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  • Another Perspective: Essential bail reform on Nov. 8 ballot

    By Charles W. Daniels

    This year, the Legislature unanimously agreed to place on our general election ballot one of the most significant justice reforms in our state’s history. The question we will vote on is whether to amend antiquated bail provisions of the New Mexico Constitution in order “to protect community safety by granting courts new authority to deny release on bail pending trial for dangerous defendants in felony cases while retaining the right to pretrial release for non-dangerous defendants who do not pose a flight risk.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 26, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The (Meriden, Conn.) Record-Journal (Oct. 20):
    Back in March, when the wild and woolly Republican Presidential primary was in full-swing, we pondered what the general election campaign might look like if the bombastic Donald Trump was still in the mix.
    We wrote in this space: “If Trump is to be the GOP nominee, as heated as his campaign stops have been thus far, we shudder to think what his rallies may look like in the fall.”
    Turned out our concerns were justified.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Mouth to mouth

    By Beth Urech

    Years ago, I was working with a Swiss marketing director for a Fortune 500 firm with international headquarters in Zurich. We were discussing the best way to get the word out about a new product. Leading articles in scientific journals? TV? He suddenly said, “Ja, they are good approaches, but the best is mouth to mouth.”

    I knew he meant “word of mouth” but didn’t correct his error because I found it ingenuous. Of course, I agree with him that when someone says, “I tried it and it works,” we pay attention.

  • Straight from the City: Protecting the vulnerable among us

    You’ve likely read the recent news stories calling Las Vegas, NM, a “mental health ghetto,” and those in our community with mental and emotional diagnoses, “throwaways.”

    I have issues with those characterizations. The term “mental health ghetto” originated with a Ron Paul rant decrying mental health screening in public schools as “forcing kids into a mental health ghetto” as if being diagnosed with a mental or emotional condition is equivalent to being confined to an inner city slum.

  • Just a Thought: Experiencing life while lost in the woods

    By Rick Kraft

    It was after 10 p.m. on a very dark Canadian evening and we were lost in the woods ... literally. Out in nowhere in a land we had never been to before. Every street name was in French and we were unable to find the rustic resort we had made reservations to stay at.

  • Another Perspective: Want a say in New Mexico’s judges? Vote

    By Denise Torres and James Hall

    When you cast your vote in this year’s general election, you’ll have the opportunity to decide whether one Supreme Court Justice and three Court of Appeals judges stay on the bench by voting to retain or not retain.

    These elections, which are typically near the bottom of the ballot, probably involve individuals you’ve never heard of and know nothing about. Furthermore, you may not know how to assess whether they have been doing a good job.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Trump is TV’s money-maker

    Trump is television’s money maker. Television created him. Now it’s being left to newspapers to rein him in.

    I’m talking about Donald Trump and the role the media have played in his ascension. Here’s a man who became a superstar TV celebrity in collusion with NBC, which began airing the reality show The Apprentice a dozen years ago. The show took the Trump brand beyond its New York City roots and into the homes of everyday Americans, making him a household name just as people were looking desperately for a change in national leadership.

  • Work of Art: No, I won’t chip in

    No, I won’t chip in. In our household, we’re comfortable and expect to have a bit of spare change left over when Bonnie and I pass on. But for now, we won’t chip in.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 16, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Lima (Ohio) News on organ donations (Oct. 6):
    Giving the gift of hope and life through an organ transplant is both precious and powerful...
    Providing someone a second chance at life is a noble gift that most of us support, including nearly all organized religions. Yet, far too few people have actually joined a registry or discussed the topic of donation with their families.
    That’s a tragedy in itself as it has led to a tremendous shortage of organs and tissues.

  • Just a Thought: Beginning another trip around the sun

    By Rick Kraft

    Endings have a way of becoming beginnings and beginnings a way of becoming endings. With a birthday this week I ended one trip around the sun and began another. This will be my 59th trip.

    My wife says that aging is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the quicker the roll goes. I am not sure if I agree with her, but I would agree that the urgency of life increases as the years spin by.