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McQuiston: How Often Do You Review Your Homeowners Insurance?

on February 24, 2017 - 7:50am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
An annual homeowners insurance review is something most people don't do but should.
 
Your home is one of your biggest investments and it is important to plan for the unexpected. However, when reviewing your insurance needs, please consider that cheaper insurance could leave you unprotected when you need coverage the most. Not all insurance policies are created equal. 
 
Let’s review some questions you should consider to help determine if changes might be needed to your policy.
 
Have any additions been made to your home or renovations to the
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Yang: Fact, Truth, Reality ... Which One Is Debatable?

on February 24, 2017 - 7:38am
​By ELENA YANG
Former Los Alamos Resident
  • Author’s note: In one of my last columns of 2016, I mentioned that the Los Alamos Daily Post graciously invited me to submit my writing whenever the mood seizes me. So, I am back, more or less, less on a weekly basis, more as an irregular presence.
 
A child asks mom, “what is that man doing?” Mom says, “He’s entertaining.” Child, “No, what is he doing?” Mom, “He’s performing.” Child gasped, “But what is he doing?” Mom tries again, “He’s making people smile.” Child continues, “But what is he doing?” Mom finally adopts the conventional definition,

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Infinite Recycling

on February 23, 2017 - 4:58pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In our world today there is much concern about recycling of materials that have been assembled with energy to create something for use by humanity.  

Referring to the Plass table shown in column 2, note that decay and respiration add CO2 to the atmosphere. It can be argued that this is essentially the recycling of organic, carbon-based materials readying them for reconstruction via photosynthesis. Essentially solar recycling of formerly living materials – it is organic.

But what about non-organic materials?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Breathe

on February 23, 2017 - 4:40pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

There are two Mary Beths.

Mary Beth One is calm and professional and well-organized (and all my friends reading this are thinking, “Really?!? I have never met her!”).

Mary Beth Two is easily overcome by angst and remarkably unproductive (“Ah!” my friends now say, “that’s the Mary Beth I know!”).

The only way Mary Beth Two can feel like she is moving forward is to watch just a very minutes of “Hoarders” or “My 600-Pound Life”. Only a few minutes or I am overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and sickness.

I am glad I am not the people on the show--and why-oh-why

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 23, 2017 - 4:35pm

Professor Emerita Denise Fort: How Can U.S. Retain Scientific Leadership In Environmental Protection?

on February 23, 2017 - 7:27am
By DENISE D. FORT
Professor Emerita UNM School of Law
Former director, NM Environmental Improvement Division
 
The upheaval in Washington, D.C. that is occurring now has one surprising objective - the discrediting of scientists. Science is under attack in numerous ways.
 
The assertion that climate change is a Chinese hoax was bad enough. Now the Administration has nominated a climate denier to head the EPA, taken down web pages that inform the public about agency work, and threatened to slash funding at EPA.
 
The threat comes from the Congress as well; 114 representatives have

How The Hen House Turns: Anthropomorphism Or Not?

on February 22, 2017 - 7:49am
BY CARY NEEPER
Former Los Alamos Resident
 
There's a very fine line to be drawn between anthropomorphizing animals and discovering who they really are.
 
I've been delighted by animal stories all my life—like Lassie Come Home, even Charlotte's Web. I also have been fascinated by anecdotal tales of dolphins rescuing drowning humans and dogs saving lives with their acute sense of smell.
 
Lately, these past 15 or 20 years, I have been relieved to read that ethologists, students of animal behavior, now recognize and are studying animals' checkered experiences of emotion and

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Distributed Manufacturing - Volume/Density/Mass

on February 19, 2017 - 9:38am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the not so distant past of world history, humans were primarily concerned with survival. Their time was spent engaged in activities at the lowest levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy, primarily focused on food and shelter. As the human population grew, the fabrication of other things such as tools, weapons, fabricated shelters, things of comfort, and even concocted food stuffs grew with the organization of civilization. Then the industrial revolution occurred and manufacturing bloomed.

