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Columns

  • Work of Art: Honoring the honor code

    We thought we’d moved to a different world the first time my wife and I, with our 3-months-old son, drove in to Charlottesville, Va. I had received a fellowship to study English at the University of Virginia and was thrilled at the prospect.

    It was a great experience, in the early ‘70s, meeting and studying under people like Fredsen Bowers, a Shakespeare scholar; Douglas Day, UVa’s “renaissance man”; and Ed Hirsch, who authored the “Cultural Literacy” series, an academic best-seller.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A week on the pages of small-town newspapers

    Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, N.M., I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism.

    It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes more than 15 newspapers around the state, along with a news-savvy radio station broadcasting out of Santa Fe.

  • Another perspective - Senate Dems kill capital outlay with gridlock and dysfunction

    By Jason Harper

    The $264 million capital outlay bill that would have jump-started job growth, fixed roads, and repaired schools died an unnecessary death at the hands of the Democratic-controlled State Senate.

    But to hear Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez’s slanted version of events, you’d never know that. So here is what I witnessed, first-hand.

    On Day One of the legislative session, Senator Sanchez proclaimed, “Bills have always come to die in the Senate.”

  • Just a Thought - It is all Greek to me

    By Rick Kraft

    I just bought a book on Greece titled “Learn Greek in 25 Years.” I think it is going to push me. For the first time in my life I can truly understand the meaning of the phrase, “It is all Greek to me!”

  • Another perspective - Preparing kids for financial success

    By Ben White

  • Editorial Roundup - April 17, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    McCook (Nebraska) Daily Gazette on Obama penalty finally getting real (April 10):
    “Why should I pay for something I don’t need,” one young worker was heard to remark when she found out the Affordable Care Act requires her to purchase health insurance.
    That’s the whole idea of Obamacare — if everyone has to buy it, the cost of health care will be spread out among more people, theoretically making it “affordable” for everyone.

  • Work of Art: Absurd name change

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”
    — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

    • • •
    Search for the Española-based institution of higher learning and you’ll likely find web sites for Northern New Mexico College and Northern New Mexico University. It’s not a typo. Those who created the various web sites clearly knew what they were doing.

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Hemp, much like its cousin, making inroads to legalization

    One of the perks to having a column that runs in papers around the state is the feedback, especially through emails, that I receive from readers. Sometimes it surprises me what people get passionate about.

    Not long ago I wrote about some of the bills that passed New Mexico’s most recent legislative session, listing more than a dozen measures that passed — including one that caught the attention of a hemp enthusiast.

  • Another perspective - Evaluations: Teachers, schools and universities

    By Joseph W. McCaffrey

    Much has been written about the New Mexico student/teacher/school evaluation system. Here is my contribution.

  • Just a Thought - Be careful what street you walk down

    By Rick Kraft

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in? You look up and ask yourself the question, “How did I get here?” or “What am I doing here?” You wish you could push “Stop” and then “Rewind” and then put a different tape in? Do you ever pray “Lord, if you get me out of this I will never make this same mistake again?” I am sure it has happened to all of us. And it is probable it will happen again.