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Letter to the Editor: New Smith’s Displays Unimpressive Bear Picture Selection

on July 29, 2014 - 8:55am
By NICOLAS PILAT
Los Alamos

Although the new Smith’s Marketplace does a great service for this small town, there is one caveat that warps ‘What is’ into ‘What should be.’

The new Smith’s rights many of the wrongs that once plagued shopping on the Hill, but one wound is left unclosed. The new Smith’s Marketplace, in all its grandeur, fails to offer Los Alamos shoppers with a satisfactory selection of bear pictures.

Picture this: You have a birthday in the family coming up, and Uncle Bob loves bears. Hey, why don’t you send him a picture of a bear?

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Letter to the Editor: Los Alamos Arts Council Says Thanks

on July 29, 2014 - 8:05am
By MARGARET MCINTYRE
MCT Chair, LAAC

On behalf of the Los Alamos Arts Council, I would like to thank the cast members of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” for their wonderful performance. 

The Arts Council would like to thank the County of Los Alamos for co-sponsoring this event, which was also partially funded by a grant from the New Mexico Children’s Foundation.
 
We would also like to thank all the parents and friends of the cast who attended the play on Saturday, as well as the staff of Crossroads Bible Church.
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Letter to the Editor: Some Theatrical License Taken In Manhattan Series Really Unnerved Me

on July 28, 2014 - 7:11pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos

While watching this new series, which I enjoyed, I found some theatrical license that really unnerved me.

First the windows in ALL buildings were NEVER left un-blacked out at night and they NEVER would have had a fireworks display. As my Father was one of the military police in Los Alamos in 1943, I was privy to all the gory details of this community at that time!

I did like the series and I thought the casting was good but it still seems as though they made a soap opera out of it and there are enough of them on regular TV without mucking up our history with another

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Letter to the Editor: Manhattan Series Has Potential

on July 28, 2014 - 12:48pm
By JOHN BARTLIT
Los Alamos

On Sunday evening, a crowd joined the Los Alamos Historical Society at Time Out Pizzeria near the Bradbury Science Museum to watch and discuss the first episode of the Manhattan Project TV series.

The series has potential. The show is a serious effort, the production values are good, it captures the times in national feeling and even cars and music, it begins to tell many stories humanly, and the first episode effectively raises conflicts of the times.

The initial conflicts are the tensions between civilians and the military; the deserty, rudimentary setting;

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Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Lucy'

on July 28, 2014 - 9:56am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Lucy,” by writer/director Luc Besson, is a contemporary era (rather than futuristic) Sci-Fi flick, immersed in the dark underworld of international drug running.

If you are sensitive to scenes involving blood, torture, execution by gun, or weirdly morphing ooze, don’t bother with this one. The film is rated “R” for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality. I thought this was a very smart film. I liked it.

First off, the concept of the film is intriguing: what would happen if a human suddenly were able to increase the percentage of her brain to

Yang: Organizations Rely On EVERYONE ... Managers Included

on July 28, 2014 - 8:43am
Organizations Rely On EVERYONE ... Managers Included
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

Do you feel a larger purpose for, and transcendent meaning in, your work?  Do you manage to focus on your work at least 20 percent of the time during the day? Do you get recharged by inspiration every so often, as opposed to surviving on caffeine? Do you regard your manager to be supportive and caring? Do you experience trust at work? These are the key questions to gauge how happy/unhappy people in the workforce feel about their work (click here).

Positive answers would mean a happier workforce, which in turn

Letter to the Editor: Reckless Driving?

on July 27, 2014 - 11:24pm
By MICHAEL CARLSON
Los Alamos

I'm disappointed that some people in the community have not learned a lesson about poor behavior behind the wheel, given that one Los Alamos resident is dead and a motorist is facing criminal charges from an accident that occurred earlier this month.

I say this because a driver in a large Dodge 4x4 decided to pass me this evening (July 27) near the Totavi gas station on the way to Main Hill. I was driving about 50 miles per hour, which I assumed to be reasonable. I would estimate his speed to have been double.

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