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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The politics and pressures of law enforcement

    With all the heat that police officers are taking lately, I’m thinking it’s a good time to bring up a related topic — the politics that infiltrates police departments everywhere.

  • Another perspective - Luna continues to enrich lives

    By Abelino Montoya

    I would like to take this opportunity to answer some important questions from constituents from Luna Community College’s District 5 and others, and also present an update on the significant progress of LCC.

  • Just a Thought - Don’t worry unless it happens

    By Rick Kraft

    How much of life do you live being anxious? What is not accomplished today because of worrying about tomorrow? How much is your quality of life lowered because the future is unknown.

    A few weeks ago I attended a leadership training session taught by John Garcia of Albuquerque. Mr. Garcia, a former cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Tourism who specializes in economic/business development, presented the group many leadership tools.

  • Work of Art: Honoring the honor code

    We thought we’d moved to a different world the first time my wife and I, with our 3-months-old son, drove in to Charlottesville, Va. I had received a fellowship to study English at the University of Virginia and was thrilled at the prospect.

    It was a great experience, in the early ‘70s, meeting and studying under people like Fredsen Bowers, a Shakespeare scholar; Douglas Day, UVa’s “renaissance man”; and Ed Hirsch, who authored the “Cultural Literacy” series, an academic best-seller.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A week on the pages of small-town newspapers

    Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, N.M., I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism.

    It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes more than 15 newspapers around the state, along with a news-savvy radio station broadcasting out of Santa Fe.

  • Another perspective - Senate Dems kill capital outlay with gridlock and dysfunction

    By Jason Harper

    The $264 million capital outlay bill that would have jump-started job growth, fixed roads, and repaired schools died an unnecessary death at the hands of the Democratic-controlled State Senate.

    But to hear Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez’s slanted version of events, you’d never know that. So here is what I witnessed, first-hand.

    On Day One of the legislative session, Senator Sanchez proclaimed, “Bills have always come to die in the Senate.”

  • Just a Thought - It is all Greek to me

    By Rick Kraft

    I just bought a book on Greece titled “Learn Greek in 25 Years.” I think it is going to push me. For the first time in my life I can truly understand the meaning of the phrase, “It is all Greek to me!”

  • Another perspective - Preparing kids for financial success

    By Ben White

  • Editorial Roundup - April 17, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    McCook (Nebraska) Daily Gazette on Obama penalty finally getting real (April 10):
    “Why should I pay for something I don’t need,” one young worker was heard to remark when she found out the Affordable Care Act requires her to purchase health insurance.
    That’s the whole idea of Obamacare — if everyone has to buy it, the cost of health care will be spread out among more people, theoretically making it “affordable” for everyone.

  • Work of Art: Absurd name change

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”
    — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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    Search for the Española-based institution of higher learning and you’ll likely find web sites for Northern New Mexico College and Northern New Mexico University. It’s not a typo. Those who created the various web sites clearly knew what they were doing.