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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Speaking of the weather

    Seems you can’t even talk about the weather without stirring up some politics these days.

  • Another Perspective: Finding the right credit solution for your business

    By Ben White

    Submitted to the Optic

    About one in three business owners say they use their own funds or personal credit for their business, according to a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. Yet as a business seeks to grow, obtaining business credit is essential and can help finance purchases, build a credit history, supplement cash flow and preserve savings.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Portland (Maine) Press Herald on “social pressuring,” (Nov. 18):

    Americans treasure free speech and the ability to share their opinions, but we understand that our vote is private. When we step up to fill in our ballot, sometimes behind a red, white and blue curtain, we do so knowing that our choice is ours alone, and who we voted for is nobody’s business unless we want to tell them.

  • Work of Art: How to use all that money

    “One dollar and 87 cents.” Those are the opening lines to  O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” the Christmas classic about a couple struggling and each wanting to buy a gift for the other. That was in 1906, when a dollar bought  something.

    Most people know the story: Jim sells his watch to a jeweler so he can buy Della a set of beautiful brushes. Meanwhile, she’s undergoing the same struggle and agrees to sell her hair to buy Jim a gold watch fob.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The sentiment behind Thanksgiving

    Let’s face it: Thanksgiving traditions are based on an incomplete memory. Maybe the Puritans sat down and ate with Native Americans a time or two, but they actually brought more death and destruction to the tribes they encountered than they did turkey and dressing.

    But it’s the sentiment, not its historic significance, that makes Thanksgiving special. I think most Americans are both believers and optimists, so taking time to give thanks is simply part of our better nature.

  • Work of Art: Assembly line works well

    “Please! Don’t recite any recipes. I beg of you.” And with that surprisingly authoritarian tone, I explained that all I had done was compliment the chef over the meal my wife and I had been invited to.

    Any comment about the food during the meal often leads to a detailed recipetation of each step, as if we were taking notes.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - With elections over, it’s time to govern

    Now that all the noise of the election is over, can we turn our attention back to governing?

    We’ll soon see how Susana Martinez intends to run things in her second term. She certainly has a different dynamic going for her legislatively, now that the House is under the control of her very own Republican Party. But since the Democrats still have the Senate, getting actual legislation passed and onto the governor’s desk for signing will continue to be a formidable challenge.

  • Work of Art: Gas is now under three bucks

    You’ve already heard of the “Better Used Cars” sold by a company my dad used to work for. Werley Auto Company, which sold Ford, Mercury and Lincoln products, also had a used car line.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A setback for the space industry

    On Halloween, a nightmare for the commercial space industry occurred. SpaceShipTwo, a craft designed to take people to the edge of space, apparently broke apart, killing one of its pilots and injuring the other.

  • Work of Art - Ah! Those robo-calls

    “What time is it? No! I mean, what time is it — really?”

    That question I’ve needed to answer twice a year for 48 years. The query from my wife, Bonnie, occurs 1) when Daylight Saving Time begins and 2) when Standard Time begins and DST ends. And it takes her about six months to get used to the new time.