In the revolution, depending on the product produced,

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Hell Or High Water

on February 19, 2017 - 7:51am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Hell or High Water” came out in August last year and the previews made it look like a celebration of stupidity and bad behavior. So I was not motivated to see it in the theater.
 
But then, the Santa Fe New Mexican gave it four chilies (out of a possible four!) And then a friend I highly respect suggested I had really missed something, by not seeing it. Then it got nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. So, I checked on Netflix and it is now out on DVD. So I gave in and watched it at home.

McQuiston: Replacement Cost Value Versus Market Value ... What’s the Difference?

on February 19, 2017 - 7:44am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


Many homeowners often wonder why the limit on their homeowner’s insurance policy is more than the market value of their home. In some cases, there can be a drastic difference between what you recently paid for your home versus how much insurance coverage you have. It’s just a way for the insurance company to get more premium, right?

Not quite! Keep in mind that market value and replacement cost value are two completely different things.

Smart Design With Suzette: Style Your Bookshelves Like a Pro

on February 19, 2017 - 7:24am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
If you are like me, I absolutely love bookcases in a home. I dream of having a custom bookcase built around a fireplace or a library dedicated to relaxed reading. But what I do have are small bookcases that hold literary treasures, art and accessories that represent who I am.
 
Style-Defining Bookcases

Most people struggle with decorating and filling bookcases, and as time progresses, they end up asking me for advice. Your beautiful home deserves bookcases that showcase your personal style with organized arrangements of books, collectibles and pieces of art.

Pastor Raul Granillo: We Are Christian

on February 19, 2017 - 5:59am

By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos 

The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. (NIV, Acts 11:26)

In the Nazarene Church, one of our core values is that we are a Christian church. Let me be clear to begin with, there are many Christian churches that bring many beautiful, and distinctive characteristics to God’s Church. We have differences, but we are bound by some common beliefs that make us Christian. So, what is a Christian?

The short answer is simply that a Christian is a person who puts their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Hang In There

on February 18, 2017 - 7:24am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So many people are sick right now. Los Alamos has been hit hard by the flu, which showed up a little late this year, and a very nasty virus is circulating, keeping people in bed for days. It is down-right hazardous to leave the house.

I had that virus a few weeks ago and it knocked me off my feet for nearly a week. Someone asked me how I felt and I said, “I feel like I have been hit by a bus.” And then I thought, “Oh wait, being hit by a bus is nothing like this!”

Several years ago when I was living near Hermosillo, Mexico, I was hit by a bus.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 16, 2017 - 3:51pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'A Man Called Ove'

on February 16, 2017 - 8:04am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“A Man Called Ove” is one of the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film of 2016.
 
If you don’t speak Swedish and don’t like reading subtitles, you’ll just have to read the book by Fredrik Backman. It is terrific! What the film offers are some wonderful character performances, despite the pruned storyline.
 
The story takes place in a community of look-alike, blockhouses. Our hero Ove Lindahl used to be president of the homeowners association and since those glory days everything he sees is going to pot.
 
Every morning Ove still makes the

Gun Laws And Statistics: A Sometimes Toxic Mix

on February 15, 2017 - 6:59am
By KHALIL SPPENCER
Los Alamos

Elena Giorgi  states the oft-repeated claim that "states that have closed the loopholes have seen a huge reduction in gun homicide." I wish Ms. Giorgi and others would cite their sources for these claims because as far as I know, there is no evidence of such a huge cause and effect between closing private sales "gun show loopholes" and seeing resulting "huge" reductions in gun crime. Indeed, states with so-called "weak" gun laws range from those with very high gun homicide statistics to some having the lowest gun homicide rates.

Indeed, one can look closer to

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Jackie

on February 13, 2017 - 8:53am

Cinema Cindy Reviews Moonlight

on February 12, 2017 - 7:31am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Moonlight,” nominated for Best Picture of 2016, as well as seven other Oscars, tells the story of a young boy named Chiron, cowered by the expectations of the world around him. His environment militates against showing any kind of vulnerability. He just isn’t a tough guy, like his peers. He lacks a trusted adult in whom to confide.
 
