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Columns

  • Profit is not a dirty word

    This editorial, by Vic Topmiller Jr., recently appeared in the Silver City Daily Press.

    Profit is not a dirty word. It just becomes dirty when abused, and the very association it has with certain people and groups of people is where the dirt comes from.

    Get it? If you get too close to dirty people some of the dirt rubs off. That should be a good lesson for some of us — “If you play with dirt you will soon have dirty hands.”

  • State legislators, keep AmeriCorps alive in N.M.

    Another Perspective — By Jacob Erickson

    Friday Sept. 8, I attended my (and the) last AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program graduation ceremony at New Mexico Highlands University.

    It was a bittersweet occasion — seeing all the contributions my fellow AmeriCorps members put forth for their respective institutions, while knowing the state will no longer support the program.

  • Recognizing the real enemy

    Just a Thought — By Rick Kraft

    “I am not the enemy.”

    Typically, when a person says this, he or she is correct. In a nutshell, the person is saying they are being treated as if they are the enemy when they are really on the same team.

    I heard this phrase at a family reunion recently and it got my mind thinking. There is a certain amount of conflict in any relationship or in any association.

  • Vigil and Maltais hold audience in their spell

    Beth Speaks For Herself — By Beth Urech

    In the corner of a large room with warm red walls stands an impressive grand piano. Large windows overlook the Plaza Park whose multi-colored string of lights adds a festive note.

    An ornate candelabra holds three real candles which flicker in anticipation. That is the setting for the Sept. 20 concert at our Plaza Hotel. When you turn your gaze, you’ll see men and women seated and quietly speaking.

  • Paying homage of the gods of our 21st century

    Dispatch New Mexico

    I’ve been thinking about God lately.

    The Supreme Being is important to me, because I don’t want this to be all there is. The idea that there’s nothing beyond my one life is just too much pressure. I don’t know how Trump can stand it.

    Here in the 21st century, we worship many gods. New-and-improved gods, straight off the showroom floor, built to redeem us in our modern existence. I think we finally figured out that being saved is only fun if you sin your way in.

  • Turkey for you; turkey for me

    Work of Art, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Call a person a turkey, and you might be using fighting words. But I can make an exception and even construe the moniker as a compliment.

    Let me explain:

    My mother, Marie, served two two-year terms as San Miguel County Treasurer back in the early ‘60s. It was customary (maybe it still is) for bankers to gift elected officials on Thanksgiving for their services. Mom died early this century and is therefore unable to explain things in detail.

  • Get state to honor compact

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Rio Grande Sun. ESPANOLA — Where’s Lonesome Dave Cargo when you need him? The late former New Mexico governor always had the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad’s back when it came to dealing with pinheads in Santa Fe.

  • Come celebrate the Gallinas River next weekend

    We’re having a party on Saturday, Sept. 30! Recently, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance was awarded $315,000 from the River Stewardship Program at the NM Environment Department to restore healthy conditions to the Gallinas River between Bridge St. and Prince St.

    This $315,000 development is something to celebrate!

    Later in this article, you can learn details about this exciting project, but now let’s get a taste of what to expect when you meander down to the south side of Bridge Street along the Riverwalk between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Maneuvering into and out of storms

    Just a Thought, by Rick Kraft

    We are always in one of three spots in our lives: moving into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or moving out of a storm.

    Bottom line, storms happen to each one of us. They come with living life.

    Accept this fact. Some storms are bigger than others. The storms we encounter may arise from our immediate family such as our relationship with our spouse or children. They may arise from our extended family such as our parents, grandparents, or in-laws.

  • All rise —or not — for the United States of Football

    By Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s School of Journalism.

    Once again, we’ve got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that’s attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning its 21st consecutive game.

    Shh. I just typed that in a whisper.