• Editorial Roundup - Sept. 4, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The New York Times on preparing for the next major storm (Aug. 23):
    Natural disasters that were once anomalous are becoming almost commonplace, and the country is clearly not prepared for them. Historic floods in Louisiana displaced thousands and led to the deaths of 17 people this month. Record-setting rain devastated parts of West Virginia in June and South Carolina in October.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Campaigns hit home stretch as alternatives loom

    Here we are, about 10 weeks from Election Day, a good time to assess the race for the presidency.

    Hillary Clinton has been riding a solid lead in the polls for weeks now, since the party conventions in July, and that’s pushed Donald Trump to shake up his campaign staff and to stay on-script. The Clinton campaign machine is on full throttle, leaving Trump far behind in ground organization and money. It’s Hillary’s race to lose.

  • Work of Art: What’s so funny?

    I almost got my lights punched out, as a child over something that I swear was unintentional and unexpected.

    You see, my barrio on the upper end of Railroad Avenue was also named Tough Street. It seemed to me, as about a 10-year-old, that the boys in each house got progressively meaner and tougher as one walked along the ascending house numbers.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Interviewing skills 101

    By Beth Urech

    Aldo Brito is a serious, well-spoken and responsible young man. In June he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He’s now a qualified teacher. Having known Aldo for several years, I can say without reservation that his students will love and respect him. But he’s still looking for a job. It’s not so easy in Chicago, especially when you don’t have any experience.

    A couple of months ago, I volunteered to help Aldo. But it was only Monday that we got together for a brief one-on-one.

  • Another Perspective: No more babies born in Vegas

    A very small infant in her mother’s arms was getting one of her first looks at the world in Traveler’s Coffee Café in Las Vegas.

    I couldn’t help but goo and coo at her. I began a conversation with the young couple. Where was the little one born?

    What are women doing in regard to the Alta Vista Regional Hospital Maternity Ward closure? That question has been on my mind since the hospital’s CEO, Mr. Chris Wolf, announced in March that due to “market conditions” he was forced to close the OB-GYN unit at Alta Vista.

  • Just a Thought: You just need to grin and bear it

    By Rick Kraft

    I have walked a bear down the streets of Atlanta. I stood by and watched a live bear tackle a Clemson Tiger mascot, laying him out flat on his back and then crawling on top of him. I watched a bear dragging a mini trampoline run onto the football field at West Point while a play was occurring on the field.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - A world-class education requires a world-class teaching force

    By Sens. Bill Soules, Las Cruces; Carlos Cisneros, Taos; Linda Lopez, Albuquerque; Majority Whip Michael Padilla, Albuquerque; and Reps. Patricia Roybal-Caballero, Albuquerque; and Christine Trujillo, Albuquerque

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Special session will put a Band-Aid on an open wound

    Susana Martinez must hate having to call the legislature into session.

    The Republican governor doesn’t have much of a record of success there, largely because of an obstinate Senate and its Democratic majority. But thanks to an inability or unwillingness to resolve matters in the last regular session, Martinez must now call her second special session this year. That must sting.

  • Work of Art: Too much punnishment

    When people laugh at a pun, they’re really just being polite, and it’s possible the ones who laughed didn’t catch the word play. But when someone groans, well, that’s the sign of a clever pun with the added message that the groaner “got it,” as in caught on.

    A pun, according to the dictionary, is “a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.”

  • Another Perspective: It’s time for a change at Luna

    By Joe McCaffrey