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Columns

  • One nation, under God —divisible

    Just a thought .... by Rick Kraft

    Today, I stood at the base of the flagpole at Fort Sumter and helped carefully unfold the United States flag. I assisted the ranger as he hoisted it up the pole so it could fly proudly over the island and the harbor.

    The flag that was taken down from the pole on April14, 1861 only had 33 stars. The one we raised today had 50. As I helped raise the flag I thought of the importance of the flag to our nation and what it represents.

  • OK,‘Spaceport America’ — your time is up

    One of the cruelest manifestations of illogical thinking is the sunk-cost fallacy. The irrational belief that a bad investment will, one day, pay off, if we just hold on a little longer, has led to plenty of sorrow in the private sector.

  • Why should local governments address climate change?

    Despite its small population, San Miguel County is bearing the brunt of global climate change caused by global human activity, including the release of greenhouse gas emissions.

    It’s widely acknowledged among the scientific community that the weather patterns that New Mexico and San Miguel Co. have been experiencing of late—including effects such as drought, floods, and wildfire—are heightened in severity by climate change.

  • DACA support in a conservative climate

    Last week, Lovington's school board went against the grain of its local politics. By a 3-2 vote, the municipal school board there passed a resolution supporting DACA recipients — a move that runs contrary to the conservative inclinations of this area of the state.

  • Pity the comma chasers

    I pity today’s comma chasers. They’re (we’re) the ones whose job is tantamount to digging a dozen 6-by-6-by-6 holes with a dull shovel in the hot Fort Bliss sun, in August.

    But first, let’s make it clear that: The term comma chaser doesn’t refer solely to that tiny punctuation mark but is a generic term for editors and teachers, and even parents who look over their kids’ homework.

  • True conservative turns; that’s news

    The following editorial originally appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    In the days since Sen. Bob Corker, a no-nonsense Tennessee Republican, warned that President Donald Trump’s erratic behavior could lead the nation into World War III, not a single one of his colleagues has uttered a word.

  • Why is college enrollment declining?

    From the Highlands President — Dr. Sam Minner

    College enrollment across our nation is in decline. Since 2011, overall enrollment in the U.S. has declined about 9 percent.

    Unfortunately, New Mexico’s decline is one the steepest in the nation. Here in New Mexico, we went from a 2011 total head count of 96,860 in all of our institutions to last year’s headcount of 86,883.

  • Worrying life away in a rocking chair

    It has been said that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair rocking away hour after hour after hour.

    You can burn a lot of time and you can burn a lot of energy, but after you are through, you end up right where you started from. Time and energy are both precious commodities we have in limited quantities.

    What we put our time and our energy into defines the lives we live. They determine our story. There are definitely better investments that we can pour ourselves into than rocking away in a rocking chair.

  • The glass is half full in the Meadow City

    Beth Speaks for Herself — By Beth Urech

    Is it coincidental that the Delta Institute’s panelists sat in front of a huge sepia-toned photograph of the devastating Chicago fire as they spoke about equitable and ethical ways to build community?

    I could almost smell the smoke. In fact, Naomi Cole of Eco-Disticts, who is based in Portland, Oregon, lamented, “For months we have suffered forest fires. Hazy skies. We cannot breathe.”

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news — Oct. 13, 2017

    VOTE FOR YOUR CITY

    MainStreet de Las Vegas is trying to win up to $150,000 in a national grant contest to help convert the E. Romero firehouse into a Bridge Street museum. The top 10 vote getters will receive funds and Las Vegas could receive $150,000 for a to honor our volunteer firemen, the Acequia Madre and the many vehicles used to keep Las Vegas safe through the years.

    Friday (Oct. 6), an open house showcased the 1937 Seagrave fire truck, 1888 La France hose cart and 1883 brass bell that will be centerpieces of the museum.