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Columns

  • Just a thought: Put trophy on the shelf and move on

    By Rick Kraft

    If you were sitting at home by your fireplace and your young child or grandchild came and sat on your knee and asked you, “What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?” how would you answer this question?

  • Hiding data hurts goverment

    The following editorial was recently published by the Silver City Daily Press.

    Recently, the Silver City Daily Press received a call from a Santa Clara resident who had been burglarized, and who told us that five other people in their neighborhood had also been victimized. That afternoon, in an effort to get the story, we submitted a public records request to the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority, asking for the record of all calls from Santa Clara from Sunday night into Monday morning — a public record known as a police blotter.

  • Another perspective: Beware of deceptive ‘weasel words’ in politics

    The following editorial was recently published in the Roswell Daily Record.

    When you don’t get a straight answer to a simple question, that’s a red flag.

    When the expected answer should be something approximating a yes or a no, anything other than that is often indicative of deceit. Beware.

  • Another perspective: Beware of deceptive ‘weasel words’ in politics

    The following editorial was recently published in the Roswell Daily Record.

    When you don’t get a straight answer to a simple question, that’s a red flag.

    When the expected answer should be something approximating a yes or a no, anything other than that is often indicative of deceit. Beware.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 4, 2017

    THUMBS UP: A JOB WELL DONE

    Although her hair now is salt-and-pepper gray, one claim to fame for Pecos native Cindy Roybal is her tenure as a member of the All-American Redheads basketball team years back.

    Roybal, a long-time basketball coach, holds a 377-105 won-loss record as a coach.

  • ACA needs tweaks — not just ‘repeal and replace’

    Recently, I went in search of health insurance. I no longer enjoyed the benefits of an employer-sponsored plan, and my payments into COBRA were astronomically high, so I was hoping to find something more affordable.

    I decided to stop by a couple of brick-and-mortar insurance agency offices, to see what they could offer. What I encountered surprised me. Turns out I was wrong to hope I’d find a less expensive policy, unless I wanted to go to a bare-bones policy with high deductibles and enormous co-pays, but that’s not what surprised me.

  • Goodbye, circuses. Are zoos next?

    The following editorial was recently published by the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    When the Ringling Bros. circus was founded, Ulysses S. Grant was president and the South was in the middle of Reconstruction. The storied act sadly came to an end in May. Ringling, after years of harassment from animal rights activists, couldn’t keep the show running.

    Activists are already plotting to make zoos history as well.

  • Work of Art: ‘But it’s in black and white’

    Back in the olden days, in the era of black-and-white movies and TV-less households, the weekend highlight for many Las Vegans was going to see a Western, or at least something with lots of action, but no romance.

    We had three movie houses in Las Vegas: The SERF, which has been transformed into a dance-dining hall but still retains its marquee; the Kiva, closed for decades, on Bridge Street, whose favorite flicks were in Spanish; and the Coronado, at Sixth and University. The building stands, but no movie has been shown in decades.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Musing about Las Vegas while cruising Lake Michigan

    By Beth Urech

    Two columns ago, I quoted Rumi: “Ages ago, God circled a spot on the map exactly where you are standing now.” That sounded so reassuring and solid. However, since then I’ve been in and out of circles as we wend our way up the Michigan coast in our sailboat.

    I wonder if God predicted them all. As a kid, I took the same route albeit on Route 31 in the family Chevrolet station wagon. In a car, the trip takes six hours — in our boat two weeks.

  • Just a Thought: It’s only just a name — or is it?

    By Rick Kraft

    It has been said that the sweetest sound a person can hear is the sound of his or her name.

    Your name is unique. It is the very identifier for each of us. When someone says, “How are you doing Rick?” I know their greeting is specifically for me. If in a lengthy conversation the person I am talking with says “Rick” several times, it reminds me that they are talking directly to me.