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Opinion

  • Dear Editor,

    I am writing in response to the questions that were posed by Don Willerton in the Jan. 8th edition of the Monitor.

    • The Board did not “write off six million dollars in missing money.”  The audit for SY 06-07 indicated that a system was not in place to track and inventory our fixed assets which were valued at approximately $6 million. However, a system is now in place and our audit for SY 07-08 reflects the inventory tracking our fixed assets.  None of these assets were missing.

  • Dear Editor,

    Those are the words of Dr. Carl Djerassi, the co-creator of the contraceptive pill. He goes on to say that modern families are “wanting to enjoy their shnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it.” Now, I’m not certain what a “shnitzel” is, but the comment certainly does not sound like a compliment.

    Many studies collaborate the following facts in countries which contracept:

    • population decline,

    • intelligence immigration,

    • increase in cervical cancer, and

  • Dear Editor,

    Here’s how to make sure I vote against the school bond.

    DO preach doom and gloom if one does not vote for the bond.

    DO tell me the quality of the education that our kids get will deteriorate because they are not being taught in a new classroom.

    DO put the importance of a classroom above the importance of a teacher.

  • Dear Editor,

     The county council is going through an elaborate procedure to select a replacement for Jim West. Well and good, but the fact is Ken Milder has already been elected. He received 5,072 votes in the recent election, 1,409 more votes than the remaining candidate. In other words, 5,072 people have already voted for Ken.

  • Dear Editor,

    1)  Isn’t the school board that’s wants the bond money the same school board that recently “wrote off” six million dollars of missing money?

    2) If there is overwhelming urgency right now to fix the school’s 60 year old  buildings, why wasn’t there this much urgency 10 years ago when the buildings  were 50 years old?  It seems that the urgency is more the fear that REAL economic bad times are ahead and maybe people really won’t have the money (even all the Los Alamos millionaires!). 

  • Dear Editor,

     I was elated last summer when I was hired to work as a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School. The prior summer I visited Los Alamos and was very impressed by the town’s infrastructure and by its palpable sense of community pride. 

  • Dear Editor,

    Can we afford the Bill Richardson agenda here in New Mexico? The governor has had to withdraw from the national scene due to his possible involvement in the play-to-play scandal involving CDR Financial Products. (Come to think about it, isn’t it dubious “financial products” that have caused our current economic recession? Hmmm....)

  • Dear Editor,

    Ken Milder has served this community over many years with intelligence and diligence as a county councilor and as a a member of the utility board. Disagreement with some decisions is inevitable but in our opinion we are fortunate to have someone with his experience, talent and qualifications.

    We strongly recommend that the council select Ken Milder to fill the vacancy. 

    Los Alamos

  • Audit never brings to mind educational, enjoyable times – and free shower heads – until I had one conducted by the county’s Water & Energy Conservation Officer Matt Dickens of the Department of Public Utilities.

  • Dear Editor,

     I sat through the council’s Dec. 16 meeting twice (TV). My view: no one gives much thought to the whole. Council has not followed through with the “Trinity site” plan and the objector’s appear to be declaring that all the area between the four roads is sacred. Where is common sense!

  • kDear Editor,

    Hey, should visit your local schools and see for yourself, the things that have happened over the last few years.  We at Barranca Mesa Elementary are thankful for our new boiler, so now we all have heat regularly. 

    Yes, we do have much more to do to get our run down schools up to where they need to be for safety and quality of education.  The tax rate in our community is so low that it is hindering us from doing many things within the community and actually I find it embarrassing. 

  • There’s an old story about a philosophy professor who presented the students with a test asking a single question ... “Why?” 

    As the story goes, the only person who received an “A” was a student who submitted the answer, “Because.”  Another version of the story has the student answering, “Why not?”

    The story is of course a classic academic myth, a folk legend promulgated on the premise that philosophy defines its own worth and that the value of questioning the questions is itself in question. 

  • The governor announced his budget proposal this week. It calls for some cuts and some increase in tax collections to balance the budget.

    He says he does not see the need for a tax hike.

    We wish him well.

    Does anyone really think the Legislature will go along with Richardson and cut education? They are perhaps the strongest lobby around.

    Cut education?

    His plan to hold the line on capital projects has a chance, but when it comes to each legislator’s particular project, when this idea is dealt one project at a time, can this idea really work?

  • Tuesday night the school board was taken through the steps of the Trinity Place partnership between the school district and the county.

    Fair enough.

    Superintendent Mary McLeod and board member Joan Ahlers presented a slide show.

    Sounds good.

    Then Ahlers told the board that all the information presented is subject to change.

    What? It is here that we become lost.

    The vote on this project was, what, two years ago? The county is well along the way in building up the Airport Basin site in preparation of moving out of the Trinity Drive location.

  • In the midst of the current bond election there is some solid proof that we are producing some first-class students.

    In the current edition of U.S. News and World Report, where they rank high schools across the nation, three New Mexico schools were honored with silver medals.

    And Los Alamos High was one of those.

    In the report, “America’s Best High Schools,” more than 21,000 high schools were evaluated.

    They were graded on student performance and how well the schools prepare students for college.

  • There is a very important debate going on in our community right now. And it centers around all of the basis of society, taxes, youth, the world today and the future.

     

    It’s not an easy discussion. It is often hard to look too far ahead when you can barely pay today’s bills. It is hard to discuss what things will be like in 10 years when you’re not sure how you will get though this one.

     

    And both sides of this discussion have good points.

     

  • Dear Editor,

     

    We are responding to the Jan. 6 letter from Richard Hannemann titled, “There is no hurry for bond.”   Richard states, “We have already seen, far too often in the past year, what happens when programs and expenditures get pushed forward too fast and too hard, in a need for speed that has no objective foundation.”  

     

  • Dear Editor,

    I would like to voice my support for the upcoming LAPS bond election. I am a proud graduate of LAPS and I know how fortunate we are to have excellent schools. 

    Many of my co-workers living in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque are forced to send their children to private schools at considerable expense. Our excellent schools also attract many families and great teachers to our community helping us all thrive.  

  • Dear Editor,

    AAUW Los Alamos Supports the LAPS bond issue.  The majority of the Los Alamos School facilities are over 45 years old. They are outdated and no longer provide the learning environment necessary to meet AAUW education priorities. Updated, state-of-the-art learning facilities show that the community cares about education.