• Dispatch New Mexico - Reviewing past predictions, laying out new ones

    Last year about this time, I made some predictions for 2016. Turns out, I was right, wrong and a little in between, with observations both on and off the mark.

    A quick review, and some new predictions:

  • Work of Art: How far from Mexico?

    How many times have you had somebody, upon hearing you’re from New Mexico, ask 1) how far you live from Mexico City, 2) what unit of currency is in use in that place way south of the U.S., or 3) are you ever afraid the Immigration and Naturalization Service will be shipping you back home?

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - ‘Hold on a second’

    By Beth Urech

    Ever heard that? Ever said that? This year we can “Hold on a second” longer! At exactly 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds UTC (coordinated universal time), a leap second will be inserted into atomic clocks around the globe. We’ll get that extra second at 4:59:59. Maybe you’re already pulling on your fish-net stockings or feeding your cat or polishing your shoes (Who polishes shoes anymore? But I digress.)  Hopefully you’ll join us party-goers Saturday, Dec. 31, 2017 and celebrate locally!

  • 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.