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McQuiston: The Family Shuttle Service

on September 12, 2017 - 7:18am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
For parents, the end of summer can be bittersweet. While many of us are glad school is back in session, the countless extra-curricular activities that go hand-in-hand with the start of another school year are in full gear too.
 
From football practice to French Club, each day brings new opportunities for parents everywhere to become—the family shuttle service operator. And if your family is like my family, you’re probably shuttling not just your own kids but your kids’ friends as well.
 
While we’re mostly concerned with just getting our kids and
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Inspirational People: Deciding To Help Perfect Strangers

on September 11, 2017 - 9:31am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Often in Los Alamos people are spotted going out of their way to help others. This column highlights those people. Their gestures of kindness both great and small are inspirational and strengthen one’s faith in humanity.

I recall one such incident that occurred a couple of years ago in which a teenage boy went way out of his way to help me. This memorable day started out like any other with me walking my dog behind a local church. We walk in that secluded area because my dog weighs just 5 lbs.

Letter To The Editor: Yes, Gun Buybacks Do Work And They ‘Feel Good’ Too

on September 11, 2017 - 6:48am
By MIRANDA VISCOLI, Co-president  
New Mexicans To Prevent Gun Violence

Robert Visel could not have said it better in his editorial, “Gun Buyback Farce.”

In his letter to the editor he calls New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence gun buybacks a “Feel good maneuver”. Yes, it does “feel good” to see a widow bring in her departed husband’s arsenal of guns that have been left in their bedroom closet. It feels great to see the relief on grandparents’ faces when they know that their guns will not get into their grandchildren’s hands.

Letter To The Editor: In The Great Gun Debate, Both Sides Need Practice Hitting The Target

on September 10, 2017 - 4:21pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
It's an unfortunate observation, nearly rising to the level of a physical law, that both sides in the Great Gun Debate will usually miss the target on any given issue.
 
After the recent Clovis Library mass shooting, someone wrote a long essay to the Santa Fe New Mexican calling for a ban on concealed carry in libraries. But concealed carry was irrelevant to the shooting as the shooter, at 16 years old, was not a legal concealed carrier nor eligible to become one at his age.

Fr. Glenn: The Mystery Of Suffering

on September 10, 2017 - 6:48am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

If the forecast on Friday was correct, and if you’re reading this on Sunday, at this very moment hurricane Irma will be grinding its way through Florida and perhaps up the East Coast. And José is swirling around the eastern Caribbean, building up steam for yet another possible assault. All affected by such storms are in our prayers, and we urge all to charity to help victims rebuild.

We wonder why disasters occur—natural, manmade, and even personal accidents and illness. These are the common lot of all mankind.

Pastor Granillo: Employee Of The Month

on September 10, 2017 - 6:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

If I could make a livin' out of lovin' you,
I'd be a millionaire in a week or two.
I'd be doin' what I love and lovin' what I do;
If I could make a livin' out of lovin' you.
– Allen Jackson (Sung by Clay Walker).

I must confess that I recently realized my relationship with God had changed. When I first began a personal relationship with Him, it was as a scared child. God was a real comfort to me during some really troubling times. He brought me peace and gave me strength in every situation.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Marvel At The Wonder In All Things

on September 8, 2017 - 8:01am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

“Well,” I whisper quietly into Helen’s ear. “What do you think? Is that a man or a woman?”

The tears that blurred my vision a few moments earlier are drying. The palpitations of my heart thumping hard in my chest are easing as well. I sigh and take a deep breath, exhaling slowly. Then another. She does the same.

Together, we stare, bewildered. Together, we consider the long reddish hair that disappears beneath the pink shawl, the slim forlorn white face, and the thin, pale hands. The figure is leaning away from their supposed husband.

“I don’t know,” she

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