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Retirement and Exercise

on April 13, 2012 - 11:13pm

Column by Kent Pegg

If you are one of those who have decided that now is the time to begin a new phase of your life by retiring, more hours have suddenly become available for other activities. And now is the time to reserve some of those hours to take care of your health through a program of regular exercise.

If you can allot a few hours per week of the extra time you have available to exercise at the onset of your retirement, it will become a regular part of your new life.


New Developments in Glass Recycling

on April 13, 2012 - 10:37am

Column by Tom Nagawiecki

During the question and answer session of every presentation given over the last two years, I have been asked why Los Alamos does not recycle glass. Up to this point my answer has always been the same; there are no local markets, thus making glass recycling a high cost and high environmental impact activity. 

In a recent visit to the Village of Angel Fire, New Mexico County staff was exposed to a local glass recycling system that is successfully diverting glass from the landfill in a financially and environmentally responsible manner. 

In Angel Fire, they are

Resurrection of Faith: Life With Cancer

on April 9, 2012 - 8:25pm

Cancer and Faith, particularly religious faith, is a complicated and impassioned subject, one I usually steer clear of.

But a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, by Lawrence Krauss, questioned what faith really is, given our ever increasing knowledge of cosmology and quantum mechanics.

It’s a subject, which is especially soul searching for cancer survivors, who are forced to address their own mortality and the meaning of their lives frequently.

For some, it reaffirms their religious faith in which they find solace.

For others, it reawakens years of separation from their faith as they


An Opportunity for a Great Conversation

on April 4, 2012 - 7:14am

Dear Editor,

How long has it been since you shared a great conversation over savory hors d’oeuvres and luscious deserts? 

How often do you have the chance to talk informally to some of our community’s most knowledgeable and creative people? 

On April 22 you can join us in supporting the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation in their “Great Conversations” fundraiser.

My wife, Emily, and I have participated in the past and find it a most enjoyable and rewarding way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon while donating to an organization that does so much to enhance our students’ learning


'Common Sense Still Applies'

on April 2, 2012 - 10:21pm

It's presidential election season and the rhetoric is ratcheting up. And because of that, it's important to get the facts and know exactly what the record is.


Far less important is what's being said ... especially on the campaign trail.


Our president was out on the campaign trail last week on a so called "energy tou.r."


He even stopped in New Mexico, where he traveled to the tiny oil town of Maljamar to tout his accomplishments ... a slick political move because no one would expect a big crowd.


Had he gone elsewhere, the reception would've likely been rougher because the

Ethical Behavior: The Baldrige Director’s Lesson

on March 31, 2012 - 5:46pm

Christine Schaefer

As any (self-certified) Baldrige geek knows, the Criteria for Performance Excellence consider legal and ethical behavior among the key requirements for high-performing leaders of any organization. In the first section, known as category 1, the 2011-2012 Criteria ask, “How does your organization promote and ensure ethical behavior in all interactions?”

Anyone who’s familiar with Baldrige Program Director Harry Hertz knows well that his personal leadership of the program since 1996 has provided many inspiring examples of ethical behavior.

 (Disclosure: He was my past but


Everybody Comes to Work Wanting to Do a Good Job

on March 30, 2012 - 8:02am

The title of this Insights column reflects what has been my guiding philosophy ever since my first managerial position. And I truly believe that the statement is accurate. Throughout my career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with many wonderful people. This observation led me to muse recently about what makes employees not just good, but exceptional—the types of employees we all want as colleagues and staff members. Having written previous columns on characteristics of exceptional leadership and governance, I think it’s time for me to comment on characteristics of