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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Small-town graduates will leave; a few will come back

    About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye.

    The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young men and women will be staying in or returning to their hometown, simply because the opportunities they seek aren’t there.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My first college graduation

    By Beth Urech

    Don’t get me wrong. I graduated from college, but I didn’t attend the ceremony.

    That’s why my first graduation was at Highlands University on Saturday, May 13, 2017. As I entered the Wilson Complex, families were parading in. All dressed up. Little girls in party dresses with hair elegantly braided. Little boys in white shirts and new combat boots.

  • Work of Art: We’re going for Round 2

    We’ve done it again. Or, to be a bit more accurate, let me change that to “We’ve almost done it again.”

    I refer to our second round of hosting young people from far away as our foreign exchange students. The last round, we kept two girls from across the Atlantic, for almost 10 months. They spent the school year enrolled at West Las Vegas High School and stayed an extra month because their schools, in Spain and Belgium, respectively, run weeks later than most American schools.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - I’m scared to death

    By Beth Urech

    I’m scared to death! Well, not literally. But panic-mode for sure. Maybe an anxiety attack lurking at the lectern. Why do we get stricken with fear when we are in the spotlight?

    Germans say “Lampenfieber.” A fever of the lights.”Miedo escénico” en español.

  • Just a Thought: Things my mother always told me…

    By Rick Kraft

    My mother always told me, “When you wash your hands in the sink, the dirt is supposed to wash down the drain, not be wiped on the towel.” My mother generally told me this in an agitated voice, obviously upset because the hand towel by the sink was covered in dirt and had to be put in the wash again.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 14, 2017

    The Altoona (Pa.) Mirror, May 8, on Hillary Clinton in denial:

    Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender.

    During an interview last week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and everything but her record and policies.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Four years deep into a newsworthy exchange

    Four years ago this month, I started a news-sharing service with 11 New Mexico newspapers. The newspaper you’re reading this in, more likely than not, was one of those founders.

    Four years ago, I had just ventured out as a media entrepreneur, and this new exchange was my first big project to take on as a self-employed freelancer. I named it the Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short, and turned it into a weekly service, where every participating newspaper contributed to and received stories and photos from throughout the state.

  • Work of Art: License renewal woes

    Previous columns have detailed my family’s experiences during our travels since our retirement from teaching. We opted not to buy fancy cars or houses and instead put some funds into travel.

    Of course, the fact that our oldest son, Stanley Adam, moved to Denmark with Microsoft several years ago, took himself a Copenhagen bride and sired two daughters has something to do with where and how often we travel.

  • Guest commentary - Upgrade Mora services

    I relocated to Cheyenne, Wyo., after my term as county commissioner was over, but I still own land and pay taxes in Mora County. I go stay there a while on occasion, and it bothers me to see that there is such poor medical services available for emergencies.

    I know for a fact that the fire departments get a lot of money. Where is the money going? To fight fires out of town while the needs of the citizens are neglected?

  • Just a Thought: Making the most of 22 acres of worthless land

    By Rick Kraft

    If you ever get the chance to visit San Francisco, plan ahead. I strongly recommend that you visit a 22- acre piece of land that has a long, rich history and has served many purposes.

    This property was originally settled by the Spanish and then became United States property in 1848, followed by the State of California in 1850.