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Letters

  • Rankled by headline typo

    You’ve probably received e-mails on this already, but being a publication that  should pride itself in editing, I’m sending another.
    “Ombudsman.”
    At least you got it right within the article...but misspelled in a headline?
    Come on people, words are your business.

    Mark Rayburn
    Los Alamos

  • Injured cyclist recounts day he nearly lost his life

    I’m the injured cyclist you covered in the Aug. 5, story in the Monitor. A correction is necessary regarding the event leading up to my crashing into the West Gate as reported by Bob Krakowski.
    I had ridden from White Rock up to the descent to the Caldera accompanied by  four other cyclists. After a short rest we headed back down to return to  White Rock via Los Alamos.

  • Codes too restrictive

    I don’t typically stay abreast of local politics, but a description of the newly proposed County “Nuisance & Property Maintenance Codes”  was brought to my attention and I felt that I must write my first ever letter to the editor.  I have no objection to ordinances/codes that require homeowners to maintain their yards, conduct minimal upkeep of their homes, keep garbage or other unsightly items out of their front yards, etc.

  • Looking foward to judicial candidate’s complete disclosure

    After the recent League of Women Voters Forum, I spoke with Gary Ahlers, Republican candidate for magistrate judge.  I want to thank him for agreeing to publish the whole and complete public record of all his felony and misconduct charges, including the disposition of every charge, on his Web site (www.garyahlers.com) by Sunday. He thanked me for the suggestion.  

  • Vote for library bonds

    I encourage everyone to vote Yes on Bond B (“Bonds for Libraries”) Nov. 2. We use our libraries at a tremendous rate: on an average day in 2009, public libraries served 25,400;  college libraries served 22, 857 and our school libraries served tens of thousands of K-12 students.  
    Our libraries are a lifeline in these troubled times,  especially the computers, not only to fill out job applications but even federal health care applications.

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  • Thanks and let’s think about hiring a county obudsman

    The tennis community joins with me in appreciation for the refurbishing of the Urban Tennis Courts by Los Alamos County.  
    No balls can roll under the fence now, nor do we anticipate falls on the (formerly) uneven asphalt.  
    We are also grateful to the Los Alamos Monitor for drawing attention to the problem in its Thursday story.  
    It occurs to me that a county ombudsman would be really useful.
    There are numerous issues, both large and small, commonplace and unusual that do not get addressed in a timely fashion by large organizations.

  • Longevity doesn’t necessarily equate to most effective person in office

    At a workshop in May I was having a conversation with a fellow participant and the presenter. They were supporting rival candidates. Each of them proclaimed that their candidate was a listener, and each had direct experience with the other’s candidate not listening.
    I realized how important other information is for choosing a candidate. In the last five years I have spent many days in committee rooms and in Roundhouse galleries while bills were debated and voted on.

  • With congressional candidates, you get one thing or another

    After all I have seen and heard from the candidates for U.S. Congress, District 3, I would summarize our choice in November as follows:
    Vote Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and get unemployement and food stamps.
    Vote Republican Tom Mullins and get a paycheck and freedom to run your own affairs.

  • Governor’s action places childcare ability at risk for New Mexico families

    Childcare in New Mexico is vital for a sound and growing economy.
    Childcare is now in jeopardy as the governor has implemented a 10 percent (possibly cut to 8 percent) reduction in the reimbursement rate for families receiving childcare assistance.  
    As the Executive Director of a small center, I can attest that such cuts in provider rates will prompt more centers to turn-down Staid Aid families.  
    Our center loses about $30k in revenue due to the 7-8 State Aid children we take each year.