Poster for Moonlight. Courtesy image
 
Chiron is called “Little” when he’s young, because of his diminutive stature and extreme shyness. Chiron’s mother works as a nurse, but is not home enough to care for the boy.

Smart Design With Suzette: Home Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

on February 12, 2017 - 7:27am
Roughly 10 percent of all projects nationwide had a return of more than 100 percent and every one of the projects had a payback of more than 100 percent in at least one market nationwide. Courtesy image 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Depending on the project, the average return on investment (ROI) nationwide for remodeling projects ranges from as high as 107.7 percent to as low as 53.9 percent. That’s the word from REMODELING Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report that compared costs for 29 of the most popular professional mid-range and upscale remodeling projects in U.S.

Pastor Raul Granillo: The Love Of Hate

on February 12, 2017 - 7:13am

By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos  

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12 (NIV).

I doubt that there are many people who argue with this Proverb. In general, we agree that hatred is bad and love is good. So why do we see so many acts of hatred, not just from terrorists or white supremacists, but from everyday people, including ourselves?

We see hatred while we drive, when we watch the news, when we go to a little league game; even in our churches and in our own homes. Why is it so difficult for us to escape hatred?

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Lion’

on February 11, 2017 - 8:15am

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Lion” brings to the screen a memoir entitled “A Long Way Home” written by an Australian writer, Saroo Brierley. The film tells how Saroo, nearly five years old, got lost from his family in northern India and ended up alone, 994 miles away, in Kolkata. Soon after, he is adopted out from an orphanage to an Australian couple.

Movie poster for 'Lion'. Courtesy photo

Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) plays Saroo in all but the first third of the film, bringing to bear all the earnestness for which he is known on screen.

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Product Distribution

on February 9, 2017 - 9:05pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

As an example consider bottled water. Not the fancy kind loaded with non-water molecules or perhaps carbon dioxide (CO2). Just plain water - H2O. At a local grocery price level “ordinary” bottled water can be purchased for $3 to $4 for 24 pints or half-liters (16 oz. or 500 cc. bottles). This equates to $699 to $932 per thousand gallons.

The local price for tap water, which is very drinkable, is about $4.20 per thousand gallons plus a fixed fee of $7.93 per month no matter how many gallons are consumed for a maximum cost of $12.13 per

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Listen

on February 9, 2017 - 7:39am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

This Week: Listen

I hear my husband come through the front door.

“Hey ya!” I hear him shout cheerfully. “How ya’ been? Did you have a good day?” I can hear the smile in his voice.

I do not respond. This is because I know he is talking to our dogs. He is far more effusive when talking to our dogs than when talking to me. I have come to expect this, and accept this. I am guessing that when he enters the house, if I were to eagerly rush up to him while wiggling my butt with unbridled enthusiasm, he would probably speak to me with a little more exuberance.

Amateur Naturalist: A Small Patch Of Yellowstone In New Mexico

on February 9, 2017 - 6:08am
A vertical column of rock in Sulfur Creek canyon. Photo by Bob Dryja
 
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: A small patch of Yellowstone in New Mexico
By Robert Dryja
 
The Valles Caldera is approximately thirteen miles across. It is so large that several volcanic peaks rose up in it after its creation 1.2 million years ago.
 
Hot lava still exists beneath the caldera. This is most evident areas that have warm springs and ponds that are bubbling with hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide gases. The water can be acidic and the smell of rotten eggs fills the nearby air.

SCHIFERL: Success Was Not Mine Alone; I Owe Thanks To Many People

on February 8, 2017 - 8:48pm
By SHEILA SCHIFERL
Newly Elected UNM-LA Board Member
Los Alamos

Tesday was my first run as a candidate. Success was not mine alone; I owe thanks to many people:

First, thank you to my tireless campaign team.

Thank you to all the people we met, by phone and canvassing the town, for their advice, their participation, and their hospitality.

Thank you to the people who shared their experiences on school and college boards.

Thank you also to the people who brought us non-UNM-LA problems (including several potential hazards to children). We have contacted appropriate authorities to start

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