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Today's Opinions

  • Assets In Action: Many local youth recognized in 2016

    As we round out 2016, we see the final nomination for the year with our Community Youth award. The award was started after the annual community award event did not garner the name of a single youth.
    After it was announced, many people they would have nominated someone if they had only known.
    The truth is, I could have fixed the error myself, nominated a youth anonymously and then the “problem,” would have never existed. It was more important that we let the community know that as adults we slipped a little bit, we weren’t paying attention or didn’t take a minute to let someone know.
    So after the annual Community Asset Award event, the Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) board understood the importance of highlighting the great things youth were and are doing all year long.
    It isn’t always about grades or sports, it is about the character, the connection and the good deed that often fail to go, perhaps unnoticed each day. So we started an opportunity for folks to notice for youth to get heralded in some small way, and avail the opportunity throughout the entire year.
    Which leads us to one Josh Fuller. Fuller is a local freshman that participated in the youth leadership program called WEB Crew as an eighth-grader and continues to blossom into his high school years and Joy Freymiller Rhodes made sure you knew.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Support higher education with mill levy

     

    Higher education is essential to the productivity and innovation of our workforce in New Mexico. College-educated workers earn higher wages and experience lower levels of unemployment than do workers with less education. Research done by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) forecasts that by 2020, two out of every three jobs will require some postsecondary education. For many women, that education comes through attending community colleges like UNM-Los Alamos.

    The Coordinating Council of the Los Alamos branch of AAUW strongly supports the mil-levy increase sought by UNM-LA. While its enrollment is growing, the college’s state funding continues to shrink, threatening its ability to provide the innovative programs that benefit our community. For example, it offers Los Alamos High School students free dual-credit courses, which not only enrich their curriculum but give them valuable college-level credits. Through its Early College and Career Academy, LAHS students can work toward a certificate in emergency medical services, electromechanical technology, or marketing by the time they graduate from high school. 

  • Letters to the Editor 12-25-16

    Mill levy is important for UNM-LA, County

    Many individuals considering the upcoming special school election are asking UNMLA what happened after the failed mil election in 2013. What financial impacts did the campus sustain and how did it respond? Providing that information may help frame the challenge UNMLA is facing moving forward as it continues to serve the Los Alamos community.
    After the 2013 election, UNMLA was faced with difficult decisions to determine which programs and services were essential to UNMLA and which ones could continue to be supported by the anticipated revenue sources. Based on that careful review, the campus underwent a 15% budget reduction and reallocation of all resources to those identified programs and services deemed essential in meeting our mission of preparing students to transfer, creating pathways to careers, and serving those with a passion for lifelong learning. It is important to note that the 15% reduction came after years of belt tightening that included eliminating campus functions and outsourcing other services to create cost savings.

  • Letters to the Editor 12-21-16

    Thank you from Children’s Christmas Bazaar

     

    Christmas is almost here! I would like to thank the Los Alamos community for their generosity in supporting the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during the Winterfest weekend. You were generous with giving of your time and your donations. 

    At least seventy-five people helped with set up, baking, greeting, wrapping (at least 25 wrappers wrapping all at the same time!), helping children select gifts and cleaning up. And this all occurs within a twenty-five-hour period of time. I would especially like to recognize the young and old from Trinity on the Hill and the high school students from National Honor Society and Key Club who continue to offer their support every year. 

    Imagine the joy on the children’s faces as they present their gifts to loved ones and friends this Christmas! Your support will bring joy to more than 200 children. It truly takes a community like ours to make this event a success.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

    Beth Pattillo

    Children’s Christmas Bazaar Chair

     

  • United World College scatters alumni across the world

    MONTEZUMA—A warm and sunny December day in this international enclave suburb of Las Vegas had 237 teenagers beavering away at their studies. From the road, N.M. 65, the students and the roughly 100 adult staff supporting their academic work were invisible. 

    Their main building, the approximately125-year-old Montezuma Castle, gets attention as it rises four stories above the trees, plus towers, with spectacular Queen Anne design. 

    The students disperse a few days later for winter break. If everyone goes home, it would be to 75 countries. 

    Discrete signs on the road say, “United World College.” 

    New Mexico’s college president carousel brought new leaders to four institutions during 2016. Victoria Mora came to United World College after 24 years at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. St. John’s also has a new president, Mark Roosevelt. (The other 2016 newbies are Stephen Wells at New Mexico Tech and Richard Bailey at Northern New Mexico.) 

  • Letters to the Editor 12-16-16

    I plan to run for LA Public School Board

    I plan to run for the Los Alamos Public School Board in District 2 in the upcoming election. Our district has been served well by Matt Williams for the past four years.
    Upon hearing about his choice to not seek reelection, I have decided to run for the position. The LAPS Board has a substantial responsibility to our community.  Our schools and the educational opportunities available in Los Alamos are a strong attractor for new Laboratory employees, retirees, and others who come to Los Alamos.  We value education in Los Alamos and we want to continue strengthening our educational resources. I can carry on the representation of District 2; all three of my daughters attended Chamisa and I’ve lived in the district for 24 years. As a member of the UNM-LA Advisory Board and husband of a LAPS chemistry teacher, I also bring a background and knowledge of issues facing our older students. I hope you will give me this opportunity to serve Los Alamos in this new and exciting manner.
    Steve Boerigter
    Los Alamos

    Thank you to community, many others for help with fundraiser

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank my new community for assisting with my fundraiser this past weekend at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • When might opening a joint bank account make sense?

    BY NATHANIAL SILLIN
    Practical Money Skills

  • Standing Rock about much more than one pipeline

    What you need to know about the Standing Rock standoff is how much you don’t know. This confrontation, playing out in frigid North Dakota, has drawn thousands of people from across the country and the attention of New Mexico’s senators.
    In April the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe camped in the path of a $3.8 billion pipeline project to protest plans to tunnel under the Missouri River, which the tribe says would jeopardize its water supply and destroy cultural sites. On Sunday, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected the current route.
    It’s not over.
    Here are five things you should know:
    One: Organizers say they’re not opposed to the oil and gas industry. This is about protecting Standing Rock’s drinking water. The company insists the pipeline is safe. Protesters don’t believe it. Since 2010 regulators count 3,300 leaks and ruptures ranging from a few gallons to hundreds of thousands of gallons, according to the Center for Effective Government. Just last week, a natural gas liquids pipeline exploded near Kansas City.