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Letter To The Editor: It’s Not About The Weeds, Ms. Austin

on September 26, 2017 - 8:05am
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Like Michelle Austin (link), I grew up in a rural New York State community. In  my case, it was in the sixties.
 
Like Michelle, we grew up where there  were no fences and our acre and a half lot merged with all the other lots on the street. That made for great pickup softball and football games as we could overrun several lots with outfields and goalposts. 
 
People had a lot of tolerance for each other's idiosyncrasies.

Letter To The Editor: Note On Trump’s UNGA Address

on September 26, 2017 - 8:00am
By DR. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Tuesday I read a transcript of and Guardian article on President Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly with sadness and disbelief. The book title, Cry the Beloved Country, comes to mind; also the quote of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “there never was a good war, or a bad peace...”
 
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?
 
the dead have seen the end of war” (Plato)
 
I wish to add President John Quincy Adams definition of a leader:
 
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more,

Letter To The Editor: Time Los Alamos Bans All Food For Humans

on September 26, 2017 - 7:32am
By PAM GARRETT
Los Alamos
 
I think it time that Los Alamos ban all food for humans. We all know that most food offered here is, well, expensive, and of questionable quality anyway.
 
Everyone can periodically leave the hill for meals, and leave our money and waste food outside the county. Then we will have fewer bears, squirrels, deer, crows, etc. Cut down and burn all fruit trees, plow under all backyard crops, keep all pets on leash or indoors at all times.
 
If no one eats here, it is less of a burden to keep our rolling trash carts in the house so as not to allow any unpleasant

McQuiston: 8 Ways To Save On Home Insurance

on September 26, 2017 - 7:04am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
If you feel like you’re paying more for homeowners insurance than you used to, you might be right. Homeowners insurance rates have been rising and with the recent hurricanes, forest fires out west and other natural disasters, expect rates to continue to rise.
 
You want to make sure your home is protected, but you don’t want to pay more than you have to, either. Here are eight things you can do to make sure you get the best deal on homeowners insurance:
 
  • Shop around. Rates can vary dramatically from one company to another - and there are hundreds,

Letter To The Editor: Changes To New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards

on September 25, 2017 - 11:31am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) recently released a draft of proposed changes to New Mexico STEM-ready science standards to be voted during the hearing Oct. 16.
 
They can be read in full on the PED website (http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/PublicNotices.html), under rule 6.29.10. These proposed changes scrap facts like the age of the Earth and the fact that temperatures have been steadily rising in the past years. The word evolution has also been taken out.
 
As a mother, a scientist, and a science educator, I find such censoring alarming,

Letter To The Editor: About My High Weeds And Ugly Yard

on September 25, 2017 - 9:56am
By MICHELLE AUSTIN
Los Alamos

When I was a little girl growing up in New York State in the 1970s, my parents bought their first house in a small village with good schools to raise their family. We moved into a one story ranch on a culdesac where all the other houses looked pretty much the same with manicured lawns and an elm tree out front. Kids played in the streets until the sun went down and we all had big back yards to play in. Back then fencing wasn't common so we kids could run from back yard to back yard as though it was all common land. It was the American dream for a young family.

World Futures: Accuracy and Precision (Part Two)

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
World Futures: What Do We Need?
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

    
In the last column we looked at some definitions of accuracy, precision, and randomness, ending by considering how accurately we need to know the value of Pi. 

Now, let’s consider how we measure things in the world, both scientifically and in human activity. Human activity includes the things we do in everyday life (like buying a gallon of gasoline, or is it a liter) and how we function interactively in society (like buying a gallon of gasoline).

The International System of Units (abbreviated SI) is

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