• Another Perspective - A Las Vegan’s account of the solar eclipse

    By Joe Cooney

    I traveled with fellow Las Vegans Joe Whiteman and Mary Byers all the way to a remote mountaintop near Dubois, Wyo. to watch the recent solar eclipse.

    The morning was glorious and sunny with no hint of the astronomical drama that was about to unfold. We had camped about a half-mile below the viewing spot because of the steepness of the rocky dirt road and because of a bog that had developed in one of it’s few flat sections that was a sure invitation to getting our vehicle stuck.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Snide remarks in this age of the big lie

    Donald Trump has been in the swamp he promised to drain for about eight months now, and guess what he’s found: It’s filled with Republicans!

    I’m not saying that just because the GOP owns the swamp these days, with its control of all three branches of our federal government, but because Trump is essentially saying so himself.

    He’s ripping into members of his own party more than he is the Democrats, who must privately feel giddy over the self-destructive nature of this embattled president.

  • Work of Art: A disappointing eclipse

    “We wuz robbed!” Or, as my English teacher at Immaculate Conception School, Sister Mas Grammatica, would have said, back in the ‘50s, “We were robbed!”

    And if my sixth-grade homeroom teacher were still around, how would she react to this question, relevant this month?

    The question is: “What does a London barber do? Answer: Eclipse

  • Just a thought - Looking for more reasons to celebrate

    By: Rick Kraft

    It is too bad life can’t be just a series of celebrations.

    I often compare life to a roller coaster.

    Sometimes we are anxious and scared about what lies ahead, sometimes we yell with everything we have, and sometimes we just relax and smile peacefully.

    When was the last time you celebrated? What is it that you celebrated? Whether it is a relative’s birthday, your wedding date, your consecutive years of not drinking, or a family member graduating, there is plenty out there to celebrate.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Not many advantages to being left-handed

    By Beth Urech

    If you’re right-handed, you may be oblivious to us “lefties.”

    But we pay attention to us. If I’m in a restaurant and the server writes with his left hand, I will mention it. If I’m signing for a prescription, the pharmacist may comment, “Oh, you’re left-handed, too.”

    In this world where so many are disengaged and disenfranchised, it’s a comfort to make even fleeting connections, and you know I am all about connections.

  • Another Perspective - Racists aren’t born — they’re made by people

    The follwing editorial recently appeared in The Taos News

    The challenge for all of us is how to unmake and stop the kind of racism that reared its ugly head in the most public way possible last week in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    It will require examining our own prejudices, listening to those who disagree with us, and engaging in civil discourse. But it starts with naming ­— not defending ­— the actions of white nationalists.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A tale of two flailing Republicans

    Let’s take a look at two Republicans, President Trump and New Mexico’s own Roman Jimenez, and their remarks in the aftermath of the Charlottesville violence.

    In case you missed it, Jimenez was chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party up until last week, when he was pressured into resigning after a rant he posted on social media. Here’s what he wrote on Facebook, exactly as he wrote it:

  • Work of Art: Common school breaks help

    Only a few months ago, Bonnie and I flew to Iceland to join our son, Stan, his wife and two daughters, for a dip into their many hot lakes and to see first-hand what the country has done to maximize solar power.

    It was surprising that for a land so far north; we sweated in some of the many steaming swimming areas. We’d read about the geothermal and hydraulic energy, geysers and volcanoes.

  • Another Perspective - Taking the stress out of preparing for dorm life

    By Briana Hodge

    The following editorial by recently appeared in the Roswell Daily Record.

    This month, I begin my second year of college at Eastern New Mexico University-Portales.

    At this time last year, I was preparing furiously for college, buying heaps of unnecessary college gear that I thought would be necessary.

    The amount of money I wasted on things I never used could have been much better spent.

  • Just a thought - Spending some time looking in the mirror

    By Rick Kraft

    There I was, just sitting there looking at myself in the mirror. It seemed like forever as the minutes clicked off. I am not used to looking in a mirror for much longer than a quick glance just to check out my hair after it has been combed in the morning.

    I was the first appointment on a Saturday morning when the lady cutting my hair had to stop her efforts to answer the phone. She politely said “excuse me” and she walked away to help the caller leaving me just sitting there.