Opinion & Columns

Wiemann: Look For Changes In Retirement Plans

By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor 
Edward Jones
 
It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more.
 
The new laws, collectively called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, include these noteworthy changes:
  • Higher age for RMDs – Under current law, you must start taking withdrawals – known as required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from

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Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Creating Something Different This Year

By MICHELLE HARKEY-WILDE
Los Alamos

Each year this day rolls around. Some people are still recovering from the excesses of their New Year celebration, but some of you are awake and contemplating the Big Decision: should I make New Year’s Resolutions?

Past experience, if you’re like most of us, says that a new set of yearly expectations only leads to a new set of “failures” sometime in January.

I really don’t enjoy repeated failure. That’s why I changed how I do this resolution thing.

Instead of a great big push to totally change life at the beginning of the year, I opt for small sustained changes which


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Chandler: 2019 – The Year We Began To Turn New Mexico Around

By Rep. Christine Chandler
House Dist. 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties

As my first year as your New Mexico State Representative ends, I welcome this opportunity to review the year’s accomplishments, activities and on-going challenges. 

The 2019 legislative session was noteworthy for its exceptional productivity and results. After a decade of inertia, the legislature with a cadre of new representatives and our new Governor committed to positive change. 

A focused and strategic legislative effort achieved much: a public education moonshot marked


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McQuiston: Save Money While Improving Teen’s Driving

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I am about to get my third and youngest child licensed to drive.

The fear and worry I have about my teen being behind the wheel is real. Studies indicate 80 percent of all teen drivers will be in a police reported collision during the first three years of driving.

Even worse, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for teenagers.

As a parent, you want to give your teen the tools he or she needs to be a safe driver, rather than a statistic. One tool I highly recommend is the ADEPT Driver


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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Chile Pasado

Chile Pasado. Photo by Liddie Martinez

 

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Espanola Valley

This week I have been applying lotion to my very dry skin and longing for the humid beaches of Hawaii. Our cold and dry New Mexico winters are very hard on our skin but living in the high desert does have its advantages.

Before refrigeration, the indigenous tribes of Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley took advantage of the hot, dry climate to preserve food by drying what they had gathered or hunted. Later, when they began cultivating corn, beans and chile they used the same techniques until refrigeration became widely


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Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living – A Fun Fictitious Cause

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.

As described in a previous column, being able to spot fictional explanations for behavior provides a skill that prevents analysis errors when trying to understand the causes of behaviors, including problem behaviors, from local to global. Here we consider another type of explanatory fiction.


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