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  • Please celebrate me home

    By Rick Kraft

    Home. There is just something about it. When someone says “home,” what comes to your mind?

    Home is a special place. Home sweet home. It is a place that is filled with memories. A place with a history of family gatherings. It is place to retreat to, a place where you can reset before going out and facing the challenges of life again. It is a place where you can return to weather a storm.

  • Investment in school employees is gain for children

    By Patricia Mendoza and Michael Perea

    It is time to make some noise about a project that is protecting our kids in Las Vegas by reducing their exposure to pests and pesticides.

    Both Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas School districts worked with NEA New Mexico and the IPM Institute of North America to train food service, custodians, and maintenance and grounds employees on Integrated Pest Management.

  • New Mexico and the world’s youth turn to climate

    When America’s youth began to rebel against the Vietnam War, it was because young men were being drafted. They were on the cutting edge of the issue, so they rose up in defiance.

    Something similar is happening now, only it’s not one particular war, nor is it just one nation’s youths. This time, it’s climate change and young people all over the world are demanding change.

  • That examination scandal

    It makes even grownups want to shed tears. As one who sat through 30 commencement exercises (including my own) at Highlands University, I’m angry over the commercialization, manipulation and ruination of what used to be sacred.

    I refer to the newly surfaced practice of affording spoiled kids admission to some very competitive colleges.

  • Stay in your own lane and strive to excel

    I heard a talk by author and motivational speaker John Maxwell who shared that you need to spend as much time as you can in your gift zone, using the gift set you’ve been given as often as you can. If you’re operating within your gift zone then you should be living life with confidence, knowing you’re able to impact others with the blessings programmed into you.

  • Same-day and auto-registration are win-wins

    Marg Elliston

    I’m no stranger to the Roundhouse. For many years I’ve made the trip — sometimes through rain and snow, from my home in Corrales to Santa Fe. I’ve seen the building and the people in it change. Today’s Roundhouse looks a lot more like New Mexico than it did the first time I visited.

  • What if you had only one more day?

    What if you were told you had one more day to live. How would you spend that day? Would you be up at the crack of dawn enjoying the sunrise, hanging out with your kids, looking through photo albums of your life and then enjoying your favorite meal surrounded by your loved ones?

  • New Mexico on the cusp of some big changes

    Depending on your political bend, this was either the best or the worst state legislative session in a long, long time.

    According to nmlegis.gov, the New Mexico Legislature’s website, there were 477 bills, memorials and resolutions passed during the 60-day session that ended earlier this month, which is actually down from the 507 bills passed in 2017, the previous 60-day session.

  • That’ll learn me

    It started when our then-8-year-old granddaughter, Celina, tried to call her parents from a house in Lohman, Mo., a suburb of Jefferson City.
    Her grandaunt, Kay, offered to let Celina call her mother, Connie, back in Las Vegas.

    What Celina hadn’t counted on was the means by which she would need to make the call.

    You see, Kay’s phone was the kind we used to see in old movies: a long cord with an earpiece at the end, and a mouthpiece firmly attached to the base, which hung on the wall and must have weighed 50 pounds.

  • Lord, at the end of my days, let me be spent

    On the day that my body is lowered into its grave, I want my life to be completely spent. I don’t want a single person to point at me and say “that man died without using all of his potential.”

    I intend to live my life every day until I die. I intend to grow every day of my life until I die. And when my life is through, I want to die. No sooner and no later. I want to cross my finish line and know that I have given all I have. I don’t want to have another mile left in me.