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Columns

  • Just a Thought - Hate destroys the hater

    By Rick Kraft

    “Hate is a form of cancer. It will consume you if allowed to spread. Hate destroys the hater as well as the hated. Set that side by side with love. Love has a redemptive power.” Words of wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 16, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Day of New London on reducing suicides among veterans (Jan. 8)
    While we recently leveled criticism at U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal for his tendency to shoot from the lip and not let facts get in his way, his announcement this week that he is reintroducing a bill intended to reduce suicides among military veterans deserves a big thumbs up.

  • Work of Art: Remember English Usage Exam?

    As I look back, almost exactly 50 years, to the time when all Highlands students who hoped to graduate needed to pass the university-devised English Usage Exam, I realize it wasn’t so hard after all.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A tale of two perspectives

    As part of my work, and for pleasure, I read newspapers from all over the state — and two in particular recently stood out.

    Such different perspectives they have, and by “they” I don’t mean the newspapers’ editors. I’m talking about communities that the Las Vegas Optic and the Lovington Leader serve. And nowhere are their differences as stark as they are in dealing with the oil and gas industry.

  • Another Perspective - Why health insurance is important

    By Chris Wolf

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 9, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Los Angeles Times on college ratings system (Jan. 2):

  • Work of Art: Eating umble pie

    This being my first column of the year 2015, I wish to return to my main preoccupation. Actually, the preoccupation properly expressed would be Katherine Zeta Jones. But for now I’ll settle for a less exciting passion: words.

    I was surprised to discover that “vape” has become a word to describe inhaling those electronic cigarettes — or e-cigs — that I’ve never even seen, except in magazine ads.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The ‘unconditional love’ of a dog

    A little more than six years ago, we picked up a shelter dog, named her Ellie and made her our own. A mutt by birth and all dog by disposition, she came into our lives right on time — especially for our older daughter, a teenager at the time who suffered from more than just the angst that goes with those years.

  • Just a Thought - 2015 - Be an eagle or be a hippo

    By Rick Kraft

    “There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” Words of wisdom by Carl Sandburg. With both an eagle and a hippo inside you, you will decide if you will soar or wallow in 2015.

    Life is cyclical. It follows nature’s schedule. Because it takes the earth 365 days for it to circle the sun one time, our lives are measured in years. Because it takes 24 hours for our planet to rotate once, our days consist of one set of 24 hours.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 2, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on troublesome Texas death penalty (Dec. 28):
    Troublesome Texas death penalty
    Those people and institutions opposed to the death penalty — this newspaper, for one — might ordinarily be encouraged by the year-end report on executions in Texas.