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Columns

  • Just a Thought: LHolding on to Christmas in January

    By Rick Kraft

    I decided I am going to hold onto Christmas. And I’m willing to wager I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    There is just something about Christmas that is worth holding onto. I can’t help but smile at the homes that are still lit up for the holidays. It confirms for me that they are holding onto Christmas also. But why not?

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 22, 2017

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Denver Post (Jan. 17):

    A recent headline reminds us of some good news here at home we wanted to highlight in these divisive times.

    First, the shocker print headline — that hardly sounds like good news.

    Eight men. Half the world’s wealth.

    The poverty-fighting advocates at Oxfam report that the world’s eight richest men are worth the combined wealth of 3.6 billion people at the bottom half of the economic spectrum.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Trump’s unpopular inauguration

    Forget the honeymoon, Donald Trump is already unpopular.

    According to Gallup in a poll taken in early January, Trump’s transition into the presidency had an approval rating of 44 percent, nearly 40 points lower than Barack Obama’s, which stood at 83 percent at about the same time in January 2009 during his transition into the White House.

  • Work of Art: Going bankrupt? Again?

    A resident of the tiny town of Ocate, N.M., just a few miles from Wagon Mound, proved that she can go bankrupt two or three times in just a few minutes but still have a tidy sum to get her back home.

  • Work of Art: Going bankrupt? Again?

    A resident of the tiny town of Ocate, N.M., just a few miles from Wagon Mound, proved that she can go bankrupt two or three times in just a few minutes but still have a tidy sum to get her back home.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - In Jeannette Rankin’s footsteps

    By Beth Urech

    I’m going to Santa Fe on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the Women’s March on Washington/Santa Fe. I never marched in a high school band twirling a baton or tooting a trombone. Nor did I join any protests in my younger years so this will be my first-ever march.

  • Just a Thought: Living a shortened life because of a dream

    By Rick Kraft

    He was a man who made a difference, who brought about change. He is one of my heroes. He modeled his life for us to follow.

    Today’s column is about a man who sacrificed his life for a cause. He lived a life filled with death threats against him, against his wife, and even against his children. Yet through it all, he advocated non-violence, led by example, and pursued a cause that would ultimately cut short his life.

    His name is Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - We must properly fund New Mexico’s court system

    New Mexico’s courts face a funding crisis that threatens to undermine the judiciary’s ability to protect our rights by delivering timely justice.

    We must act now to prevent further damage.

    As Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels recently told a legislative committee, “We are now basically on life support through the end of this fiscal year.”

    In courthouses across the state, New Mexicans can see the corrosive effects of budget cuts and underfunding of the judiciary.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Upcoming legislative session promises to be lively

    Lock up your cash, bar the doors and hide the booze: The legislature is about to come to order.

    The New Mexico Legislature convenes next week, and it promises to be a feisty one. The 60-day session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and will run through March 18.

  • Work of Art: A career-ending punch

    What do you suppose Ed, Art and Art Jr. did Monday night? One safe bet is that these Abreu family members gathered around a TV set to watch the national college championship football game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    And why any particular interest in this game? They watched because they enjoy high-quality football but mainly because Ed, who is the son of Edward Leland Abreu, was a starting player for the South Carolina team some 39 years ago, in the Gator Bowl.