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McQuiston: Precious Cargo - Keeping Your Children Safe

on June 27, 2017 - 7:07am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
I was driving over to Smith's the other day and saw a woman stopped behind me at the light with what appeared to be a toddler in the seat next to her. 
 
It kind of ticked me off, but then I thought, it's a small town, what's the harm. We never have accidents here, right? Every 33 seconds, a child is involved in a car crash. Car crashes continue to be a leading cause of death of children in the United States.
 
An average of 11 children per week died in motor vehicle accidents nationwide between 2010 and 2014. Of these deaths, 43 percent were

Letter To The Editor: Restore Office Of Sheriff Duties

on June 26, 2017 - 8:23am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos

Open letter to the Council and all citizens of Los Alamos County concerning the illegal activity of the Council from last year until now in regard to the Office of Sheriff of Los Alamos County, giving the Council chair until Monday close of business to postpone the scheduled meeting until Thursday night so as to be able to revise the agenda to include the Sheriff's budget and meet the required 72 hour notice for agenda publication, as well as leave the County one business day before the new fiscal year starts Saturday to make the necessary changes to comply with

Letter To The Editor: Sewer Rate Increase Warranted

on June 26, 2017 - 7:25am
By BRADY BURKE
Los Alamos

I went to the BPU meeting. There were about 15 people there and I was the only one that stood up to speak out against the increase on the sewer rate increase. I would have spoken out against the potable water increase, but they had a 45 page powerpoint presentation on power sources by some outside consultant where I could not understand her accent. That presentation was going to take hours and the Potable water issue was somewhere after that. My condolences to the BPU for having to stay.

My first comment to the folks that don't go to these meetings is that you

Fr. Glenn: Where Your Treasure Lay

on June 25, 2017 - 6:30am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Another weekend. Where are those classifieds? 

One thing I like to do on weekends is to haunt the garage/yard/estate sales. I usually don’t do much more than take up space, because I’m too cheap to buy much (I think my highest purchase to date is $20). Seems like there’s always some little thing that we need here at the church or at the rectory that I can get for 10 percent of full price (or less) at those sales.

And yet … one of the things that always strikes me—especially at larger estate sales—is the ephemeral

Letter To The Editor: Response To Don Neeper

on June 24, 2017 - 7:02am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos
 
"However, in a society modeled on winning—getting ahead—there must be losers."
 
Don Neeper almost gets it right (link). In America, however, this is better said: In a society modeled on getting ahead, there must be those who don't get as far ahead as others.
 
These are not losers; they are just not as big winners. What matters is how you view your circumstances. Wherever you draw the line, American 'losers' are almost all far ahead of Syrian or Libyan losers, to pick two recent examples. You might call this a theory of ordinary relativity.
 
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Is Video Surveillance Keeping Us Secure?

on June 23, 2017 - 7:45am
Yoni Levoritz
 
SECURITY News:
 
Americans are being spied on all the time – whether they think about it or not.
 
Pump gas? A camera is watching. Go to the ATM? The transaction is captured on video. Run a red light? A camera may record the violation and a ticket may follow.
 
Sometimes this video vigilance works nicely. When law enforcement agencies investigated the Boston Marathon bombing, surveillance cameras from businesses up and down the street helped them zero in on the perpetrators.
 
But that extra security comes with a tradeoff in privacy.
 
“It’s great for law

Don’t Let Your Investments Go On A ‘Vacation’

on June 23, 2017 - 7:40am

Provided by SHELLY WEIMANN
Edward Jones Investments

It’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here are a few suggestions:

Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways.

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