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Columns

  • Just a Thought - What to do when you hit a milestone

    By Rick Kraft

    Today I hit a milestone. I have a file folder on my computer that inside it has numbers assigned to each column that I have submitted for publication. Starting with number one, a May 2001 column titled “Choices We Make,” the columns are numbered consecutively all the way up to 799.

    Today I submit column number 800. It is a milestone for the “Just a Thought” column that has taken over 15 years to reach.

    So what do you do when you reach a milestone in your life? You celebrate and then move on. Let me explain.

  • Another perspective - Home-safe-home

    By Tony Hernandez and Terry Brunner

    Some say the electric feeling of buying and moving into your own home never wears off. When you own the floors you’re standing on, the walls surrounding you and the roof over your head, you also own great satisfaction from the hard work that resulted in your home becoming yours.

    Yet, just as it was hard work to achieve the American Dream of homeowner-ship, being responsible for maintaining and, inevitably, repairing your own home can be just as much hard work.

  • Editorial Roundup - August 28, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
     
    The Vallejo Times-Herald on transparency in police shooting cases (Aug. 19):
    In the wake of Ferguson, California this month became the first state in the nation to outright ban the use of secret grand juries to investigate police killings of civilians.

  • Another perspective - Remember the Animas

    By Diana Presser

    Remember when the American government assured us that covering our heads with our math books, while crouched under our desks, would protect us in the event of a nuclear bomb? We were elementary students in a time when we trusted adults to know what was best for us – especially our country’s leaders.

  • Work of Art: A great dad-son combo

    The cause of much consternation as we returned from our summer break to resume classwork at Immaculate Conception School in 1954 was whether the bulk we’d acquired during vacation had magically slipped away. That was the time we returned as freshmen to the homeroom of Sister Mary Missa Massa.

    The baby fat we thought we’d exchanged for muscle just wasn’t there. Here’s what happened:

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Back to school and freedom in teaching

    Editor’s note: This column is a repeat from August 2013, updated where needed to make it relevant in August 2015.

    LAS VEGAS — It’s back-to-school time and, oh, the memories.

    I remember being a little kid and looking forward to the return with a mixture of dread and excitement. Dread because the summer was freedom and it was coming to an end; excitement because every new school year was a chance to become just a little more grown up, which in a kid’s eyes is real freedom.

  • Just a Thought - Amazing grace how sweet the sound

    By Rick Kraft

    My family was attending an interdenominational chapel service at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colo., when the visiting pastor spoke to us about grace. He spoke about numerous instances in his life when he had been given grace.

    He closed his sermon leading us in singing the most beloved hymn of all time: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

  • Another perspective - Progress made: Time to work wiser and smarter
  • Editorial Roundup - August 21, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on big money looming larger in the 2016 campaign (Aug. 18):

    Skeptics of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 warned that it would open the door to a handful of mega-wealthy donors to buy national elections. The consequences have been worse than anyone imagined.

  • Work of Art: Too late for lefties day

    Alas! I missed it by a week, but in my defense, I’ve been reminded that people with my condition are perpetually behind the times.

    I refer to National Left Handers Day, observed Aug. 13 and described “as a chance to tell your family and friends how proud you are of being left-handed, and also raise awareness of the issues lefties face in a world designed for right-handers.”

    They’re right! Too many of us get left behind.