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Columns

  • Another Perspective: Don’t balance state budget on the backs of counties

    By Steve Kopelman and Tyler Massey

    As state budget talks continue, New Mexico’s counties are asking Governor Martinez and the New Mexico Legislature to take a careful look at the services provided by county government, and especially those programs financed by funds that are now being depleted.

  • Just a Thought: Learning from the wisdom of Lincoln

    Tomorrow we celebrate Presidents’ Day, a holiday that includes President Lincoln’s birthday.

    President Lincoln led our country through a low point in our history. The Civil War resulted in the deaths of over 700,000 of our own citizens (according to Wikipedia). President Lincoln had to carry the weight of a divided country on his shoulders each day of his Presidency.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 19, 2017

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Boston Herald on President Trump’s foreign policy “theatrics” (Feb. 15):

    The unanticipated floor show at Mar-a-Lago this weekend — captured by a Bostonian and club member who posted it all on his Facebook page — raises questions about the president’s seriousness on issues demanding a certain level of security.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Could this be the year for capital outlay reform?

    Buried inside nearly a thousand proposals introduced so far this legislative session is a measure that could dramatically reshape how New Mexico spends its money and takes care of its infrastructure.

  • Another Perspective: PA treasure worth restoring

    By Bonnie Bolton

    What is a community treasure? Is it people, buildings, cultural traditions? Webster defines it as wealth, often jewels or precious metals.

    Las Vegas has many community treasures in the categories suggested. However, the most precious, in my opinion, is a 137 year-old mixture of wood, metals, leather and ivory enclosed in a Gothic box.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Love is in the Air

    By Beth Urech

    Valentine’s Day was my mother’s birthday. When she turned 80, my brother gave her a sweatshirt proclaiming “No more birthdays! Just Valentine’s Day!” which she wore every birthday for the next 13 years. After Mother died Sep. 5, 2005, we were all involved in her memorial service.

    Thomas created the program, Sarah sang “Amazing Grace.” My mother’s middle name was Grace so that was especially fitting. I said a few words. My brother dealt with the funeral director, but that’s another story.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - Colleges, universities must adapt to students’ changing needs

    Our colleges and universities are, and have always been, an integral part of New Mexico’s economic development plans for preparing young adults and retraining older New Mexicans for jobs around the state. But our higher education system is staid and close to moribund, reluctant to shed the model and processes that have worked well in the past.

    Higher education must change, and we must help it change, to meet the changing needs of students and their future employers.

  • Just a Thought: Celebrating differences between the sexes

    By Rick Kraft

    Adam did not get a choice in who his wife was. God made that decision for him. In the Bible, Genesis 2:22, we are told “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” Although not stated in the scripture, God probably said something along the lines of “Adam, here is Eve.” I am sure Adam had some interesting visits with God about Eve.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Tale of two universities and their protests

    Before Berkeley, there was UNM. Same scheduled speaker, very different results.

    On Jan. 27, Milo Yiannapoulos, a far-right provocateur, came to the University of New Mexico to speak as part of his “Dangerous Faggot Tour.” The New Mexico Daily Lobo reported that about 600 people attended his speech, with another 200 or so outside protesting his presence on campus. Both gatherings were generally peaceful, according to the newspaper’s reports.

  • Work of Art: Going bankrupt? Again?

    Pick up any news article that deals with the bestowing of some sort of honor, be it the Super Bowl championship, winning the presidency of the United States, being named a beauty queen or being appointed hallway monitor at your high school. It doesn’t matter.

    What these supposed honors have in common is the choice of words the awardees use. Invariably, you’ll run across “humbled,” as in “I’m humbled to have been elected president.”