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Letters

  • 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.  

  • 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?