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  • Dispatch New Mexico - Violence against women vs. real manhood

    Thanks, NFL, for sparking a worthy national conversation. When it comes to the issue of domestic violence, you’ve given us a wealth of examples about how not to behave.

    Of course, it’s more important to talk about how such violence hits us at home, in our local communities, but it’s easier to discuss it when some faraway football players are under the microscope. So let’s ease in and start with Ray Rice.

  • Nuestra Historia - Born on the Fourth of July

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The railroad tracks laid down by the AT&SF reached Las Vegas on July 1 1879, and the first train arrived here three days later on the Fourth of July, with Dan Daley at the throttle and Charlie Brooks as conductor.

  • Work of Art: Is ‘jewlery’ alright?

    Maybe it’s time to give up the struggle. My temptation is to say, “All right, all you people on loudspeakers in big box stores, and all of you behind a microphone: It’s alright to call it ‘jew-lery.”

    It seems easier that way. We hear it on radio commercials: jew-lery; even jewelers, who make a living selling jewel-ry, still insist on putting the “l” in front of the “r.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Outer space and our state in the news

    Outer space has been in the news a lot lately — and that’s just fine for the likes of New Mexico.

    Not only were we at the center of a couple of recent international news items, but we enjoy a rich history tied to humanity’s reach for the stars. But before we get to the “local” space stories, let’s take a quick look at what may soon be the biggest news to make its way to Earth in a long, long time.

  • Dulcey Amargo - A whopping 21 percent

    A couple of weeks ago, I ventured forth to attend my 50th class reunion, looking forward to the event in my hometown of Gallup. The event included classes of ’63,’64 and ’65, so I anticipated celebrating with a fairly large contingent of former friends.

    Well, there were about 12 of my classmates of the Cathedral High School class of ’64 present, two from the class of ’63, and one from ’65. Some were accompanied by spouses, bringing the total to about 28 or so, or a whopping 21 percent … not an overwhelming crowd, for sure.

  • Nuestra Historia - “An American town ... by Americans only”

    By Jesus L. Lopez

  • Work of Art: God created zucchini

    When God created zucchini, was He was playing a monumental joke on humankind in giving us a bland, tasteless, mushy-feeling omni-present veggie?

    I believe the creator hoped to watch our expressions as we attempt to down that slick food that’s so prolific it ought to be named “rabbit.” Someone should write a book and title it, “How to Stop Growing Zucchini and Rabbits.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Election-year issues that will and won’t matter

    In the wake of the Labor Day weekend comes the campaign for Election 2014, in earnest.

    All the noise you’ve heard so far was just the warm-up. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill.

    Still, it’s an important election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, land commissioner, U.S. senator and representative and five state constitutional amendments.

  • Nuestra Historia - Railroad by-passed Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    By 1871 there existed a transcontinental railroad across the United States, spanning the northern Great Plains, and soon plans were in place to run a rail line to the Southwest, roughly along the route of the Santa Fe Trail. Thus was commenced a new railway from Topeka, Kansas, to Santa Fe. (As early as 1863 the Atchison & Topeka Railroad added Santa Fe to its company name, when it decided that New Mexico’s capital city would be the southern destination of its rail line.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Sept. 12, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Tribune, Seymour on common sense and guns (Sept. 4):
    A little girl’s life was changed forever. A man’s life was brought to an abrupt end. A nation is left to wonder why and how it all happened.
    Recently, reports emerged from Arizona that a 9-year-old New Jersey girl had accidentally shot her firing-range instructor with an Uzi submachine gun. The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, was standing next to the girl when she squeezed the trigger.