January 2017 Roundtable Discussion Group Schedule

January 4, 2017


The Roundtable Discussion Group meets from 10:30 to 11:30 am every Sunday in the Library of the Unitarian Church located at 2000 S. Solano, Las Cruces NM

Education never ends. Come join our discussions. Our goal is to learn more about all sides of issues and more about each other. If you have a comment or suggestion, email it to roundtable@uuchurchlc.org .



January  8  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Library

State Senator Bill Soules: “How will the November Ellection Results Affect New Mexico”

This is a continuation of last month’s discussion where we ran out of time.  You will find this interesting even if you missed the previous session.


We have a republican governor for at lease 2 more year, but after the elections, the democrats now control the legislative branch of NM government. The republicans now control all branches of the federal government. How will these changes impact our lives in New Mexico? When the NM legislature meets in January 2017, what legislation is likely to be brought up? Bill will give us his views which are always interesting.


January  15  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Library

Jim Basler:  Predictions of the Future

This will be an open discussion. Bring your own predictions of the future, or an interesting one you heard about. They can be serious, semi-serious, or just plain wacky.

Example: A leading Artificial Intelligence Researcher recently predicted, “Very soon humans will be marrying robots.” Did he use Artificial Intelligence to reach this conclusion?


January 22 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Library

Robert (Skip) Shelton: “Doing Hard Time On the Pleasure Planet. The theory and practice of Happiness.”

Skip is a newcomer to our group. Come get acquainted. His title is a hints at a very interesting discussion.


January 29  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Library

Paul O’Connell: The U.S. spends more on health care (per citizen) than any other country—why?

We will look at cost and incentive changes over the last 50 years; life style changes that effect health care-like diabetics, heart disease and back pain—many of which are preventable; monopolization of health care because of its inelastic demand and politicization of the industry


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