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Andrews: Education, Training & The Five ‘Ws’ – Part 1

on December 6, 2018 - 9:30am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In 1956, I started high school and among the first courses I took was world history. Being more interested in math and science, it did not receive my devoted attention and, besides, my half-brother was dating my history teacher. Then, one day, my father asked me a question about Socrates and Greek history. Much to my embarrassment, I could not answer the question. I did not even know who Socrates was. My dad answered with a questioning complaint about the history curriculum and the lack of attention to Greek history. I had to respond quickly.

Head To Head: A Brief Look At 1950-1979

on December 6, 2018 - 9:14am

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

As promised, we’re going to take a fairly shallow dive into the history of the current “tribal” politics that seems to have taken over the stage recently.

Of course political divisions are not new. We did fight a civil war after all, but many of the roots of the current conflict between the two major political parties have their roots in the period beginning post World War II.

This period was followed by the 1950s and the McCarthy Era.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Tyler Taylor

on December 6, 2018 - 2:07am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
This is a response to Mr. Tyler Taylor’s recent letter to the editor (link). First of all, all I want from the State of New Mexico is for them to leave my health care alone. If you want to make your plan voluntary, that’s fine. Most of the people in this community have pretty good health care coverage. I doubt that your plan would be an improvement for them.
 
Secondly, obviously it’s the State of New Mexico that brought us the DMV.
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Letter To The Editor: Assumptions Regarding New Mexico Health Security Plan Are Incorrect

on December 5, 2018 - 9:18am
By Tyler Taylor, MD
Los Alamos

In his letter “Council’s Action on Health Care” (link) of Nov. 17, 2018, Richard Nebel made several assumptions regarding the NM Health Security Plan, which I believe are incorrect. One is that this statewide co-op style plan would be run by “the same people who brought us DMV“. In fact, the HSP would not be run by a state government department. Instead, it would be managed by an independent, geographically-representative commission of 15 citizens serving on a per diem basis.

The transparency requirements for this commission are very high, and it’s members

Letter To The Editor: Thanks To So Many For Successful Children's Christmas Bazaar

on December 4, 2018 - 11:20am
By BETH PATTILLO
Children’s Christmas Bazaar Chair

Thank you to everyone who helped with this year’s Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

Many people in our community made donations of new or like new items, wrapping supplies and provided treats for the parents and volunteers. Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students representing National Honor Society, NJROTC, Key Club, Friends of Rachel and Natural Helpers were instrumental in set up, assisting shoppers and wrapping gifts.

World Futures: Artificial Intelligence – Part Four

on December 3, 2018 - 11:52am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
Previously we looked at presenting a consumer with a list of video program selections based on “preferences” of the individual consumer. The service being provided is essentially a “cloud library” of video programming with the “librarian software” helping in the selection process.
 
Concurrently, the “cloud librarian” is collecting data about the collective consumers to help in the selection or creation of new media products.
 
The “cloud librarian” is making decisions in providing individual customer service but is restricted from

Letter To The Editor: Setting Record Straight About Tongue Brushing

on November 29, 2018 - 8:45am
By CLIFF HAN
Owner of Knoze Jr. Corp
 
AllerPops was featured on KOAT Action 7 News Nov. 15, 2018, “Los Alamos Scientist Creates Lollipop for Allergy Relief.
 
The reporter, Kay Dimanche, did an outstanding job telling the story of how the company got started. I was struggling with a terrible year-long case of the allergies. After testing my own saliva I discovered that it wasn’t the junipers that caused the allergy symptoms, but instead it was a lack of friendly bacteria in my mouth.
 
The study that led to the invention of AllerPops revealed a general principle that can explain why
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Letter To The Editor: Smart Meters...

on November 24, 2018 - 9:15am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

The DPU response to the concern about private information becoming available via smart meters is the assurance that this information is available now via an IPRA request.

I am surprised to see that this response has not been met with howls of derision from the sophisticated residents of our county. Aside from the timeliness of an electronic intrusion, for an IPRA request to be processed, complete information is required that identifies who has requested it.

An anonymous hacker of the County/DPU records will not be so disadvantaged with respect to criminal intent!

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Garrison: 2018 Thanksgiving Thankful List

on November 22, 2018 - 7:12am
By TOM GARRISON
St. George, Utah

Each November I compose a “Thanksgiving Thankful List” for the preceding year. My wife Deb and I enjoy our life in red rock southern Utah and have many things for which we are thankful.

I hope sharing them brings a smile and acknowledgement that even the seldom thought of can be a source of thankfulness.

