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Opinion

  • 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. 

  • The county council needs your help! Jim West’s resignation created a vacant seat on the seven-member council responsible for local government. 

    Our charter requires the remaining six to appoint a “qualified voter” to serve through December 2010. Would you or someone you know make a good councilor?

    Council is a great way to serve our community.  It is also a major commitment of time and energy.

  • Daniel Pink, author of “A Whole New Mind,” says that a crucial need in the 21st century is a story that makes sense of one’s data.

    In this and following columns, I hope to begin telling the stories of UNM-Los Alamos as it re-envisions itself and what it can do best.

    What we have done and still do best is teaching. The first part of our story is to remind everyone that we are one of the best two-year transfer schools in the state of New Mexico.

  • Dear Editor,

     I have been a school nurse with the Los Alamos Public Schools since moving here in 1978. I have worked at every school in this district either as a school nurse or a school nurse substitute.

  • Dear Editor,

     Los Alamos registered voters will be receiving their school bond election ballots this week.  I encourage you to exercise your right to vote on this important issue.  Our school buildings need significant attention now! 

    The early phases of the bond will address the high school and the middle school, which will positively impact all students.  These projects are needed now and delaying them will not make them go away, but will make them even more expensive in the future. 

  • Dear Editor,

     My husband and I came to Los Alamos over 36 years ago.  One of the reasons we chose to come here was the outstanding reputation of the Los Alamos School system.  Since then we have raised three children, who all attended and graduated from Los Alamos Public Schools and I had the privilege of serving for twelve years on the School Board.   We are now empty nesters who continue to support the schools and advocate for children.

  • Dear Editor,

  • Dear Editor,

    I attended the Dec. 16 County Council meeting in support of Min Park’s petition to stop funding  construction of the Judicial/Police/Complex until concerns of location, size and cost were fully addressed.  At this meeting, council members spoke of concerns with these very issues, yet even those who voiced the strongest concerns voted to fund the project as designed. 

  • Dear Editor,

     With the upcoming school bond election we have an opportunity to invest in improving our educational infrastructure. This is a very sound investment, unlike those that have contributed to our national economic ills. 

  • Dear Editor,

     What? You want me to vote to raise taxes to support schools when I do not have a child in school? What about the failing economy, the stock market, the mortgage crisis? What is wrong with the schools we have? Children have been attending schools here for years and they are fine. Should seniors have to pay higher taxes to support our schools?   

  • It was with very mixed emotions that we watched the Bill Richardson saga unfold last weekend.

    There were some real positives to his leaving now and his decision to quit the process to join the Obama administration means he will stay here a bit longer.

    But what bothers us the most is his statement that while he is innocent, he is quitting anyway.

    That is not the way it should be.

    If you are innocent of something, that false accusation should not cause you to surrender. We remember the day when you were innocent until someone proved you were guilty.