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Columns

  • Another Perspective: No more babies born in Vegas

    A very small infant in her mother’s arms was getting one of her first looks at the world in Traveler’s Coffee Café in Las Vegas.

    I couldn’t help but goo and coo at her. I began a conversation with the young couple. Where was the little one born?

    What are women doing in regard to the Alta Vista Regional Hospital Maternity Ward closure? That question has been on my mind since the hospital’s CEO, Mr. Chris Wolf, announced in March that due to “market conditions” he was forced to close the OB-GYN unit at Alta Vista.

  • Just a Thought: You just need to grin and bear it

    By Rick Kraft

    I have walked a bear down the streets of Atlanta. I stood by and watched a live bear tackle a Clemson Tiger mascot, laying him out flat on his back and then crawling on top of him. I watched a bear dragging a mini trampoline run onto the football field at West Point while a play was occurring on the field.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - A world-class education requires a world-class teaching force

    By Sens. Bill Soules, Las Cruces; Carlos Cisneros, Taos; Linda Lopez, Albuquerque; Majority Whip Michael Padilla, Albuquerque; and Reps. Patricia Roybal-Caballero, Albuquerque; and Christine Trujillo, Albuquerque

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Special session will put a Band-Aid on an open wound

    Susana Martinez must hate having to call the legislature into session.

    The Republican governor doesn’t have much of a record of success there, largely because of an obstinate Senate and its Democratic majority. But thanks to an inability or unwillingness to resolve matters in the last regular session, Martinez must now call her second special session this year. That must sting.

  • Work of Art: Too much punnishment

    When people laugh at a pun, they’re really just being polite, and it’s possible the ones who laughed didn’t catch the word play. But when someone groans, well, that’s the sign of a clever pun with the added message that the groaner “got it,” as in caught on.

    A pun, according to the dictionary, is “a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.”

  • Another Perspective: It’s time for a change at Luna

    By Joe McCaffrey

  • Just a Thought: I come from a long line of love

    By Rick Kraft

    Every one of us knows a couple whose marriage has stood the test of time. A grandparent or great grandparent type couple who truly enjoy each other’s company after 50 or 60 years of being committed to one another. Truth be known, each of these couples has both weathered storms and experienced sunny days...

    I had the opportunity to attend a recent Michael Martin Murphey concert and to enjoy it from the front row. I have enjoyed his music over the years and have been able to attend several of his concerts over the decades. He is now 71.

  • Another Perspective: Solving our city’s water problems

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

    All of the state’s irrigation ditches are diversions from the river basins that stem from an enduring Hispanic and Native American cultural ancestry that is part of the historical record long before New Mexico became a territory or was awarded statehood.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Reading, writing and unconventional development

    Since the start of a new school year brings new adventures in education, and since reading and writing are essential to a good education, and since there’s a fair number people who have trouble with reading and writing, I offer up a case study — myself.

  • Work of Art: We could hear a pin drop

    It was about 15 years ago when, with my grandson and namesake, Arthur, I drove from our home in Camp Luna to the 900 block of Railroad Avenue, aka Tough Street, there to visit my childhood haunt.

    I wanted to give my oldest grandchild a close-up look at the neighborhood and do some reminiscing.