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  • PAC money hits state race

    Candidates for the New Mexico House District 43 seat are facing a new challenge this year: attacks generated by Political Action Committees that operate outside the candidate’s campaign.

    PACs are sending out mailers with information the candidates’ say distorts their positions. The PACs are also conducting “push polls” that use negative or misleading questions about a candidate under the guise of seeking an opinion.

    “This is really the first time, I think, we’ve had to contend with this kind of atmosphere, this is not the way it was when I ran in 2010 at all,” candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard–D said.

    The District 43 race is one of the most competitive races this year and one that could determine whether the House remains under Democratic control.

    At least 10 PAC attacks have been issued on both sides of the campaign. Since PACs operate independently, neither Garcia Richard nor her opponent Jim Hall–R have a way to track the extent of what’s really been generated by these groups.

    “You just don’t know, because they send them to targeted groups, and sometimes the candidates become aware of them and sometimes they don’t,” Hall said.

  • Church Listings 10-19-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Ask Fr. John: A further explanation of religious vs. spiritual Orthodoxy

    Is Orthodoxy “religious” or “spiritual?”

    Part 3
    It is frequently implied in modernity that it is preferential to be spiritual as opposed to religious.
    Religion at face value appears to be juridical, following of rules and dogmas. At least, in Orthodoxy, what is believed to be “religious” is actually a way of life springing from love, not from rules or legalism.
    Is going to the bathroom or eating or breathing or blinking religious merely because one must do so? No.
    One must do these things to survive. For Orthodox, survival is not so much the motivator as is love for an actual person.
    Spirituality has been equated with absolute freedom. One could ask if the most common understanding of “spirituality” is: dedication to the “free spirit.”
    One can observe that this has in fact become a fad or dogmatic. Essentially, anything that is specific, absolute, or divisive is considered material; anything that promotes generalities, peace and unity, is considered good, like a spiritual law, since it supposedly rises above negativity.
    Any absolute concepts equate to material; inclusivity becomes spiritual. Out of these sentiments, and others like them, come the dogma: “focus on similarities and ignore differences.”

  • Ask Fr. John: A further explanation of religious vs. spiritual Orthodoxy

    Is Orthodoxy “religious” or “spiritual?”

    Part 3
    It is frequently implied in modernity that it is preferential to be spiritual as opposed to religious.
    Religion at face value appears to be juridical, following of rules and dogmas. At least, in Orthodoxy, what is believed to be “religious” is actually a way of life springing from love, not from rules or legalism.
    Is going to the bathroom or eating or breathing or blinking religious merely because one must do so? No.
    One must do these things to survive. For Orthodox, survival is not so much the motivator as is love for an actual person.
    Spirituality has been equated with absolute freedom. One could ask if the most common understanding of “spirituality” is: dedication to the “free spirit.”
    One can observe that this has in fact become a fad or dogmatic. Essentially, anything that is specific, absolute, or divisive is considered material; anything that promotes generalities, peace and unity, is considered good, like a spiritual law, since it supposedly rises above negativity.
    Any absolute concepts equate to material; inclusivity becomes spiritual. Out of these sentiments, and others like them, come the dogma: “focus on similarities and ignore differences.”

  • Just stop bullying

    Fifth grade is a tender age for children.  New friends to make.  New songs to learn.  New dreams to fill future hopes.  It really is a cute age.
    This world is often short on cute, but little girls in fifth grade manage to keep us in ample supply.  
    Jasmine McClain of Chadbourn, N.C., always liked to do her hair up in pigtails.  She loved to dance.  She loved flowers and pink dresses.  Ashlynn Connor of Ridgefarm, Ill., loved animals and wanted to be veterinarian.  She was known to pick up stray cats and care for them.
    And at the ages of 10, Jasmine and Ashlynn each committed suicide.
     Ryan Patrick Halligan of Essex Junction, Vt., was 13 years old.  He suffered from a learning disorder and always had to work harder to keep up with his classmates.  His sister found him dead, having hanged himself in his bedroom.
    The list of child suicides is long and tearful.  Megan Taylor Meier of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., three weeks before her 14th birthday.  Jared Benjamin High of Pasco, Wash., 14 years old.  Rachel Ehmke of Mantorville, Minn., 13 years old.
    Billy Lucas of Greensburg, Ind., 15 years old.  Asher Brown of Houston, Texas, 13 years old.  Seth Walsh of Tehachapi, Calif., 13 years old.  Joel Morales of New York, 12 years old.

