• Work of Art: Time is money — and then some

    Remember when a nickel would buy us a candy bar or a bottle of pop? And even a penny amounted to something when inserted into a gumball machine. I recall that the Coke machine in the mechanics’ area at B.M. Werley Auto Company, the Ford dealership on Grand and University, got rid of possibly the last nickel pop machine in town, charging a dime for the “new and improved” product.  

    And the jerks that replaced the machine didn’t even provide a bottle larger than the six-ounce drink we received.

  • Just a Thought: The best advice you have ever been given

    By Rick Kraft

    What is the best advice you have ever been given? Is this a hard question to answer with the single biggest piece of advice you have ever been given or are there several pieces of advice that come to your mind that you think are equally valuable?

    Do you take advice well? Or put another way, do you receive other’s wisdom openly?

  • Editorial Roundup - Sept. 18, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Dallas Morning News on the public having a right to medical records of presidential candidates (Sept. 12):
    The nation is about to elect one of its oldest presidents. On inauguration day, Donald Trump would be 70, the oldest president ever elected. Hillary Clinton would be 69, the second-oldest president, right behind Ronald Reagan.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - We’re overloaded with communication and information

    In the beginning, people communicated face-to-face, or at least within earshot of each other. It was primitive but effective enough, and the social creature we call “human” evolved into the dominant species we are today.

    Then came long-distance communication through messengers and the mail, followed by the invention of the telegraph to speed it all up. By the time the 20th century rolled around, we were talking with each other on telephones, grounded by electrical lines until wireless came along.

  • Work of Art: It’s right downtown

    Do you ever run into people whom you like instantly? It happens often in our case.

    We met Tony and Elizabeth Riome last Tuesday morning. They are from Scotland, both former air traffic controllers in Norway. It was our daughter-in-law, Connie Trujillo, who took the first step at New Mexico Hospitality 101. As she left the El Fidel Monday, Connie noticed an elderly couple toting suitcases. They were asking the waiter if, where and whether they could hire a taxi.

    A taxi in Las Vegas? Connie instead offered the couple a ride to their hotel.

  • Instant fusion: Love and music

    By Beth Urech

    ver experience instant fusion with another human being? I recently did. I’m helping promote the Fifth Meadow City Music Festival coming up at the end of September. More than 20 groups will perform at our wonderful Plaza Park, the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel and JC’s New York Pizza.

  • Another Perspective: What matters most in improving our higher education outcomes

    By Sam Minner

    The debates about improving the performance of New Mexico’s institutions of higher education have sharpened recently as the state budget faces daunting shortfalls.

    The budgets for all public colleges and universities have recently been reduced, and more cuts might be on the way. 

    State funding for higher education is not mandated in New Mexico and, as a result, when cuts in state government have to be made, higher education often bears them.

  • Just a Thought: Victims or heroes? The choice is yours

    By Rick Kraft

    “Honey, call 911. My flight’s been hijacked. I know we’re all going to die. I’m not giving up. We’re getting ready to do something. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you honey.” These were the words spoken by 38-year-old Tom Burnett 3,000 feet  in the air over the skies of Pennsylvania on the morning of Sept. 11, 15 years ago to his wife Deena who was having breakfast at home in California.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Notes on the passing small-town scene

    For more than three years now, I’ve been collecting news out of small towns around New Mexico. I launched the Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as a news-sharing service in May 2013 and have been reading many of New Mexico’s smallest newspapers (either online or in hard copies mailed to me) ever since.

  • Work of Art: Search for gender neutrality

    Man oh, man, did I ever have a rough day! Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I ever have a day like today. You see, Monday, Labor Day was a holiday. I went to the office to do some of Tuesday’s work on Monday, and there was no one available to man the office.

    Perhaps some 30 years ago, none of the above would have caused a ripple. Today, it seems, there are many who might argue that using all those masculine terms is offensive and sexist. That makes it difficult to say or write anything.