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Fr. Glenn: The Tangled Web

on September 30, 2018 - 7:45am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Find yourself bored? Need a little excitement? ... an adrenaline rush? This week all you may need do is find a crowded room and shout “Kavanaugh!”… and dive for cover. Let the melee begin.

The Kavanaugh hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee was quite the divisive spectacle last week. Now that issue has been passed on to the Senate, we are no doubt going to be afforded even more drama. One cannot but weary of it all … saddened as we watch the nation subjected to yet another trial of faith in its government.

Tales Of Our Times: Corporations Reflect All Too Human Attitudes

on September 28, 2018 - 7:23am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Corporations Reflect All Too Human Attitudes
What do people really want from a big business these days? I mean, in a human way, not just more great stuff, for less, instantly. The murky answer often seems to be everything plus a 20 percent tip. I think the murk boils down to one word—“attitude”.
People want a new attitude on the public scene, but the request comes in so wretchedly.

Donation Distribution In House District 43

on September 27, 2018 - 7:25am
Los Alamos

We have a coming election for House here in District 43.

I was interested in seeing what the distribution of donors was, to see what money was trying to influence our race, and what the breakdown is between the Democratic (Dem.) candidate Christine Chandler and the Republican (Rep.) candidate Lisa Shin.

The result is here, which is a distributional measurement of the data taken from the Secretary of State donation report. The distributional measurements shows the donations in amount, and source.

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 27

on September 27, 2018 - 7:10am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
The shorter days and cooler temperatures are stirring the trout from their summer doldrums and fishing conditions are improving throughout Northern New Mexico.
The aspens are starting to show some color and bull elk will likely be bugling in the mountains. Fall is the best time of the year to be enjoying the beautiful outdoors in New Mexico.
The State Game and Fish Department continues to stock thousands of rainbow trout and some very big trout averaging over 18 inches in size were stocked last week.

2016: The ‘Regime Change’ Election And What Comes Next Part 1

on September 27, 2018 - 6:58am

Los Alamos

This series of articles answers the questions of “What happened in the 2016 Election, and Why?” I believe the current situation is like a storm on the sea. Lots of froth on top, masking deep currents underneath.  

Several friends, knowing I follow social and political trends, asked me, “Jim, what the H--- is going on?”. Intrigued, I researched and developed a presentation with which independents, liberals, and conservatives seem to agree.

McQuiston: Five Figures Important To Your Homeowners Insurance

on September 27, 2018 - 6:37am

The Jemez Agency

You invest a lot in your home, and you spend a lot maintaining and protecting it. If you show your home insurance the same consideration, you can rest easy knowing you have a well thought-out policy in place.

There are several figures that play a role in the insurance you choose for your home and how much you’ll pay for it. Here are five:

Replacement Cost Value

This is the amount for which you insure your home. It’s based on what it would take to rebuild your home today.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on September 27, 2018 - 6:05am

Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, center, presents a proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among those accepting the proclamation were Nancy Partridge, second from right, and Los Alamos Council on Cancer President Dianne Hammon, right. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos

Tuesday, the Los Alamos County approved a proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The proclamation:

WHEREAS: According to the American Cancer Society, this year, 268,670 people will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S.;

Fr. Glenn: Right Judgment

on September 23, 2018 - 6:42am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” (John 7:24)

Boy, is THIS exhortation not applicable for our own day! How we are quick to judge others, often judging the good as bad … and vice versa, unfortunately.

It is often said that people have a “public face”—the façade maintained for the benefit of others … and of ourselves. In a negative illustration, the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees that Jesus excoriates in the Gospels are a prime example: “…hypocrites!

Head2Head: Whose Side Are You On Anyway?

on September 20, 2018 - 5:06pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

One time, I was in a bar with some old friends. Suddenly, everyone was silent and a man, obviously a regular, raised his glass.

“You know what I love about this bar?” he queried.

As a group, the whole bar responded, “No yuppies!”

