• Just a Thought: The basic elements necessary for a hero

    By Rick Kraft

    What our nation needs is more heroes. What our community needs is more heroes. What our families need are more heroes.

    There is a shortage of heroes among us.  Now, more than ever in the history of mankind, we need heroes among us.

    Can you be a much needed hero? Are you worthy of being considered a hero?

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - Motivated workers contribute to a strong economy

    The act of simply cutting state spending, without considering any revenue enhancements, can hurt New Mexico’s long-term economic performance in several ways.

    Important public services will be curtailed, making New Mexico a less attractive place to visit, live and start or expand a business; state contracts and spending with local businesses will decrease, hurting those businesses’ bottom lines and forcing them to lay off employees or severely cut their hours; and all employees will have less money to spend in our local communities.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Women on the march

    I like women. I respect women. Some of my best friends are women. But sometimes, I’m still a pig.

    I try to be a gentleman — treating women as ladies and respecting them as equals — but sometimes my smartass side comes out inappropriately. See, there’s an example of my piggishness, I shouldn’t be using a-- in such company but I did anyway. I’ve had a number of women in my life who have told me to clean up my language, from my mother on down, and yet I still use dirty words. Sorry, Mom, I’ll try to do better.

  • Work of Art: Having a Hillcrest moment

    Yippee! We’re in the money, as the old song goes. Just minutes ago I received an email. It’s informal, starts only with “Hi” and its brief message is: “A Payment may have been sent to you.” The amount: $4,392.81. The status is marked as “Approved.”

    The final sentence says, “If this email was sent to you by mistake, please ignore it.” And it ends with “Good luck.” The typed name is simply Richard L. I thank Richard for the familiarity and applaud the casual tone of somehow sending the email by mistake.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - NM blessed with diverse, abundant energy sources

    The sun shines on New Mexico more than 300 days a year, the wind consistently blows through Curry, Roosevelt, Quay and De Baca counties, natural gas production continues to support San Juan and Rio Arriba counties, and oil flows up from the Permian Basin, the most prolific oil play in the United States, to drive the economy in Lea and Eddy counties.

    Our state is blessed with diverse and abundant energy sources, and we should celebrate all of them.

  • Just a Thought: Relationships will drive your world

    By Rick Kraft

    Life is about relationships, nothing more and nothing less. Go ahead and argue with me. You might make some headway, but you won’t be able to change my mind.

    Who do you have relationships with? Your creator, your spouse, your parents, your children, your extended family, your coworkers, your faith family, organizations you are involved with, your community, and so on.

    How are your relationships? If 10 is the best relationship you can have and 0 is the worst, how would you honestly score each of your relationships?

  • Another Perspective: Opposing legislation, as written, to create a public accountability board

    By Laura Paskus

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - If you can read ...

    By Beth Urech

    During Coach’s water aerobics class, I mentioned that this week’s column would focus on children and reading. Educator Arliss Spinks spontaneously splashed as she said, “If you can read, you can do anything.”

    It’s so true! And yet, reading isn’t being encouraged the way it used to be. At the Carnegie Library, Librarian Rose Romero told me, “Children are on their phones and their computers. Yes, there are eBooks, but they don’t bring children into the library.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Making a newspaper kind of living

    Since we’re now entering the dubious era of President Trump, and since my profession is now being called fake, and since I wear a variety of hats these days while creating too many run-on sentences, I figure it’s time to come clean about who I am.

    Maybe then you’ll consider my words and opinions for what they are.

  • Work of Art: ‘When I was your age . . .’

    A school child was greeted with a question as he came home. His mother asked, “Who’s president of the United States?”

    The boy answered, “Barrack Obama.”

    “Wrrrronnng!” his mother replied. “It’s Donald Trump.” Apparently the mom expected her boy’s answer not only to be correct, but also timely.