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Columns

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - We must properly fund New Mexico’s court system

    New Mexico’s courts face a funding crisis that threatens to undermine the judiciary’s ability to protect our rights by delivering timely justice.

    We must act now to prevent further damage.

    As Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels recently told a legislative committee, “We are now basically on life support through the end of this fiscal year.”

    In courthouses across the state, New Mexicans can see the corrosive effects of budget cuts and underfunding of the judiciary.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Upcoming legislative session promises to be lively

    Lock up your cash, bar the doors and hide the booze: The legislature is about to come to order.

    The New Mexico Legislature convenes next week, and it promises to be a feisty one. The 60-day session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and will run through March 18.

  • Work of Art: A career-ending punch

    What do you suppose Ed, Art and Art Jr. did Monday night? One safe bet is that these Abreu family members gathered around a TV set to watch the national college championship football game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    And why any particular interest in this game? They watched because they enjoy high-quality football but mainly because Ed, who is the son of Edward Leland Abreu, was a starting player for the South Carolina team some 39 years ago, in the Gator Bowl.

  • Straight from the City: A view from 50,000 feet

    I’ve written columns about some of the things we’re doing at the city to make things better, but I haven’t really shared with you the vision, the view from 50,000 feet that brings all of this together.

    I’m going to take a swing at that today.

    Las Vegas is a city with a proud and unique history. We have a great deal of wealth here. It lies in our culture, our people, our natural surroundings, our stories, our art, our architecture. Our wealth is beneath our feet and in our neighbors and all around us.

  • Just a Thought: Seeking stability in a world of storms

    By Rick Kraft

    I don’t know much about cows, but I’ve been told that to get maximum production from a cow, she needs to have a regular routine. The more disruptions in a cow’s routine, the less milk she produces.

    This concept applies to humans also. Life needs to have a routine. Most of it needs to be predictable. Predictability and stability mixed with goals and adventures can lead to a great existence.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Reviewing past predictions, laying out new ones

    Last year about this time, I made some predictions for 2016. Turns out, I was right, wrong and a little in between, with observations both on and off the mark.

    A quick review, and some new predictions:

  • Work of Art: How far from Mexico?

    How many times have you had somebody, upon hearing you’re from New Mexico, ask 1) how far you live from Mexico City, 2) what unit of currency is in use in that place way south of the U.S., or 3) are you ever afraid the Immigration and Naturalization Service will be shipping you back home?

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - ‘Hold on a second’

    By Beth Urech

    Ever heard that? Ever said that? This year we can “Hold on a second” longer! At exactly 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds UTC (coordinated universal time), a leap second will be inserted into atomic clocks around the globe. We’ll get that extra second at 4:59:59. Maybe you’re already pulling on your fish-net stockings or feeding your cat or polishing your shoes (Who polishes shoes anymore? But I digress.)  Hopefully you’ll join us party-goers Saturday, Dec. 31, 2017 and celebrate locally!

  • Just a Thought: Planning for a successful 2017

    By Rick Kraft

    It has been said that people don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan. As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Or the father driving his family who said, “We are lost, but we are making good time!”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - It was a year for high-tech, political disruptions

    Well here we are, at the end of another year, this one about as upending as they come. Disrupters were everywhere.

    On the national political stage, Donald Trump may have been the biggest disrupter of them all, but so was Bernie Sanders. It was a year for political insurrections, and we’ll see in 2017 what direction they take us.