• 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.

  • Work of Art: Working like a dog, or pig

    “You look tired. Maybe you’ve been working too hard.”

    “I worked like a dog today,” my mother would respond. “Can’t you see how nice the house looks and how frazzled I look?”

    If we were in the business of creating mixed metaphors, this would be a world-class effort. The dialogue isn’t made up. I heard it often during my childhood in the days when women stayed home cooking and cleaning and men sailed to the saline mines.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Products from an unproductive session

    It’s no secret that this year’s legislative session was pathetically unproductive; on the day of adjournment, lawmakers couldn’t even pass the capital outlay bill. But it was an Albuquerque Journal report by Dan Boyd that quantified it: Of 1,365 bills introduced, only 191 made it to the governor’s desk for signing.

  • Another perspective - The unfortunate cost of drilling

    By Roger Toll

    U.S. 285, which runs near our home south of Eldorado, is a big part of my life. I bike south on it through the high-desert beauty of the Galisteo Basin. I drive north to Colorado ski areas and the Arkansas River Valley. It is the major thoroughfare through town, and we shop in stores along its route.

  • Another perspective - What really happened to capital outlay

    By Michael Sanchez

    Following the Governor’s press conference at the end of the 2015 Legislative Session, residents of New Mexico may be excused for being confused about what actually happened to spending on infrastructure projects across the state. Gov. Susana Martinez did not help matters when she levelled false accusations against Senate Democrats.

  • Just a Thought - The Easter Bunny vs. conquering death

    By Rick Kraft

    Sunday is a holiday for most everyone. Some will be looking for Easter eggs and some will be celebrating the resurrection of a risen Savior. Others may not recognize either, but may use it as an opportunity to gather family together for fellowship and a meal.

    Easter is typically an exciting time for young children. Easter is typically the highest attended service of the year for most churches.

    Regardless, Easter is what you make it.

  • Work of Art: ‘I don’t appreciate it’

    Now please don’t start calling welfare agencies inquiring about the Trujillo family — at least not without letting me explain.

    You see, we raised three boys, and that translates to a lot of rough-housing. We made up games which we called “Pay-Dirt,” “Jump the Gun,” “Balance,”  “100 Percent” and “Bone Crusher.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Thoughts on the passing session

    Susana Martinez had better figure out how to work with Democrats or she’s going to go down in state history as an ineffectual governor.

    Sure, she can and does point to a number of accomplishments during her first term — balancing the state budget during tough times, creating a simplified grading system for the state’s schools, and more — but I don’t think any of them are systemic in nature. They’ll have only a temporary impact on New Mexico.