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  • Palabras Pinturescas: At this funeral, attendees were polite, respectful

    My upbringing (quite a long time ago) was strict and very conventional for the time. Sweet Brother Bill and I were taught manners and expected to use them, always. We both thought our so British mother had eyes in the back of her head because she always knew where we were and who, what and how we acted.

    We were not impressed, to say the least, but both of us learned to respect this training, particularly when we became parents.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Issues facing the smaller cities

    This week the national news may be focused on Super Tuesday, but here in New Mexico it’s the municipal elections that are making local headlines, with races being decided in cities and towns across the state.

    And since about half of all New Mexicans live in municipalities of fewer than 30,000 people, these local elections are big news in small towns throughout the state.

  • A work of Art: It’s much safer today

    On a ride back from Santa Fe, I chatted with my granddaughter Celina. The conversation began right after some dude whizzed past us. It was clear he hadn’t had an oil change in years — if ever.

    We pulled over to let the A.J. Foyt of the Rockies get way ahead of, as we didn’t wish to inhale the noxious fumes his car spewed. That prompted my second-oldest granddaughter to ask, “Was it worse when you were my age?”

  • Just a Thought: I saw my heart today in living color

    I saw my heart today. No really, I saw my heart! What an awesome experience to be able to watch my heart beating as it gives life to the rest of my body...

    In my busy world and with good health, I never really thought about the fact that technology existed that could reveal what is going on inside my heart. So I am lying there on an examining table on my left side, shirt off, electrodes stuck all over me, and my wife standing behind me while the technician is moving a hand held gadget across my chest.

  • Another Perspective: Promises made, promises kept

    The 2016 Legislative Session recently came to a close leaving lawmakers and New Mexicans to reflect on the work that was completed during the last 30 days.

     Prior to the session, New Mexicans strongly voiced their anger over the senseless loss of life we witnessed this past year. They demanded action from their lawmakers. House Republicans resolved to fix our laws to stop dangerous and violent repeat offenders from cycling through New Mexico’s criminal justice system and inflicting harm on innocent citizens.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: H.U. fraternities, sororities added life and fun to campus

    When the weather is cold and stormy and the days are short, many of us get to catch up on our put-aside stacks of reading materials. This includes newspapers magazines and books of all sorts. My family were and still are readers, thankfully Sweet Brother Bill and I were surrounded by reading materials of all sorts when we were kids long ago.

  • A work of Art: Alas! Ethan Couch’s woes

    It would be great if I could turn today’s column into a feel-good story in which everybody lives happily ever after.

    Yes, it would be great, but not in this case. I refer to Ethan Couch, a Texas teen whose carelessness (he and his buddies stole cases of beer from a Wal-Mart), and Ethan, with driver’s permit in hand (but no real license), drove at speeds of 70 mph before plowing into a group of people who had stopped to assist another driver.

  • Another Perspective: We cannot quit on capital outlay reform

    Over the past few years, reform of New Mexico’s capital outlay system has received more and more attention. There is little doubt that our system, particularly compared to other states, needs fixing. We are the only state that expects the legislature to approve a capital outlay bill without any system for planning, vetting or selecting projects. Instead, we operate in a free-for-all system that fails to make the most of our limited infrastructure dollars.

  • Just a Thought - The testing of a core belief system

    By Rick Kraft

    “My mom and dad always told me _____________.” Suppose I gave you a sheet of paper with this exact sentence repeated fifteen times and you were required to fill in all 15 blanks. How would you fill them in?

    My guess is that you would fill the blanks with pretty good stuff. I believe this because most mothers and fathers speak good advice. Even though the lives some parents choose to live may communicate differently, the words they share would generally be good advice.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 21, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press