Opinion & Columns

Wiemann: 2nd Qtr GDP Reflects Early Pandemic Response

By SHELLY A. WIEMANN CFP®
Founder, Wiemann Wealth Strategies, LLC
Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services

The latest GDP figures show the worst single-quarter U.S. economic contraction in over 70 years.

The U.S. economy contracted 9.5% through the second quarter, the worst single-quarter decline in gross domestic product (GDP) since the Commerce Department started tracking it in 1947.

It was expected the report would show a dip, but it’s important to recognize what that dip represents. It does not indicate the economy’s current trajectory, just the most stringent period


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Click on the “Letters to the Editor” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters are archived in that location as well.

Letters to the Editor also are posted on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page.


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McQuiston: Save Money With Auto Premium Discounts

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
Los Alamos

Many of us are well aware that owning a car can be expensive (especially a new car).

According to a AAA study, the average cost of owning and operating a new car was $773.50 a month in 2019. Expenses like fuel, maintenance, and insurance can add up.

The average cost of car insurance (including collision, comprehensive and liability) was $1,062 per year in 2016, according to a National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ report.

While you can’t control every expense associated with owning a car, you can take advantage of discounts to help lower


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Information Update

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Today I’ll provide some information on a few topics of current interest: an update regarding COVID-19 response, a high-level summary of the upcoming decision and public meetings regarding the Carbon Free Power Project, and information regarding two upcoming workshops that are part of the engagement process for the Downtown planning initiative.

I hope this note finds you and families and friends well; I hear from many folks who want us to keep working hard as a community to help our businesses and schools by staying home and always wearing our masks


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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexico Dishes: Squash Blossom Soup

Squash Blossom Soup. Photo by Liddie Martinez

A short video on making Squash Blossom Soup. Courtesy/Liddie Martinez
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

Squash has been around for a very long time. Experts say that it is at least 10,000 years old and has been cultivated for more than 8,000 years with the earliest farmers traced back to Mexico.

It is no wonder given its quick germination, abundant and early blossoms, fast growing vines and easily stored seeds. It is why they were so abundant in indigenous diets and they are oh, so good for you! Rich in vitamin A, B and C it also is an excellent source of


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Snyder: Archiving Pandemic With Community Help

In the early days of the pandemic, empty shelves at Smith’s meant doing without some items. Photo by Sharon Snyder

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States, it was natural to make comparisons to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. However, when news reporters in California contacted museum archives and the state historical society for information, only a few records and one photograph turned up!

Apparently, no one had recorded circumstances or first hand stories of the people who lived through that 1918 event. I encountered the same


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Hall: Speaking From Experience With Code Enforcer

By JIM HALL
Business Owner
Los Alamos

The Post recently published an article by Councilor (Randall) Ryti, titled UnQuarked Board Of Appeals Decision (link).

In the article, a reported accusation against Mr. Michael Arellano, the County Chief Building Official, was that he was “arbitrary, capricious, or not in accordance with the law”. As a citizen who had numerous interactions with Mr. Arellano during the past two years, this characterization is completely at odds with the County employee that I know and respect.

I have found Mr. Arellano to be extremely knowledgeable about building codes


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