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Columns

  • Work of Art: Copping an ID is complex

    A friend asked me to go with her to the Motor Vehicle Department in Las Vegas to get her squared away on the Real ID, which, among other things, entitles one to board a commercial airline.

    Apparently, the Real ID is a document with bells and whistles that gives the holder added privileges.

  • Another Perspective: Underfunding affects justice

    By The Hon. Charles W. Daniels

    For over a half-century since the height of the Cold War, our nation has set aside May 1 as Law Day in recognition of America’s national commitment to the rule of law in our constitutional system of free self-government.

    Over the years, the importance of our commitment to providing equal justice under law has been tested and reconfirmed in the face of serious internal and external challenges.

  • Just a Thought: Living in a world with no privacy left

    By Rick Kraft

    There is no privacy anymore. It seems that whatever anyone does is being watched or recorded. Today we live in a world with the highest accountability in the history of mankind.

    Everything you say or do can and may be used against you. A random picture can be taken of you and posted internationally on Facebook mere seconds after it is taken.

  • Another Perspective: Vetoes have dangerous consequences

    By Bill McCamley

    A few weeks ago, Susana Martinez vetoed funding for every state college and university. All of it.

    Since then, neither she nor House Republican Leaders have proposed a plan to restore it. Because every public school relies on New Mexico for 30 to 50 percent of their budgets, if not changed this decision will annihilate them.
    What does this mean for you? Plenty.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 30, 2017

    The New York Times on former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s alleged ties to Russia:

    Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, was fired weeks ago, but his ties to Russia keep raising questions this White House won’t answer and dark suspicions it can’t seem to dispel.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Impasse hits new low between governor, legislature

    Talk about dysfunctional.Last week, New Mexico lawmakers filed suit against Gov. Susana Martinez over budget vetoes that essentially defund the legislative branch and, if not reversed before June 30, push several state schools over a fiscal cliff. Short of any action to the contrary, the funding shortfall will create a crisis of epic proportions.

  • Work of Art: You must taste new stamps

    All right, students: Raise your hand if you’ve ever had ceviche. Nobody? No, Wise-Guy in the third row, ceviche is not Spanish for a beer.

    Then how about sancocho? Still nobody?

    Well, don’t feel bad, students. I’d never heard of either of these things either — until I read today’s paper.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - What’s up, Doc? Plenty for the Meadow City this week

    By Beth Urech
    For the Las Vegas Optic

    We used to imitate Bug Bunny’s Brooklyn accent when we watched Looney Tunes at the Saturday afternoon movie show.

    Those were the days! My dad would fill up the station wagon and schlepp a carload of us kids from Wildwood Park to downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. After buying our tickets, we would hover around the concession counter.

    Would Bobby Keegan buy Milk Duds?  Maybe Rusty Mackay would gaze in my direction as he purchased an Almond Joy.

  • Another Perspective: Stopping higher ed funds wrong move

    By Sam Minner

    A few days ago, I and all other university presidents in New Mexico were informed that we would receive no state appropriations effective July 1. The many challenges associated with balancing the state budget are well known and, unless revenues increase from some source, additional legally required cuts must be made to balance the budget.

  • Just a Thought: Are you talking about your ethics or mine?

    By Rick Kraft

    Several years back when I was the New Mexico State Bar President I was speaking to a group of a few hundred lawyers at a conference and I asked the group the question, “How many of you in this room are unethical?” Not a hand went up. Good ... I thought.