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Columns

  • Work of Art: ‘They saw a game’

    “Perception. What did we see? What did we really see? And what did we want to see?

    A number of columns ago, I wrote about a particularly bloody college football game between two Big 10 teams, a fierce, decades-long rivalry. The winning team lost two quarterbacks to injuries; the losing team lost with its second-string signal-caller at the controls.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The economic state of the state, nation

    Remember the sign that James Carville, then a strategist for Bill Clinton in his 1992 run for the presidency, put up at campaign headquarters? “It’s the economy, stupid” was the simple message he posted, so campaign workers would stay on message — and, indeed, they did.

  • Think New Mexico - Re-imposing the food tax doesn’t add up

    By Fred Nathan

    The best state sales tax systems (or gross receipts tax, as it is called in New Mexico) are broad, low, and don’t tax necessities, like food.

    If tax systems are broad and low, that means that the tax burden is shared widely by different products and services and doesn’t fall too heavily on any one sector. Meanwhile most states avoid taxing necessities so that citizens who live paycheck to paycheck are not forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.

  • Another Perspective - Tips on finding the right school for your child

    By Andrew R. Campanella

    If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options.

    As New Mexico commemorated National School Choice Week this week at 85 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 30, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Times Union of Albany, N.Y., on Republican control of Congress (Jan. 25):

    President Barack Obama laid out a broad agenda in his State of the Union address last week, focusing on the ways to help put the middle class back on track. Republicans who now control the House and Senate promptly went to work on brand promotion.
    We had hoped for better.

  • Fans Split on Superbowl Outcomes

    In what’s become a ritual at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, about a dozen people interested in fitness and athletics provided their picks for Sunday’s Super Bowl. The participants came up with an almost even split. And most predict a close game. Here are their opinions:
    Albert Gonzales, a retired state government employee, is a Bronco fan who picks the Patriots because they have “power and all-around defense. It’ll be a close game.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Looking into the year and years ahead

    A futurist I’m not, but like most people, I do like to gaze into the unknown from time to time, even if it is an exercise in uncertainty. So in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d throw out a few predictions, starting with a couple of obvious ones.

    Here in the U.S., we’re moving toward the legalization of recreational marijuana, and I expect that to go all the way.

  • Another Perspective - A common sense approach

    By Bob Wessely

    We have all seen or read the evidence — both anecdotal and scientific — about the risks associated with oil and gas development, including the fracking technique. We’ve also seen the advertisements with blue skies and daffodils, along with the promise of plentiful jobs and economic prosperity from industry. Whom to believe? How to proceed?

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 23, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Leader-Telegram (Wisconsin) on the wealth gap (Jan. 12):
    Just-released figures leave no doubt that there is a canyon-wide wage gap in this country. Less clear is what if anything to do about it.
    Income 2012 tax numbers parsed by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation tell the story:
    • The top 1 percent (1.3 million filers) paid a greater share of income taxes (38 percent) than the bottom 90 percent (122.4 million filers), who paid 30 percent.

  • Work of Art: I are right, amn’t I?

    An inveterate verbophile, I’ve always been interested in words, what they mean, why they mean, why they can hurt and heal. Remember that bit of doggerel about “sticks and stones” that may “break my bones”?