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Columns

  • This is for those blessed with many years

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  • Newspaper ownership, local and corporate

    I’m knee-deep in trouble now.

    I just bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator, and it’s up to me to get it out every week.

    Well — me and the dedicated staff I inherited.

    I’m following in the chanclas-clad footsteps of Michael E. Sprengelmeyer, a unique individual if there ever was one. After they made M.E., they broke the mold.

  • How to not erase student debt

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News.

    Even by government standards, it is a colossally dumb idea: revoking someone's license to work as a way to get them to pay off their student loans. Yet many states do just that.

    Student loan debt has more than doubled since 2009 to $1.3 trillion today. The average borrower in the class of 2016 left campus more than $30,000 in debt -- triple the level from 1990, while earnings for newly minted grads have remained flat.

  • Got to be carefully taught

    A 1949 Broadway musical by Rogers and Hammerstein, "South Pacific," contains a song with lyrics that are penetrating.

  • The show must go on!

    Beth Speaks for Herself — by Beth Urech

  • Life lessons from Coach John Wooden

    Almost 50 years ago, my father took a job teaching at UCLA and my family packed up and moved from Michigan to Southern California. It was the late 60’s and the most successful college basketball coach of all time, John Wooden, was coaching the Bruins to national title after national title.

  • Travel ban undercuts our collective goals

    By Dr. Victoria J. Mora

    As I read the news that the Supreme Court of the United States Monday allowed the third version of President Trump’s ban on travelers from six majority Muslim countries, North Korea, and Venezuela to stand while legal challenges continue, it occurred to me how easy it is to become complacent. 

  • Joining the independents

    John Graham reports from Lovington, but he does a lot more than that.

    When something's happening in his hometown, Graham often goes out and covers it for his paper, the Lovington Leader. Then he goes back to his desk (in his publisher's office, because he also owns the paper) to write the story, process a photo or two and get it all placed on a page.

  • We turn to you, Alabama

    By Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism and author of two books.
    Like so many women in recent days, I’ve discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14.
    My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most “forever” postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew about the world in one of the cups of my starter bra.
    That was 1973.
    Six years later, it was Leigh Corfman’s turn to be 14.

  • Just the tip of the iceberg?

    Las Vegas, N.M. — where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
    Well, maybe that’s not the perfect description of our Meadow City. But the shock waves are as palpable as if they originated here.
    That topic ­— and others of that ilk ­— took up part of the time we news personnel devoted to the increasingly frequent reports of various sexual impropriety around the country.