  • Another take on charter amendments

    As someone who was elected to the County Council and served a four-year term, I am an unwavering supporter of representative government. People elect leaders with the hope that they will always act competently and in the best interest of the citizens. When that occurs, we enjoy representative government at its finest. When it doesn’t occur, however, a community can potentially suffer disastrous and enduring consequences.
    My experience on the County Council taught me several things:
    • that council members are not infallible or even necessarily above average in their critical thinking or brainstorming skills;
    • that the groupthink environment that comes from serving on a highly cohesive council does not always lead to the best decisions;
    • and that the highly insular nature of relying almost exclusively on Los Alamos County staff members or their hand-picked, contracted “experts,” many of whom do not even live in our community, often leaves County Council members relatively clueless about the actual desires of the majority of the citizens they serve.

  • Closing Fast

    Los Alamos’ Collin Stone dribbles past Santa Fe’s Tres Chaires during a Sept. 29 game at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos, which defeated Santa Fe 2-1 earlier this week, has just two games remaining on its 2012 regular season schedule. It will host Class 4A Piedra Vista Saturday at 2 p.m. for Senior Day, then will have a critical contest Tuesday at Capital, a game the Hilltoppers must win to keep their chances at a District 2-4A title alive. Stone, a junior, has played well in the absence of the injured Dallin Parker.

  • Local golfer is among top finishers at Sr. Men’s final

    Don Rokop of Los Alamos had the best net score of anyone playing in the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association in its championship tournament.
    The NNMSMGA tournament, which was played at Twin Warrior Golf Course in Bernalillo earlier this month, was the finale of the senior men’s club season.
    Rokop finished with a two-day net score of 125 strokes, the best of the tournament.
    Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider, who had a dominant NNMSMGA season, was the overall gross score winner at the championship.
    Also at the tournament, Ron Krantz of Los Alamos finished with a two-day score of 171 to win the second flight gross score title.

    Here are the results of the NNMSMGA’s Las Campanas tournaments Sept. 24-25 and the NNMSMGA championship tournament Oct. 2-3:

    Las Campanas
    Sept. 24

    Championship flight

    1st low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 76
    2nd low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 78
    1st low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 70

    First flight

    1st low gross: Bruce Dickinson, Corrales, 79
    2nd low gross: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 84
    1st low net: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 70

    Second flight

    1st low gross: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 85

  • 49ers play well enough to win Thursday

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the NFL's top defenses dueled it out in a low-scoring game just as everybody expected — and San Francisco's offense did just enough to give the 49ers a narrow lead in the NFC West.

    For the time being, anyway. This is hardly the kind of firm hold on the division they owned last October.

    Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday night as the 49ers won their long-awaited division opener.

    "We expect these games in the NFC West to be 60 minutes of physical football," said 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, who returned to the field four days after suffering a concussion against the Giants.

    Frank Gore ran for 131 yards and the 49ers (5-2) hung tough on defense late in a game featuring two teams allowing fewer than 16 points per game.

    Smith went 14 of 23 for 140 yards in a second straight subpar performance.

  • Yankees' troubles may just be starting

    NEW YORK (AP) — George Steinbrenner would have issued a public apology.

    After leading the league in wins this year, the New York Yankees didn't just lose to Detroit in the AL championship series. They got swept in one of the more humiliating moments in the team's history.

    The four-game wipeout made headlines — A-Rod's benching, Derek Jeter's injury, Robinson Cano's slump. But it also revealed serious cracks in the foundation, showing a team full of aging All-Stars at the plate, in the field and on the mound that suddenly seems a long, long way from championship caliber.

    "Obviously, we're all getting older," Andy Pettitte said Thursday night after the season-ending 8-1 loss to the Tigers.

    Jeter broke an ankle near the end. Mariano Rivera busted a knee back in the spring. The Yankees transformed baseball's bruisers into the Bashed Bombers, closer to AARP years than MVP seasons.