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Columns

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - The girl on the 41st floor would be me

    By Beth Urech

    Mark and I walked over to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to hear the Independence Day Concert performed by the Grant Park Orchestra. Wonderful friends, Deb and Robin, had saved us a place on the great lawn.

    Surrounded by several thousand other folks, we listened to the Largo from Dvorak’s New World Symphony with its haunting English horn.

    We also heard a champagne polka, St. Bailey’s rag, four Scottish dances, and the 1812 Overture.

  • Another Perspective: Las Vegas: A city without a water plan?

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second column in a two-part series.

    This May, many local residents attended the first judicial protest hearing in Santa Fe with the State Engineer against giving Storrie Project $12 million for storage with no restrictions on how the money should be spent.

  • Just a Thought: Reminiscing about the ‘good old days’

    By Rick Kraft

    My octogenarian parents came to visit for a week. As we talked about the “good ol’ days” I found myself reminiscing about the world that I spent my youth in.

    I got to thinking about my children and the world that they live in today. I realized that my children are missing out on life as I enjoyed it growing up. Things that I looked forward to, my children don’t even know existed. My children are living each year three decades behind mine. Things sure have changed in just one generation. Those were the days.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Rowling’s Harry Potter helped define a generation

    Every now and then, a book comes along that changes the world. And when it’s a fiction written for children and youth, it leaves a imprint of immeasurable importance.

    “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee from the perspective of a child, influenced a young generation of baby boomers, but that influence might just pale in comparison to the impact that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series had on the millennials of today.

  • Work of Art: 'Addicted to Facebook'

    The first time I bought a totally portable battery-operated radio, I believed I’d gone to Heaven. Even though I was able to receive only one station, KFUN-AM, I enjoyed listening to the Game of the Day as I delivered papers on my Optic route, which comprised two streets across the tracks, Railroad (which we call Tough Street), Grand and parts of First and Second.

    I taped the small radio to the handlebars and got fairly good reception. That made me a Brooklyn Dodger fan, as that team was on the air most often.

  • Another Perspective: State engineer, city should closely examine Storrie arrangement

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

    I believe that many are aware of the contentious relationship between the City of Las Vegas and the Acequias.

    We are so busy being taxed, trying to raise our children, and pay our bills that the average person does not think about water until they can’t wash their car, water their lawn, or the faucet is dry.

  • Just a Thought: The price of being a proud American

    By Rick Kraft

    I have stood 30 meters below where the first atomic bomb was exploded in Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. I have been in Sparta where countless battles occurred in the 5th century B.C. between warring communities within what is modern- day Greece. I have looked over the battlefield at Gettysburg, Penn., where the tide was turned in our Civil War in the first three days of July 1863.

  • Babbling Brooks - New Mexico needs to export more goods

    There is plenty of talk about how San Miguel and other northeastern New Mexico counties can hang onto the government or farming and ranching jobs it has held for years. There is far less conversation about how private-sector growth can expand in the area.

    If a country exports a greater value than it imports, it is called a trade surplus, positive balance, and conversely, if a country imports a greater value than it exports, it is generally called a trade deficit, negative balance, or, in campaign rhetoric, a “trade gap.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Vacationing on the cheap in an enchanting land

    I’m a big fan of vacations on the cheap.

    I’m also OK with an expensive vacation, as long as it’s on somebody else’s dime, but I’ve seldom been able to afford the first-class tour. And besides, top-dollar travel often overlooks the best stuff to see.

  • Work of Art: ‘“And I’m like ‘wow!’”

    There’s a phenomenon that I must be heir to, something I’ve mentioned before in this column. It has to do with hearing a word that seems new — and then hearing it dozens of times, often that same day.