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Columns

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 26, 2017

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Post-Gazette on another U.S. ally getting presidential disapproval (Feb. 21):

    On Saturday President Donald J. Trump added Sweden to a list of allies that he had insulted publicly.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Hamilton, the man and the musical, worthy of the hype

    Alexander Hamilton was a great American. How do I know? Hip-hop, baby! I haven’t felt this cool in 40 years.

    Well, I’ve also done some reading since last year when I first got turned on to his life and accomplishments.

  • Work of Art: Iceland in February?

    REYKJAVIK, ICELAND — One of the more memorable lines in a locally-produced play called “The Odd Couple” was about a minor character, a card player named Vinnie, who decided to vacation in Florida in the summer. I played the role of Vinnie, and during rehearsals often wondered who in all creation would even think of such a trip at such a place.

    We did. Well, kind of.

  • Another Perspective: Don’t balance state budget on the backs of counties

    By Steve Kopelman and Tyler Massey

    As state budget talks continue, New Mexico’s counties are asking Governor Martinez and the New Mexico Legislature to take a careful look at the services provided by county government, and especially those programs financed by funds that are now being depleted.

  • Just a Thought: Learning from the wisdom of Lincoln

    Tomorrow we celebrate Presidents’ Day, a holiday that includes President Lincoln’s birthday.

    President Lincoln led our country through a low point in our history. The Civil War resulted in the deaths of over 700,000 of our own citizens (according to Wikipedia). President Lincoln had to carry the weight of a divided country on his shoulders each day of his Presidency.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 19, 2017

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Boston Herald on President Trump’s foreign policy “theatrics” (Feb. 15):

    The unanticipated floor show at Mar-a-Lago this weekend — captured by a Bostonian and club member who posted it all on his Facebook page — raises questions about the president’s seriousness on issues demanding a certain level of security.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Could this be the year for capital outlay reform?

    Buried inside nearly a thousand proposals introduced so far this legislative session is a measure that could dramatically reshape how New Mexico spends its money and takes care of its infrastructure.

  • Another Perspective: PA treasure worth restoring

    By Bonnie Bolton

    What is a community treasure? Is it people, buildings, cultural traditions? Webster defines it as wealth, often jewels or precious metals.

    Las Vegas has many community treasures in the categories suggested. However, the most precious, in my opinion, is a 137 year-old mixture of wood, metals, leather and ivory enclosed in a Gothic box.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Love is in the Air

    By Beth Urech

    Valentine’s Day was my mother’s birthday. When she turned 80, my brother gave her a sweatshirt proclaiming “No more birthdays! Just Valentine’s Day!” which she wore every birthday for the next 13 years. After Mother died Sep. 5, 2005, we were all involved in her memorial service.

    Thomas created the program, Sarah sang “Amazing Grace.” My mother’s middle name was Grace so that was especially fitting. I said a few words. My brother dealt with the funeral director, but that’s another story.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - Colleges, universities must adapt to students’ changing needs

    Our colleges and universities are, and have always been, an integral part of New Mexico’s economic development plans for preparing young adults and retraining older New Mexicans for jobs around the state. But our higher education system is staid and close to moribund, reluctant to shed the model and processes that have worked well in the past.

    Higher education must change, and we must help it change, to meet the changing needs of students and their future employers.