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  • Dispatch New Mexico - The ‘unconditional love’ of a dog

    A little more than six years ago, we picked up a shelter dog, named her Ellie and made her our own. A mutt by birth and all dog by disposition, she came into our lives right on time — especially for our older daughter, a teenager at the time who suffered from more than just the angst that goes with those years.

  • Just a Thought - 2015 - Be an eagle or be a hippo

    By Rick Kraft

    “There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” Words of wisdom by Carl Sandburg. With both an eagle and a hippo inside you, you will decide if you will soar or wallow in 2015.

    Life is cyclical. It follows nature’s schedule. Because it takes the earth 365 days for it to circle the sun one time, our lives are measured in years. Because it takes 24 hours for our planet to rotate once, our days consist of one set of 24 hours.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 2, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on troublesome Texas death penalty (Dec. 28):
    Troublesome Texas death penalty
    Those people and institutions opposed to the death penalty — this newspaper, for one — might ordinarily be encouraged by the year-end report on executions in Texas.

  • Work of Art: Shortcut through the house

    My family of five siblings, two parents and a bachelor uncle lived in a tiny house on Railroad Avenue: eight of us in a house with two bedrooms and one bathroom. Night-time required a degree in logistics, as the living room needed to remain pristine and was not for sleeping. Severino and I rolled out a foldaway bed at night and wheeled it into the kitchen-laundry room combo in which Tio Juan also slept.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The years, coming and going

    It’s all a matter of perspective. The year 2014 might have been a great one for you. Or it could have been hell. I hope for your sake it was the former rather than the latter, but either way it’s a good time to look back — and forward.

    Politically, it was a rough year for the Democrats, both here in New Mexico and in the halls of Congress. Gary King got trounced in November, but we all pretty much knew that was going to happen. It must have been a tough, tough year for the retiring attorney general, as he started out behind and lost ground from there.

  • Just a Thought - Setting off a catalytic reaction

    By Rick Kraft

    Do you bring about positive change in the life you live? When you go to bed at night, is the world a better place than it was when you woke up because of some action or actions you took during the day?

    Do you have the ability to take a negative thrown at you and respond with a positive? Are you able to bring about positive change to those around you without yourself being consumed?

    Maybe you are a catalyst. Maybe you are a catalyst for change.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 26, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Houston Chronicle on the border being more secure than it was a decade ago (Dec. 17):
    Texas Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw said recently his agency will install 4,000 cameras along the Rio Grande, the state’s 1,254-mile border with Mexico, as part of the ongoing “border surge” against illegal immigration.

  • Work of Art: Yes, there’s also a Virginia

    When was the last time someone from another state failed to realize that we New Mexicans also live in a state? No doubt at least once you’ve been asked what the rate of exchange is for pesos and real dollars, or whether one needs a passport to enter the borders of this untamed land.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - An oil-based economy hits you coming and going

    It’s almost laughable, the way Americans just can’t win with gasoline prices. If they go up, it’s money out of our pockets, and if they go down, it’s money out of our investments.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 19, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The New York Times on airfares going up despite the dip in oil prices (Dec. 15).
    Oil prices have fallen by about half since June, making it much cheaper just in time for drivers to fill up their cars for Christmas travel. But the decline in oil prices has had made no perceptible difference on the cost of flying. Fares are up from earlier this year, and many airlines are still levying significant fuel surcharges on the tickets they sell.