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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Notes on the passing small-town scene

    For more than three years now, I’ve been collecting news out of small towns around New Mexico. I launched the Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as a news-sharing service in May 2013 and have been reading many of New Mexico’s smallest newspapers (either online or in hard copies mailed to me) ever since.

  • Work of Art: Search for gender neutrality

    Man oh, man, did I ever have a rough day! Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I ever have a day like today. You see, Monday, Labor Day was a holiday. I went to the office to do some of Tuesday’s work on Monday, and there was no one available to man the office.

    Perhaps some 30 years ago, none of the above would have caused a ripple. Today, it seems, there are many who might argue that using all those masculine terms is offensive and sexist. That makes it difficult to say or write anything.

  • Another Perspective: Update on Mora County Complex

    By Paula Garcia

    The people of Mora County have long awaited completion of the Mora County Complex. While the project has had a complicated history, we are close to breaking ground. The Mora County Commission has made completion of the project a top priority for the county and has dedicated significant resources to get the project moving after years of being stalled.

    We have made tremendous progress, but we will need the support of community members to get this project across the finish line. The following is an update on our progress to date:

  • Just a Thought: Living life as the first of one edition

    By Rick Kraft

    On a recent trip to Chicago with my family I was sitting in a restaurant downtown and relaxing after finishing my meal. I decided to sit a while and enjoy watching the people walking by just on the outside of the large glass window. It never ceases to amaze me how uniquely made each one of us is.

  • Editorial Roundup - Sept. 4, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The New York Times on preparing for the next major storm (Aug. 23):
    Natural disasters that were once anomalous are becoming almost commonplace, and the country is clearly not prepared for them. Historic floods in Louisiana displaced thousands and led to the deaths of 17 people this month. Record-setting rain devastated parts of West Virginia in June and South Carolina in October.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Campaigns hit home stretch as alternatives loom

    Here we are, about 10 weeks from Election Day, a good time to assess the race for the presidency.

    Hillary Clinton has been riding a solid lead in the polls for weeks now, since the party conventions in July, and that’s pushed Donald Trump to shake up his campaign staff and to stay on-script. The Clinton campaign machine is on full throttle, leaving Trump far behind in ground organization and money. It’s Hillary’s race to lose.

  • Work of Art: What’s so funny?

    I almost got my lights punched out, as a child over something that I swear was unintentional and unexpected.

    You see, my barrio on the upper end of Railroad Avenue was also named Tough Street. It seemed to me, as about a 10-year-old, that the boys in each house got progressively meaner and tougher as one walked along the ascending house numbers.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Interviewing skills 101

    By Beth Urech

    Aldo Brito is a serious, well-spoken and responsible young man. In June he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He’s now a qualified teacher. Having known Aldo for several years, I can say without reservation that his students will love and respect him. But he’s still looking for a job. It’s not so easy in Chicago, especially when you don’t have any experience.

    A couple of months ago, I volunteered to help Aldo. But it was only Monday that we got together for a brief one-on-one.

  • Another Perspective: No more babies born in Vegas

    A very small infant in her mother’s arms was getting one of her first looks at the world in Traveler’s Coffee Café in Las Vegas.

    I couldn’t help but goo and coo at her. I began a conversation with the young couple. Where was the little one born?

    What are women doing in regard to the Alta Vista Regional Hospital Maternity Ward closure? That question has been on my mind since the hospital’s CEO, Mr. Chris Wolf, announced in March that due to “market conditions” he was forced to close the OB-GYN unit at Alta Vista.

  • Just a Thought: You just need to grin and bear it

    By Rick Kraft

    I have walked a bear down the streets of Atlanta. I stood by and watched a live bear tackle a Clemson Tiger mascot, laying him out flat on his back and then crawling on top of him. I watched a bear dragging a mini trampoline run onto the football field at West Point while a play was occurring on the field.