https://www.lamonitor.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Assets in Action: Parents should let their kids be the adults they raised https://www.lamonitor.com/content/assets-action-parents-should-let-their-kids-be-adults-they-raised <p> Last week, we had the opportunity to take part in wonderful event, the welcome orientation for New Mexico State University.</p> <p> Our youngest son graduated and is headed to NMSU. As a former Prevention Specialist, I had a slight issue with the school fight song. It includes the following line, &ldquo;And when we win this game, we&rsquo;ll buy a keg of booze, And we&rsquo;ll drink it to the Aggies &lsquo;til we wobble in our shoes!&rdquo;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">It was written by students and rumor has it that the school has attempted to change it several times to much uprising.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">What I can tell you is, I believe our child is in great hands there. It was a stellar event by students and staff, to reach parents and students on many levels. It was about the relationships created, the goal to reach the students and in turn teach them to reach out too. They even told the parents that their job was to stay </span>engaged, encourage their students, and let them grow.</p> Next year should be the year of higher education https://www.lamonitor.com/content/next-year-should-be-year-higher-education-0 <p> Rob Schwartz said he spent 40 years whining about how the University of New Mexico was run. As a new regent, the retired law professor has an opportunity to do something about it.</p> <p class="p3"> The most important problem right now, he said, is a disheartened faculty beaten up by repeated rounds of budget cuts.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;They cut to the bone and they cut some more,&rdquo; Schwartz told members of New Mexico Press Women recently. He referred to lawmakers and their desperate work to match spending to dwindling revenues in recent years.</p> <p class="p3"> Faculty members couldn&rsquo;t go to conferences or buy books or do many of the things that are a normal part of teaching.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;For a long time they thought they could tough it out, but now people don&rsquo;t believe anything will get better,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This year after a 3 percent increase to faculty salaries, the university cut every single department by 1.5 percent.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;They can&rsquo;t run their programs. The university is really standing on a precipice,&rdquo; he said. He hopes oil and gas revenues will provide some relief.</p> The ‘summer slide’ can be reversed for reading and math https://www.lamonitor.com/content/%E2%80%98summer-slide%E2%80%99-can-be-reversed-reading-and-math <p> By LORETTA HALL</p> <p> Playground slides are designed for sliding down, but children inevitably try to climb up them. Students&rsquo; reading and math skills typically slide during the summer months, but there are ways to reverse that too.</p> <p> Research on the &ldquo;summer slide&rdquo; is a mixed bag, with different studies yielding different results. But there is strong evidence that learning at least slows during the summer and perhaps some of the learning gained in the previous school year is actually lost. Interestingly, the pattern seems to be the same for all students, regardless of their families&rsquo; economic status.</p> <p class="p3"> This year, the state Public Education Department is offering an expanded opportunity to combat the summer slide. The K-5 Plus program provides funding for eligible elementary schools to offer 25 days of summertime instruction for students who choose to participate. This is an extension of the previous K-3 Plus program.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> Friends of Folklore: Route 66 alive with ghostly tales https://www.lamonitor.com/content/friends-folklore-route-66-alive-ghostly-tales <p> BY MATT WARD</p> <p> <i>Columnist</i></p> <p> Last time, we talked about the ghosts of America&rsquo;s main street.</p> <p> Everything from haunted hotels to eerie stretches of road, it seems spirits still travel across the states. But much more has happened on route 66. Stories of ghostly hitchhikers to UFOs to unexplainable phenomenon, route 66 might just be the most unnatural road in the world. One story comes to mind of a trucker driving from St. Louis to Texas.</p> <p> Well on the road in the middle of the day, the sky, which was sunny and cloudless, suddenly became dark and cloudy and green lightning erupted around him. In front of his car, a strange white light appeared and would not leave, causing particles of light to fly past him as though he was flying at lightspeed in a Star Wars movie. A</p> <p> nd then, at the speed of which it began, it vanished. What he thought was 15 minutes of this event turned out to be three hours. This brings us to the bizarre phenomenon of the stretching out or slowing down of time. Reports have come in of drivers experiencing timeslips, seemingly covering large distances within minutes. Whether it be trances, supernatural phenomenon, or even UFOs, hundreds of drivers have brought stories of timeslips, whether the slowing down of time or the speeding up of time, into the spotlight.</p> CBD goes mainstream with hazy claims https://www.lamonitor.com/content/cbd-goes-mainstream-hazy-claims <p> <em>The Boston Globe published this editorial June 7 on CBD, the nonintoxicating, natural molecule extracted from the cannabis plant.