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Letter To The Editor: Leisure Pool Petitions Available

on March 1, 2015 - 3:23pm
By SHELBY REDONDO
Los Alamos

Due to the abundance of requests, petitions for the Leisure Pool are now available at the Los Alamos Fitness Center and the Los Alamos Co-op Market.

Thanks to the generosity of both businesses for making this petition available to those residents who chooses to sign it.

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Pastor Granillo: Finding Happiness

on March 1, 2015 - 3:07pm

By Pastor RAUL GRANILLO

Los Alamos

Charles Spurgeon said, “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” I dare say most of us can relate to that. As I put more years behind me, I find that I appreciate what I have more than I used to and that I make a greater attempt to enjoy those things I do have before I lose them.

The romantic love that caused me to pursue my wife, the moments that my kids want to hang out, the ability to comfort friends; all these things mean more to me now than they used to and as such they also make me happier.

Letter To The Editor: On Banning Plastic Bags

on March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm
MARIO SCHILLACI
Los Alamos

In response to the letter from Jody Benson (Let's Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags):

First of all, I take issue with the misleading heading of the letter. These bags are most definitely NOT single-use. Our household reuses ALL of the plastic grocery bags that we bring home, mostly to collect and contain trash and garbage that get tossed into our roll cart for weekly collection.

We also use these bags for containing our lunch, which is then placed in our rucksacks, for hikes or for work, and they are thus reused many times.

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Letter to the Editor: Against Plastic Grocery Bag Ban

on March 1, 2015 - 1:54pm
By JOHN STEPHENSON
White Rock

I’m writing to voice my opposition to the idea of a plastic grocery bag ban that’s been going around lately. Bag bans have become the latest Eco-Fad for people that don’t have anything better to do than to punish everyone for the actions of a few. They are just a warm fuzzy feel good idea that’s completely ineffective. 

Most of the time I shop at Smiths I bring my own cloth bags since they are sturdy, carry more, and I get bonus rewards points for doing so.

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Letter To The Editor: Support For A Trap Free New Mexico

on March 1, 2015 - 1:16pm
By DIANE GREEN
SANTA FE

I would like to respond to the letter in support of allowing trapping in New Mexico. 
 
I feel it is an issue of cruelty no matter how it is justified. Hunting is nearly zero cruelty (if the hunter knows what they're doing). But to trap an animal and let it wait for its fate to be sucker shot is unacceptable in my eyes. I don't necessarily want to run into a predator on a hike, but that doesn't mean I want all predators world wide destroyed. Everything has their role in the grand scheme of things.

My concern here is that we take a moment and think about what this
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Letter To The Editor: Snow On Sidewalks

on March 1, 2015 - 10:00am
By KYLE ZIMMERMAN
Los Alamos

I see that the County's Public Works Department has solved the issue of snow plows putting snow and ice on freshly plowed sidewalks. You just don't plow the sidewalks. 

When the heaviest snow storm of the year piled on the snow, what happened to plowing the sidewalks along the major streets? Is Los Alamos no longer trying to be pedestrian friendly?

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Smart Design With Suzette – Projects With Best Return On Investment

on March 1, 2015 - 9:46am
Smart Design with Suzette 
Projects With The Best Return On Investment
By SUZETTE FOX

When a client invites me over for a consultation, one question inevitably comes up, “What renovations should I make to get the best return on investment?” Here is a list of upgrades with percentages attached so you can learn what makes the most sense.

Plan Your Remodel

Give yourself time to live in the home. Make a list of updates you need to make and how long you will live in the home. If you are planning on selling in the future, talk with a realtor and/or designer about a selling plan.

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