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Money IQ: Charitable Giving Opportunities

on April 17, 2013 - 10:42am
Money IQ
By ERIC LOUCKS

Charitable Giving Opportunities

When choosing the most advantageous charitable giving strategy, individuals must evaluate a number of factors, such as their need for current income, their desire to control and preserve assets during life and after death, their specific charitable intent, as well as important tax management issues.

Charitable estate planning techniques can help achieve many of these objectives.

Letter to the Editor: Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

on April 17, 2013 - 9:01am

Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

 

By Meredith R. Machen and Dick Mason, Leadership Team
League of Women Voters of New Mexico leaders@lwvnm.org

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is concerned about the last-minute tax bill slammed through the New Mexico Legislature and the broken process. 

HB641, like any comprehensive tax legislation, has many components which will have long-term effects on New Mexico's economy.

Experts are still debating the overall cost and benefit projections, the challenges for municipalities, the difficulties of implementation,

Solo Traveler: Slow-Go Travel

on April 17, 2013 - 8:23am
Solo Traveler
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE
 
Slow-Go Travel

As a retired solo traveler, cost is my main concern when I want to go anywhere.

A hotel room costs almost as much for one as for two, making traveling alone rather expensive. Hostels and pensiónes can also be a bit pricey even when the bathroom is shared.

From my perspective, the best way to extend travel funds is to travel slowly. Find an area of the world that sounds intriguing, rent a small furnished apartment and stay a while.

Food everywhere is cheaper when purchased in the markets and cooked at “home.” If the utilities

YANG: Opposites Attract? Or, We Prefer To Hang Out With Like-Minded? Handling Differences/Conflicts – Part II

on April 15, 2013 - 8:46am
Opposites Attract? Or, We Prefer To Hang Out With Like-Minded? Handling Differences/Conflicts – part II
Column by ELENA YANG

Just as differences do not automatically lead to conflicts, they don’t inevitably cause mistakes either. 

However, pushing ideas into feasible plans and on to development involves risks; that’s where potential mistakes occur. 

If most people already feel uncomfortable with voicing different opinions, proposals, or ideas, the discomfort increases with the higher risks that come with realizing such ideas or plans.

Consider this colossal mistake: “In 2011, H.P.’s

Letter to the Editor: Use Slant Drilling in WR Parks?

on April 15, 2013 - 8:00am
By JOHN BARTLIT
Los Alamos
 
A current public issue is whether County water wells should be drilled in County park lands on the edge of White Rock Canyon.
 
The public discussion has dealt little, if any, with alternative drilling technology, namely, directional drilling, also called slant drilling.
 
Directional drilling goes back 50 years, but major advances came as computers became commonplace.
 
Directional drilling is the technique of drilling wells at a slant, instead of always boring straight down.

Thoughts From the Big Chair: Jonathan Winters, Roger Ebert and A Little Late Night Talk

on April 15, 2013 - 7:27am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict
Column by RALPH E. CHAPMAN
 
Jonathan Winters, Roger Ebert and A Little Late Night Talk

Hey gang. Sorry to be absent for a few weeks but work and massive amounts of pollen really gave me a bit of a time crunch and brain freeze.

This week I’m going to cover some shorter topics and next week I will have a longer essay on “The Problems and Perils of “Good TV” and Participatory Television;” my thoughts on the general changes I’ve seen in the TV landscape – both good and bad.

On to this week’s topics…

How The Hen House Turns: Rattlesnake Behavior And A Few Brief Reviews

on April 14, 2013 - 8:32am
How The Hen House Turns
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
 
Rattlesnake Behavior And A Few Brief Reviews
 

At the end of Streak’s story last week, I promised a rattlesnake story.

Then I received a comment from Joy Drake for my blog at caryneeper.com, and I decided the theme today would digress to include a note about recent research that addresses the issue she mentioned - "ascribing human emotions" to animals.

Are we imagining things when a dog smiles? Or wags its tail, or jumps around excitedly when we get out the leashes?
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