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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Generate A Little Goodness

on January 25, 2018 - 6:32am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I am so disappointed I will not be able to attend the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
 
Their wedding date is Saturday, May 19, and that is the only weekend this entire year where I have an unbreakable commitment. So, sadly, I can’t be there.
 
Of course, my absence does not matter to the bride and groom, since I am not on the invitation list.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Spencer Commentary

on January 23, 2018 - 2:15pm

By KATHLEENE PARKER
White Rock

Since Khal Spencer invited “disgruntled” Democrats to weigh in on how the party can win elections again, allow me. I come from generations of Democrats, but am now registered as an Independent. The party left me; I didn’t leave it.

I find it telling that Spencer, in his long list of things the party should do, made no mention of the hottest hot-button issue in recent history: Immigration.

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Home Country: Winter Hoax Revisited

on January 22, 2018 - 10:22am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop.
 
Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn’t see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.
 
“Doc,” said Loretta, filling the coffee cups, “phone call for you, Hon.”
 
“Here? Okay…” Doc walked over to the cash register and picked up the phone.
 
“This here Doc?” said the caller. “The Doc what lost his squirrel?”
 

McQuiston: Smart Tips For Parents Of Teen Drivers

on January 22, 2018 - 10:21am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Adding a young driver to an auto insurance policy can cause sticker shock for a parent. According to InsuranceQuotes.com, a rate comparison site, adding a single teenager to a policy caused annual premiums to increase an average of 78 percent, or $671.
 
The good news is that teen driver rates have been decreasing since 2013 when the average increase was 85 percent. 
 
Why do insurance companies charge more for young drivers?
 
Teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group.
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Cinema Cindy Reviews: The Shape Of Water

on January 22, 2018 - 5:39am
By CYNTHIA BIDDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

In his new movie, “The Shape of Water”, director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) creates a fable that seamlessly moves among several genres. He has created a horror-movie-inspired monster, brought as a captive into the cold war austerity of a government laboratory; Russians spies provide film noir style intrigue; an escape caper is planned; fantasy, sci-fi, romance, movie nostalgia, and dry humor are mixed in. Yet, it all hangs together as a lovely piece of directorial art.

Fr. Glenn: The Prescience Of Rodney King

on January 21, 2018 - 7:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well … this weekend the government “shut down”—the perennial threat tactic when the two major parties can’t agree (Can’t agree?! Gee, what a surprise). The news thereafter becomes a blame game shouting match … accusations a’flyin’… and weariness for all of us on the receiving end of the news. It seems that whatever one party proposes, the other party feels duty-bound to oppose, lest the first party get the least particle of political benefit.

Morocco: Beacon Of Hope For Christianity In Middle East

on January 21, 2018 - 6:56am
The Franciscan Church in Essaouira, Morocco was once a lively center of faith and community. Today, it is crumbling and not accessible to the public. Courtesy/High Atlas Foundation 
 
By RICHARD BONE
High Atlas Foundation
 
Throughout history, Christianity has played a central role in the Middle East and North Africa. Distinct sites from both the ancient and modern times demonstrate Christianity’s unique and vast place in the region. Tragically, Christianity’s cultural and contemporary position in the region is persistently under attack.  
 
According to the World Watchlist Report (2017), the

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