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World Futures: Lying, Cheating And Stealing: Part 3

on February 15, 2018 - 9:14am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Cheating refers to gaining an unfair advantage in a competitive situation. Generally it refers to an individual, keeping in mind that a company is usually viewed as an individual entity.

Cheating is an act consciously taken to gain the unfair advantage. Wikipedia, defines three classes of cheating:

  • academic;
  • sports, video and gambling; and
  • business.

Accordingly, one can conclude that the government(s) does not cheat. Or does it?

Starting with academic cheating, if more than 50 percent of high school students do it, should we be concerned?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Go For Your Gold

on February 15, 2018 - 8:47am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Meeting day-to-day expectations can be challenging. The sense of accomplishment in doing what needs to be done to successfully manage home and work and family is demanding enough for most of us. And then, there are the Olympians.

Many of us are enthralled by the Olympics. We watch the athletes twirl, skate, glide, and spin as they reach for Olympic gold. I come from a large family—meaning a family of very large people—and we consider the act of walking without falling to be an accomplishment. We are not coordinated.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 15, 2018 - 1:00am

Letter To The Editor: Family Of Ronald B. Swartz Thanks Los Alamos And White Rock Community

on February 13, 2018 - 3:23pm

By AUDRA BURDELL

Santa Fe

 

My uncle, Ronald B. Swartz, was the gentleman who was hit in the head by a flying rock in White Rock recently. Sadly, he passed away as a result of his injuries.

His funeral will be held this coming Friday in Santa Fe. He was a wonderful man and I wish you could have known him.

On behalf of my extended family, I would like to express my appreciation to all those in the Los Alamos/White Rock community, especially to the off-duty first responder who was at the scene and immediately stepped up to help Ronnie, Los Alamos Fire Department Station 3 and Los Alamos

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Home Country: Clumsy Life

on February 12, 2018 - 6:33am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Dewey reached up to straighten his tie and stuck a finger up a nostril by mistake. Here he was, on the most momentous evening of his life and he couldn’t do one little thing right. Tie a tie. Every 9-year-old boy getting ready for church could do it, but not Dewey.
 
He cussed his awkwardness and inability to do anything short of causing a disaster. How many guys are there who could actually put a black baldy cow in a treetop? Just him. No … Dewey, our pharaoh of fertilizer because he could shovel it into a pickup without killing himself, was uniquely

Fr. Glenn: Dust And Ashes

on February 11, 2018 - 1:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Durn.

While visiting my old parish briefly last week, I was informed that cancer—which she had valiantly defeated a few years ago—had returned in a wonderful 30-something young mother. But that ol’ cancer: no respecter of age or person, power or position is it. Prince or pauper, pope or private … life-threatening misfortune can hit any of us at any time, whether it be by sickness, accident or some other calamity. This only highlights one of Jesus’ most obvious, and yet most poignant, statements: “Watch, for you know

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Find Another Way To Suck

on February 10, 2018 - 10:30am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

The other day I ran into my sister Laurie at Smith’s. As we are chatting I notice the clip display of flexible drinking straws. I reach over, grab a bag of straws, and drop them in my cart.

“No, no! We can’t use plastic straws,” my sister chided me. “It’s bad for marine life and birds and the environment. Over 500 million straws are thrown away every day.”

Sometimes my sister makes stuff up to get me do what she wants. Sometimes I make stuff up to get her to do what I want. We both know this. But this time, I knew she was right.

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