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Columns

  • Tools to make capital outlay more efficient

    Capital outlay funding is a controversial and difficult process. The demand for state money far exceeds the funds available; for the 2018 legislative session, state and local governments have requested over $2 billion for capital outlay funded by general obligation and severance tax bonds.

    The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the General Services Department and legislators are responsible for prioritizing these requests and allocating funds, but frequently find themselves missing the tools necessary to do so.

  • One hundred years — minus one day

    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” Words of wisdom spoken by great philosopher Winnie the Pooh. I have a plaque on my desk here at home that reminds me of this daily.

  • Thoughts about those who shape our lives

    When you’ve lived a full life, you think back on those who helped shape you into who you are. Parents and spouses immediately come to mind for most folks, but people you meet along the way also make their mark on you.

  • ‘A zero chance of precip’

    And for the zillionth time this winter, KFUN’s Joseph Baca has announced, “There is zero chance of precipitation today.”
    Can’t this station manager come up with better announcements?
    But we ought not blame him, as his job is only reporting the news, not determining it.

    Each day that I hear that dismal announcement I long for the days of yore when Mother Nature used to provide beneficence. Or at least some snow.

  • ‘Afterschool’ defined — then and now

    Remember after school when you jumped off the school bus and dashed into the house where your mother handed you a glass of milk and a homemade oatmeal raisin cookie?

    You gobbled up your snack before grabbing your bike or your baseball mitt. Then you headed outdoors to play with the neighbor kids until sundown when you slowly trudged home for supper and homework and, if you were lucky, half an hour of television.

  • Roughrider Report

    Following a report by the Higher Learning Commission which underscored a number of concerns with how the institution is being governed, the Board of Trustees has approved a significant number of policy revisions and adoptions over the past month. The majority of changes are aimed at enhancing the processes by which the faculty, staff and students contribute to the well-being and strength of the institution.

    At their Dec. 19 meeting, Trustees unanimously approved the by-laws and constitution for the newly recognized staff advisory senate.

  • Maybe, just maybe, it’s not your party

    If you are feeling down or depressed, do something kind for someone else. Don’t expect any return back and see what happens. In other words, if your life is not fulfilling, take the blessings you have been given (and you have plenty of them) and pay them forward for the benefit of others.

    There. I have shared today’s message in three sentences. One simple concept that, if heeded, can be life changing. It is the ultimate prescription for depression, make it not about you.

  • Food-tax proposal is outrageously regressive

    The bearded wonder is at it again.

    I’m talking about Cliff Pirtle, the state senator from Roswell who, in 2012, defeated Tim Jennings, the Senate’s pro tem, who had enjoyed more than three decades in office before Gov. Susana Martinez threw some heavy hitting support behind Pirtle.

    He’s been serving in District 32 ever since, winning notoriety for his efforts to rid the state of daylight saving time.

  • Fans split in this year’s Super Bowl picks

    About a dozen years ago, when I asked members of the public to predict the outcome of the then-current Super Bowl game, I of course included myself.

    Even if my team, the great Oakland Raiders, failed to make it to the big game, I’d always include some kind of lament over their failure to qualify.

    Well, the Raiders, the world’s greatest team, will be watching the game from the stands, or on TV this year. Darn!

  • Raising someone else’s spouse and parent

    If you have children, you are raising someone else’s spouse. You are raising someone else’s parent. How does that make you feel? The responsibility of parenting can be considered the greatest thing most of us ever do.

    I have been blessed to have been married to my best friend of 34 years. When I met her I inherited everything that others had poured into her. Twenty six years of her story was written before we met.