• Dispatch New Mexico - A week on the pages of small-town newspapers

    Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, N.M., I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism.

    It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes more than 15 newspapers around the state, along with a news-savvy radio station broadcasting out of Santa Fe.

  • Another perspective - Senate Dems kill capital outlay with gridlock and dysfunction

    By Jason Harper

    The $264 million capital outlay bill that would have jump-started job growth, fixed roads, and repaired schools died an unnecessary death at the hands of the Democratic-controlled State Senate.

    But to hear Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez’s slanted version of events, you’d never know that. So here is what I witnessed, first-hand.

    On Day One of the legislative session, Senator Sanchez proclaimed, “Bills have always come to die in the Senate.”

  • Just a Thought - It is all Greek to me

    By Rick Kraft

    I just bought a book on Greece titled “Learn Greek in 25 Years.” I think it is going to push me. For the first time in my life I can truly understand the meaning of the phrase, “It is all Greek to me!”

  • Another perspective - Preparing kids for financial success

    By Ben White

  • Editorial Roundup - April 17, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    McCook (Nebraska) Daily Gazette on Obama penalty finally getting real (April 10):
    “Why should I pay for something I don’t need,” one young worker was heard to remark when she found out the Affordable Care Act requires her to purchase health insurance.
    That’s the whole idea of Obamacare — if everyone has to buy it, the cost of health care will be spread out among more people, theoretically making it “affordable” for everyone.

  • Work of Art: Absurd name change

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”
    — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

    • • •
    Search for the Española-based institution of higher learning and you’ll likely find web sites for Northern New Mexico College and Northern New Mexico University. It’s not a typo. Those who created the various web sites clearly knew what they were doing.

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Hemp, much like its cousin, making inroads to legalization

    One of the perks to having a column that runs in papers around the state is the feedback, especially through emails, that I receive from readers. Sometimes it surprises me what people get passionate about.

    Not long ago I wrote about some of the bills that passed New Mexico’s most recent legislative session, listing more than a dozen measures that passed — including one that caught the attention of a hemp enthusiast.

  • Another perspective - Evaluations: Teachers, schools and universities

    By Joseph W. McCaffrey

    Much has been written about the New Mexico student/teacher/school evaluation system. Here is my contribution.

  • Just a Thought - Be careful what street you walk down

    By Rick Kraft

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in? You look up and ask yourself the question, “How did I get here?” or “What am I doing here?” You wish you could push “Stop” and then “Rewind” and then put a different tape in? Do you ever pray “Lord, if you get me out of this I will never make this same mistake again?” I am sure it has happened to all of us. And it is probable it will happen again.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 10, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph on the upcoming presidential election (April 2):
    It was President Lyndon Johnson who once observed that, “Whenever most senators look in a mirror, they see a president.”
    That undoubtedly applies to Sens. Rand Paul, Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may be the only one among them who looks in the mirror and sees Galileo.
    Cruz likened himself to the Italian scientist and philosopher in a recent interview with the Texas Tribune.