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Tales Of Our Times: Why A Larger Scope Is Scary

on July 29, 2016 - 8:36am
Tales of Our Times

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Why a Larger Scope is Scary
New technology spreads people’s words and selected sound-bites ever faster, farther and more widely. Communication pathways broaden, yet the stories they carry grow more narrow. Thin stories keep a thin audience.
The goal today is not to reach more people, but to persuade doubly those who already agree with our views. Public arguments try to appeal to known believers—to inspirit the faithful.

Home Country: A Man Has A Perfect Right To Be A Little Strange

on July 28, 2016 - 3:54pm


We all know that someone will find Jenkins’s cabin. Someday. Oh, it’s up there in those hills somewhere. We all know that.

It’s become a friendly object of conjecture and speculation. No one living has seen it, as far as we know. Jenkins himself died quietly when he was on one of his infrequent trips to town for supplies. Funny guy, that Jenkins.

He worked in the city for years, mostly as a night watchman in a factory that made diapers. Didn’t really enjoy people much, and told us many times how nice it was to just be in the huge factory when it was quiet.

Then one day he

Smart Design With Suzette: Amaze Your Friends And Annoy Your Neighbors With Your Own Backyard Theater

on July 28, 2016 - 3:22pm
Backyard theater. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

The great American love affair with the drive-in movie theater celebrates its 83rd anniversary. Although around 350 still exist across the United States, the drive-in survives on a smaller scale thanks to a growing number of people who have taken the concept back to its place of origin: the driveway and backyard.

Can it be done without spending a fortune? Not only is it possible, it is an amazing amount of fun as long as you follow some common sense rules.

Don’t be That Neighbor…

Depending on where you live, the concept of a

Chapman: On Survivorship Of New Businesses In Los Alamos, With Notes On Signage And Inspections

on July 28, 2016 - 8:56am
By RALPH E. CHAPMAN, Bon Vivant Paleontologist
Los Alamos
©2016 Ralph E. Chapman

This is the second of an anticipated group of columns applying quantitative methods to the problems of economics and life here in Los Alamos County. I figured that, perhaps, at least here in brain-land we might do some County self-examination using analytical methods that can give us insight into the source of our problems and, perhaps, suggest solutions.

The first column with a nice comment later by George Chandler discussed the complexities and consequences of changing zoning philosophies related to our

McQuiston: How To Help Speed Up Claims Process

on July 28, 2016 - 8:18am
The Jemez Agency

When you need to file a claim, your insurance company wants to reach a fair and quick resolution as much as you do. Here are a few tips that you can follow to help speed up the claims process.

Prompt notice. Report the claim or an incident that may result in a claim to your insurance carrier or agent as soon as it happens. The information will be fresh in your mind and you should be able to assist with any questions the adjuster may have.

Mitigate your damages.


How To Engage In Or Decline Political Conversations

on July 27, 2016 - 4:19pm

Sharon Schweitzer


After last week’s RNC and this week’s DNC, politics is on everyone’s mind. But what’s the best way to respond when someone asks you, “Which candidate do you support” or “Who are you going to vote for?”

Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, says you have options.

You don’t want to respond

Keeping your opinion to yourself can be difficult; however, it is possible. Say something like, “In the midst of such a contentious political season, I feel it’s best to keep my opinion to myself.

Letter To The Editor: Shame On LANB

on July 26, 2016 - 8:54pm
Los Alamos
Shame on Los Alamos National Bank for the way they have handled their upgrade to a new banking system.
They made no effort to facilitate the changeover for customers' online transactions at all. They should have done a software fix to transfer payees, wires, transfers and other recurring online transactions, but instead left the burden on their customers.
I had over 80 payees in my online bill payment on the old system which covered nearly all my bills, donations and other transactions, and now I'm left with the lengthy task of manually reentering