• Work of Art: Ring missing 55 years

    A few decades ago, when the late broadcaster Paul Harvey used to provide “The Rest of the Story,” he told about a well-to-do couple who’d given each other expensive wedding rings, engraved, with names and dates, before taking a trans-Atlantic cruise on a luxury liner.

  • Just a Thought - The passing of a special generation

    By Rick Kraft

    Every day there are fewer and fewer “old schoolers” around. One by one they are dying off. I see pictures and read life stories of them almost daily in the newspaper.

    Life is a risk, so I will proceed forward with some thoughts and comments on this subject and take the chance of offending every reader at some point in this column.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 19, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Bennington Banner (Vt.) on retirement savings ( June 8):
    If you suspect that you may not have enough money to retire, a new study says you’re right on the money (pun intended). Rather, about half of you are.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Taxing philosophies

    Clearly, there are ideological differences between conservatives and liberals — but not always.

    On the issue of taxes, it’s a mixed bag.

    Rhetorically, national Republicans love to cry out for fewer taxes while Democrats prefer to look the other way when a tax gets raised. That’s because the GOP touts itself as pro-business and anti-big government while the Dems don’t have a problem with big government but know the majority of Americans don’t like Uncle Sam dipping too deeply into their pockets.

  • Just a Thought - Spend time focusing on the family

    By Rick Kraft

    Every problem the world is facing today began with the family. Okay, maybe I’m overstating this...but then again, maybe I’m not.

    I receive regular mailings from the Focus on the Family organization. It is a Christian based organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, that exists for a simple reason: to help families thrive. After a relationship with our Creator, I don’t know of any more important aspect of our existence than our family.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 12, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Wall Street Journal on the Obama administration handling FOIA requests (June 2):

    A federal judge last week excoriated the State Department for sitting on Hillary Clinton’s emails, ordering it to release batches every 30 days. The State Department deserved the rebuke, but then it is merely following the rules laid down by the least transparent administration in history.

  • Work of Art: A pamphlet or a tome

    For as long as people have existed, many have cultivated the Art of Exaggeration. And yet, when it comes to minimizing things, we aren’t as skillful.

    Let me explain:

  • Dispatch New Mexico - NM big on hometown festivals

    All around New Mexico, we love our festivals. I suppose that’s true all over the world, but here in the Land of Enchantment, we have more than our share of unique events.

    And summertime is season for a whole lot of them to come out of the woodwork.

  • Just a Thought - Nine keys to a successful life

    By Rick Kraft

    One reason some people aren’t as successful as they’d like to be is they haven’t decided what they want. There are people who live their life by default, not by design. Many people’s lives are reactive, not proactive. It is as if they are flapping their arms just trying to keep their head above the water and stay afloat rather than swimming in the direction they need to be moving.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 5, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Miami Herald on reining in over-reach on national security (June 2):
    The revised eavesdropping program that the U.S. Senate finally passed on Tuesday and sent to the president doesn’t go as far as some civil-liberties advocates wanted, but it’s the first time that Congress has placed limits on the government’s ability to spy on Americans after 9/11.