• 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.

  • Another perspective - State workers deserve raises

    New Mexico public employees are doing more and more work with fewer and fewer resources. This cycle must end or we risk losing our best and brightest to other states.

  • Another perspective - Unions remain important for workers

    By John Geffroy

    Former Sen. Pete Domenici’s Another Perspective article Las Vegas Optic, Feb. 20) was remarkable in several ways. F

    irst, it was remarkable in that it appears to be more of a generic Republican justification of right-to-work laws than an attempt to convince us that such laws are specifically good for New Mexico.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 27, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Greenwood (Mississippi) Commonwealth on the $15-an-hour experiment in Seattle (March 23):
    The U.S. Supreme Court in the past has encouraged states to be crucibles of experimentation, to see how new ideas unfold in reality instead of in theory. In that spirit, the largest city in Washington state is about to embark on a test of labor and wages.

  • Work of Art: Having pie on Pi Day

    My friend, Bruce Wertz, often reminds me of the Frank Sinatra song (or movie), “A pocketful of miracles,” but in Bruce’s case it’s “A pocketful of trivia.”

    Yes, after church, during treat time, he’ll hand me a soon-to-be raisin and ask why John Steinbeck would have anything to do with it. Before I attempt an answer, he blurts out, “It’s a Grape of Wrath.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Revitalizing small towns requires change

    There’s a man running around the county talking about small towns and whether or not they have a future. Earlier this month, he visited Raton.

    Given the topic, I’ll bet he gets a lot of speaking engagements. Raton is just one of thousands of small towns that are struggling, as urbanization builds up the cities and decimates rural communities everywhere.

    His name is David J. Ivan, he hails from Michigan and he’s been studying the plight of small towns for years now.

  • Another perspective - Sunshine lights the way for good government

    By Gregory P. Williams

    Sunshine Week is March 15-21, 2015. This national initiative is designed to bring better awareness to the importance of open government. Here at home, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government  is also celebrating its 25th anniversary as the only organization in our state solely dedicated to protecting your right to know. Our mission is to make sure that our public officials comply with our state’s sunshine laws ­— the Inspection of Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act.

  • Another perspective - Griego explains his resignation

    Editor’s note: The following statement was prepared by Phil Griego the day he resigned his Senate seat.

    By Phil Griego

    I have informed my colleagues in the New Mexico Senate that, effective today, I am resigning my elected position as state senator in District 39.

    It is not something I ever anticipated — even 24 hours ago — and it is a painful decision.