Opinion & Columns

World Futures: Education Revisited Part Four

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In this series of columns we have looked at the education system populated by a vast array of people performing many functions. Two groups, however, have not been examined: parents and students. Both have responsibilities in the system.

Starting with students, one can argue that they are responsible to be the best they can be, to gain knowledge and acquire the skills to contribute to society and take care of themselves. But how many five year olds do you know who can embrace this philosophical concept much less even know what philosophical means?


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How The Hen House Turns: Poncho’s Guilt

Poncho, a dog with too much conscience. Courtesy photo

By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos

Our dog Poncho came to us as a six month old puppy from the shelter in Santa Fe.

His eyes locked onto mine as he sat wagging his tail, and the deal was made. He kept his side of the bargain: watching over the chickens, chasing crows out of the yard, and eating no more than he needed — until one day when we came home to find him acting very guilty.

How can I describe that? He didn’t jump all over us as usual, as we came in the door. He slunk away and kept looking up at us — no tail-wagging, no eager jumping around


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Letter To The Editor: Bringing Back The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

An “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act” bill is being introduced to the State Legislature by our Governor and her fellow Democrats this month.

Putting Lipstick on a Pig doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a Pig. No matter how you name it, it is still a “Red Flag Law” and it’s pure garbage legislation at its worst!

“No law shall be passed that does NOT allow ‘Due Process’ or gives the accused the right to know who their accuser is.” It should provide court-appointed counsel to respondents who can’t afford lawyers or choose not to hire them. Legal representation is


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Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living … Dogs And Neighbors

By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

 

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

Have you ever heard, or said, “Is there no end to the bothersome behaviors of others?” Since examples abound, we will let a short list stand for them all. For instance, does your mate fail to treat the toothpaste tube the way you prefer? Does a neighbor’s lawn left unattended for weeks or months


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McQuiston: Tips To Check Tire Tread For Safety

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Tire problems are thought to be a factor in one out of 11 vehicle crashes. Blowouts, tread separation, under inflation, and worn treads—the grooves in your tires that offer stability and traction—are some of the tire problems associated with these crashes.

Like a pair of sneakers that get more slippery with use, your tires lose their ability to grip the road as their treads wear down. Checking your tire treads can help keep you safer on the road. It only takes a few minutes, and some spare change.

Putting the Brakes on an Age-Old Debate About When to Replace Tires


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Gessing: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Budget Highlights Contrast Between New Mexico And Colorado

By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
Gov. Lujan Grisham recently released her budget to be considered by the Legislature in the upcoming 30 day session. As expected, there is a lot of new spending thanks to the continued growth of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.
 
After a 12 percent boost in General Fund spending last year, the Gov. is requesting yet another big increase. This year she’s asking for 8.4 percent.
 
According to news reports, the nearly $7.7 billion spending plan includes a proposed 4 percent salary increase for New Mexico teachers and more money for

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