• Just a Thought: Planning for a successful 2017

    By Rick Kraft

    It has been said that people don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan. As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Or the father driving his family who said, “We are lost, but we are making good time!”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - It was a year for high-tech, political disruptions

    Well here we are, at the end of another year, this one about as upending as they come. Disrupters were everywhere.

    On the national political stage, Donald Trump may have been the biggest disrupter of them all, but so was Bernie Sanders. It was a year for political insurrections, and we’ll see in 2017 what direction they take us.

  • Work of Art: A challenging resolution

    The new year, 2017, soon will be here, and so will I. I’ll be pondering the kind of New Year’s Resolution to try this time.

    One of them is to work on my second million dollars. I say it’s my second million because I gave up on my attempt for the first million.

    Do people even make resolutions anymore? It seems that some 20 or 30 years ago, such promises probably pre-occupied people. In much earlier installments of this column I’ve tried, albeit briefly and perhaps even half-heartedly, to choose one resolution and stick to it.

  • Another Perspective: Rural Development helps advance NM

    By Terry Brunner

    My time as State Director at the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development ended on Dec. 16. Little did I know when I took this job in 2009 that there were great challenges facing New Mexico’s rural communities and more down the road.

  • Just a Thought: It is all about a baby and the hope he brings

    By Rick Kraft

    The sun went down the evening before baby Jesus was born just as it had done every night in the history of mankind. But when it came up the next day, a baby had been born whose life and death would forever change the world.

    Christmas is the story of a baby.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 25, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Portland Press Herald of Maine on the decrease in life expectancy in the U.S. (Dec. 12, 2016):

    Life expectancy fell in 2015 for the first time in more than 20 years, by itself a shocking and sad statistic that separates the United States from all other high-income nations.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The best presents are given freely, not bought

    Christmas brings out the best and worst of our way of life.

    Crass consumerism runs rampant this time of year, as if owning things equates to happiness. If that were the case, then why are there so many miserable rich people?

    Sure, it’s the season of giving, but it’s also for getting. People go into debt to buy things for those they love and are close to, and then they go into debt a little more to buy that special something for themselves. You know you do. I do too.

  • Work of Art: Things becoming surreal

    Without searching very hard, it’s possible to find many supposed awards bestowed on people and things.

    Sports Illustrated this week treated LeBron James, the superstar of the often-luckless Cleveland Cavaliers,  to virtually its entire issue. It is true: LeBron is great, his having led his team to a national basketball championship (but the honor should have gone instead to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.)

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - O Little Town of Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    Last December we drove back to Chicago after the Electric Light Parade to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.  This year we are staying here to celebrate with family and friends. What a difference a year makes!

    Yes, some of you know I flew to Chicago for three days, but that was merely to bring back my crêche, my Swiss fondue pot, my mother’s silver candelabra, and Christmas stockings to hang by the chimney with glee or is it glühwein? In Chicago we don’t even have a fireplace.

  • Water projects still a priority

    I first began to learn about the value of water from my grandfather, who was a public works director in Santa Rosa.

    Later, as a Chamber of Commerce president, I learned more about and began to really push for the effective use of water.

    It is no secret that we live in the desert, and that water here is scarce. We need it: from our bathrooms and kitchens to our livestock, acequias, wildlife and recreation. Still, it is easy enough to turn on the faucet, see water come out and forget how precious it is.