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  • Editorial Roundup - June 19, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Bennington Banner (Vt.) on retirement savings ( June 8):
    If you suspect that you may not have enough money to retire, a new study says you’re right on the money (pun intended). Rather, about half of you are.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Taxing philosophies

    Clearly, there are ideological differences between conservatives and liberals — but not always.

    On the issue of taxes, it’s a mixed bag.

    Rhetorically, national Republicans love to cry out for fewer taxes while Democrats prefer to look the other way when a tax gets raised. That’s because the GOP touts itself as pro-business and anti-big government while the Dems don’t have a problem with big government but know the majority of Americans don’t like Uncle Sam dipping too deeply into their pockets.

  • Just a Thought - Spend time focusing on the family

    By Rick Kraft

    Every problem the world is facing today began with the family. Okay, maybe I’m overstating this...but then again, maybe I’m not.

    I receive regular mailings from the Focus on the Family organization. It is a Christian based organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, that exists for a simple reason: to help families thrive. After a relationship with our Creator, I don’t know of any more important aspect of our existence than our family.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 12, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Wall Street Journal on the Obama administration handling FOIA requests (June 2):

    A federal judge last week excoriated the State Department for sitting on Hillary Clinton’s emails, ordering it to release batches every 30 days. The State Department deserved the rebuke, but then it is merely following the rules laid down by the least transparent administration in history.

  • Work of Art: A pamphlet or a tome

    For as long as people have existed, many have cultivated the Art of Exaggeration. And yet, when it comes to minimizing things, we aren’t as skillful.

    Let me explain:

  • Dispatch New Mexico - NM big on hometown festivals

    All around New Mexico, we love our festivals. I suppose that’s true all over the world, but here in the Land of Enchantment, we have more than our share of unique events.

    And summertime is season for a whole lot of them to come out of the woodwork.

  • Just a Thought - Nine keys to a successful life

    By Rick Kraft

    One reason some people aren’t as successful as they’d like to be is they haven’t decided what they want. There are people who live their life by default, not by design. Many people’s lives are reactive, not proactive. It is as if they are flapping their arms just trying to keep their head above the water and stay afloat rather than swimming in the direction they need to be moving.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 5, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Miami Herald on reining in over-reach on national security (June 2):
    The revised eavesdropping program that the U.S. Senate finally passed on Tuesday and sent to the president doesn’t go as far as some civil-liberties advocates wanted, but it’s the first time that Congress has placed limits on the government’s ability to spy on Americans after 9/11.

  • Work of Art: It’s not part of my bivouac

    It’s interesting when people consistently use the incorrect word and can’t tolerate any correction, even when it’s offered politely.

    Let me explain:

    A friend with whom I once took classes at Highlands had been hobbling around on crutches a couple of weeks ago. I saw her this week, sans crutches and asked how she was doing. “Much better! I’m just glad I’m not ambulatory anymore!”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Our kids and the larger world

    First, allow me to do a little bragging about my kids. Then I’ll tie it to the larger world.

    I have two daughters. Amy, the older one, lives in Memphis, Tenn. Over the last year, she’s moved from a pre-school teacher to an after-school program director (that is, from a worker to a boss) while also attending the University of Memphis, where she’s been recognized as an outstanding senior in her chosen field of anthropology. No easy feats, I’d say, for someone who’s only 23 years old. Thankfully, she has the energy to do both.