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Letter to the Editor: Government Doesn’t Create Jobs, Businesses Do

on April 18, 2014 - 9:08am
Candidate for State Representative, Dist. 43

It is not true that I want to remove all government regulations as Mr. Wiggins suggests (see April 16 letter here). I support common sense regulations that protect our citizens.

Government doesn’t create jobs. Businesses create jobs. We need solutions that will grow our private sector economy, not ones that will add to the size of government.

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes.


Letter to the Editor: Anyone Who Signs the Front of a Paycheck Understands...

on April 18, 2014 - 8:19am
Los Alamos

I believe Mr. Wiggins missed Mr. Chiravelle’s point in his Letter to the Editor dated April 16 (see letter here). Anyone who signs the front of a paycheck understands the requirements governments place on businesses are burden and growing. 

I am a small business owner based in Los Alamos. As a small business owner I must file monthly, quarterly and annual reports and make payments to Los Alamos County, NM Taxation and Revenue for gross receipts, NM T&R for payroll taxes, NM Department of Labor, NM PRC, the US treasury, and Social Security.


Letter to the Editor: Don't Want to Arrive at Work a Wet Mess

on April 17, 2014 - 11:05am
A Morning Commuter
Los Alamos

To the management of Caballo Peak Apartments:

Every morning, around 6:30 a.m., I walk to the bus stop located below your apartments on Canyon Road. Recently, the sprinkler systems have been on and continuously spraying water on the sidewalk and the street/bike lane; the vegetation remains brown due to the poor aiming. Either the sprinkler heads need replaced or serviced or a repositioning is in order.

Please be more considerate of the water that is being wasted and the pedestrians and cyclists who are making their way to work in the morning.


Letter to the Editor: Details of Personal Experience With Los Alamos Phone Scammer

on April 16, 2014 - 12:14pm
Public Service Alert 
Los Alamos Resident
I got a call yesterday afternoon from a Lt. Carl Lewis stating that I (he gave me my address as well) had failed to report for jury duty, and that I had fines of ~$423 for failure to appear, ~$415 for contempt of court, and a $177 court processing fee (roughly $1,000 dollars). 
He was actually very convincing and talked with a thick southern drawl, and when I mentioned I never got informed of jury duty he had quick authoritative responses, mentioned how he wasn't there to dispute the charges, just inform me of my rights and that this call

Letter to the Editor: Sharing Necessary Information

on April 16, 2014 - 9:12am
Los Alamos

For the public and for Historical Society members specifically, I have received some valuable feedback from my previous letter (see letter here) that contained the suggestion that Certified Preservationists were not being consulted.

A lack of trust among people in the same genre of interests, such as the history of the area can be remedied by the equal sharing of information so that those who donate funds, and those who advise the County Council are aware of their shared concerns.


How the Hen House Turns: Imprinting and the Importance of Hands

on April 16, 2014 - 9:04am
How the Hen House Turns:
Imprinting and the Importance of Hands
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Animal behaviorists now agree that we humans are not very different from animals in many ways—like our susceptibility to imprinting. Some call it “phase-sensitive learning” or “filial imprinting.”

I doubt many animal behaviorists would argue with the psychologists who suggest that young humans (and young animals) learn behavior from their parents and  that environmental factors and experience can influence brain development.

A recent more ominous finding that humans abused in

This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 16, 2014 - 7:51am
Reel Deal Theater                   

This week we are opening Transcendence. We will hold Captain America, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Rio 2. Need for Speed will end this Thursday.  

Movie Poster for 'Transcendence.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

In Transcendence,Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.