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  • Work of Art: Assembly line works well

    “Please! Don’t recite any recipes. I beg of you.” And with that surprisingly authoritarian tone, I explained that all I had done was compliment the chef over the meal my wife and I had been invited to.

    Any comment about the food during the meal often leads to a detailed recipetation of each step, as if we were taking notes.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - With elections over, it’s time to govern

    Now that all the noise of the election is over, can we turn our attention back to governing?

    We’ll soon see how Susana Martinez intends to run things in her second term. She certainly has a different dynamic going for her legislatively, now that the House is under the control of her very own Republican Party. But since the Democrats still have the Senate, getting actual legislation passed and onto the governor’s desk for signing will continue to be a formidable challenge.

  • Work of Art: Gas is now under three bucks

    You’ve already heard of the “Better Used Cars” sold by a company my dad used to work for. Werley Auto Company, which sold Ford, Mercury and Lincoln products, also had a used car line.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A setback for the space industry

    On Halloween, a nightmare for the commercial space industry occurred. SpaceShipTwo, a craft designed to take people to the edge of space, apparently broke apart, killing one of its pilots and injuring the other.

  • Work of Art - Ah! Those robo-calls

    “What time is it? No! I mean, what time is it — really?”

    That question I’ve needed to answer twice a year for 48 years. The query from my wife, Bonnie, occurs 1) when Daylight Saving Time begins and 2) when Standard Time begins and DST ends. And it takes her about six months to get used to the new time.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Doctors, lawyers and skyrocketing health care

    All this talk about health care and its costs, brought on by Think New Mexico’s most recent report, got me to thinking about my own experiences with hospitals and their bills — and I’m not alone.

  • Another Perspective: MEP helps local company expand reach

    By Ron Burke

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 31, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald on campaign ads (Oct. 23):
    Is it the high profile of some political races that causes candidates to fill the airwaves with advertisements that ooze with toxic waste?
    Is it the big money behind those candidacies that forces candidates to go negative?
    Or is it the perceived need to shock voters into consciousness in a state that has problems in getting people to the polls?
    Who knows. Probably a combination of those and other factors.

  • Work of Art - Political ads can be cruel

    Have you noticed how much vitriol fills virtually every TV and radio commercial as a prelude to Tuesday’s midterm election? It’s everywhere. And notice how often the name of Bill Richardson, our former U.S. representative and two-term governor, is invoked.

    I wonder whether such attack ads make a difference. Quite popular are those that accuse the opponent of having engaged in a secret deal that enriched that person. Otherwise, campaign managers portray the candidate as incompetent.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Think New Mexico and its latest campaign

    There are two things in particular that I like about Think New Mexico: It’s nonpartisan and it’s pragmatic.

    Both are reasons why this homegrown think tank is so effective. From getting the sales tax lifted off food to making full-day kindergarten accessible to all New Mexico children, whenever this 15-year-old group tackles an issue, things start to happen.