My 2018 Thanksgiving Thankful List:

  • I’m glad condiments now come in squeezable plastic bottles. Those of us of a certain age remember when ketchup came in a tall skinny round bottle with a small opening.

Letter To The Editor: Council’s Action On Health Care

on November 17, 2018 - 5:58am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 

This is a response to the County Council’s recent action on health care. I have a couple of chronic conditions that incur medical expenses that are about $3,000/month. Three years ago I didn’t have either of these problems, but when you get older medical issues can show up very quickly. Right now I have Medicare backed up by the Lab’s medical insurance. I don’t have co-pays or deductibles, so it works out well for me.

Since most people in Los Alamos do or did work at the lab, my health care benefits are pretty typical.

Letter To The Editor: Now It Can Be Told – Thank you, Christine Chandler!

on November 14, 2018 - 11:46am
By DAVID SCHIFERL
UNM-LA welding student

During her 2018 election campaign for the New Mexico House Dist. 43 race, Christine Chandler emphasized her support for all education, highlighting the training at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos for emergency medical technicians, machinists, welders, etc.

When I mentioned that UNM-LA was submitting a proposal for a certificate welding program and that local monetary contributions were listed in the application to show strong local support, Chris Chandler immediately sent a check for $500 a few weeks before the election. No photo op.

Letter To The Editor: Flow Trail A Bad Idea In Any Canyon

on November 11, 2018 - 6:45pm
By BRUCE WARREN
North Community

I’m glad to see the equestrian community has come out against a bicycle flow trail in Bayo Canyon. However, I’m disappointed in their NIMBY attitude. If the flow trail is a bad idea in “their” canyon, it’s a bad idea in everyone’s canyons.

The County would do better to spend their time and money on much needed maintenance and improvement of our existing amazing trail system.

For more on why I think a bicycle flow trail is a bad idea, please see my previous letter to the Post at Letter To The Editor: Do We Need Or Want A Bicycle Flow Trail?

Letter To The Editor: Congrats To County Clerk’s Office

on November 9, 2018 - 7:03am
By JOANN JOHNSON
Los Alamos
 
Congratulations to the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office for an outstanding job on Election Day.
 
I went to the Golf Course about 8 a.m. At that time, there were more than 20 voters in line. Because the voting place was well staffed and had plenty of voting booths it still only took 15 minutes to cast my vote.
 
Thanks to our County Clerk Naomi Maestas and her staff for a job well done.

Letter To The Editor: The Dangers Of 24/7 News

on November 9, 2018 - 7:00am
By DOUGLAS T. REILLY 
Los Alamos
 
I grew up in the era of Edward R. Murrow and the Murrow Boys. This was also when the radio and TV networks considered the news-room a loss-leader. That meant journalists could report the news without considering whether it had profit attached.
 
William S. Paley had a long career at CBS in many roles. He was a colleague of Murrow for many years, including many when he headed the News Department.
 
Paley is usually given 'credit' for changing the news-room to profit-center.
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Pssst … ‘Rumors’ Is In Town

on November 8, 2018 - 5:01pm
From left, Paul Lewis, Thomas Graves, Holly Robinson and Trisha Werner in 'Rumors'.
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

‘Rumors’ is the great Neil Simon’s only farce. This play is just for laughs, having no other message, as you should be able to ascertain from the plot, which goes like this.

Four couples are attending an anniversary party for their unseen host, a New York deputy mayor and his wife.

The first couple arrives to discover that the host has shot himself in the ear and his wife has disappeared.

Thank You Los Alamos! Thank You District 43!

on November 8, 2018 - 9:50am
By Rep.-Elect Christine Chandler
House Dist. 43
 
In the 11 months since I announced my candidacy for the New Mexico House of Representatives, I have been privileged to meet many extraordinary people from across the district: people with busy lives raising and educating children, caring for parents and working hard to make a living.

Meet & Greets, rodeo parades, fiestas, community clean-up days and breakfasts gave me a window into the lives of people who will soon be my constituents.

I also learned through thousands of phone calls and door knocks that many of us care about the same

Tribute To A Friend

on November 7, 2018 - 8:58am
Bruce Gavett
 
By Steve Boone
Los Alamos

When I was growing up in Manhattan, Kan., in the 1950s, my father’s “life lessons” to me could be summed up by the phrase: “Leave it better than you find it” – his version of the Golden Rule. It applied to everywhere you went, everything you did and everyone you met.

