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Columns

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 2, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: SINGLE-SPACE, PASTABLE TEXT

  • Shake off winter and plan to explore the state

    SANTA ROSA — Maybe it's cabin fever, the kind that hits in the dead of winter. Or perhaps it was the brisk morning walk I took alongside some summertime soon-to-be tourist attractions here in the City of Natural Lakes. Or, maybe I'm just not in the mood to tackle anything too serious today.

    Whatever the reason, my attention now turns to the upcoming spring and summer, when most of this state really shows itself off.

  • And what about my mudda?

    NEW YORK CITY ­— about the only time I see so many people behind the wheel is during Las Vegas’ own rush-minute, which begins twice daily around Mills and Seventh.

    Well, that may be a slight exaggeration — especially after six of us tried, on foot, to cross some of the thoroughfares of New York City last week, to meet our Danish tribe Stan, Lisbeth, Ellen and June Bug, who crossed the Atlantic to meet Bonnie and me, who flew to the Big Apple for the first time.

  • We must care for the elderly

    Community newspapers get to know about the elderly in all sorts of ways.

    We hear stories about a favorite grandparent. We have older people come into the office and relating a revealing story. We run obituaries about those who’ve recently passed away after living a long life.

    We learn a great deal about the caring people in someone’s life when we see how those persons were living at the end of their time on earth. Frankly, the impressions are discouraging.

  • Please come on out to see ‘Cabaret’

    By Beth Urech

    "When is your next concert?” is the question Ronald Maltais is asked frequently as he strolls up Bridge Street or around the Plaza.

    That’s not surprising because Ron has brought many interesting music and dance events to Las Vegas recently.

    So what’s the answer? Let’s begin with a fundraiser for Ron’s Meadow City Academy of Music.

  • There is a right way to apologize

    The classic 1970s movie “Love Story” featured a popular line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” This concept may have worked for the big screen, but it is totally wrong and does not work in real life. To use “love” as an excuse not to apologize would ultimately result in the breakdown of a relationship or a falling out of “love.”

  • All in (almost) for some media bashing

    Let’s bash the media today.

    Yes, yes, I know. I’m part of this despicable crowd, though I am but a simple, small-town inky wretch. But after a career in newspapering, and as a lifelong consumer of all things media, maybe I have a little insight on the issue.

  • More naive visitors’ impressions of New York

    We’re back from a week-plus trip to New York City, where Bonnie and I met the Danish part of our family, Stan and Lisbeth, and their two daughters.

    So much happened on this trip, our first venture into the Big Apple, I probably have enough copy for at least one more column. Next week, I plan to write about the languages we were exposed to.

     

    The natives

  • Our future could be dry indeed

    With this season’s lack of snow, many of us are concerned that a potential lack of water could adversely threaten our community and this region of New Mexico.

    That’s why we are pleased to welcome a panel of water experts who will share their expertise with us. The intention is not to revisit old water conflicts but to understand the challenges and complexities that face us now. We know that we could face a very dry future.

  • Three more bad ideas to reform higher education

    New Mexico’s higher education was, once again, on the minds of many of our elected officials during this year’s legislative session, and  lots of ideas to improve our state’s higher education have echoed around the statehouse.

    Some ideas had merit. Some did not.

    Here are three bad ideas I recently heard: