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Letter to the Editor: Rotary Thanks Community

on March 2, 2013 - 9:54am
Linda Hull, president
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos       

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our fourth annual Crab Fest held recently at the Knights of Columbus Hall. 

Although our final tally has not been tabulated yet, our fund-raiser exceeded expectations.

Letter to the Editor: Support Fire Arms Transfer Act

on March 2, 2013 - 9:07am


In the next week, our senate will vote on Rep. Miguel Garcia’s House Bill 77, also known as the Fire Arms Transfer Act. 

The bill would require background checks at gun shows. It has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Gov. Susana Martinez has said she would sign the bill.

In New Mexico today, anyone can sell a gun at a gun show. You are not even required to ask if that person is a felon. 

Whether they have been convicted of domestic violence, are a fugitive from the law or restricted from owning a gun because they are considered

Letter to the Editor: On Affordable Housing

on March 2, 2013 - 8:29am
Los Alamos

Once more the county is injecting itself into an area were they have no business - the old canard that we need more government-sponsored affordable housing to assure our economic prosperity.

Back to Economics 101. The COST of housing is based on the cost of its economic inputs; that is, land, labor, materials, and capital.

The PRICE of housing is established in an auction market between a willing buyer and a willing seller. As the run-up and collapse of the recent housing bubble illustrate, the two are only loosely linked.

A developer analyzes the local

How the Hen House Turns: 40 Years with Dogs and Domestic Birds

on March 1, 2013 - 7:29am

40 Years with Dogs and Domestic Birds

Los Alamos

Have you ever seen a duck shiver? Mrs. Ritz and Mr. Kiebler (my nine-year-old miniature mallard quackers) shiver when the temperature drops to 14 degrees F.

It's very scary--especially when they are part of the family--especially when the weather news predicts another nighttime low below twenty degrees F.

For another night Bobbi goose will have to put up with Mrs.


Column: We Should Colonize Mars!

on March 1, 2013 - 7:13am

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We Should Colonize Mars!

Los Alamos

We should colonize Mars.

It is a simple statement, but the imperative to colonize another planet may have escaped many people, even those who stayed up late and watched as the rover Curiosity landed safely on the surface of Mars.

Why colonize Mars?

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Well, we could cite the romantic reason given by the Russian mathematician Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the first human to propose launching rockets into orbit, the building of space habitats, the building of Moon bases, the exploitation of the asteroid


Help With The Hard Stuff: Lawyers are Human, Too

on February 28, 2013 - 7:49am

Help With The Hard Stuff

Part 2 (of 10) - Lawyers are Human, Too


I said in my last column, “You’re going to the lawyer to help you with solving a complex problem in an increasingly interconnected, unstable, and hopelessly complicated world – something lawyers can be very good at.” 

Notice I said lawyers can be very good at it, not that they always are good at it. It’s also true that lawyers can be not very good at helping you solve complex problems.

That’s because lawyers are human, just like everyone else.


Hannemann's Music Corner: Baiting the Hook

on February 28, 2013 - 6:43am
Baiting the Hook
Los Alamos
There is an old gag: on a piece of paper write, "how do you drive someone bonkers all day (over)." On the other side you write, "how do you drive someone bonkers all day (over)."
There are wonderfully fun variations on this, e.g. "Pete and repete went fishing. Pete fell out of the boat. Who was left?"
When you get the answer, "repeat" you say, "Pete and repete went fishing ..." You get the drift. Shaggy dog stories are of similar nature.
People like to have finality. Closure. An ending. A sense of doneness.