• Another perspective - How important is San Juan Generating Station to NM?

    By Carla Sonntag

    How important is affordable electricity, 811 jobs and annual royalties and taxes of over $40 million to New Mexico? Not a concern at all for radical environmental groups that would like to see the San Juan Generating Station completely shut down and for the power to be replaced with solar energy. Their plan is estimated to cost $1.5 billion.

  • Just a Thought - How to rob yourself of joy

    By Rick Kraft

    Be joyous. Be joyous today. Be joyous and contagiously spread your joy to others.

    It all starts on the inside. It then continues on the inside. At some point it can end on the inside or it can continue on to the outside. What is important here is that you control your inside. You determine who can control your inside regardless of what others do on your outside.

    Another way to put this is to recognize that life is what you make it. Your experience in walking this world is primarily governed by what happens between your two ears.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 29, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Times, Gainesville, Ga., on fallen service members (May 24):
    America’s lengthy roster of war dead began with 25,000 lost establishing our nation in the Revolutionary War, the first believed to be Crispus Attucks in the Boston Massacre of 1770. That was followed by 20,000 in the War of 1812 and 13,000 in the Mexican War in the 19th century.
    Another 600,000-plus fell on both sides in the Civil War, the nation’s bloodiest conflict by far, followed by 2,000 in the Spanish-American War to close the century.

  • Work of Art: Two Broke Girls: moronic!

    For the past dozen years, the amount of the Trujillo family’s televiewing has dropped considerably. Whereas late last century we watched and at least kept track of dozens of programs — mostly half-hour sitcoms — today we watch things like Masterpiece Theater, a smattering of PBS offerings on Sunday, Keeping Up Appearances, 60 Minutes, and not much else.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A Norteño, sort of, moves to Roswell

    In recent months, I’ve found myself living and working in three different communities. Very different, but with one standout similarity.

    I’m talking about Las Vegas, Taos and Roswell, three New Mexico municipalities with their unique identities.

  • Another perspective - Time to invest in our families

    By Jacque Garcia

    Much has been made of America’s crumbling infrastructure. Rusting bridges and crumbling highways are only a part of our neglect.

    A much bigger part, and one that many of us don’t see, is the neglect of inner-city communities, distressed schools and long forgotten playgrounds.

  • Just a Thought - Take time to enjoy and treasure the journey

    By Rick Kraft

    A few years after graduating from high school when I was home from college, my father sat me down to have a visit.

    With tears in his eyes, he apologized and told me how sorry he was that he did not spend more time with me while I was growing up. He told me it is sad how our lives are laid out; at the same time that we are raising our children, we are working hard seeking to get ahead in our career.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 22, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Los Angeles Times on demilitarizing America’s police (May 19):

  • Work of Art: ‘Orale’: an all-purpose word

    Think of the many meanings of single words. One that comes to mind readily is “run,” which has a multitude of meanings.

    “Run” can be a verb or a noun. As a verb, it can mean move quickly (as in run home), to travel (as in run a bus route), to flow (as in water or blood), to compete, as to run for office.   

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Unconventional advice for graduates

    It’s that time of year when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and make their families proud.

    Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. Anyone who thinks a diploma or degree is a ticket to success is sadly mistaken. It’s just a ticket to ride; you still have to get there on your own.