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Columns

  • Work of Art: What music do you like?

    We spent much of Sunday evening at the United World College, attending a student recital, which featured some excellent instrumental and vocal offerings.

    We went as guests of our get-away student, Belén Sogo Mielgo, from Madrid, Spain.

    Some of the entrants sang, some played the piano, and with kids in the late teens (and even of any age), there’s bound to be a slip or two — obvious to all.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 24, 2017

    The San Francisco Chronicle on Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House (March 21):

    The Trump family’s tangle of wealth and privilege has an additional complication. Ivanka Trump is getting an inner-circle White House office and security clearance, making her the most powerful first daughter in recent times.

  • Another Perspective: What’s happened to the Democratic Party?

    Once I was a Democrat. I went to see JFK at a rally in Elmhurst, Ill., wrote to Jimmy Carter and voted for William Jefferson Clinton in his first term.

    But things started to change in the ‘60s with the anything- goes generation, and culminated in Bill’s gig/gag with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. I learned then we had devolved from a party of upstanding principles to one of political opportunism, i.e. get what you can, any way you can.

  • Work of Art: ‘For want of a nail...’

    There’s an old rhyme that clearly illustrates the need for things working together. It reads: “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost.

    Dire consequences must have occurred when the above battle was being waged. But how about the big difference a simple punctuation mark can make? Can its inclusion or omission justify or settle a lawsuit?

  • Another Perspective: Trump travel ban problematic

    By Victoria J. Mora

    There have been many responses from higher education to President Trump’s original executive order limiting visas for refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

    With the release of the revised executive order on March 6, the scope of the “travel ban” has narrowed. But the new order remains problematic in light of the aims it intends to achieve and it is our responsibility as educators to call this out.

  • Another Perspective: Health care vital to state

    The health care industry is the bright spot in New Mexico’s economy, adding jobs at a time when other sectors are shedding them, but it does even more by supporting the culture of our communities and providing hope to generations of New Mexicans.

    As New Mexico’s population grows older, it is more important than ever that our hospitals and clinics remain financially strong and that our doctors, nurses and other health care providers remain able to give us the kind of first-rate and compassionate care that we all need and have come to expect.  

  • Just a Thought: I went out and bought a thousand marbles

    By Rick Kraft

    It is funny how a thousand marbles can help keep life in perspective.  Like an ever-flowing waterfall, life is constantly coming at us from upstream and then flowing past us. We finish one day, go to bed, and then wake up and another day is upon us.  

    Life marches on whether we want to recognize it or not.  Yesterday has been spent, but today is still available. Although none of us knows how many tomorrows we have to spend, we assume we have many.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - What’s in a name, anyway?

    By Beth Urech

    “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” unless your name is Rosaria or Rosa but on your current driver’s license it is written as Rose.

    Ever since the new law went into effect Nov. 14, 2016, some of us are discovering our names don’t smell as sweet.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Fact-checking websites can offset fake news

    One of my favorite website resources is Snopes.com. It’s straightforward, nonpartisan and well sourced in its findings, and in this era of fake news, it’s a great way to discern fact from fiction.

    Of course Snopes is not the only fact-checking website out there these days, but it’s widely considered one of the most reliable. Criticisms that have been leveled against Snopes have pretty much been debunked as baseless by other fact-checking sources like Factcheck.org.

  • Work of Art: Enjoy DST — it’s great

    She’s on the phone, railing to a fellow church member about the first days of Daylight Saving Time. “Oooh! I just hate it!” she tells her friend, Betty Quick, who agrees.

    But really now, what can we say about the extra hour of daylight except that we’re glad it’s finally here? Each year — it seems since we married in 1966 — I’ve used the parable of the man whose blanket failed to cover his feet, leaving him shivering in bed. So he cut a foot off the top of the blanket and sewed it to the bottom. Problem solved. But maybe not.