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  • Divide (by11) and conquer

    Math anxiety is a term universally understood as the condition in which a student freezes up or manifests other anxiety symptoms such as dizziness, sweaty palms, nausea, headaches or fatigue during consideration or before taking an examination on fractions decimals or algebra.

    Interesting that one doesn’t hear much about grammar anxiety or history anxiety or various other anxieties. Many colleges, including Highlands, routinely offer sessions on coping with math anxiety.

  • Loyalty owed

    SANTA FE — If Gov. Bill Richardson had received as much media coverage for his presidential bid as he has for his Obama endorsement, he would have been in the top tier of candidates.It has been fascinating to see how an endorsement that was judged not to mean anything has meant so much to so many people. Bill Richardson has received much more than his predicted one day of publicity for endorsing Barack Obama.Not all that notice has been good, but if any publicity is good publicity, Richardson is doing very well indeed.

  • Leaving the loop

    After the first meeting of the new City Council last week, a guy in the audience told me that he decided to attend because it would be the best show in town. He wasn’t to be disappointed. The meeting proved two pieces of conventional wisdom about the new four-member council:•Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilman Cruz Roybal probably won’t be exchanging gifts at Christmas. • Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman are the new insiders in the operations of city government.

  • This session's keys to success

    Cooperation, communication and coordination among all branches of government are the keys to a successful 2008 30-day legislative session. During this session, the legislature will be focusing on several key areas.

  • Fire rules

    Whether by accident, arson, or an act of God, once started, a wildfire makes its own rules. So if you live in the country, and if you’re smart, you’ll play by those rules.We recently saw how fire rules in southern California and the Manzano Mountains of central New Mexico. Some people still chose to tempt Mother Nature and lose their homes rather than abide by the rules.For many of the ecosystems in New Mexico, fire is just another common and necessary component like soil and water.

  • Bill's back

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson answered a number of questions when he withdrew on Thursday from the presidential race.Among them were whether he would be around the following Tuesday to address the opening of the 2008 Legislature, whether he would be spending much time with the 30-day session and whether he might still be considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retirement of Sen. Pete Domenici.On the night of the New Hampshire primary election, Richardson told supporters he would head out West to continue the fight.

  • Inside the Capitol

    SANTA FE — Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. One of the reasons is that Americans still remember why we celebrate it. Thanksgiving isn’t just another holiday to which we give not one thought other than that it is a day off work.

    Nearly all of us truly remember to give thanks and truly celebrate the holiday. Unlike Christmas, there is no stress around giving and getting presents. The purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving is very simple and very easy to observe.

  • Inside the Capitol - Respect for the aliens

    SANTA FE — “Surely you must be joking.” That’s what 62 percent of the respondents to an Albuquerque Journal readers’ poll said regarding the outer space theme of this year’s New Mexico entry in the Rose Parade.

    Most of those respondents likely were from Albuquerque. If the float had balloons on it, their assessment may would have been far different.