Los Alamos, by its nature, is a community that has been built and shaped by “outsiders”, each giving what they had to offer to shape the whole.

Letter To The Editor: White Rock Needs Jemez House!

on November 6, 2018 - 7:24am
By KATHY TAYLOR
Los Alamos
 
The closing of Jemez House Thrift Shop was a blow to the entire community. The shop performs good deeds at every turn using only volunteer workers.
 
The main goal is to provide college scholarships to New Mexico students who had at one time resided in a group home. But it does untold good along the way: keeping tons of used clothing, furniture, housewares, books and electronics out of the landfill, at the same time providing a low cost source for these items.
 
Now Jemez House needs our help.
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Letter To The Editor: Election Season...

on November 6, 2018 - 7:23am
By CHARLENE FOLSOM
White Rock
 
An otherwise typical boring election season has at least given us some humor in the sheriff's race. In forums and their own articles, three of the candidates have stated they don't want the office and the 4th thinks being a security guard will make him a good sheriff.
 
The Democrat has said he voted to eliminate the office and now wants to run it. Must be related to Rick Perry. The Republican told the Kiwanis Club flat out he didn't want to be sheriff. And the Libertarian started his campaign telling the Daily Post he would resign if elected.
 
The

Letter To The Editor: Elizabeth Allen For Municipal Judge

on November 5, 2018 - 9:35pm

By Monica Hernandez-Lara

Los Alamos

 

My decision to vote for Elizabeth was made after she first told me of her intent to run for Los Alamos Municipal Judge. During the last days of voting, I am asking others to consider voting for this extraordinary candidate.

 

When I first met Elizabeth, she had recently moved to Los Alamos and was looking for opportunities to become active in her new community. Elizabeth felt at home in Los Alamos and quickly applied her dedication to the legal system by joining JJAB and Teen Court.

Letter To The Editor: A Vote For Lisa Shin Is A Vote For Ethics And Integrity

on November 5, 2018 - 3:02pm
By DONNA MACDONALD
Los Alamos

With the news of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members violating their own rules and NM state laws with travel, meals, and political lobbying, I am proud to support Lisa Shin, a candidate for the NM House of Representatives, District 43. Lack of accountability and corruption in our State Legislature are among the reasons we are at the bottom of every list. A vote for Lisa is a vote for ethics and integrity.

For the many years I have known Lisa, she has approached her work in our community with honesty and dedication.

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Is For All of Us

on November 4, 2018 - 2:45pm
By CATHERINE OZMENT
Los Alamos

When I joined Christine Chandler’s campaign team in January of this year, I was hesitant, even a little skeptical. I promised myself I would step back if I decided I wasn’t for her, because I worried maybe she wasn’t for me. As I’ve gotten to know her over the last 10 months, I’ve realized that Christine is for all of us. Even people who disagree with her.

There are a lot of things I like about Christine and her candidacy for state house. She’s smart, and she does her homework. She’s kind and funny and dotes on her dogs.

Letter To The Editor: Go Vote For Candidates Who Make Positive Difference Such As Judge Alan Kirk

on November 4, 2018 - 8:51am
By Debora Gerads
Alamogordo

Go Vote, and Go Vote for the candidate who makes a difference in your community. One of those people is Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk. He has served not only the Los Alamos community, but the State as a whole in his work with juveniles.

Judge Kirk was a founder of the State’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, a committee that emphasizes intervention and prevention of crimes by youth.

Letter To The Editor: I Support Elizabeth Allen For Municipal Judge

on November 4, 2018 - 4:45am
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS Board Member
 
Strong knowledge of and experience with the law is an important qualification for a Municipal Judge. As a practicing attorney, Elizabeth will bring legal experience to the Municipal Court. She is practiced both as a defense attorney and as a prosecutor. She maintains currency with legal policy and precedent through teaching of law at UNM-LA.
 
Elizabeth is a strong advocate for youth in our community.

Letter To The Editor: Re-Elect Alan S. Kirk For Los Alamos Municipal Judge

on November 1, 2018 - 12:06pm
By Rita C. Sánchez 
Los Alamos Teacher

I would like to encourage you to vote to re-elect Judge Alan S. Kirk. Alan is running for his sixth term as Municipal Judge in Los Alamos County.

My association with Coach Kirk has mainly been where kids are concerned.

The Governor of New Mexico appointed Judge Kirk to the Juvenile Advisory Council for the Children, Youth and Families Department. During this time, he was instrumental in the establishment of our own JJAB; Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. JJAB focuses on prevention and intervention.

Jude Kirk also was appointed to the

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