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  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 10, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Journal Record on congratulating the newlyweds (Oct. 6):
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not hear any of the five same-sex marriage cases on appeal from lower courts. That means the decisions in those cases will stand.
    The five cases, including Oklahoma’s, stand in favor of same-sex marriage. More accurately, they stand in favor of equal treatment under the law.

  • Work of Art — And what’s so funny?

    Probably for the rest of my life I will carry a certain amount of guiltfor things I thought and did in my childhood. Twelve years in a parochial school made a believer out of me.

    Most of my scrapes came as the result of inappropriate laughter. Why was it permissible — and even encouraged — for elementary school kids to laugh, even to guffaw, when the teacher attempted humor, but never OK for me to try instigating some laughter on my own?

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Staying in their declining small towns

    From the U.S. Census Bureau comes this bit of news: The nation’s poverty rate has done down, but in New Mexico it went up.

    New Mexico has never been a wealthy state, but the second-to-the-bottom ranking (ahead of Mississippi only) stings, and says something about how bad a lot of people have it in this dis-enchanted land.

  • Nuestra Historia - Frenzied growth on the east side

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Between the decision by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to make east Las Vegas its regional headquarters, and the commerce flourishing on Railroad Avenue, New Town experienced instant and rapid growth immediately after the first train arrived on July 4, 1879.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 3, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    St. Cloud Times on the need for the federal government to re-examine school lunch rules ( Sept. 23):

    Since the rollout of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, students and their parents have easily been the loudest critics of the new federal school lunch standards.
    Portions that are too small yet cost more. Side dishes, entrees and even condiments that aren’t very tasty. And, of course, few to no “junk food” choices.

  • Work of Art — Cursive: Not what we think

    It started as a pleasant but intense discussion on the future of cursive writing. But before we get into it, let me pre-sanitize all implications of the word. You see, even though I’d used it most of my life, I’d never even heard the term, until much later in life.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Violence against women vs. real manhood

    Thanks, NFL, for sparking a worthy national conversation. When it comes to the issue of domestic violence, you’ve given us a wealth of examples about how not to behave.

    Of course, it’s more important to talk about how such violence hits us at home, in our local communities, but it’s easier to discuss it when some faraway football players are under the microscope. So let’s ease in and start with Ray Rice.

  • Nuestra Historia - Born on the Fourth of July

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The railroad tracks laid down by the AT&SF reached Las Vegas on July 1 1879, and the first train arrived here three days later on the Fourth of July, with Dan Daley at the throttle and Charlie Brooks as conductor.

  • Work of Art: Is ‘jewlery’ alright?

    Maybe it’s time to give up the struggle. My temptation is to say, “All right, all you people on loudspeakers in big box stores, and all of you behind a microphone: It’s alright to call it ‘jew-lery.”

    It seems easier that way. We hear it on radio commercials: jew-lery; even jewelers, who make a living selling jewel-ry, still insist on putting the “l” in front of the “r.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Outer space and our state in the news

    Outer space has been in the news a lot lately — and that’s just fine for the likes of New Mexico.

    Not only were we at the center of a couple of recent international news items, but we enjoy a rich history tied to humanity’s reach for the stars. But before we get to the “local” space stories, let’s take a quick look at what may soon be the biggest news to make its way to Earth in a long, long time.