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Columns

  • Work of Art — Can’t do without it

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Or is it the other way around? Doesn’t it happen that a new gadget we’d never dreamed of suddenly becomes a necessity we can’t be without?

    Let me explain:

    Not a tekkie by any means, I nevertheless felt stranded, branded, abandoned and empty-handed by the cell phone I forgot to take to my meeting Monday morning. And as evidence of my non-tekkieness, I didn’t join the gadget generation until later in the game. We didn’t get our cell phone until eight years ago.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Health facilities an issue of survival for small towns

    New Mexicans should be tired of all the state rankings, since they only seem to show us as the worst, or among the worst, in such issues as poverty, education, child welfare and more. So forgive me when I say, I’ve got one more — emergency services.

    I ran into this particular ranking in the AARP Bulletin, a monthly publication that I receive for getting old and paying my old-folks dues. I read about it in the Bulletin, but really it’s the American College of Emergency Physicians that sounded the alarm.

  • Nuestra Historia - Gazette, Optic feud over Mexicans, one LV

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Within a year of the railroad’s arrival in 1879, the population in east Las Vegas equaled that of west Las Vegas, and between the two communities there was great activity and bustling enterprise. As a result, businessmen in particular began to see the need for basic services which only a municipal government could provide.

    There was also an alarming need for organized law enforcement, as mayhem and violence were becoming prevalent.

  • Another Perspective: Time again to check Medicare health, drug plans

    By Bob Moss

    Now’s the time for New Mexico residents with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2015.

    Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 until Dec. 7.

    Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your individual needs, especially if you’ve had any changes in your health.

    By now insurers should have notified you of any adjustments in your health or drug coverage or any changes in your out-of-pocket costs for next year.   

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 10, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Journal Record on congratulating the newlyweds (Oct. 6):
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not hear any of the five same-sex marriage cases on appeal from lower courts. That means the decisions in those cases will stand.
    The five cases, including Oklahoma’s, stand in favor of same-sex marriage. More accurately, they stand in favor of equal treatment under the law.

  • Work of Art — And what’s so funny?

    Probably for the rest of my life I will carry a certain amount of guiltfor things I thought and did in my childhood. Twelve years in a parochial school made a believer out of me.

    Most of my scrapes came as the result of inappropriate laughter. Why was it permissible — and even encouraged — for elementary school kids to laugh, even to guffaw, when the teacher attempted humor, but never OK for me to try instigating some laughter on my own?

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Staying in their declining small towns

    From the U.S. Census Bureau comes this bit of news: The nation’s poverty rate has done down, but in New Mexico it went up.

    New Mexico has never been a wealthy state, but the second-to-the-bottom ranking (ahead of Mississippi only) stings, and says something about how bad a lot of people have it in this dis-enchanted land.

  • Nuestra Historia - Frenzied growth on the east side

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Between the decision by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to make east Las Vegas its regional headquarters, and the commerce flourishing on Railroad Avenue, New Town experienced instant and rapid growth immediately after the first train arrived on July 4, 1879.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 3, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    St. Cloud Times on the need for the federal government to re-examine school lunch rules ( Sept. 23):

    Since the rollout of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, students and their parents have easily been the loudest critics of the new federal school lunch standards.
    Portions that are too small yet cost more. Side dishes, entrees and even condiments that aren’t very tasty. And, of course, few to no “junk food” choices.

  • Work of Art — Cursive: Not what we think

    It started as a pleasant but intense discussion on the future of cursive writing. But before we get into it, let me pre-sanitize all implications of the word. You see, even though I’d used it most of my life, I’d never even heard the term, until much later in life.