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Columns

  • Work of Art: Big whoopee! Let’s be neater

    There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who use the Oxford comma, and those who don’t. I’m not a willing user, even to the peril of a lowered grade in school.

    An instructor we suffered through in the Dark Ages at Highlands University laid out some arcane rules we were to follow in doing our homework. One was that we use the serial (or Oxford or Harvard) comma whenever necessary. “It looks neater,” she said.

  • Straight from the City: Demanding value for taxpayers’ dime

    Considerable taxpayer dollars were awarded by the City in the past to local non-profit groups. Many of the groups had overlapping missions, (e.g., economic development or tourism.) The specific, measurable results which that money was supposed to produce were sometimes soft services rather than hard deliverables, and the outcomes were not always well-documented or even well-defined.  

    That practice cannot continue in our current economic climate.

  • Just a Thought: A recipe for life, being humble and kind

    By Rick Kraft

    Have you ever met someone for the first time and within 30 seconds you can tell you really don’t care for them? How can you assess a person that quickly? We all do it.

    First impressions can be hard to overcome but, without exception, you have had a first impression with every person you have ever interacted with.

    Each of us are so unique that we are the only model of our kind in the entire world. The way we look, the way we move, and the words we use all speak for themselves.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Truth becomes a casualty in Trump’s bid for election

    Take a deep breath, I tell myself, it’s only campaign hyperbole. We’ve witnessed election-year spin over and over through the years.

    But last week’s remarks by Donald Trump are breathtaking in its intended deception. It turns out, Trump declared after years of fanning the flames of the “birther controversy,” that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. after all.

  • Work of Art: Time is money — and then some

    Remember when a nickel would buy us a candy bar or a bottle of pop? And even a penny amounted to something when inserted into a gumball machine. I recall that the Coke machine in the mechanics’ area at B.M. Werley Auto Company, the Ford dealership on Grand and University, got rid of possibly the last nickel pop machine in town, charging a dime for the “new and improved” product.  

    And the jerks that replaced the machine didn’t even provide a bottle larger than the six-ounce drink we received.

  • Just a Thought: The best advice you have ever been given

    By Rick Kraft

    What is the best advice you have ever been given? Is this a hard question to answer with the single biggest piece of advice you have ever been given or are there several pieces of advice that come to your mind that you think are equally valuable?

    Do you take advice well? Or put another way, do you receive other’s wisdom openly?

  • Editorial Roundup - Sept. 18, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Dallas Morning News on the public having a right to medical records of presidential candidates (Sept. 12):
    The nation is about to elect one of its oldest presidents. On inauguration day, Donald Trump would be 70, the oldest president ever elected. Hillary Clinton would be 69, the second-oldest president, right behind Ronald Reagan.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - We’re overloaded with communication and information

    In the beginning, people communicated face-to-face, or at least within earshot of each other. It was primitive but effective enough, and the social creature we call “human” evolved into the dominant species we are today.

    Then came long-distance communication through messengers and the mail, followed by the invention of the telegraph to speed it all up. By the time the 20th century rolled around, we were talking with each other on telephones, grounded by electrical lines until wireless came along.

  • Work of Art: It’s right downtown

    Do you ever run into people whom you like instantly? It happens often in our case.

    We met Tony and Elizabeth Riome last Tuesday morning. They are from Scotland, both former air traffic controllers in Norway. It was our daughter-in-law, Connie Trujillo, who took the first step at New Mexico Hospitality 101. As she left the El Fidel Monday, Connie noticed an elderly couple toting suitcases. They were asking the waiter if, where and whether they could hire a taxi.

    A taxi in Las Vegas? Connie instead offered the couple a ride to their hotel.

  • Instant fusion: Love and music

    By Beth Urech

    ver experience instant fusion with another human being? I recently did. I’m helping promote the Fifth Meadow City Music Festival coming up at the end of September. More than 20 groups will perform at our wonderful Plaza Park, the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel and JC’s New York Pizza.