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Column: Smart Management!

on December 17, 2012 - 7:55am
Column by Elena Yang
Smart Management!

No, I am not joking. Besides, I really want to end 2012 with the last column on a high note. 

A few recent reports, from different media outlets, on “in-sourcing” and “octopus management” have highlighted some smart management practices:

Learning from octopus’ decentralized adaptive strategies, such as

Letter to the Editor: Message to Mother LANL

on December 17, 2012 - 7:53am
By Inez Ross
Los Alamos author
 
It wasn't only the downturn of the economy, the ease of Internet buying, nor the rise of e-books that caused the demise of our bookstore.
 
Another straw was the high rents charged in this town for local businesses. We are a one-company town and at the mercy of building owners who can charge what LANL can pay for their own offices.
 
Rents here should not be as high as in larger towns like Denver and Boulder. The subsidy money did not go to owners of small businesses here.
 
Mother LANL can keep her children on the Hill by furnishing rent free buildings for
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Letter to the Editor: A View Toward a Workable N.M. 502 Plan

on December 16, 2012 - 10:02am
By William C. Mead
Los Alamos

Background and history: As you may know, N.M. 502 between Central Avenue and Airport Road presents significant obstacles and hazards to traffic flow and pedestrians.

It operates at peak times with considerable congestion, particularly during the evening commute, when traffic is either crawling or stop-and-go.

The morning commute operates below the current speed limit due to congestion. Pedestrian service is inadequate, even though some points of obvious access lie along this segment.

Los Alamos County (LAC) has proven amazingly dysfunctional in arriving at

Column: Hannemann's Music Corner - What is Music?

on December 16, 2012 - 9:44am
Hannemann's Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
 
What is Music?
 
Music is defined as sound organized in a meaningful way. This is a somewhat problematic definition.
 
First off is the problem of "sound." Then there is the problem of "organized." And there is the problem of "meaningful."
 
Sound is simply vibration moving through a medium. That could be anything - air, water, earth. If a tree falls in the forest there is a sound. Actually a multiplicity of sounds as vibrations occur, which are at different frequencies.
 
While it could be said that music is a multiplicity of sounds at

Column: Align Personal Values with New Year's Resolutions

on December 15, 2012 - 6:51am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Every April in New Mexico, I observe hundreds of people walking many miles on Good Friday before Easter to El Santuario de Chimayo Shrine.

As I scan the crowd it is clear that for the majority of the crowd this trek is the farthest they will walk all year.

Impressed and confused by this annual spectacle I wondered why these people would undertake such a physical task one day each year.

As a wellness coach, I wanted to know their secret. If I could figure out what inspired them to move, maybe I could use the same power to propel my clients off the couch.

A similar

Letter to the Editor: To Catch A Thief

on December 14, 2012 - 7:22am
By Nancy Coombs, Marketing Director
Fuller Lodge Art Center

On behalf of the staff at Fuller Lodge Art Center I'd like to extend a heart-felt "thank you" to our volunteer Deborah Stone-Richard and to the Los Alamos Police Department for their efforts in chasing and apprehending a shoplifter on Nov. 28.

Although our staff was suspicious that the woman was pocketing items as she walked around the gallery/gift shop, there was no direct evidence of theft inside the shop.

Deborah's shift ended just as the woman left the Art Center, and she chose to follow her.

Money IQ: Are Trusts Just for the Wealthy?

on December 12, 2012 - 11:04am
Money IQ
By Dan Monte
 
Are Trusts Just for the Wealthy?

As an attorney who has practiced primarily in the areas of trusts and estates for the past 20 years, I frequently hear people say that they are simply not wealthy enough to have a trust.

There is a very common misconception that somehow the use of trusts in estate planning is only for the wealthy. The intended purpose of this short article is to dispel this misconception.

As each one of us has a unique personality, each one of us has a unique set of circumstances which will dictate the form of our estate plan.

Contrary to

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