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Columns

  • Just a Thought: Living in a world with no privacy left

    By Rick Kraft

    There is no privacy anymore. It seems that whatever anyone does is being watched or recorded. Today we live in a world with the highest accountability in the history of mankind.

    Everything you say or do can and may be used against you. A random picture can be taken of you and posted internationally on Facebook mere seconds after it is taken.

  • Another Perspective: Vetoes have dangerous consequences

    By Bill McCamley

    A few weeks ago, Susana Martinez vetoed funding for every state college and university. All of it.

    Since then, neither she nor House Republican Leaders have proposed a plan to restore it. Because every public school relies on New Mexico for 30 to 50 percent of their budgets, if not changed this decision will annihilate them.
    What does this mean for you? Plenty.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 30, 2017

    The New York Times on former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s alleged ties to Russia:

    Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, was fired weeks ago, but his ties to Russia keep raising questions this White House won’t answer and dark suspicions it can’t seem to dispel.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Impasse hits new low between governor, legislature

    Talk about dysfunctional.Last week, New Mexico lawmakers filed suit against Gov. Susana Martinez over budget vetoes that essentially defund the legislative branch and, if not reversed before June 30, push several state schools over a fiscal cliff. Short of any action to the contrary, the funding shortfall will create a crisis of epic proportions.

  • Work of Art: You must taste new stamps

    All right, students: Raise your hand if you’ve ever had ceviche. Nobody? No, Wise-Guy in the third row, ceviche is not Spanish for a beer.

    Then how about sancocho? Still nobody?

    Well, don’t feel bad, students. I’d never heard of either of these things either — until I read today’s paper.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - What’s up, Doc? Plenty for the Meadow City this week

    By Beth Urech
    For the Las Vegas Optic

    We used to imitate Bug Bunny’s Brooklyn accent when we watched Looney Tunes at the Saturday afternoon movie show.

    Those were the days! My dad would fill up the station wagon and schlepp a carload of us kids from Wildwood Park to downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. After buying our tickets, we would hover around the concession counter.

    Would Bobby Keegan buy Milk Duds?  Maybe Rusty Mackay would gaze in my direction as he purchased an Almond Joy.

  • Another Perspective: Stopping higher ed funds wrong move

    By Sam Minner

    A few days ago, I and all other university presidents in New Mexico were informed that we would receive no state appropriations effective July 1. The many challenges associated with balancing the state budget are well known and, unless revenues increase from some source, additional legally required cuts must be made to balance the budget.

  • Just a Thought: Are you talking about your ethics or mine?

    By Rick Kraft

    Several years back when I was the New Mexico State Bar President I was speaking to a group of a few hundred lawyers at a conference and I asked the group the question, “How many of you in this room are unethical?” Not a hand went up. Good ... I thought.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 23, 2017

    The following editorial excerpt was published in the Los Angeles Times on April 19.

    Under its last chairman, Democrat Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission dramatically ramped up its regulation of telecommunications companies, especially those that provide broadband Internet access to the home. The commission adopted rules to preserve net neutrality, limit the collection and use of data about where people go online and subsidize broadband access services, while also slapping conditions on or flat-out opposing mergers between major broadband companies.

  • Straight from the City: It all started with the river

    It all started with the river. People came to this place because the Gallinas River provided water, and water is life. When the people of this area dug the first ditch, the first acequia, they called it the Acequia Madre, the mother ditch, and that is fitting, because it was through the nurture of the river and the ditches that this community was born.

    There is a time when our mother takes care of us, and, as life goes on, there is a time when we must take care of our mother.

    For us, as a community, this is that time.