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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Another dismal round of voting

    I had thought I’d seen it all — paying attention to the news after so many years will do that to you. Politics becomes so predictable, advocacy so redundant, today’s story so much like yesterday’s. The news, like history, tends to repeat itself.

    But last week I read a story in the Roswell Daily Record unlike any I’d ever seen before. In the Chaves County town of Hagerman, population 1,200 or so, no one voted in the school board election. That’s right, nobody. Nada. Zero. Zip. Not even the candidates themselves.

  • Another Perspective - Court system not funded adequately

    By Barbara Vigil

    Our courts require additional resources to meet the justice needs of New Mexico’s citizens. Each day, courts address the aftermath of strained social and economic conditions, including crime, child and domestic abuse, and broken family and business relationships.

    Our independent court system also supports economic growth and investment by enforcing contracts and resolving business and property disputes. And it does all of this with less than 3 percent of the state’s overall budget.

  • Just a Thought - Will you be my valentine, now and forever?

    By Rick Kraft

    The elderly couple was driving down the country road in their old pickup truck when they saw a young couple in a shiny new pickup coming toward them from the other direction. The young man was driving and the young lady was sitting right next to him, almost in his lap. He had his left hand on the steering wheel and his right arm was behind her neck resting on her shoulder. She was looking at her man with adoration, giving him all of the attention that any young lady could possibly give.

  • Work of Art: Spare us that ‘special day’

    There’s a certain satisfaction one derives by doing a good deed. And the good feeling is enhanced when others notice it.

    So it was as I lay on a padded table at the United Blood Services lab in Santa Fe last week, donating blood as part of my three-times-a-year regimen. Of course, Las Vegas has its own blood drives — one very successful drive for the motorcycle rally in the summer.

  • Another Perspective - A good education: The obvious, but neglected, solution for a better NM

    Look into the eyes of the next youngster you see, whether it’s an 8-year-old learning to read, a pre-teen wondering how to fit in or an 18-year-old trying to decide between work, college or both. Look deep into their eyes and ask yourself: What have I done to help this young person succeed?

    As politicians, policymakers and bureaucrats gather in Santa Fe to plot the best way forward, too much time and energy are spent plotting how to regain or retain a political advantage. We need to work more on improving the education our children receive.

  • Work of Art: ‘They saw a game’

    “Perception. What did we see? What did we really see? And what did we want to see?

    A number of columns ago, I wrote about a particularly bloody college football game between two Big 10 teams, a fierce, decades-long rivalry. The winning team lost two quarterbacks to injuries; the losing team lost with its second-string signal-caller at the controls.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The economic state of the state, nation

    Remember the sign that James Carville, then a strategist for Bill Clinton in his 1992 run for the presidency, put up at campaign headquarters? “It’s the economy, stupid” was the simple message he posted, so campaign workers would stay on message — and, indeed, they did.

  • Think New Mexico - Re-imposing the food tax doesn’t add up

    By Fred Nathan

    The best state sales tax systems (or gross receipts tax, as it is called in New Mexico) are broad, low, and don’t tax necessities, like food.

    If tax systems are broad and low, that means that the tax burden is shared widely by different products and services and doesn’t fall too heavily on any one sector. Meanwhile most states avoid taxing necessities so that citizens who live paycheck to paycheck are not forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.

  • Another Perspective - Tips on finding the right school for your child

    By Andrew R. Campanella

    If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options.

    As New Mexico commemorated National School Choice Week this week at 85 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 30, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Times Union of Albany, N.Y., on Republican control of Congress (Jan. 25):

    President Barack Obama laid out a broad agenda in his State of the Union address last week, focusing on the ways to help put the middle class back on track. Republicans who now control the House and Senate promptly went to work on brand promotion.
    We had hoped for better.