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  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 19, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The New York Times on airfares going up despite the dip in oil prices (Dec. 15).
    Oil prices have fallen by about half since June, making it much cheaper just in time for drivers to fill up their cars for Christmas travel. But the decline in oil prices has had made no perceptible difference on the cost of flying. Fares are up from earlier this year, and many airlines are still levying significant fuel surcharges on the tickets they sell.

  • Work of Art: A subtle death wish?

    What were they thinking? They are young — probably pre-pubescent — boys who almost caused my workout partner to reduce Las Vegas’ population by three.

    Let me explain:

  • Dispatch New Mexico - New Mexico Tourism is a matter of economics, pride

    Since moving to New Mexico a decade ago, I’ve had a lot of family and friends come out for a visit, and they’re often quite curious about this land and its people.

    On such occasions, I like to play tour guide, taking my visitors around to see various historic and cultural sites, all while bending their ears with what I’ve learned over the years about my adopted state and its citizenry.

  • Another Perspective: Transparency is good for the economy

    By Susan Boe

    Day in and day out, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is on the front lines, supporting the public’s right to know. FOG has been educating, advocating and litigating for transparency and accountability in our government for almost 25 years.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 12, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Plattsburgh Press-Republican, of Albany, NY, on new college campus policies on consenting to sexual encounters (Dec. 6):
    Maybe this will help. At least it’s a step in the right direction.
    For decades, college students had a wink and a nod governing their sexual conduct on and off campus. If the woman didn’t scream too loudly, convention said, it must have meant she approved of the groping male’s efforts.

  • Work of Art: Belting out a hymn

    A number of years ago, when our oldest son, Stan Adam, moved from Seattle to Denmark to find his way with Microsoft, that created an opportunity for us to travel long distances to visit him.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A land of enchantment for science nerds

    Editor’s note: The original version of this column first ran in New Mexico newspapers last year. It’s been updated with more recent developments.

    Perhaps you missed Popular Science’s article, “The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips,” which included three stops right here in New Mexico.

  • Another Perspective: NM needs a thoughtful plan for the future ­— now

    The political punditry in the aftermath of the recent elections has focused on the inevitable political maneuvering while missing an essential point: citizens are tired of the bickering and rhetoric and are desperate for real solutions to real problems.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 3, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Kansas City Star on national defense (Nov. 30):
    Between Thanksgiving and events in Ferguson, Americans might have missed the rhetorical gymnastics on display after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation.
    The White House and congressional Republicans flipped and flopped, jockeying for partisan cover and gain. Meanwhile, America’s ability to engage on an increasingly complex and chaotic international stage is compromised.

  • Work of Art: ‘Oremos’ for New Year?

    An item I read years ago in Readers Digest concerned the pin-dot community of Costilla, on the New Mexico-Colorado border. Apparently, in the olden days, maps weren’t as precise as they are today, as we lacked satellites. There was a perennial discussion as to which state Costilla  belonged to: New Mexico or Colorado?