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Letter To The Editor: CO2 And Global Warming

on May 21, 2015 - 12:28pm
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos
 
On Tuesday, Gov. Brown of California signed a pact with 11 other states and countries to slash greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.
 
The non-binding agreement pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 (http://abc7news.com/news/worldwide-regional-leaders-sign-non-binding-climate-pact/731273/).
 
AUN summit on climate control will take place in Paris later this year.
 
I previously sent a letter to the LA Daily Post entitled: "Can Mankind Really Expect to Tame Earth's Climate and Remove It
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Letter To The Editor: No Silver Bullets

on May 21, 2015 - 8:24am
By TJ TAUB
Los Alamos

I am continually amazed at the vehemence and/or mildly condescending voice of those who reject change – e.g. banning plastic bags – rationalizing their position with the argument that since the change doesn't fix the ENTIRE problem and, according to them, only affects some small-to-infinitesimal portion of a problem, we should not make ANY change.  

Although I admit it took a bit of time to remember to take the reusable bags into the store, most of us ARE trainable.

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Proposed Los Alamos Bag Ban Bad For Environment And Freedom

on May 20, 2015 - 1:50pm
By PAUL J. GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

The Los Alamos County Council is considering banning plastic grocery bags. More than 200 municipalities in the United States, including two in New Mexico – Santa Fe and Silver City – have banned the distribution of lightweight plastic shopping bags.

Proponents of bag bans, specifically the Sierra Club, claim they will reduce litter and protect the marine environment, diminish our consumption of resources and emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce waste, and save taxpayers’ money.

Unfortunately, the supposed environmental benefits of

Letter To The Editor: Still Hundreds Of Plants For Sale

on May 20, 2015 - 1:23pm
By LOS ALAMOS GARDEN CLUB
Los Alamos
 
Dear Los Alamos Daily Post Editor, thank you so much for covering the details of The Los Alamos Garden Club Spring Plant Sale held last Saturday. 
 
With your help, the sale was a success even without the cooperation of the weather. The stalwart souls of Los Alamos braved wind, rain and even a little snow to come out and support our efforts. 
 
As a consequence of Mother Nature, we still have a few hundred plants left and so will be offering them for sale again from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 23, at 811 Tiffany Court.
 
Again thank you
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Food On The Hill: Dino Kale Chips

on May 19, 2015 - 8:49am

Kale chips. Photo by Felicia Orth
Food On The Hill
By FELICIA ORTH
Los Alamos

Dino Kale Chips

Kale chips are easy and inexpensive to make, and fun to eat. The kale that tastes best as a chip is Lacinato kale, also referred to as “Dino kale” or “Tuscan kale.” Lacinato kale was cultivated in Italy in the 18th century, and grown in Thomas Jefferson’s garden in 1777. 

To assure crisp, delicious chips, just observe a few pointers: make sure the kale leaves are dry before oiling. Use very little oil and salt and bake the leaves in a single layer on the baking pan.

Yang: Abundancy & Motivation 3.0

on May 18, 2015 - 9:24pm
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

Abundancy & Motivation 3.0

When we enter the world, are we wired to be passive and inert? Or are we wired to be active and engaged?” I can’t imagine anyone with a functioning mind would answer the former. And as adults, wouldn’t we prefer to work in the latter mode, engaging our minds to be in charge?

One of the comparisons I learned from Mr. Dan Pink’s TED talk on motivation and his book, Drive, has become my favorite: In 1995, Microsoft began a monumental project to assemble the information needed for their “encyclopedia on CD-ROMs, and later online.” “On Oct.

Letter To The Editor: Should Have A Say In Our Town

on May 18, 2015 - 1:39pm

By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

The Comprehensive Plan was completed in 1987. By now even the updates are outdated. An effort to rewrite the whole plan in the early 2000’s produced only a Vision Statement and Policy Plan, adopted in 2005, that is now cited by the Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) as “the Comprehensive Plan.”

This is 19 pages of aspirational platitudes that are so vague and ambiguous that they are useless to anyone attempting to satisfy the requirements of applications for permits and rezoning, or anyone attempting to defend their neighborhood against one of

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