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Letter To The Editor: Medicare For All Can Work

on March 27, 2018 - 4:23pm
Los Alamos

Lisa Shin’s op-ed in the LA Daily Post (link) talks a lot about potential problems associated with a “single-payer” model for healthcare in the U.S., but her arguments for the main part are focused on how Obamacare works now, not on a single-payer model. 

In the process, she ignores the fundamental question of how do we provide healthcare for everyone. Even with Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, millions of people still have no healthcare coverage, which means that their only recourse is to go to the emergency room when they get sick. What is her plan?

Making the

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Paul, Apostle Of Christ’

on March 27, 2018 - 3:05pm
Los Alamos
“Paul, Apostle of Christ” is the latest release from Affirm Films, Sony’s division for faith-based movies. It comes just in time for the Easter season, but in limited release.
In this period piece set in 67C.E., Luke (the gospel writer) clandestinely finds his way to a group of believers hiding in Rome.
Through their leaders, the married couple Aquila and Priscilla, he is smuggled into the infamous Mameritine Prison to visit his friend, the Apostle Paul.
Visiting Paul regularly, Luke writes down his reminiscences, intending to write a book about

Letter To The Editor: Response To Lisa Shin

on March 26, 2018 - 9:07am
White Rock

I write in response to Ms. Lisa Shin’s letter to the editor of March 24, 2018 (link).

The US is the only country in the world that does not have a commitment to Universal Health Coverage, for which there are sound ethical and economic rationale. Universal Health Coverage means ensuring that all people in a country have access to an agreed package of good quality health services, coupled with insurance to protect people financially if they fall ill.

In addition, we spend 18 percent of our national income on health.

McQuiston: Airbnb And Your Home

on March 26, 2018 - 8:24am
The Jemez Agency
I was having a conversation recently with a client who was thinking of making a little money by renting out his home through Airbnb. 
While this is a popular option for some folks today, it does pose some insurance risks you may not be aware of. So it got me looking for some information on the subject and I found this article.
On any given day, the news cycle usually has a story or two featuring the transgressions that an Airbnb renter has committed on an unfortunate rental home.
The chances of a property getting trashed or its contents

Milenski: About Code Enforcement Proposal

on March 26, 2018 - 7:20am
Candidate for County Council

More than a year ago, Heather Ortega and I reunited in Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski’s office over the matter of Notices of Violation (NOV) being issued to people in the community.

Heather and I had known each other during high school and in our 20’s. Over the past year she and I have grown close as friends as we steadily continued to work toward understanding the ordinance, the way it was being enforced, and what it was intended to accomplish.

In this process, we discovered many cases where code enforcement was, sadly, a

Fr. Glenn: Peace Through Strength

on March 25, 2018 - 7:36am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Did you see the story of the French police officer who exchanged himself for a female hostage in a terrorist incident last Friday? Sadly, he perished in the subsequent events. But who cannot but admire someone willingly risking his life for another? As Jesus said: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) How great a love, then, for one risking his life for a stranger … admirable in the extreme.

Shin: Single-payer Is Not The Answer

on March 24, 2018 - 8:11am
Candidate for House Rep. District 43

Obamacare had thousands of pages of job-killing mandates, regulations, and taxes. Why should we be surprised at rising costs and skyrocketing premiums? We should have learned that more government regulation over health care is disastrous. Instead, we have Councilors Sheehey and Chandler competing to be the louder voice for single-payer: the most control government can have over health care.

Be wary of those who tout the merits of socialized medicine.