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Letters

  • 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.  

  • Planned parenthood is glaring exception

    Last week I read with interest the story about the Con Alma Foundation, particularly with regard to recipients of the foundation grants. Most of the ones mentioned seem worthy enough and apparently did meet the nonprofit criterion, presumably one of the requirements for the grants. However, there was one glaring exception: a grant of $20,000 to Planned Parenthood.

  • New curbs really look worse than old ones

    All summer long, the construction crews have inconvenienced the traffic on Barranca Road to install new curbs and sidewalks. Now they have collected the traffic-hindering pilons and appear to have completed the job. Except, the new curbs look worse than the old ones!

  • Don’t Worry? Be Happy?

    Living in White Rock, I’m concerned about what the proposed GRT rollback means for basic services within the county. How will it curtail future capital improvement protect plans?
    We’re assured, “Don’t worry! Be happy!”
    When the County Council requests increases in the GRT, they have to outline exactly how that money is to be spent. Justifying, in detail, the increase to tax payers in Los Alamos is required. Shouldn’t the same scrutiny be paid to any reduction in county revenue?

  • Christmas spirit is alive

    Once again, the community has come out and showed its very generous spirit.
    Last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union and the Kiwanis Club, was a huge success, both in donations and numbers of children who came to give their Christmas wish lists to Santa.
    The holiday season is alive and well in Los Alamos.
    We very much appreciate Del Norte’s financial contribution.
    Much food was collected, to be delivered by LA Cares to those in need. Monetary donations will be used for foster children activities.

  • It’s time to turn the focus to jobs, jobs and more jobs now

    Now that Obama has been “shellacked” in the midterm election, he can get back to the urgent issue of jobs, jobs, jobs.  
    How would those jobs be financed? One way would be to divert some money from all the war spending to job creation in infrastructure projects.  
    We already know that $3 trillion will have gone down the drain in the Iraq war so we cannot save that.
    How about Afghanistan? The Karzai government in Afghanistan is rated the second most corrupt in the world. Yet we have supported Karzai on the CIA payroll.  

  • Time is of the essence to adopt from shelter

    I want to convince people to adopt a dog from a shelter. People can find dogs at our shelter. All these puppies and dogs need a good home and a good community.
    The first reason to  adopt puppies and dogs is that they have good temperments. They are very friendly dogs and they make good companions for people who live alone.  Also, they get you outside.
    The second reason to adopt is to give them a good home. They need good leadership and need good structure by using clear rules. To make them happy, they need to play a lot and do tricks.

  • Voters should make their voices heard

    County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle needs to remember that there are far more than 1,600 voters in Los Alamos County.  
    With more than 8,600 individuals voting during the past election (based on votes for governor), the voices of all should be listened to before passing an ordinance to rebuild a building that is better left in fond memory (for some).