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  • Dispatch New Mexico - The continuing saga of oil and gas regulation

    Well, it’s settled. But only for a moment.

    Mora County officials recently settled with some high-powered plaintiffs in a couple of lawsuits that effectively put an end to the county’s attempt to place a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling inside its county lines.

  • Just a Thought - Advancing together through unity

    By Rick Kraft

    The power of five individual fingers working independently is no match for a fist of five fingers working together in harmony. Unity of effort provides results.  Unity increases results exponentially. In other words, one plus one plus one does not equal three, it equals nine or twelve or fifteen. Unity multiplies a team’s efforts.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 8, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Los Angeles Times on the USA Freedom Act (May 6):
    Last fall, Congress was on the verge of doing away with the most troubling invasion of privacy revealed by Edward Snowden: the National Security Agency’s indiscriminate collection of the telephone records of millions of Americans. But then opponents cited the emergence of Islamic State as a reason for preserving the status quo. The Senate failed to muster the 60 votes needed to proceed with the so-called USA Freedom Act.

  • Work of Art: How can we unsay it?

    The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit,
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
        —Omar Khayyam
        
    Of all the words I’ve read during my 76 years on Earth, I find it difficult to imagine a bit of verse more profound. And as a writer, I’m obviously aware of how difficult it is — as the rhyme by the Persian poet indicates — to unsay it.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A most interesting man of consequence

    He was a short and stocky man, loud in life and with a laugh to beat all hell. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the most interesting man I’ve ever known.

    Unfortunately, I lost touch with him years ago, so to protect his privacy I’ll only call him Dean in this writing. I wouldn’t want to make him mad, as he was also the toughest man I’ve ever known.

  • Just a Thought - Where will you be when the games begin?

    By Rick Kraft

    There was a “Wall of Shame” just outside the entry to the Olympic stadium in Olympia, Greece. But let me come back to this.

    On a tour through Greece, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit ancient Olympia where the Olympic games started.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 1, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader on NSA spying bill (April 27):
    Back in January, when this Congress was brand new and Mitch McConnell was taking the reins as majority leader of the Senate, he pledged “to get committees working again.”
    It’s surprising, then, that, in late April, McConnell moved to bypass the committee process to fast-track a five-year extension of the government’s authority to conduct mass surveillance of U.S. citizens’ phone calls.

  • Work of Art: Menudo on the menu

    Each school day, years ago, as my Highlands classes broke for lunch. I would recite that day’s menu. But first, a concession: I never had the faintest notion what the place we all called the “Caff” was serving ­— ever —  so my recipe-tation was pure fantasy.

  • 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.