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  • Leave no dentist behind

    A high school play, “The Perfect Idiot,” deals with an extremely bright senior who misses all 100 items on a true-false test.

    How’d he manage that? Statistical probability dictates that anyone who simply checks off every answer as “true” or every one as “false” is bound to score around 50 percent. In order to earn a perfect zero (or perfect hundred), the student obviously needs to know all the answers.

    But does anybody have all the answers? Or, perhaps more appropriately, “Does anyone even know the questions?”

  • Trouble with truthfullness

    In June, Jerome Block Jr. won with 23 percent of the vote in the six-way Democratic primary race for northern New Mexico’s seat on the Public Regulation Commission, which oversees a host of industries, including utilities and insurance.

    He has no Republican opponent, but the Green Party is running Rick Lass. If history is any guide, the odds are that Block will be our next PRC commissioner in this heavily Democratic district.

  • Local issue, big implications

    SANTA FE — A curious situation down in Lincoln County apparently has elected officials throughout the state on edge.

    It all started when former Capitan mayor and deputy sheriff Steve Sederwall decided to run for sheriff as an independent. He checked with both the county clerk’s office and the secretary of state’s office to be sure he was doing everything an independent candidate needed to do to get on the ballot.

  • 92 kazoos

    I recently returned from the best funeral I have ever attended. There was seating for 300 and at least another 100 stood in a companionable horseshoe around the edge of the rows of chairs. No minister presided but friends and family, a whole stable of wonderfully spiritual people, took their moments at the microphone, triggering not only tears but also laughter as they remembered the man we were all there to eulogize.

  • Divide (by11) and conquer

    Math anxiety is a term universally understood as the condition in which a student freezes up or manifests other anxiety symptoms such as dizziness, sweaty palms, nausea, headaches or fatigue during consideration or before taking an examination on fractions decimals or algebra.

    Interesting that one doesn’t hear much about grammar anxiety or history anxiety or various other anxieties. Many colleges, including Highlands, routinely offer sessions on coping with math anxiety.

  • Loyalty owed

    SANTA FE — If Gov. Bill Richardson had received as much media coverage for his presidential bid as he has for his Obama endorsement, he would have been in the top tier of candidates.It has been fascinating to see how an endorsement that was judged not to mean anything has meant so much to so many people. Bill Richardson has received much more than his predicted one day of publicity for endorsing Barack Obama.Not all that notice has been good, but if any publicity is good publicity, Richardson is doing very well indeed.

  • Leaving the loop

    After the first meeting of the new City Council last week, a guy in the audience told me that he decided to attend because it would be the best show in town. He wasn’t to be disappointed. The meeting proved two pieces of conventional wisdom about the new four-member council:•Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilman Cruz Roybal probably won’t be exchanging gifts at Christmas. • Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman are the new insiders in the operations of city government.

  • This session's keys to success

    Cooperation, communication and coordination among all branches of government are the keys to a successful 2008 30-day legislative session. During this session, the legislature will be focusing on several key areas.

  • Fire rules

    Whether by accident, arson, or an act of God, once started, a wildfire makes its own rules. So if you live in the country, and if you’re smart, you’ll play by those rules.We recently saw how fire rules in southern California and the Manzano Mountains of central New Mexico. Some people still chose to tempt Mother Nature and lose their homes rather than abide by the rules.For many of the ecosystems in New Mexico, fire is just another common and necessary component like soil and water.

  • Bill's back

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson answered a number of questions when he withdrew on Thursday from the presidential race.Among them were whether he would be around the following Tuesday to address the opening of the 2008 Legislature, whether he would be spending much time with the 30-day session and whether he might still be considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retirement of Sen. Pete Domenici.On the night of the New Hampshire primary election, Richardson told supporters he would head out West to continue the fight.