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Columns

  • Work of Art: Enjoy DST — it’s great

    She’s on the phone, railing to a fellow church member about the first days of Daylight Saving Time. “Oooh! I just hate it!” she tells her friend, Betty Quick, who agrees.

    But really now, what can we say about the extra hour of daylight except that we’re glad it’s finally here? Each year — it seems since we married in 1966 — I’ve used the parable of the man whose blanket failed to cover his feet, leaving him shivering in bed. So he cut a foot off the top of the blanket and sewed it to the bottom. Problem solved. But maybe not.

  • Another Perspective: Is more money the answer to education system’s problems?

    By Carla Sonntag

    We spend a lot of time talking about how bad New Mexico educational system is — ranked 49th in the nation. Is the answer more money? Absolutely not! Some states spending less per student rank higher for educational quality.

    More money is not the answer, but how we spend it is. If we invested in competitive teachers’ salaries that support quality personnel, we might see a difference. We also need to invest in better educational materials and equipment.

  • Just a Thought: Creating something positive in the air

    By Rick Kraft

    There is something positive in the air.  And there could be more if you choose to streak! What?  Who would want to see you streaking?  The short answer is “everyone.”  Okay, I have a lot of explaining to do.

    This week is an anniversary for me, seventeen years to be exact. I began streaking on March 10, 2000 and I have been streaking every day since. Okay, I know, I still have a lot of explaining to do.

  • Another Perspective: Democratic Party must do some soul-searching

    By Joe McCaffery

    This is an open communication with Tom Perez, the newly elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

    Tom, I was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from New Mexico Congressional Dist. 3, pledged to Secretary Clinton. On TV, I was the guy in the yellow hat and bandanna, angry at the Sanders delegates.

    Tom, I remain perplexed; we Democrats don’t seem to be able to admit to simplest of truths:

    We lost the election! There is no do-over button!

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A primer on politics and governmentIt was a year for high-tech, political disruptions

    Gather ‘round, young-’uns, for a lesson in politics and government. Now is a good time, since our New Mexico Legislature is currently in session, and will be until March 18, when the session must come to an abrupt end.

    Remember last year’s election, when it was all about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Well, it wasn’t. Here in New Mexico, a lot of people were running for jobs as senators and representatives in our state Legislature, and now they’re elected and sitting in Santa Fe doing the state’s business.

  • Work of Art: Less of a terrorist

    Maybe my greying mustache and my already-greyed hair make me look more presentable to personnel with the Transportation Safety Administration at major U.S. and foreign airports. I say “maybe” because it seems I was hassled less than ever before on this go-round,  a trip to Iceland.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Women’s work under way

    By Beth Urech

    Remember that childhood saying, “Men may work from sun to sun; women’s work is never done.”  Let’s amend that to read: “Women’s work has now begun.”

    In the last few weeks, I have been struck by the women I’m meeting and the work they are doing. Please men, don’t stop reading. You know I like men, especially my male readers, but for now let me tell you about women whose passion for social justice is making a difference in New Mexico.

  • The last word: Departing editor-publisher grateful for experience

    It was a chilly October day in Las Vegas, and I had just driven into town for an interview.

    I parked, and as I was walking to the imposing blue building at 614 Lincoln Avenue, the shimmering gold trees at Lincoln Park caught my eye.

  • Another Perspective: Storrie Project deal a waste

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

    I fail to understand why the City of Las Vegas does not thrive. We have a mild seasonal climate, a major interstate highway, Amtrak Station, two postgraduate institutions, several radio stations, golf course, major hospital/dental services, endless real-estate opportunities, an airport to accommodate small jets, diverse recreational opportunities, low crime and what I consider a kind, quaint and friendly atmosphere.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Dems converge on LV

    By Beth Urech

    Last weekend, over 50 members of the Progressive Democrats of America arrived from all over the country for an intense strategic planning session.

    When I entered the Plaza Hotel Ballroom, the mainly middle-aged men and women were already seated. I was introduced to Donna Smith, the executive director. Within thirty seconds, we discovered our mutual love for Hackney’s Onion Loaf, the speciality of a neighborhood restaurant on the street where I live part of the year in Chicago.

    Instant fusion over food is special, and we fused!