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Stop obsessing over your muffin top

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Yes, it happens to the best of us. Aging often brings on the muffin top. That jiggly piece of stomach that is squishy and squeezy. Also called belly fat, waistline flab, or roly-poly guacamole. Tight pants accentuate the tummy roll. Body-hugging shirts highlight the puffy pouch. The spare tire in the middle gets a lot of flack.

“Any woman can get a muffin top. But women are more likely to gain excess belly weight – especially deep inside the belly – as they go through perimenopause and into menopause, when their menstrual cycle ends. That’s because as estrogen levels drop, body fat is redistributed from the hips, thighs, and buttocks (where it used to be stored as a fuel...

Examining barriers to climate action

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N. M. senators concentrate on how to respond

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis’ hearing titled, “Dark Money and Barriers to Climate Action” Oct. 29.  The committee heard about anonymous funding of climate obstruction and what can be done to fight it from experts at top universities and government watchdog groups.

Udall, lead sponsor of the For the People Act, and Heinrich, a member of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, introduced the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v...

Science Corner: Who’s responsible for global warming?

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Pogo was right – We have met the enemy and he is us

Who’s responsible for all this global warming/climate change? Recently, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was criticized by a climate activist when she proposed working with the oil and gas industry to reduce methane emissions. The activist accused the governor of working with “the enemy.” Is the oil and gas industry really an enemy? I believe it was Albert Camus who aptly stated - we are all innocent, even if we have to blame the whole human race and heaven and hell.

First, if they are the enemy, just stop buying gas and oil. Where does that get us? But in fact we ourselves are the enemy if there is one. According to the...

Luján honors 75 Vietnam War veterans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, presented 75 local Vietnam Veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Pin – a commendation of our nation’s lasting gratitude to U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War in a ceremony held at the Gallup Cultural Center on Oct. 19.

At the ceremony, Luján presented the veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Pin to honor and thank them for their service to our country. Luján was joined by James Eby, of Gallup’s Veterans Helping Veterans and the Gallup Boy Scout Troop 40.

“I had the pleasure of recognizing dozens of Vietnam veterans - distinguished individuals...

When adults bully adults, kids suffer

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Dear Editor:

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. “Every day thousands of young people experience bullying from their peers while at school, after school in their neighborhoods, and even when they are at home, through social media and texts,” PACER points out. Founded in 2006, PACER is a national bullying prevention center, www.pacer.org.

But, here’s my question. How do we as adults hope to prevent bullying among our youth when adults can be some of the vilest verbal word-villains?

A 2019 article in The Chicago Tribune tells the snarly story. An Illinois freelance writer Melissa Blake wrote a recent anti-Trump op-ed piece for CNN. A mob of mean mug-thugs hurled...
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