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  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 23, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Leader-Telegram (Wisconsin) on the wealth gap (Jan. 12):
    Just-released figures leave no doubt that there is a canyon-wide wage gap in this country. Less clear is what if anything to do about it.
    Income 2012 tax numbers parsed by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation tell the story:
    • The top 1 percent (1.3 million filers) paid a greater share of income taxes (38 percent) than the bottom 90 percent (122.4 million filers), who paid 30 percent.

  • Work of Art: I are right, amn’t I?

    An inveterate verbophile, I’ve always been interested in words, what they mean, why they mean, why they can hurt and heal. Remember that bit of doggerel about “sticks and stones” that may “break my bones”?

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Working stiffs: Pay attention to upcoming session

    This will be a year for laws governing jobs.

    If you’re a blue-collar worker, this will be a good time to start keeping up with the activities of the New Mexico Legislature. It convenes Tuesday for a 60-day session and two measures — related to “right to work” and the state’s minimum wage — are getting plenty of ink already.

  • Another Perspective - Secure our borders

    By Rey Herrera

    I recently had the privilege and honor to address a noonday Kiwanis meeting replaying my first-hand experiences with the 9/11 terrorism event. Ironically, I addressed the group in the wake of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Paris, I reviewed the inner workings as the National Airspace Radar Operations Manager in Washington, D.C. during the attack, spoke in unsettling terms that left some folks shaken.

  • Just a Thought - Hate destroys the hater

    By Rick Kraft

    “Hate is a form of cancer. It will consume you if allowed to spread. Hate destroys the hater as well as the hated. Set that side by side with love. Love has a redemptive power.” Words of wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 16, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Day of New London on reducing suicides among veterans (Jan. 8)
    While we recently leveled criticism at U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal for his tendency to shoot from the lip and not let facts get in his way, his announcement this week that he is reintroducing a bill intended to reduce suicides among military veterans deserves a big thumbs up.

  • Work of Art: Remember English Usage Exam?

    As I look back, almost exactly 50 years, to the time when all Highlands students who hoped to graduate needed to pass the university-devised English Usage Exam, I realize it wasn’t so hard after all.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A tale of two perspectives

    As part of my work, and for pleasure, I read newspapers from all over the state — and two in particular recently stood out.

    Such different perspectives they have, and by “they” I don’t mean the newspapers’ editors. I’m talking about communities that the Las Vegas Optic and the Lovington Leader serve. And nowhere are their differences as stark as they are in dealing with the oil and gas industry.

  • Another Perspective - Why health insurance is important

    By Chris Wolf

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 9, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Los Angeles Times on college ratings system (Jan. 2):