Opinion & Columns

Shin: Annual New Years Update

By LISA SHIN, O.D.
Los Alamos

Dear Friends:

2020 was the year that an invisible virus wrecked complete havoc on our lives and our country! Amid chaos, sickness, and death, we have seen the strength, kindness, and resilience of our own community. Due to nationwide and local lockdowns, there have been longer wait times than usual and significant delays in orders. I am grateful for your support, patience, and understanding during this unprecedented time.  Following COVID-19 guidelines, we were able to take care of many eye care needs this past year.

Being forced to slow down and operate with limited


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Skolnik: No, Mr. Rich – Low Cost Healthcare Does Not Lead To Lower Life Expectancy

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

I write in response to the Mick Rich article published Jan. 1, “Rich: New Mexico From Bottom 10 To Top 10 In 10 Years.” (link)

All of us share Mr. Rich’s desire to see New Mexico improve its standing in health, education, and the economy. However, Mr. Rich’s suggestions about healthcare are certainly not a path for moving forward. Mr. Rich’s article noted:

“New Mexicans who enjoy nearly free healthcare have the lowest life expectancy. Yet our leaders want to expand free healthcare, to lower life expectancy for more people.” 

Such comments reflect a profound ignorance


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Bloser: Why Are Support Groups For Parents Of Gifted Children Necessary?

Mary Beth Bloser is a SENG Model Parent Support Group trained facilitator. She is co-facilitating a virtual SENG Model Parent Support Group 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 26. Courtesy photo

By Mary Beth Bloser, MSSW, BCC, LLC
Life, Health, & Wellness Coaching 
Los Alamos

There are many myths about gifted children. Probably the most prevalent is that gifted children are at an advantage academically, are more likely to succeed in school and in life, and therefore are easier to parent.

Before I became the parent of a gifted child, I too believed this myth. I thought gifted people were motivated


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Tales Of Our Times: Parties Reap Dark Money From Their Own Members In Congress

Tales Of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Tales Of Our Times: Parties Reap Dark Money From Their Own Members In Congress

Big money is the currency of the constant tactical strikes practiced by the two giant political parties. Strikes launched against the enemy party fill the news. Yet big parties rarely mention how they strong-arm election winners on their side. This column updates the issue of big money in politics. The last half of the column describes the money source that both parties fully endorse on the quiet. That source is party dues in Congress.

During


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Posts From The Road: 2020 Year In Review Part 2

Translucent: The beautiful hoodoos shine as if they are translucent at Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. Shown is the formation ‘Thor’s Hammer’ in the foreground surrounded by oranges, pinks and white hoodoos. The large rock formations tower above the nearby pine trees. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Dead Horse Point: Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah offers breathtaking views of the Colorado River and the surrounding red rock canyon lands. This view from dead Horse Point looking toward the east reveals canyons and geological formations within the park and the


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Fr. Glenn: The Dawn Shall Break

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

It’s kind of pleasant going to the grocery store first thing on New Year’s day.  Rather than having to hoof it from the hinterlands … well, lookie there—a space right up front. Hardly a creature a’stirring … except a few grumpy, bleary-eyed stockers, and some not-quite-yet-cheery checkers. Hmmm … I wonder if kept up late by fireworks, too. Hmmmm … maybe not that. 

Ahh … the new year! … full of promise and expectation! And … heading back out to my trusty mechanical steed, I see at a distance … an angry twenty-something lad in the parking lot with a baseball bat, apparently


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County Councilor Robinson Shares Midterm Update

By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos County Councilor

Happy New Year Los Alamos!

After what has felt like an eternity, 2020 has come to an end.

As the clock struck midnight, I cheered the end to a challenging year, but also the official halfway point for my term on Council.

When I announced my candidacy in 2018, I focused on four areas that I would like to work on as a Councilor to improve Los Alamos County.

These four areas are:

  • Infrastructure and Housing;
  • Clarification of County Ordinances;
  • Environmental Initiatives; and
  • Tourism and Recreation.

With the new year, I would like to provide a brief update on


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