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Columns

  • Work of Art: How can we unsay it?

    The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit,
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
        —Omar Khayyam
        
    Of all the words I’ve read during my 76 years on Earth, I find it difficult to imagine a bit of verse more profound. And as a writer, I’m obviously aware of how difficult it is — as the rhyme by the Persian poet indicates — to unsay it.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A most interesting man of consequence

    He was a short and stocky man, loud in life and with a laugh to beat all hell. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the most interesting man I’ve ever known.

    Unfortunately, I lost touch with him years ago, so to protect his privacy I’ll only call him Dean in this writing. I wouldn’t want to make him mad, as he was also the toughest man I’ve ever known.

  • Just a Thought - Where will you be when the games begin?

    By Rick Kraft

    There was a “Wall of Shame” just outside the entry to the Olympic stadium in Olympia, Greece. But let me come back to this.

    On a tour through Greece, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit ancient Olympia where the Olympic games started.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 1, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader on NSA spying bill (April 27):
    Back in January, when this Congress was brand new and Mitch McConnell was taking the reins as majority leader of the Senate, he pledged “to get committees working again.”
    It’s surprising, then, that, in late April, McConnell moved to bypass the committee process to fast-track a five-year extension of the government’s authority to conduct mass surveillance of U.S. citizens’ phone calls.

  • Work of Art: Menudo on the menu

    Each school day, years ago, as my Highlands classes broke for lunch. I would recite that day’s menu. But first, a concession: I never had the faintest notion what the place we all called the “Caff” was serving ­— ever —  so my recipe-tation was pure fantasy.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The politics and pressures of law enforcement

    With all the heat that police officers are taking lately, I’m thinking it’s a good time to bring up a related topic — the politics that infiltrates police departments everywhere.

  • Another perspective - Luna continues to enrich lives

    By Abelino Montoya

    I would like to take this opportunity to answer some important questions from constituents from Luna Community College’s District 5 and others, and also present an update on the significant progress of LCC.

  • Just a Thought - Don’t worry unless it happens

    By Rick Kraft

    How much of life do you live being anxious? What is not accomplished today because of worrying about tomorrow? How much is your quality of life lowered because the future is unknown.

    A few weeks ago I attended a leadership training session taught by John Garcia of Albuquerque. Mr. Garcia, a former cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Tourism who specializes in economic/business development, presented the group many leadership tools.

  • Work of Art: Honoring the honor code

    We thought we’d moved to a different world the first time my wife and I, with our 3-months-old son, drove in to Charlottesville, Va. I had received a fellowship to study English at the University of Virginia and was thrilled at the prospect.

    It was a great experience, in the early ‘70s, meeting and studying under people like Fredsen Bowers, a Shakespeare scholar; Douglas Day, UVa’s “renaissance man”; and Ed Hirsch, who authored the “Cultural Literacy” series, an academic best-seller.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A week on the pages of small-town newspapers

    Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, N.M., I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism.

    It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes more than 15 newspapers around the state, along with a news-savvy radio station broadcasting out of Santa Fe.