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Fr. Glenn: Forgive Us Our Trespasses…

on November 26, 2017 - 8:00am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Huh … Charles Manson died about a week ago. For those too young to remember, Manson was leader of a cult (“the Manson family”), which engaged in torture and murder back in the late 1960’s, but he fortunately was captured, his cult broken up and he had been in prison ever since … dying after many decades of incarceration at the age of 83.

Predictably, some headlines were vengeful and gloating; for example: “Make Room, Satan; Charles Manson is Finally Going to Hell”, and editorial cartoons were rife with depictions of

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Coco

on November 26, 2017 - 7:46am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos

“Coco” is Disney Pixar’s latest, very colorful, animated film, full of love for family and the inspiration of music. The 3D version will be well worth your wait so that you see the full visual intent of the film. Marketed to the “PG” crowd, older folks may enjoy Coco for the beauty of the film and the values it holds dear. Parents, though, will want to know that the “thematic elements” to scare a child are animated skeletons.

Twelve year old Miguel (perfectly voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) wants to sing and play guitar more than anything in the world.

Letter To The Editor: Support Our School Board ... Support Our Students

on November 25, 2017 - 6:23am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

In the recent flurry of letters to the editor on the Los Alamos School Board’s immigration proposal, it’s evident there’s some confusion over where the board is in the process, as well as what the resolution actually calls for. To clarify: In October, the School Board unanimously voted to approve a resolution to protect students from the threat of increased federal immigration enforcement.

The next step, what was discussed at the last meeting and will be discussed at the next one, is ironing out the specifics of the policy.

Letter To The Editor: Festival Of Trees Committee Says Thank You To Los Alamos Community

on November 24, 2017 - 12:01pm
By PAULINE POWELL SCHNEIDER
BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
FOT Co-Chairs

The Festival of Trees committee would like to thank everyone who attended the 2017 event. Our food donations are being given to those in need in our community.

We couldn’t have done it without all of the volunteers (LAVA, C’YA and National Honors Society) that assisted long before the event took place and still assist with getting our items into the hands of bidders.

Thanks to the many community members and organizations that donated trees, wreaths and holiday decorations.

Tales Of Our Times: Truth Hides Out In Several Venues

on November 24, 2017 - 9:13am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Truth Hides Out In Several Venues

We humans have a distinct flair for seeing the glass as half full or half empty. Experience shows a large category of people sees the half full portion. Neither can we miss the multitude that routinely pictures the empty half. The trickier impulse is to see something as half full one time and half empty the next time, depending on the focus at the time. This turn of mind is so richly human it is easily overlooked in the crowd.
 
Of its own free will, this quirk plays large parts in every

McQuiston: Three Reasons For Auto Rate Increases

on November 24, 2017 - 8:40am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
As 2017 draws to a close, let’s reflect on some insurance-related items in the industry.
 
While storms and hurricanes certainly dominated the headlines for a while, one issue that has been consistent throughout the year is an increase in auto insurance rates. If you’ve seen a rate increase this year and have wondered why (especially if you have a clean driving record), this column is for you.
 
Why are rates going up? There are three primary reasons:
 
  • 1. Distracted Driving: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa.gov) reports
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World Futures: Money, Trade, Value and Time Part 7

on November 23, 2017 - 10:15am

ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we explored the Federal Reserve System and how money is added to a country’s financial system through the granting of loans for doing or making something of value.

The money growth occurs because value is produced, or should be. As a result of effort expended, paid for with money, a product of value enters the market place and people consume it. In return, the consumers “earn” the product of value by producing something of value, be it a product or service.

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