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Columns

  • Thoughts, prayers are not enough

    This editorial, by Kyle Land, recently appeared in the New Mexico Daily Lobo.

    Three years after his son, Daniel, was murdered in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mark Barden said on “Entertainment Weekly,” “Thoughts and prayers and moments of silence are not enough.”

    This is the mindset America should have when tackling the epidemic of gun violence. Thoughts and prayers do not prevent gun violence. Legislation does.

  • Do we ‘plant’ eggplant?

    Work of Art

    A few weeks ago, this column introduced the two foreign exchange students who are spending the school year with us. One student, Tookta, comes from Thailand; the other, Kitty, is from China.

    Our main objective is to help them learn English as well as American ways, which they seem to be acquiring through their enrollment at Robertson High School. I believe that part of their indoctrination is in providing food we think they’ll enjoy. And the counterpart involves our becoming more familiar with what people eat in China and Thailand.

  • You, too, can become a ‘Getaway’ parent

    Back in February 2015, Mark and I took a tour of Montezuma Castle led by UWC-USA students from Israel, Palestine, Romania and The Netherlands.

    That afternoon re-awakened my passion for communicating with people from different countries and cultures. That’s what UWC-USA is all about.

    As you know, my children were born and educated in multi-cultural Switzerland. When Thomas’s 4th grade teacher suggested an international lunch, classmates brought specialities from Pakistan, Spain, Israel, The Netherlands, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland.

  • Unknowingly controlled by strangers

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    We are controlled by strangers whom we will never meet and we don’t even recognize it.

    I am on vacation and I get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. As I walk across the room trying to remember where the door is, my left wrist lights up and my watch tells me it is 2:51 am and states “You did it! You have earned an hour towards your standing goal.”

  • Bradner Reservoir work is moving forward

    From the City

    Work on Bradner Reservoir is proceeding from design to the construction phase.

    There are two parts to the construction project at Bradner Reservoir. First is the rehabilitation of the auxiliary embankment, main embankment and the spillway and second is the installation of the outlet tower.

  • Failing schools: the elephant in the room

     Another Perspective

    I want to talk about the “elephant” in the room; and that is the quality of our schools. WalletHub is the most credible national norm referenced statistic center for education (New Mexico is ranked 50th of 51 states).

    The New Mexico State Department of Education has begun grading school districts and East and West Las Vegas both earned a D-plus. The top five public school districts in New Mexico are Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Grady, Fort Sumner, and Cimarron.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 6, 2017

    EUROPEAN DAY IS A HIT

    THUMBS UP: There was hilarity; there were moments of solemnity and of patriotism. But most of all, “European National Day” at the United World College was an evening well spent, last Saturday evening.

    The program, offered free to the public featured some 60 UWC students singing, acting, dancing, lip-syncing and clowning. Close to 30 fast-moving skits entertained the packed audience. In keeping with the “European” theme, students featured skits based on a number of countries across the Atlantic.

  • A crisis, a showdown and taking a knee

    Last week, there were three big news stories capturing people’s attention — two of which we need to pay attention to, the other worth following only if you’re entertained by all those trumpteets.

    When President Trump tweeted his vitriol about NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, he agitated an issue that’s not nearly as important as the escalation of tensions with North Korea and the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

  • What’s the right protocol for foreigners and our flag?

    Work of Art

    Oh, my, how times have changed. But whether they’ve changed for the better is questionable.

    There isn’t much else in the news if you exclude the horrendous massacre of 59 people, as of press time, in a Las Vegas, Nev., outdoor concert venue and casino.

  • Profit is not a dirty word

    This editorial, by Vic Topmiller Jr., recently appeared in the Silver City Daily Press.

    Profit is not a dirty word. It just becomes dirty when abused, and the very association it has with certain people and groups of people is where the dirt comes from.

    Get it? If you get too close to dirty people some of the dirt rubs off. That should be a good lesson for some of us — “If you play with dirt you will soon have dirty hands.”