• Dispatch New Mexico - We’re messing with Mother Nature’s predators

    A lot of critters have been in the news lately. Predators, mainly, as a couple of meetings in recent weeks highlight. One was in the southwestern region of the state, the other up north.

    People are debating the Mexican gray wolf in and around the Gilas, while others are considering ways to control bears, cougars, coyotes and other meat-eating animals in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

  • Another perspective - Let’s manage our water system better

    By Ray Gallegos

  • Just a Thought - The consequences of the ‘What if’ game

    By Rick Kraft

    I heard a speaker once say that we are always at one of three locations in our lives: we are either entering a storm, in the middle of a storm, or leaving a storm. There will always be storms in our lives. In each of our lives we do have sunny days, but are they the rule or the exception in your life?

  • Editorial Roundup - June 26, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Watertown Daily Times on the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty’s delivery (June 19):

    For someone who’s 130 years old, the Statue of Liberty is looking pretty good these days.
    The iconic symbol of freedom was delivered to the United States through New York Harbor on June 17, 1885. It took more than a year for the pedestal to be completed, and the statue was reassembled and presented to the public Oct. 28, 1886.

  • Valley folk proud of recipes, willing to share traditions

    My readers already know that I have boxes and boxes of old papers of various sorts, including recipes from long ago. This is an inherited gene, I’m sure, because my mother did the same thing
    It is no surprise when I open up yet another stored box of these papers to find the Friday, June 1, Chicago Tribune, section 1-A page begging to be read once again. Mother obviously tore this page out and its title is:  “From New Mexico: Foods With a Heritage.” This was the Tribune’s weekly  illustrated food guide with recipes, menus and ideas.

  • 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.