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Today's Opinions

  • Changes to FAFSA make it easier to apply for student aid

    BY NATHAN SILLIN
    Practical Money Skills

  • Air Force veteran’s business growth enabled by Accion

    BY FINANCE NEW MEXICO
    Gary Peterson’s Albuquerque auto shop is a profit-generator with philanthropy at its heart.
    Peterson, a 22-year Air Force veteran, started One Community Auto in Albuquerque to refurbish rundown vehicles and donate the sales proceeds to a variety of charities, from Assistance Dogs of the West to veteran suicide-prevention and domestic violence prevention programs. He calls this aspect of his business “social entrepreneurship.”
    The company’s newest endeavor involves providing abandoned or wrecked cars to organizations that demolish them in training exercises.
    Cars for causes
    Peterson is under contract with the Air Force Training Academy at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, to supply 250 vehicles to train firefighters how to safely extricate people from cars after accidents and other emergencies. His company also made a deal to provide cast-off cars that can be used for target practice.
    This novel business model is just what Peterson had in mind when he retired from the military three years ago: He wanted to start a business using the skills he acquired in the Air Force, but he wanted a large part of his earnings to support his philanthropic causes.

  • Letters to the Editor 1-20-17

    Sugar says he would bring unique, personal view to school board

    My name is Dr. Darryl Sugar. I am running for the school board in the Chamisa area, because I feel I can help continue the high quality of education at Los Alamos Public Schools. Nationally, the data indicates a growing number of stresses that affect students as well as teachers. As stresses from social platforms and other demands grow, mental health is increasingly at risk and can interfere with performance. That increases the likelihood of significant anxiety/depression or drugs/alcohol being used.
    I have a unique and personal perspective on this. My wife died unexpectedly on Christmas in 2009 in Denver, while we were visiting my daughter and her husband who are also physicians. Looking back, I became severely depressed and felt like my  life ended. When I returned home to South Carolina, the depression worsened, and I went to the office where my wife and I spent most of our time and decided to join her. I started a fire but found it was impossible to end my life.

  • Letters to the Editor 1-18-17

    Thank you to community for support

    In today’s world when there is so much focus on disturbing news, we want to focus on the positive and send a huge thank you to this wonderful community, for supporting our fundraising efforts for our young friend and co-worker Valerie.
    To the Los Alamos Monitor and the LA Daily Post for providing such supportive vehicles for the community to get our stories out, Thank You! To the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge and its volunteers who work many hours to offer a perfect venue for groups and organizations to do their thing, Thank you!
    And finally to a community with a huge heart and generous spirit that is always there when the chips are down and help is needed. Thank you! Your donations of casseroles, knitted hats for Valerie, kind, encouraging words and thoughts, precious time and hard-earned cash made our Frito Pie Night a huge success. We appreciate you all so much. Full of wonderful!
    Valerie, Xaedyn, and all of the friends, family and co-workers of Valerie

    PEEC thanks Rotary for new play area

  • Letters to the Editor 1-13-17

    We must properly fund New Mexico’s court system
     
    New Mexico’s courts face a funding crisis that threatens to undermine the judiciary’s ability to protect our rights by delivering timely justice. We must act now to prevent further damage.
    As Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels recently told a legislative committee, “We are now basically on life support through the end of this fiscal year.”
    In courthouses across the state, New Mexicans can see the corrosive effects of budget cuts and underfunding of the judiciary.
    Most magistrate courts are closed to the public for at least half a day each week because the courts are unable to fill vacant staff positions.  
    These courts are the busiest in the state, resolving more than 170,000 criminal, civil and traffic cases last year.
    There will be no more criminal or civil jury trials starting in March unless the courts receive additional funding. Criminal defendants, whether innocent or guilty, are entitled to a speedy trial under the constitution.
    The prosecution of criminal cases is being impaired. Some courts confront the possibility of dismissing cases because the state’s public defender office lacks the staff and budget it needs to handle more cases.

  • Letters to the Editor 1-11-17

    Thank you to all for help with Nancy’s cancer fight

    Thank you to our dear neighbors, friends and family for all your help during Nancy’s bout with cancer. Thank you for taking care of our house, for the food, cards, calls and your very generous and kind gestures.
    Thank you to the wonderful medical personnel in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico Hospital for your knowledge, expertise, patience and caring.
    Thank you to the Anonymous Angels who contribute to the cost of the excellent care and medical needs our cats, Luigi and Fellini, received during their stays at the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.
    Nancy continues to give her cancer the good fight. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
    Nancy and Annette
    Los Alamos

    Agree with proposed gun legislation

    There is a confused quote from Stanley Hayes in the Sunday Monitor, wherein he objects to Stephanie Garcia-Richard’s proposed bill that would require gun sales between two individuals to pass through a registered dealer so that a background check can be carried out.
    I think that Hayes was trying to make the point that such sales should be like the sale of a car, claiming that this is without a comparable intermediary. That claim is

  • Letters to the Editor 1-8-16

    Rose Chocolatier feels right at home

    In case you haven’t heard Rose Chocolatier has moved. We are now located at 149 Central Park Square.  We love our new space especially being so near to other great local businesses. To be precise we are across from Finishing Touch, between Allure & ProjectY and about half way between UnQuarked and Pet Pangea. With the Bathtub Row Beer Co-op and El Rigoberto’s and other stellar businesses nearby we feel right at home.
    Rose Chocolatier is in a larger space which allows us to expand our offerings. We are now serving espresso drinks tailored to each customer. We still serve our luscious hot cocoa and now are adding it to our mocha drinks for a special delight.
    Our expanded kitchen space means we can bake more goodies and produce more chocolate candies.  But we haven’t completed our space design yet. Soon we will be adding more tables and chairs for those who want to and enjoy visiting with friends over coffee or tea.
    Oh, we sold out of everything over the holidays. So are a bit slow producing and restocking our cases. Thanks to everyone who came and supported during the winter break. It was a pleasure serving you and showing off the new space!

  • Letters to the Editor 1-1-17

    Thankful for support of Be a Santa to a Senior

    On behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Santa Fe and Los Alamos, we would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support o the Be a Santa to a Senior program this holiday season.
    Community members in Santa Fe and Los Alamos generously donated over 800 gifts for more than 430 seniors through this year’s program – all of which were wrapped and delivered by volunteers, just in time for holidays.
    Many of the gifts were for everyday needs such as socks, shirts, blankets and toiletries.
    The 2016 program marked our most successful Be a Santa to a Senior program to date.
    We would like to especially thank the following Santa Fe and Los Alamos organizations that partnered with us this year: Christus St. Vincent Hospital, Walmart, Mary Esther Gonzalez Senior Center, Betty Ehart Senior Center, Santa Fe Place Mall, the Santa Fe Care Center and the City of Santa Fe Senior Services. Over the past several weeks, these businesses and organizations, along with all the donors and volunteers in our community have brightened the holidays by bringing both gifts and companionship to seniors in need.
    Ken Hendricks
    Los Alamos

    Many good reasons to vote yes on UNM-LA mill levy