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  • Dispatch New Mexico - A primer on politics and governmentIt was a year for high-tech, political disruptions

    Gather ‘round, young-’uns, for a lesson in politics and government. Now is a good time, since our New Mexico Legislature is currently in session, and will be until March 18, when the session must come to an abrupt end.

    Remember last year’s election, when it was all about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Well, it wasn’t. Here in New Mexico, a lot of people were running for jobs as senators and representatives in our state Legislature, and now they’re elected and sitting in Santa Fe doing the state’s business.

  • Work of Art: Less of a terrorist

    Maybe my greying mustache and my already-greyed hair make me look more presentable to personnel with the Transportation Safety Administration at major U.S. and foreign airports. I say “maybe” because it seems I was hassled less than ever before on this go-round,  a trip to Iceland.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Women’s work under way

    By Beth Urech

    Remember that childhood saying, “Men may work from sun to sun; women’s work is never done.”  Let’s amend that to read: “Women’s work has now begun.”

    In the last few weeks, I have been struck by the women I’m meeting and the work they are doing. Please men, don’t stop reading. You know I like men, especially my male readers, but for now let me tell you about women whose passion for social justice is making a difference in New Mexico.

  • The last word: Departing editor-publisher grateful for experience

    It was a chilly October day in Las Vegas, and I had just driven into town for an interview.

    I parked, and as I was walking to the imposing blue building at 614 Lincoln Avenue, the shimmering gold trees at Lincoln Park caught my eye.

  • Another Perspective: Storrie Project deal a waste

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

    I fail to understand why the City of Las Vegas does not thrive. We have a mild seasonal climate, a major interstate highway, Amtrak Station, two postgraduate institutions, several radio stations, golf course, major hospital/dental services, endless real-estate opportunities, an airport to accommodate small jets, diverse recreational opportunities, low crime and what I consider a kind, quaint and friendly atmosphere.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Dems converge on LV

    By Beth Urech

    Last weekend, over 50 members of the Progressive Democrats of America arrived from all over the country for an intense strategic planning session.

    When I entered the Plaza Hotel Ballroom, the mainly middle-aged men and women were already seated. I was introduced to Donna Smith, the executive director. Within thirty seconds, we discovered our mutual love for Hackney’s Onion Loaf, the speciality of a neighborhood restaurant on the street where I live part of the year in Chicago.

    Instant fusion over food is special, and we fused!

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Going down to the legislative wire

    Hold on to your hat, we’re closing in on the final couple of weeks of this 2017 New Mexico legislative session. The last day of the session is March 18, so there will be a flurry of activity in the days ahead as the intensity of lawmaking increases.

    The session will be remembered for its budget, of course, because that’s what will keep state government open. But there is always the possibility that a major reform or two will be passed into law as well.

  • Work of Art: A cure for ‘huevoncy’

    Almost daily we read or hear about someone who’s upset over not being allowed to use a restroom of his/her choice.

    When I taught at Highlands, the word “gender” referred to grammatical terms such as he or she. It wasn’t used to describe sex, as in male or female. But in the past few years, an issue — which I won’t dare try to officiate — regarding which restroom one should occupy, has become big news.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - Time to close tax loopholes, enact a modern tax code

    One of the most difficult tasks we face in crafting a balanced budget is rebuilding New Mexico’s budget “re-serves,”the stash of cash that helps state government get through unexpected economic downturns and keeps the state’s credit rating high.

    Rebuilding the budget reserves — the goal is to have a cushion of between five percent and 10 percent of the amount of money we spend each year — is critical for a couple of reasons.

  • Just a Thought: Addressing the mess you’ve gotten into

    By Rick Kraft

    Life can be messy. There is no count of how many hours of sleep we lose because of messes we get in.

    Do you find yourself in a mess often? Are you in a messy situation right now? Maybe you’re just one choice, one word, one act away from creating a new mess.