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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico - NM’s election not going to pot

    Thanks, Albuquerque Journal, for providing the best snapshot to date of New Mexicans’ political leanings this election cycle. Not everything they asked likely voters about is on this year’s general election ballots, but they certainly play into the equation.

  • Work of Art: ‘Twenty-five cents, please’

    Some readers possibly don’t realize that part of my alleged sense of humor comes from holding doors open for people, and as I do the honors, asking them for a quarter for my efforts.

    PLEASE realize this is a joke. I ask for the 25-cent tip mainly to test their reaction and discover how quickly they’re able to think on their feet.

    One such experiment (I’ve written about this before) happened a few years ago as I held the door for a man and his family as they entered the Santa Fe Souper Salad.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Get ready! Get set! Vote!

    By Beth Urech

    Let’s get the vote out! Be sure to register. Be sure your registration is up to date.

    The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November general election is Tuesday.

  • Just a Thought: Don’t be a minimum benchmark person

    By Rick Kraft

    What is the minimum necessary for you to do to get by in this world? If you sat down with a sheet of paper and wrote out the least you could do to get by in your family, what would it be? What if you wrote down the least effort necessary to keep your job?

  • Another Perspective: House protects K-12 education, public safety

    By Rep. Terry McMillan and Rep. John Zimmerman

    In the last week, New Mexicans witnessed a stark contrast between the Democrats and Republicans in our state. The Legislature convened after being called to do two things in a special session: address the recent spike in violent crime and resolve the budget deficit caused by one of the worst oil and gas crashes we’ve ever seen.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - An inky wretch at the state press convention

    Sometimes I wonder why the hell I stick with the newspaper business. The pay’s lousy, the hours are all over the place and there’s more than enough stress.

    Then I go to a New Mexico Press Association convention and I’m reminded that it’s not so bad.

    I feel a certain camaraderie at such events, in large part because I’ve been involved in New Mexico newspapers for a dozen years now. I know a lot of publishers, editors and reporters around the state, and am proud to call many of them my friends.

  • Work of Art: No, I won’t chip in

    No, I won’t chip in. In our household, we’re comfortable and expect to have a bit of spare change left over when Bonnie and I pass on. But for now, we won’t chip in.

  • Another Perspective: State money? Who needs it!

    By Bob Wessely

    The New Mexico’s Water Trust Board awarded Las Vegas a highly competitive $4 million grant/loan (90 percent grant, 10 percent loan) for Phase I of the Raw Water Conveyance System improvement project. The State Engineer approved the permit.

    These City successes would allow the City to capture some of the very low river flows, as well as the very high flows. The high flow enables capture during storm events or to mitigate flooding.

  • Straight from the City: Reservoir improvements

    Slated improvements to the Bradner and Peterson reservoirs will not increase our water storage capacity, but will greatly improve our water storage capability.

    That may sound like a contradiction, but it’s really just a reflection of a dilemma inherent in capturing river water.

    The problem with large rain events and spring runoff is that the high volume of water rushing into the Gallinas carries a lot of dirt and debris with it, so much that the water is not immediately usable. So when the water flow is at its best, the water quality is at its worst.

  • Just a Thought: Be present for the life you live

    By Rick Kraft

    Are you present in the life you live? Or are you somewhere else? Are you living in the past? The future? Are you showing up for life? Life has no dress rehearsal. Life is here now and then it is gone.

    Sometimes I think we miss out on life because it moves too quick. We are chasing something we can never really catch. We let anticipation of tomorrow keep us from accomplishing what we need to today. We worry about something that may happen on the road ahead. It robs us of today.