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Columns

  • 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.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 24, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Journal Record  on bias (Oct. 20):
    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up several cases about same-sex marriage. The justices let stand rulings that say states have no basis to deny marriage to gay couples.
    Anyone who has followed the debate could predict what opponents would say in response. Mary Fallin’s statement was typical:

  • Work of Art - Where’d we all come from?

    It’s hard to imagine that the staff of Dr. Cordell Halverson’s office will ever forgive (or at least forget) my deception. Halverson, a long-time Ob/Gyn, had my wife, Bonnie, as one of his patients. His office was at Eighth and University, close to Highlands.

    At the time, Bonnie was teaching school in Anton Chico. I received a call from her (in that pre-cell phone era), at my office, in Mortimer Hall, telling me she’d forgotten to deliver a certain specimen to Halverson’s office, on her way to work that morning.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Managing economic development

    A story came out recently in my hometown newspaper that I think people who live in other small towns and cities around New Mexico might relate to.

  • Nuestra Historia - Eugenio Romero wins, East bolts

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The stage was set for the momentous election to choose the first mayor of the combined city of east and west Las Vegas. It was July 18, 1882, and the racially charged contest was an obvious and heated struggle between Hispanics in Old Town, and Anglos in New Town, whose population in just three years equaled or exceeded that of the west side.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 17, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Wall Street Journal on ISIS (Oct. 8):
    A month ago President Obama ordered the world’s greatest military “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. America’s word isn’t what it used to be. As we went to press on Tuesday, ISIS was on the verge of a major military victory in Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city along Syria’s border with Turkey.