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Horne: Los Alamos County Politics

on January 18, 2018 - 12:57pm
By JOHN L. HORNE
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Since my departure from Los Alamos in November, I have missed so many people that I was blessed to know for the past 44 years that I lived there.
 
No place we live is perfect, but there are certain elements that seriously detract from the good. Those elected or appointed to government positions should listen to and serve the people in their community. I personally do not miss that faction of Los Alamos County.
 
I believe there are many devious, self-serving individuals who have previously and currently hold positions on the Los Alamos

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Determine The Root Of The Problem

on January 18, 2018 - 6:57am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
From 2005 to 2007 I lived in a village in Sonora, Mexico, right on the Sea of Cortez.
 
The village is 70 miles west of Hermosillo. The population is about 7,000, composed mostly of Mexican families who either fish, or do something related to fishing for their income. Stretching west and away from the main village is a seven mile strand of white sand beach. On this beach are larger, primarily seasonal vacation homes for wealthy Mexican families from Hermosillo, as well as some Canadians and some U.S. citizens.
 
Most of the folks living there from the
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How The Hen House Turns—The Power Of Awareness

on January 17, 2018 - 6:17am
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
As I look back on our forty-six years in Los Alamos, I am especially grateful for the opportunity our children had there—to raise animals. Their love for “others” still impacts all their lives.
 
We are thankful—not only to the county for its understanding of the lessons learned from knowing animals, but to the tolerant neighbors who understood the occasional barking and crowing during the occasional early hour.
 
One asked us please to have another rooster because she loved the sound of morning crowing.
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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Darkest Hour’

on January 16, 2018 - 7:45am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Darkest Hour”, the award-winning 2017 film, portrays Winston Churchill as he takes up the mantle of Prime Minister in May 1940.
 
This portrayal of Churchill by Gary Oldman won him the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a dramatic feature film and will likely garner him a nomination for an Oscar, if not the win. (This Winston Churchill looks nothing like Oldman’s Police Commissioner Gordon in the Batman movies, so his make-up and hairstyle team ought also to be nominated for Oscars.)
 
Darkest Hour covers only a few weeks in May of 1940, but difficult

Home Country: Just Doc And Old Tom

on January 16, 2018 - 5:59am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts.
 
Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn’t get more than an hour’s sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc’s hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he went.
 
Somehow that made it worse for Doc than just having death bring a pleasant new start for someone in pain and agony. Doc hadn’t been able to patch him up this time.
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Webber: Honoring Teachings Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 15, 2018 - 11:48am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/Alan Webber
 
By ALAN WEBBER
Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate

In 1963 when I was 15 years old, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to preach at my family’s synagogue, Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri. (See the story here.) There were 3,000 people there that day. But I can remember exactly where I sat and what Dr. King talked about in his sermon. He talked about the love that connects and unites people of all faiths, all races, all cultures, and all creeds. Just to be in the presence of a man of Dr.

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