Letters to the editor 12-12-13

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Support teen

As we begin this week please keep in mind those who have been working so closely with the youth and families impacted by Tyler Van Anne’s death. We as a community need to take care of our caretakers. There is no way you can compensate someone enough for the heart-rending task of comforting a teen who has just lost their best friend.

If you know one of the counselors, teachers, school administrators or volunteers who has been hands on with the teens take a moment to thank them. Or even better offer to babysit so they can take an evening with their spouse, or debrief with a co-worker. Get them a gift certificate for a massage. Show up at their door with a casserole and a hug. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

And think today how you can add your voice to the chorus seeking answers for why our community is losing so many of its young people. Speak with your child. Talk to your neighbors and friends. Speak with your wallet as you prioritize your charitable giving this year. And share your concerns with your county councilors. They are good folks who love this community as much as anyone and welcome your input on solutions.

Our work as a community has only begun.

George Marsden

Assistant teen director


Income tax bad
for grandkids

Grandparents: a Christmas gift suggestion for your grandchildren. Like most other gifts given your grandchildren, it’s something you’ve never experienced. Unlike your previous gifts its value is priceless; it will last all their lives and benefit future generations. The gift: an America with no income tax and without the evil IRS.

The income tax has been a thorn in your side since you first went to work. Over the years, you’ve spent many hours preparing your income tax returns. Even now you are probably gathering receipts and such for that annual task. You can spare your grandchildren this drudgery.

The IRS which you have despised and feared, will be an even greater threat to your grandchildren. The IRS now openly targets groups considered to be unfriendly to the federal government. It’s used as a political weapon to keep would-be dissidents “whipped into shape.” It plays favorites, grants “tax favors” to special interests and well-connected people; all stemming from actions of our congressmen; yours and mine.

You know from experience it’s true. But it doesn’t have to be for our grandchildren. Let’s take back our country! Work to defeat your incumbent congressmen in his/her 2014 primary. Do it for your grandkids. 

Glen E. Terrell

Arlington, Texas


 Kiwanis breakfast
a success

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa successful. Special thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued support of our event. 

We are also appreciative of the many attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to L.A. Cares and money for the Foster Children program at Christmas. 

Thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.
Ann Hayes and
Cheryl Pongratz
Breakfast chairpersons


Lives were saved with bomb

When people are killed, it is not too difficult to count the bodies. In terrible cases, one may total up the missing. But when lives are saved, the accounting is more difficult.

I usually find myself agreeing with Sherry Robinson’s columns, but her reference to the Manhattan project as a “dark chapter of history” ignores the saving of millions of lives.

That is not my estimate; it comes from the War Department before the impending invasion of Japan. One to two million killed and wounded and that was just Americans.

Japanese mothers jumped to their deaths off of the cliffs of Okinawa, taking their children with them, in response to propaganda predicting their imminent rape and murder by the invading Americans. Such beliefs and fanaticism support the contention that millions of Japanese civilians would also have died in the successful invasion of the Japanese main islands.

And what about the children born later to those who were not killed or maimed beyond function? Should they not also be considered saved by the atomic bombing that shocked Japan into early surrender?

It is my firm opinion that roughly 10 million lives were saved by the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by the Manhattan Project and by Los Alamos.

Physics was strongly supported by the U.S. federal government in the post-war era not only for fear of enemy technological surprise, but in gratitude for the sons, brothers, fathers, uncles and cousins who returned whole from the Pacific. Only since the next generation of nuclear (and particle) physicists failed to understand the good that had been done, and the politicians and their relatives who had survived were replaced by new generations without the terrible memories of fear and loss, has that support declined.

Whether the Manhattan Project staff sought to save lives or simply win the war, a Manhattan Project park provides the opportunity to record not just the technical details of how “the bomb” was brought into this world, but also the good its existence has achieved. Can anyone be certain that there would not have been larger and more terrible wars in the last 70 years without the bomb?

Alfred Nobel thought, “when two armies of equal strength can be annihilated in an instant, then all civilized nations will retreat and disband their troops.” He hoped that dynamite would achieve that goal. Even nuclear weapons have not, but they have advanced us further in that direction than any previous human accomplishment.

Terry Goldman

Los Alamos