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Letters

  • County council displays good deal of foresight

    At the end of the Winter Solstice, our county council displayed great foresight and saved a significant amount of county tax revenue. They did this with two acts:
    The first was to recognize the law as determined by a New Mexico judge. They did this despite the obvious pain it caused them that they were unable to provide voters with an opportunity to have a clear say on the new municipal building. By obeying the law, they avoided unnecessary court costs and costly delays in the construction of that building.

  • Los Alamos needs to elect a mayor

    For those who are comfortable with the current council manager form of government there is no need to read further. However, for those who can see a better future for Los Alamos lets work to improve things.
    Let’s look at some of the reasons why a mayor would be good for Los Alamos.
    First, there is accountability to the citizens of Los Alamos. One person elected by the people would be the contact to whom one could go to express their concerns, not seven different ones that would have to form a consensus before anything gets done.  

  • Government, like fire, can be tremendously useful

  • Los Alamos firefighters pay a kindness forward

    I received a $100 Smith’s gift card from a local citizen as a thank you for what we do for the community. It was decided to give the gift to someone who needed it more than we do.
    I received many great ideas from several personnel and one of them was to give it to the young lady who was hit on I-25 while on her way home from working at Rocky Mountain EMS.
    Not only is she an EMT, she  is also a Santa Fe County volunteer firefighter and therefore one of us.
    Apparently she has multiple broken bones and a long rehab ahead of her.

  • Fire and police lauded for professionalism

    We would like to recognize the excellence and professionalism that exists in both our Los Alamos fire and police departments.
    Recently residents of Oppenheimer Place saw firsthand the fine work of firefighter Shane Grano, driver engineer Ed Hunter, firefighter Keith Garcia, firefighter Ernest Anew and Capt. Matt Cionek, who are all currently stationed out of Fire Station 6, in their performance of duty when they responded to a 911 call.
    Chaplain Jeff Eichorst also responded to the call and provided support of a different kind.

  • Local inhabitants are not all mindless swine

    I must respectfully disagree that Los Alamos/White Rock is inhabited by mindless swine who continually leave their droppings around town.
    In my life, I have never lived in a community that cares so much about its environment. Sure trash does get away from time to time, but almost every time I’m out hiking I see somebody picking up trash as they walk or jog.
    I’ve met hundreds of dogs out walking their humans and I can hardly remember an incident where an owner was not in control and being responsible for their pets.

  • Vets keep health centers

    On Wednesday you published an AP story, which implied that nine clinics currently serving veterans throughout Northern New Mexico will be closing. This is incorrect.
    The 13 community health centers presently contracting with the Veteran’s Administration offer a wide variety of services unrelated to that contract.

  • Tax preparers must act soon on ID numbers

    The Internal Revenue Service recently launched an unprecedented effort to provide some oversight over the tax preparation industry. Most tax preparers are dedicated to quality tax return preparation and are committed to quality service for their clients. But the actions of a few preparers can cause lots of problems – for their clients, for preparers who follow the rules and for the IRS.
    Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Halt to sex education is no deterrent to teen sex

    My friend Roland Jalbert seems to believe that sex education is responsible for teens having sex.  
    This implies that not offering sex education will cause teens to stop having sex.  
    I don’t believe it.  
    How many other people believe it?
    Alan Hack
    Los Alamos

  • Prime example of theatrical outrage and hatred

    The letter equating Planned Parenthood’s agenda to ethnic cleansing is another example of the overblown-promotion-of-outrage-and-hatred that is destroying American civility and has been for most of my adult life.  
    I’m confident readers who want accurate information regarding Planned Parenthood’s agenda, funding and programs for reproductive health can find their Web site and read.