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Letters

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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.  

  • Wallace respected by both sides of the aisle

    Jeannette Wallace has served her district well. She is independent, hard working and respected by both sides of the aisle.
    Jeannette is not beholden to any pressure group. I am personally nervous about a candidate who may have to check with organized labor before she votes.
    My wife Alice and I will vote to continue Jeannette as our legislator.

    Lawry Mann
    Los Alamos

     

  • Student testing does have its merit

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  • Council vilifies and undervalues local firefighters

    I would like to address the recent article in which the Monitor gave the county council’s views on the Fact Finders Report in regards to fire fighters raises.
    I am a retired captain from LAFD, charter member of IAFF Local 3279, served on five out of the six negotiations between the county and Local 3279, held every elected position within the Local and am currently on the negotiations team.

  • Two sides to global warming position

     In reference to, “EPA CO2 declaration hot air” published Sept. 28 in the Monitor, guest columnist Don Petersen has a point: a warming trend might indeed be welcomed by anyone paying a heating bill.
    But people living in New  York’s Lower Manhattan, or other places close to the rising ocean, might not be able to enjoy their savings for long.
    Also, it remains to be seen whether anyone paying an air conditioning bill will welcome  the warming trend.
    I want to make this short.