
    Richard Matteson was a great superintendent and had a lot of great ideas to improve the golf course, but lack of staff and this horrible drought we are suffering really impeded much of the progress he could have made and he will be dearly missed.

  • Threat to the school?

    I have been saddened by the two front-page stories about a high school boy the paper claims is a threat to the school.
    He may be 18, but that does not mean you have to publish his name to everyone in town.
    He obviously was very depressed when he sent the text to his friend about hurting himself and others. I am glad there was an intervention by police to make sure he was OK. There were no plans or weapons ready according to the article.
    Haven’t we all said we are so mad we want to punch someone?
    That doesn’t mean we are going to do it. I wish the paper would cut this kid some slack and let him get the help he needs, without making things worse.
    Lynne Higdon
    Los Alamos