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Letter to the Editor: On Hyping Roundabouts

on March 5, 2013 - 5:39am
Los Alamos

Recently, Councilor Kristin Henderson stated (Los Alamos Daily Post Feb. 23) that "And yes, the federal and state highway people are all good with a roundabout. New Mexico just put one in on the bypass."

There has been no roundabout put on the N.M. 599 bypass. The roundabouts are on a low-traffic, feeder road on either side of the bypass and not on N.M. 599 itself.

And while it is considering the County's desire to have a roundabout at Central Avenue, NMDOT has long been on-record favoring a signalized intersection there.

Councilor Henderson's

Pajarito Reads: 'Blaize Castle' a Fun Read in the Style of Jane Austen

on March 4, 2013 - 11:53am
Los Alamso Daily Post

“This hat sells books,” said local author Inez Ross when I admired her bright red fedora.

Ross, who has a life-long love affair with trains and rides often, finds her hat is a great conversation starter onboard the train.

“People ask me if I’m in the Red Hat Society and I say I belong to the Black Feather Authors’ Society,” Ross said. This often leads directly to a sale.

The other secret of Ross’ success in selling her books on the train is the size.

Thoughts From the Big Chair: The Dramatic Renaissance of TV Drama

on March 4, 2013 - 11:44am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict
Column by RALPH E. CHAPMAN (Twitter @RalphEChapman)
©2013, Ralph E. Chapman
The Dramatic Renaissance of TV Drama

Hey gang! Let me first mention that today is the first anniversary of the entrance into our (My Lovely Bride and I) lives of Lola, our beautiful brindle Chihuahua, that we adopted from the Los Alamos shelter.

Adding her to family - along with our cats Ray and Lena  (from the Española shelter) - has completed our family.

Column: Great Skis, Great Skiing, to Great Organizations Part II

on March 4, 2013 - 11:28am

Great Skis, Great Skiing, to Great Organizations – From Personal Development to Organizational Development Part II

Column by ELENA YANG

From “hedgehog” of last week to “flywheel” of this week; these are some of the principles in Jim Collins’ “Good To Great.”

The “flywheel” is about steady improvement over time; with momentum gradually building up, the wheel/organization eventually transforms and takes off. 

There is no flashy launching of some product/program or momentous announcement.

Column: Are You a Closet Contest Enterer?

on March 3, 2013 - 7:20am
Are You a Closet Contest Enterer?

Are you one of those? You know, a person who partakes in that guilty pleasure—a contest enterer?

Will you admit it in polite society? Probably not. When the topic raises its ugly head at a cocktail party, you are the one to steer the conversation to something safe, something like the latest Kardashian sighting.

Anything to divert attention from your hidden pleasure.

Ashamed of this aspect of your behavior? Don’t be.

Column: Long-Term Care Insurance ... One Size Doesn’t Fit All

on March 3, 2013 - 7:06am
Long-Term Care Insurance: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

One thing we can all agree on is that no two people are exactly the same.

That includes your plans for retirement, which are most likely much different than those of your friends or family’s plans. 

One similarity many of us will share however is the need for long-term care.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ booklet, Medicare & You, 2011; about 70 percent of people over age 65 will need long-term care services at some point.

With the explosion of long term care services


Letter to the Editor: Rotary Thanks Community

on March 2, 2013 - 9:54am
Linda Hull, president
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos       

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our fourth annual Crab Fest held recently at the Knights of Columbus Hall. 

Although our final tally has not been tabulated yet, our fund-raiser exceeded expectations.