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Columns

  • The year in politics and culture

    Oh, what a year it has been.

    Political upheaval overtook us in January. In New Mexico, Democratic majorities in both Houses united the legislature against our Republican governor, while nationally, Donald Trump was being sworn in as our 45th president, thereby upsetting every applecart on the national political scene.

  • Quitting ‘cold turkey’?

    Don’t most of us use expressions that mean nothing, that can’t really explain why those combinations of letters come to mean something we agree on but don’t always know why?

  • Beth Speaks For Herself: Tell your fellow Las Vegan 'Merry Christmas'

    Java and I were on Mills Avenue after our walk UP the bike path. At the Family Dollar Store, a car pulled up and the driver rolled down her window.

    I figured she wanted to talk to me, so I headed over. She pointed at Java and said, “Cute dog. I had a German shepherd.  Someone stole him.”

    “Oh, that’s terrible.”

    “I don’t have enough money to put up a fence. If I ever see my dog  in someone else’s yard, they’ll hear from me.”

  • Just A Thought: Mary had a little lamb white as snow

    “Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.”

    I am not talking about the lamb referred to in the nursery rhyme we learned as a child. I am talking about a young mother Mary, whose little lamb was a child who was named Jesus. A baby born 2000 years ago who would forever change the world. This baby was the lamb of God, the spotless lamb who would be hung and crucified on a cross some 33 years later.

  • The best presents are given freely — not bought

    Christmas brings out the best and worst of our way of life. Crass consumerism runs rampant this time of year, as if owning things equates to happiness.

    If that was the case, then why are there so many miserable rich people?

    Sure, it’s the season of giving, but it’s also for getting. 

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 22, 2017

     HE’S REALLY UP THERE

    Las Vegas resident Jim Terr, the consummate satirist and promotor of the Meadow City, has jokingly tried to get Amazon.com to move some of its operations to THIS Las Vegas. 

  • Snippets of things past

    My mom, the late Marie Trujillo, was certainly not a woman of limitless patience. And proof of that were the smiles on the faces of new-car dealers whenever Mom called them to complain that the car wouldn’t start . . . or that the car was out of windshield washer fluid.

    The salespeople immediately thought “here comes a sale.” 

  • This is for those blessed with many years

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  • Newspaper ownership, local and corporate

    I’m knee-deep in trouble now.

    I just bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator, and it’s up to me to get it out every week.

    Well — me and the dedicated staff I inherited.

    I’m following in the chanclas-clad footsteps of Michael E. Sprengelmeyer, a unique individual if there ever was one. After they made M.E., they broke the mold.

  • How to not erase student debt

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News.

    Even by government standards, it is a colossally dumb idea: revoking someone's license to work as a way to get them to pay off their student loans. Yet many states do just that.

    Student loan debt has more than doubled since 2009 to $1.3 trillion today. The average borrower in the class of 2016 left campus more than $30,000 in debt -- triple the level from 1990, while earnings for newly minted grads have remained flat.