Opinion & Columns

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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Life After 50: Grateful For Our Student Volunteers

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
We have some young people to thank, for helping our local senior centers stay on an even keel. Los Alamos High School students have been helpful in so many ways throughout the holiday season. It is time we stop and say thank you to them all.
 
NJROTC cadets helped the senior center once again, when they returned for the annual fall spruce up. While the pay was in doughnuts, the cadets and their adults worked hard for hours, to make the facility shine.
 
The work means a lot to many folks who 20 years ago did all of the work and still continue

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Wiemann: Are Your Financial And Tax Advisors Talking?

By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
 
Now that we’ve closed the book on 2019, it’s officially Tax Season.
 
As you prepare your tax returns for the April 15 deadline, you might already start looking for opportunities to improve your tax-related financial outcomes in the future. And one important step you can take is to connect your tax professional with your financial advisor.
 
Together, these professionals can help you take advantage of some valuable strategies:
  • Roth vs. traditional IRA – If you’re eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA,

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Amateur Naturalist: Why Hair And Bristles On Bugs?

Picture 1: A Clouded Sulphur butterfly sips nectar while a nearby honeybee collects pollen. Courtesy photo

 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

Many species of plants produce flowers in spring and the resulting seeds then develop over the summer.

In contrast, the Chamisa bush, also called rabbit bush, becomes covered with bright yellow flowers in the autumn.

It therefore becomes a source of nectar for insects. A single bush may have a variety of insect species busily going from flower to flower at the same time. The insects may be so focused on finding nectar that they stay on the flowers rather than


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Fr. Glenn: Wholly Family, Too

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ahh … another Christmas filled with joy. Lights and shopping. Carols, cards and creches. Squeals of happy children ripping wrappers. Bellies burgeoning with biscochitos and—for many of us here in New Mexico—with those steaming Christmas tamales. Mmmmmm.

Now … hustle and bustle over, a new year approacheth. Is it a new decade, though? If we began a new year-measuring standard, we wouldn’t cite the date as January 1, 0. Hmmmm. Well … if that’s the biggest conundrum we have this year, we’ll be doing well!

Alas … I fear it will be a year fraught with conundrums—especially the quadrennially-occurring


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