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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A land of enchantment for science nerds

    Editor’s note: The original version of this column first ran in New Mexico newspapers last year. It’s been updated with more recent developments.

    Perhaps you missed Popular Science’s article, “The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips,” which included three stops right here in New Mexico.

  • Another Perspective: NM needs a thoughtful plan for the future ­— now

    The political punditry in the aftermath of the recent elections has focused on the inevitable political maneuvering while missing an essential point: citizens are tired of the bickering and rhetoric and are desperate for real solutions to real problems.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 3, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Kansas City Star on national defense (Nov. 30):
    Between Thanksgiving and events in Ferguson, Americans might have missed the rhetorical gymnastics on display after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation.
    The White House and congressional Republicans flipped and flopped, jockeying for partisan cover and gain. Meanwhile, America’s ability to engage on an increasingly complex and chaotic international stage is compromised.

  • Work of Art: ‘Oremos’ for New Year?

    An item I read years ago in Readers Digest concerned the pin-dot community of Costilla, on the New Mexico-Colorado border. Apparently, in the olden days, maps weren’t as precise as they are today, as we lacked satellites. There was a perennial discussion as to which state Costilla  belonged to: New Mexico or Colorado?

  • 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.