Obviously, this was a nightly ritual and I not only found it hilarious, it felt great to be part of the group, putting down a stereotypical uber-consumer of the type I often find annoying—for about a minute.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 20, 2018 - 3:48pm

World Futures: Governance Part 3

on September 20, 2018 - 3:16pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we explored governance in families, businesses, organizations that are subject to some external control, and one global entity that uses agreed governance but without external government control (the Internet). It now is useful to explore government and its role in governance.

Drawing from Wikipedia, government is a system or group of people governing an organized community. If you explore the definition in an array of sources, a precise definition becomes confusing and elusive.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 20

on September 20, 2018 - 6:58am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday. On this day, anglers may fish without a license. It’s a good day to take a friend fishing who doesn’t normally go fishing. It’s even better if you have out-of-town visitors who don’t want to purchase a nonresident license. All other regular fishing rules and regulations will still apply.
The unseasonably hot weather has delayed the start of what I like to call the fall bite. This is when shorter days and cooler temperatures trigger trout into becoming more active.

McQuiston: Parents Of College Students - Check Your Coverage Before They Go

on September 20, 2018 - 6:39am

The Jemez Agency

My wife and I just sent our oldest child off to UNM for his freshman year. This is the start of many big life changes for everyone, which can also bring a lot of stress and questions.

As a parent, an important question you may not be thinking about is, what insurance coverage does my child have when they go off to college. Are they covered under my homeowners policy? Do they need more coverage?

Many homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage for your college student while they are away at school.

Smart Design By Suzette: Design Like A French Girl

on September 20, 2018 - 6:36am

Do something the French have mastered: enjoy your home. Courtesy image

Follow the French citeria when renovating: form follows function. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

How do the French do it - that effortless style that oozes sophistication? Even the term for that mysterious, not-quite-definable fabulousness is French: je ne sais quoi.

I recently read How The French Live. It identified a few key guiding principles that I live by and thought that this topic would make a good article. The author is from Provence, Southern France but now lives in San Francisco.

Home Country: Should Have Been Diamond Cutters

on September 18, 2018 - 7:13am
Home Country
Slim Randles
You have to look for the schism, Jasper said to himself out at the woodpile. He put another chunk of firewood up on the splitting block and took a look at the checking cracks that ran part way through the circles of age rings.
If I hit it right there, he said to himself, it should cleave.
"What do you think, Arthur? If I hit it right there...?"
Arthur looked up from his end of the woodpile and wagged his tail. The old guy's talking to me again. Sure is cold out here. When are we going back in the cabin? Isn't it almost time for supper?

Birnbaum: Response To Gessing Op-Ed

on September 17, 2018 - 3:54pm
Los Alamos

The revenues accruing from oil and gas this year are anticipated to generate a large budget surplus in excess of 1 billion dollars for New Mexico in the next fiscal year, a situation which is predicted to continue for at least the next several years. Many folks have already commented on how this surplus should be spent, as did Paul Gessing in his Los Alamos Daily Post op-ed (Sept. 12, 2018), in which the focus is on pension and tax reform.

Tax reform has been a hotly debated topic at the Roundhouse for many years, and our dependence on the GRT is a problem,

How The Hen House Turns: Mental Activity In Animals

on September 17, 2018 - 12:44pm
Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
An Ethogram is a chart that lists the kind of mental activity observed in animals: Tool using? Reflection? Problem solving? Flexible decision-making? Thinking? In his Great Course, “Zoology: Understanding the Animal World,” Donald E. Moore III explores some interesting suggestions.
Do animals use tools? That is no longer in question for some, especially the untrained crows that choose appropriate visible tools to reach other tools of more appropriate size that allows them to reach visible treats deep in a plastic box.