</em><br /> <br /> If you believe the hype, one little bottle of CBD contains miracles. It treats diabetes; reduces stress; alleviates chronic pain and anxiety; even cures acne. Trouble sleeping? Panicky pet? CBD to the rescue.</p> <p> All that, and so much more &mdash; at a bargain price as low as $40 for some formulas. This potent potable also comes mixed into body lotions, bath salts, coffee, smoothies, gummy bears, chocolate, cheese pizza, and dog biscuits.</p> <p> The fad for cannabidiol, or CBD, has clearly gone mainstream. From virtually nothing a few years ago, sales of the cannabis-related compound have exploded into a billion-dollar market. CBD&rsquo;s true believers tout one miraculous health claim after the next.</p> <p> In light of the wide dissemination of these beliefs, CBD claims deserve careful scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration &mdash; and some attention from state regulators, too. Despite its ubiquity, CBD is still largely an unresearched substance in the United States. Exaggerated or unproven claims need to be challenged, and the industry shouldn&rsquo;t be permitted to introduce CBD into food products until the compound is better understood.</p> Fathers need to care for themselves as well as their kids – but often don’t https://www.lamonitor.com/content/fathers-need-care-themselves-well-their-kids-%E2%80%93-often-don%E2%80%99t <p> BY DEREK M. GRIFFITH<br /> Vanderbilt University</p> <p> If you had to choose, which would you rather have: a healthy father or a good father?<br /> Studies suggest men often choose being a good father over being healthy.</p> <p> Becoming a father is a major milestone in the life of a man, often shifting the way he thinks from being &ldquo;me focused&rdquo; to &ldquo;we focused.&rdquo;&nbsp; But fatherhood can also shift how men perceive their health. Our research has found that fathers can view health not in terms of going to the doctor or eating vegetables but how they hold a job, provide for their family, protect and teach their children, and belong to a community or social network.</p> <p> As founder and director of the Center for Research on Men&rsquo;s Health at Vanderbilt University and as a postdoctoral fellow from Meharry Medical College, we study why men live shorter lives than women, male attitudes about fatherhood, how to help men engage in healthier behavior &ndash; as well as what can be done to reduce men&rsquo;s risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.</p> <p> Work, sex and health</p> LA finds ways to stay positive, help others https://www.lamonitor.com/content/la-finds-ways-stay-positive-help-others <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jill_mclaughlin_1.png" alt="Jill McLaughlin is the editor of the Los Alamos Monitor." title="Jill McLaughlin is the editor of the Los Alamos Monitor." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> I was reminded this week about the amazing kindness of people, especially in this community.</p> <p> Father Theophan of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos sent me a notice that the church will be accepting donations Saturday morning for the immigrants in Deming.</p> <p> If the church gets a big enough response from the community, he will open the doors to receive the donations.</p> <p> Otherwise, people can drop by the location at 1319 Trinity Drive during the morning hours.</p> <p> Items needed include paper plates and cups, plastic cutlery, food, over-the-counter medicine for common colds and flu, cough drops, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hair ties, shampoo, soap, diapers, baby wipes, canvas bags, coloring books, crayons and feminine hygiene products.</p> <p> Deming is continuing to struggle with caring for migrants who have been dropped off in the small border community.</p> <p> The fire department personnel have spent time around the clock caring medically and otherwise for the migrants at the local facility, according to a letter supplied to the church.</p> <p> Father Theophan said all donations will be driven down to Deming after they are collected.</p> <p> All of the care, feeding, cleaning, cotting, overnight watching and medical attention is being done by the fire department, according to the information.</p> While Dems sue to stop 5G, America may fall behind https://www.lamonitor.com/content/while-dems-sue-stop-5g-america-may-fall-behind <p> <em>The Wall Street Journal published this editorial June 11 on Democratic state Attorneys General suing to block T-Mobile&rsquo;s merger with Sprint.</em><br /> <br /> Ten Democratic state Attorneys General on Tuesday sued to block T-Mobile&rsquo;s merger with Sprint, and the timing was no coincidence. The Justice Department will soon make its decision on the merger, and Democrats, unions and big business are lining up to defeat it at the expense of America&rsquo;s leadership in 5G telecom networks.</p> <p> The State AGs say the merger &ldquo;would eliminate Sprint as a competitor and reduce the number of (mobile network operators) with nationwide networks in the United States from four to three.&rdquo; But a market of three strong wireless players would be more competitive than a de facto duopoly led by AT&amp;T and Verizon. T-Mobile has 79 million customers while Sprint boasts 54 million compared to Verizon (118 million) and AT&amp;T (94 million). The Big Two need a strong competitor, not two weaklings that may not survive for long.</p>