Opinion & Columns

Mother’s Day – Sentiment Not Profit

Column by Kay Kerbyson

How did Mother’s Day begin? Well you would be forgiven for thinking it was a business ploy to sell off all the cute fluffy toys that didn’t get sold on Valentines and Easter.

But in essence, Mother’s Day goes back as far as ancient Greece and Roman times, as a day of appreciation.

The most modern version of the day started in England as Mothering Sunday, a day when workers were allowed time to visit their mothers, as well as attending church.

In America, the early English settlers often disapproved of secular holidays and the idea never really took off, until Anna Jarvis lobbied Read More

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Our Threatened Jemez Forests

Rep. Jim Hall of White Rock, center, during a workshop in the Jemez last week focused on changing forest management policies based on current forestry science. Courtesy photo

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

I attended a Desired Condition Workshop May 9 and May 10. The workshop was a joint effort of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University, the Forest and Watershed Institute at New Mexico Highlands University and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University.  

The focus was on the changing forest management policies based on current Read More

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Nature Center Would Enhance Community

Letter to the Editor:
 
I feel that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has proven the value to the community and the acceptance of the community for a nature center.

The current location at the Little Valley/UNM-LA building on Orange Street has served a useful purpose in demonstrating these values to the community.

 
It has acted as a nursery for environmental ideas, outdoor student classes, relevant daytime and evening lectures, adult programs of every description, support for local groups with similar focus, and collection/cataloguing of our native flora and fauna.
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Deer Trap Mesa: May 6, 2012

PAJARITO RAMBLER…

Column by Nina Thayer

Deer Trap Mesa has been our family’s favorite hike for more than 30 years, so there shouldn’t be any surprises, right?  Wrong!  

Yesterday we set out on the trail that leaves from the very end of Barranca Road on a typically windy Sunday afternoon. 

We were greeted immediately by dozens of Beardtongue, the 10- to 15-inch tall stately blue-purple member of the Penstemon group of the Snapdragon Family. 

I had not remembered seeing them in past years.  

Before we had covered a hundred yards, we spotted large white Read More

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Smokin’

Column by Bonnie J. Gordon

Although I’ve always been a fairly girly girl, I try not to let it stand in the way of enjoying those things usually associated with guys. 

I don’t watch sports or play video games, but I have been known to play poker, drink single malt scotch and hang out at the track.

I’ve never felt more like a member of the boys’ club than when I’m smoking a cigar. I stumbled into the pleasures of a good cigar when I set out to buy a gift for a cigar-smoking friend.

This friend lets me hang out on his boat, drink lots of beer and act really silly a few times a year, which greatly enhances my mental Read More

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Editorial Images – New Drive Throughs

The new trend that is sweeping Los Alamos … customer initiated drive throughs! It’s hoped that by having more new drive thru windows, less parking spaces will be needed downtown as shoppers will not have to stop to shop or get information. Let’s hope it works and we can reduce the asphalt in Los Alamos!

McDonald’s new drive thru. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

 

The new drive thru at the White Rock visitor’s center. Photo by Carol Clark/ladailypost.com.

 

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New Mexico on Opioids

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

On May 1, I was one of about 20 legislators — representing both parties and both chambers — selected to attend a conference on opioid drug (e.g., oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet, hydrocodone) misuse in New Mexico.  

Medical professionals and senior state officials also attended. Two quotes from the conference demand our attention. 

  • New Mexico leads the U.S. in deaths from drug overdoses, now exceeding deaths from motor vehicle crashes.”
  • “Unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opioid drugs have nearly tripled from 2000 to 2009
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