Fr. Glenn: No, It’s Not Time...

on September 16, 2018 - 5:54am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

I’m hoping not to weary the reader by ceaseless pondering on the problems and issues experienced by the Catholic Church recently, but there was an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican the other day, which really required some response. Many of you may have seen that editorial, and it is my hope that the response submitted will clarify some of the teaching/positions of the Catholic faith if nothing else. But … as I have no idea whether the SFNM will actually publish that submission, it is offered to you below.

World Futures: Governance Part 2

on September 14, 2018 - 2:43am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we ended by observing a roughly pyramidal order in every organization. Yet in my mental model I visualize the 7.4 billion people on Earth as individual bubbles engaged in pedesis or Brownian motion.
First observed, or at least documented, by botanist Robert Brown in 1827, he observed that the triangular shaped pollen of Clarkia Pulchella immersed in water would burst at the corners. The particles released would then randomly bounce around in the water.

In a bubble model of humanity assume every person is a

Keeping High Quality Teachers In The Classroom

on September 13, 2018 - 9:41am
Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow
It was a hard conversation to have with my 8th grade students in February about how they would feel if I wasn’t their teacher the rest of the year. Our discussion was one I posed as hypothetical as I contemplated leaving my school of four years, the only school I’d known, to an administrative intern position.
“If you leave, I don’t know what I’ll do!”, was a quote from one of the students in my room during our weekly lunch advisory sessions.This was one of the 10 students in my homeroom class whose rapport with

Sara Scott: Let's Chat

on September 13, 2018 - 9:16am
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

One of the best parts of running for public office is the opportunity to speak with so many folks in the community – through knocking on doors, participating in meetings of community organizations, meeting with county staff and attending local events.

I really enjoy getting to chat with both new and familiar faces. I’ve heard about a wide variety of issues important to many in the community including:

  • Identifying how to increase the amount and types of housing options.
  • Supporting our school system and the University of New

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 13

on September 13, 2018 - 7:53am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
The hotspot for trout this week appears to be the Canjilon Lakes once again. Once they opened back up to anglers Aug. 22 after being closed for several years, the lakes have been experiencing heavy fishing pressure. Anglers that I have spoken to tell of difficulty in finding a place to park and anglers lining the banks shoulder-to-shoulder.
The State Game and Fish Department has stocked thousands of fish here and last week was no exception. The Department stocked 2,192 catchable-size rainbow trout Sept.

Benson: Every Day Is 9-11...

on September 12, 2018 - 9:50am
Los Alamos

Tuesday morning, a monumental American flag soared from the high-angle rescue ladder above the row of fire engines and emergency vehicles parked ceremonially at the West Jemez Road Fire Station. Tuesday was 9-11, something Americans alive in 2001 were tasked to Never Forget.

As I watched people heading into LANL, however, it seemed as if … well … a lot of us have, indeed, forgotten. Drivers were concentrating on mundane things like the phone at their ear, or the car ahead rather than the flag above.

Gessing: What To Do With That $1.2 Billion Surplus?

on September 12, 2018 - 6:56am
Rio Grande Foundation
The announcement that New Mexico’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is now $1.2 billion in surplus is welcome news. After a decade of fiscal and economic challenges, there are signs of life in the Land of Enchantment.
Nonetheless, serious public-policy issues persist in our state and the wealth generated by booming oil production in the Permian Basin should not be a license for policymakers to avoid much-needed reforms.

Home Country: Doctors Office

on September 10, 2018 - 11:28am
Home Country

“That you, Doc?”

“Sure is. How you doing, Windy?”

“Finer’n frog hair, Doc. Say, did you hear about ol’ Bob over at the junction?”

“Sure was a shame, Windy. I had no idea he was sick. Went pretty fast is what I heard.”

“Me, too. Say Doc, you remember Minnie up at the capitol? I heard she passed just last week.”

“You don’t say. That’s a shame. Used to see her at dances at the Legion. So how are you, Windy?”

“Oh, I’m okay, I guess. Them pills you gave me seem to be helpin’ with the arthur-itis and the lombardo of the back. How ‘bout you, Doc? Eatin’ good?