Letters to the Editor 12-4-16

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Check ‘yes’ for school bond

In Los Alamos, we invest in the things that matter. Our time, our talents, our treasure. Whether we spend hours volunteering to judge a Science Fair, buying dinner at the spaghetti fundraiser,  or participating in the Cross Country Run-a-Thon at Sullivan Field, we invest in our kids and in their education. When January rolls around in just over a month, we have the opportunity to choose to invest in something that affects all of us at so many levels – our children, our families, our community, and our economy:  the LAPS School Bond. By checking “YES” for the bond, we put our money where our mouth is.  
We actively choose to invest in the education of our children, improving our schools and making them safer and better learning environments.
By checking “YES” for the bond, we invest in our community and our own educational infrastructure so that young families choose to live in our great town for the next 50+ years because we have great schools and attract the best teachers.
By checking “YES” for the bond, we invest in our economy, making Los Alamos a more attractive place to own a home and work.  Research has shown that living in a good school district doesn’t just bring better teachers, better books, and better test scores, it also can help preserve home values.
From Mountain School through the High School, our three children have all had incredible teachers and learning opportunities during their years in LAPS that rival many private schools on the East Coast. Two of our children are off in college and we have one more moving through the LAPS ranks.  We see first-hand the value of investing in LAPS.  We urge you to do the same.  Vote “YES” for the Bond and make your investment in our schools count for years to come.
Melinda & Joaquin Gutierrez
Los Alamos

Hard work results in
successful fair
The hard work of many dedicated volunteers resulted in a successful Northern New Mexico Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Nov. 19. In addition to the Los Alamos Arts Council, the fair benefited from the efforts of several food vendors (Platero Fry Bread & Navajo Tacos, and Senior Taco) who provided the food and beverages for the event.
As always, a big thank you goes to our board members and volunteers who spent many hours in preparation, as well as time staffing the fair.  LAAC is fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers who assist us with this and other events. Among them are Lisa Lloyd, Bill Hamilton, Kathy Romero and several students from the LAHS. We could not manage these events without their help.
LAAC thanks the staff and monitors at Los Alamos Middle School for their time spent helping us with various aspects of the event.. Rentals coordinator Kristy Vigil was a delight to work with which helped make for a successful fair.
We appreciate all of the people in the community who attended the fair, and those making purchases from the artists. The Arts Council is grateful for this support.
Thank you all!  See you at the Spring Arts and Crafts Fair in May 2017 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge.
Marlane Hamilton
Executive Director
Los Alamos Arts Council