Opinion

Letter To The Editor: Sancre Productions Delivered Great Los Alamos Summer Concert Series

By Ramiro A. Pereyra III (Trey)
Los Alamos

Thank you to Sancre for a job well done!

The summer concert series has always been a long time favorite of my family, friends and of course myself. It was a time that the community could come together and enjoy some good food, family fun, and music!

When this year’s summer concert bid winners were announced, I like many others was wondering how our beloved concerts would change. I must say though, it was an exciting change!

I fell in love with the ideas that Sancre had along with all the wonderful artists they were bringing to our little town. Many of my friends


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Serna Releases Position Statement On Climate Change

Marco Serna

From the Marco Serna for Congress Campaign:

Española – Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has made public his position paper on Climate Change.

While highlighting that climate change was very real and a threat to our survival, he rejects the “Green New Deal” proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three of his opponents in the 2020 Democratic Primary.

“I join with the National AFL-CIO in opposing the Green New Deal. If the 10-year plan was implemented, it would have a devastating effect on New Mexico’s economy and the state budget,” Serna said. “It has the potential


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Letter To The Editor: Thank You Doesn’t Do Your Kindness Justice…

Dear Los Alamos,

I don’t know any of you personally, but I did get to meet a few of you through the tragic loss of our dear daughter, Colleen O’Bannon, July 6, 2019, on the hill headed to Los Alamos.

Although it was undoubtedly the worst day of my husband, Jim’s and my life, your community of Los Alamos treated us with such care and dignity.

In the most difficult of situations you can ask no more then to feel the loving care of others.

The professional people with whom we dealt were kind and patient and as comforting as one could be given the circumstances. The chaplains, Jenn who helped Jim and me as well as


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Letter To The Editor: Let’s Lay Cause Of Mass Shootings Where It Belongs … Violent Videos; Permissive Parenting

By PAM PRICHARD
Los Alamos

People cite readily available guns and mental illnesses as the causes of mass shootings, but has anyone ever considered the effects of the violent shoot-em-up video games that our youth have been playing for years? 

I believe there is a direct correlation, but no one ever mentions that possibility, and no one has investigated the number of hours, days, weeks, months and years that these shooters spent killing people virtually, on the computer screen, before they went out and killed people for real.

Let’s lay the cause of mass shootings where it belongs –


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World Futures Institute: Energy Part Four

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In “Energy – Part Three” we looked at the distribution of stored energy in the form of gasoline and of “stuff” we need in our daily lives.
 
Related to this were the financial impacts on our personal budgets because of the costs of new forms of transportation and indirect costs of stuff because of increased distribution expenses.
For example, one gallon of gasoline weights about six pounds and it must be moved (distributed) from the refinery to the gas station. This is 3.217 kilograms in the metric system. Of course, gasoline delivery

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Letter To The Editor: This Is Teaching…

By CHRISTINE BERNSTEIN
School Board Candidate

A few weeks ago, at a Friday summer concert, I recognized a social studies teacher from the high school I used to work with, Johnathan Lathrop.

I always remember something he did years ago at a staff meeting. At this meeting, he had written the name of every student on a piece of paper and each piece of paper was taped to a table. This activity was inspired by one of the 40 developmental assets, a framework of preventative measures, positive experiences, and qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible (link).

At this staff


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Letter To The Editor: Response To Serna Position Paper

By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

This is a response to one part of Marco Serna’s economic position paper, in particular to his statements on the trade war with China. The “International pressure” approach that he espouses was tried for eight years during the Obama administration and got nowhere. All that is going to do is result in a lot of talk, and no substance. 

However, there is a far more significant problem going on in China today that the public is largely unaware of. One year ago, the Chinese had about one billion hogs in their swine herd. 350 million of these hogs have died or been


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Letter To The Editor: Old Smith’s Better Choice For New Conference Center

By GEORGE HAGEDORN
Los Alamos

I read with interest the news that Marriott Hotels plans to build a hotel and conference center in town. In return the county will give them $1.6 million worth of land. The justification for giving away the land is the county gets a conference center and associated operating expenses.

This in light of having a large facility (old Smiths store) sitting vacant in the middle of what I call the commercial center of town. This site is close to restaurants, groceries, and entertainment, and has a large, mostly unused at this time, parking lot. I also think Smiths would be


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Melanie Colgan On Candidacy For School Board

By Melanie Colgan
LAPS School Board Candidate

My name is Melanie Colgan and I am running for the Los Alamos School Board in the 4th District, which includes Barranca and North Mesas.

I have lived in Los Alamos with my husband, James, and our five children, for 16 years.

During this time, my family and I have been fortunate to know and work with amazing teachers, coaches, parents and students. I want to continue to work with these outstanding people and improve our school district and community.

I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (Auburn University) and a Masters of Science in Nursing Education


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Letter To The Editor: Future Of Special Education In NM

By Secretary Katarina Sandoval
Deputy Cabinet Secretary
Academic Engagement & Student Success
New Mexico Public Education Department

There are about 55,000 special education students in New Mexico’s public schools.

They represent approximately 16 percent of all public education students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. And while many are receiving high-quality instruction and services that fit their individual needs, we know we can do even better.

And we know working together is the way to accomplish that. That’s why, over the course of the 2019-2020 school year,


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