.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Columns

  • Gag Gag me with a spoon

    Civilization is doomed. We don’t have a prayer. Let’s just pack it up, give the planet back to the jellyfish and trilobites, and admit that the human race is headed for a sad and dismal end.
    Yeah, I know. An apocalyptic aphorism might not be the best way to start a column. But sometimes you just want to get to the punch line.
    Our children are growing up in a world that praises the putrid and idolizes the idiots. We worship the worthless, value the vulgar, deify the disgusting, and exalt the egregious.
    But with so many vile incarnations of mildewed dishrags in our society, you’d be hard pressed to guess which one I’m talking about.

  • Congress has moral obligation

     

       

    As Washington engages in a heated political debate about the federal deficit, both parties agree that spending should be cut and no program seems entirely safe from the budget-slashing ax. 

    But history tells us that congress often makes mistakes during periods of indiscriminate budget-cutting. And this time, the consequences could be tragic for our soldiers still in harm’s way.

  • After Earth Day

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) once again did a wonderful job of organizing Earth Day activities for Los Alamos.  

    Earth Day is a special day that lets us get together as a community to celebrate how much we value a healthy, sustainable environment, and to recognize the many things we are already doing to preserve and enhance the environment for ourselves and our children.

  • Kudos and pleas(e)

    The parks and recreation department deserves kudos for two wonderful additions to our community.  
    The miniature golf course is a delight both visually and for those playing the free facility.  
    Further down the road leaving Los Alamos is a stunning trail along the south rim that is accessible to one and all with its wide paved path, bridge overlook and benches to stop for a rest along the way.  
    If you have not tried it yet, it is great for jogging, walking your dog, biking, strolling or rolling a wheel chair.  The parking lot is right across the road from the new food co-op, another long awaited addition offering market options for our residents.  

  • Don't rely on others for your retirement

    Recent debates about Social Security and the increasing number of employers reducing or eliminating employee pensions have underscored the need for a sound retirement plan. Gone are the days when employees were guaranteed a percentage of their salaries once they leave a company.
    While Social Security may or may not change, it was never intended to be the sole source of retirement income. Retirement planning is something everyone needs regardless of their existing situations. If the current financial debates tell us anything it’s this: the only funding you can count on is that which you do yourself. Some of the options you have are individual retirement accounts (IRAs) or an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401(k).

  • Why the basics cost so much

    Why does it cost so much money to pay for the basics of a normal life, let alone a middle class lifestyle?
    The answer involves deadly dull numbers, a tiptoe through the tulips of political rationalization, and a date with inexorable financial destiny.
    Our tiptoe begins with the fact that today’s dollar does not buy what a dollar used to buy. This loss of buying power is called “inflation.”
    Inflation means that money stored in a bank, a CD or a treasury note loses buying power every day it does not earn enough interest to offset the loss due to inflation.
    Different things have different inflation rates. The price of beets goes up slower than the price of gold.

  • A time to celebrate

    Just arriving in D.C. from New Mexico at about 10:30 p.m., I almost missed the announcement that bin Laden was dead. 

  • Four pleas for CYFD

    I am an attorney who recently has had the opportunity to represent a number of persons who were investigated by employees of Child Protective Services Division of the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) on allegations by persons unknown of child abuse.  
    Every report was unsubstantiated and none of them should have been investigated.  I would like to offer some observations to your readers who may be thinking about reporting someone, on the child abuse hotline or otherwise, to CYFD, and some suggestions to CYFD for improving their system.

  • Watch those policy changes

    Let’s pretend the company that provides the land line telephone service to your home institutes a new policy.
    That company also owns an airline called PhoneCo Airlines. So from now on, every time you try to call Southwest or American Airlines, your call will be rerouted to PhoneCo.  
    Unthinkable! you’d say. Beyond unthinkable! A phone company is a regulated monopoly, granted the privilege by government of no competition and assured profit.   Its mandate is to provide the infrastructure and, for a regulated price, allow you to use it. Yet this regulated monopoly has acquired a business in what used to be the free market, and it is using its monopoly advantage against its competitors.

  • Our roads: Shaken, not stirred

    Here’s mud in your eye!  Wet your whistle!  Bottoms up!  Let’s have one for the road!  One for the road?  A common toast made in reference to raising that glass and subsequently raising one’s blood alcohol content a few more notches.  
    As your typical drunk stumbles to his car, what exactly does he have in mind for the road? More than one-third of yearly traffic fatalities are alcohol related (nearly 14,000 deaths).  This is almost the same as our nation’s murder rate, but death on the highway isn’t murder.  It’s “vehicular homicide.”