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Columns

  • Work of Art: Call it ‘Puerto Caliente’

    Our bus driver-guide told us, “There are four seasons here: summer, summer, summer and summer.” And he was absolutely correct.

    He made that flippant remark as we rode high up into the mountains of Puerto Rico on Monday. I don’t know how many of the 60-plus passengers even caught the driver’s exaggeration, as many of us were nodding off in the heat and humidity in San Juan.

  • Another Perspective: Bond C will help economy

    By Sam Minner

    When many people think about higher education, they think about their careers. Study after study has shown that a person with a college degree is likely to earn more money during their lifetime, unemployed less and contribute more to their local economies.

    But there is also a more immediate impact our colleges and universities have on New Mexico’s economy and employment: one in which New Mexico voters have a say.

  • Just a Thought: Being grateful in difficult times

    By Rick Kraft

    I often wonder why I have been born at this time in this country. Each day I have been given, I make every effort to live with an attitude of gratitude. I recognize that in the entire history of mankind, no one has ever had the modern conveniences that we take for granted on a daily basis today.

  • Proposed amendment would improve public safety

    By Susan Griffin

    It’s a straightforward question: should judges in New Mexico be required to release dangerous or repeat criminal defendants in jail on bail even when they believe these individuals pose a risk to the safety of others and to our communities?

    We, the Committee for Smarter Justice, believe they should not and that our state court judges should have the same authority that federal judges do to deny bail to dangerous defendants in appropriate cases.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Southeast NM and this year’s election tumult

    ROSWELL — The Republican Party rules the roost here in southeastern New Mexico. Donald Trump for president, Steve Pearce for Congress, Nora Espinoza for Secretary of State — these are the front-running candidacies in this corner of the state, along with the many other district and local races also on this year’s ballots. Expect Republicans to win big down here, as they always do.

  • Work of Art: The solemnity of football

    Seldom do I read a column that I couldn’t agree with more. I’m referring to a commentary in the Washington Post by Dan Steinberg, in which he deplores excessive enjoyment of sports.

    All of this reminds me of a fear some church members have which they believe applies not to themselves but to everyone else. The essence is that some people lose sleep over their fear that members of other churches might be having fun, enjoying life.

  • Another Perspective: Essential bail reform on Nov. 8 ballot

    By Charles W. Daniels

    This year, the Legislature unanimously agreed to place on our general election ballot one of the most significant justice reforms in our state’s history. The question we will vote on is whether to amend antiquated bail provisions of the New Mexico Constitution in order “to protect community safety by granting courts new authority to deny release on bail pending trial for dangerous defendants in felony cases while retaining the right to pretrial release for non-dangerous defendants who do not pose a flight risk.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 26, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The (Meriden, Conn.) Record-Journal (Oct. 20):
    Back in March, when the wild and woolly Republican Presidential primary was in full-swing, we pondered what the general election campaign might look like if the bombastic Donald Trump was still in the mix.
    We wrote in this space: “If Trump is to be the GOP nominee, as heated as his campaign stops have been thus far, we shudder to think what his rallies may look like in the fall.”
    Turned out our concerns were justified.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Mouth to mouth

    By Beth Urech

    Years ago, I was working with a Swiss marketing director for a Fortune 500 firm with international headquarters in Zurich. We were discussing the best way to get the word out about a new product. Leading articles in scientific journals? TV? He suddenly said, “Ja, they are good approaches, but the best is mouth to mouth.”

    I knew he meant “word of mouth” but didn’t correct his error because I found it ingenuous. Of course, I agree with him that when someone says, “I tried it and it works,” we pay attention.

  • Straight from the City: Protecting the vulnerable among us

    You’ve likely read the recent news stories calling Las Vegas, NM, a “mental health ghetto,” and those in our community with mental and emotional diagnoses, “throwaways.”

    I have issues with those characterizations. The term “mental health ghetto” originated with a Ron Paul rant decrying mental health screening in public schools as “forcing kids into a mental health ghetto” as if being diagnosed with a mental or emotional condition is equivalent to being confined to an inner city slum.