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Columns

  • Work of Art: Common school breaks help

    Only a few months ago, Bonnie and I flew to Iceland to join our son, Stan, his wife and two daughters, for a dip into their many hot lakes and to see first-hand what the country has done to maximize solar power.

    It was surprising that for a land so far north; we sweated in some of the many steaming swimming areas. We’d read about the geothermal and hydraulic energy, geysers and volcanoes.

  • Another Perspective - Taking the stress out of preparing for dorm life

    By Briana Hodge

    The following editorial by recently appeared in the Roswell Daily Record.

    This month, I begin my second year of college at Eastern New Mexico University-Portales.

    At this time last year, I was preparing furiously for college, buying heaps of unnecessary college gear that I thought would be necessary.

    The amount of money I wasted on things I never used could have been much better spent.

  • Just a thought - Spending some time looking in the mirror

    By Rick Kraft

    There I was, just sitting there looking at myself in the mirror. It seemed like forever as the minutes clicked off. I am not used to looking in a mirror for much longer than a quick glance just to check out my hair after it has been combed in the morning.

    I was the first appointment on a Saturday morning when the lady cutting my hair had to stop her efforts to answer the phone. She politely said “excuse me” and she walked away to help the caller leaving me just sitting there.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The lives and legacies of our surviving governors

    Call this one of those where-are-they-now pieces, this one on former New Mexico governors. We still have five of them running around, you know.

    I saw former Gov. Bill Richardson the other day on television for the first time in a while, lending a reasonable voice to the insanity that is enveloping the showdown between North Korea and the United States.

    Rhetorically, it’s difficult to discern who’s crazier, Kim Jong-un or Donald Trump, but thankfully there are still voices of diplomacy still out there.

  • Work of Art: A year with Asian students

    For now, let’s simply call them “Kitty” and “Tookta,” the second name pronounced with a long “o,” as in Tuke-tah.” We Trujillos have done it again; we’ve accepted two more foreign exchange students whom we understand are the only two such students in Las Vegas.

    Two years ago we took Phaedra, from Belgium, and Ana, from Spain, into our home and “adopted” them for 10 months while they completed their 10th and 12th school grades, respectively, at West Las Vegas High School.

  • Just a Thought: Being a hero doesn’t mean having to fight the bad guy

    By Rick Kraft

    Whether you are happy with what you have or unhappy because of what you don’t have, you have the same things.  We spend so much time looking right and left rather than looking inward and then outward.

    Basically, each of our lives can be seen as if we were running in our own lane as runners do on a track. There are lines on either side of us that we must not step outside of, but what we do in our own lane is what our life is all about.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Remembering names: If it were easy, we’d all do it

    By Beth Urech

    We meet lots of people while cruising up the Michigan coast, and it isn’t easy remembering their names. We met Chuck and Cathy on Beaver Island and then were in the ship next to their trawler in Frankfort (Michigan, not Germany.)

    Because I had connected their names with their boat name of “Carousel,” (All C’s) I could say, “Hi, Chuck and Cathy. How was your crossing?”

  • From the city: Here are the basics of preparing a city budget

    The city’s budget has recently gotten media attention, and there’s been some misunderstandings about both terminology and process regarding municipal budgets in the state of New Mexico.

    I get it. Words like “budget”  and “accounting”  make most people’s eyes glaze over. Most of us hate to even balance our checkbooks, and the work of the finance department is a little like continuously balancing an enormous, complex checkbook.

  • Another Perspective: Mora County responds to ambulance concerns

    By Paula Garcia, Chairwoman, Mora County Commission

    Tuesday, KOB-TV aired a story about the Mora County Ambulance Service. The story addressed a critical issue in Mora County regarding public safety and the availability of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the county. However, because of the brief and simplified format of the story, some vital facts were either missing or in need of clarification.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Challenging big chunks of conventional wisdom

    Sorry, but I just don’t buy it.

    Like a lot of free thinkers, I don’t cotton to group think. So I hereby take issue with some of the “conventional wisdom” I hear from time to time.