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Columns

  • Babbling Brooks - New Mexico needs to export more goods

    There is plenty of talk about how San Miguel and other northeastern New Mexico counties can hang onto the government or farming and ranching jobs it has held for years. There is far less conversation about how private-sector growth can expand in the area.

    If a country exports a greater value than it imports, it is called a trade surplus, positive balance, and conversely, if a country imports a greater value than it exports, it is generally called a trade deficit, negative balance, or, in campaign rhetoric, a “trade gap.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Vacationing on the cheap in an enchanting land

    I’m a big fan of vacations on the cheap.

    I’m also OK with an expensive vacation, as long as it’s on somebody else’s dime, but I’ve seldom been able to afford the first-class tour. And besides, top-dollar travel often overlooks the best stuff to see.

  • Work of Art: ‘“And I’m like ‘wow!’”

    There’s a phenomenon that I must be heir to, something I’ve mentioned before in this column. It has to do with hearing a word that seems new — and then hearing it dozens of times, often that same day.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Where you are standing now

    By Beth Urech

    “Long ago, God circled a spot on the map exactly where you are standing now.”

    How do these words affect you? Do they affirm that you are in the right place at the right time, or do you think, “Whoever wrote that has a lot of nerve.”

  • Just a Thought: Change your life, change your world

    By Rick Kraft

    It is a Saturday morning and I am at my keyboard beginning my 896th “Just A Thought” Column. I begin by asking myself the question, “What can I write to change the life of each of my readers in Las Vegas?”

    This question pushes and challenges me as I really do take this weekly column writing seriously. Each of you is so diverse and at a different spot on the path of life that no single message will meet every one of your needs.

    Some of you are in the middle of one of the worst storms that has ever hit your life.

  • From the Highlands President - Here are three solutions to help higher ed

    By Sam Minner

    For quite some time, there’s been a debate on how to make colleges and universities more responsive and relevant to today’s world. Like my colleagues at New Mexico Highlands and other institutions around New Mexico, I am committed to improving higher education for our students, their families and our communities. Good solutions to these issues can come from any source, and I work hard to be open to ideas and recommendations from anyone who takes the time to speak with me about them.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - America’s identity found in values we hold dear

    When George Washington became this nation’s first president, it was a fractured nation. Even more than we are today.

    The “revolution” that America had just fought was really more of a civil war, pitting Patriot against Loyalist, slave against free and native against invader. This was a divided country, to be sure, and the fact that the Patriots won and are now so roundly celebrated is a testament to the adage attributed to Winston Churchill: “History is written by the victors.”

  • Work of Art: ‘Dress Me, Ultima,’ ‘Last of the Topekans’ quite popular flicks

    Last week’s column about scrambled movie titles drew some interesting emails from local readers. We heard from Geri Herrera and Chad Boliek. And though it shames me to admit it, some of their responses were cleverer than mine.

    1. The first item dealt with an invasion at our own Memorial Middle School and featured a leader whose body received extra pigment because of exposure to the sun. According to Boliek, the movie, “Red Dawn,” featured Red Juan or Big Red Juan.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Gascon can go days without a hint of rain

    Our summer weather tells the story. It was obviously late June and there is no moisture or rain in sight. It is almost 80 degrees outside as I write this, here at 8,200 feet elevation at 8 a.m. We have not seen a cloud of any kind in the sky for days, and we all wonder when this so dry and dangerous weather pattern will change.

  • Another Perspective: Here’s hoping Skandera’s replacement embraces change

    By Sen. Howie Morales

    Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, is often quoted for saying, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” This has been used as motivation in all forms of contests to gain an edge on competitors.

    Most people do not realize, however, what Coach Lombardi actually meant. It was not about winning at all costs — ignoring the human spirit or looking at the scoreboard as the ultimate measure of success.