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Partisan divides don’t make much difference

July 29, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Last week I heard a DJ on the radio talking about a list of the most liberal and conservative cities in the U.S., so I looked it up online. Turns out it’s a dated listing, from last August, but I’d say it’s still applicable. And, hey, it’s a “Top 10” list and that always gets [&hellip...

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Homelessness a small town problem, too

July 24, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

It’s easy to see homelessness as more of an urban problem, since that’s where it’s more visible. But it’s a problem in smaller cities and towns too, as is evident virtually everywhere. Poverty rates are often higher in small towns than they are in the...

Governor may be hitting her stride finally

July 17, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Earlier this year I wrote about Gov. Susana Martinez’s tenuous legacy, saying that, after a little more than four years in office, she has little of consequence to tout as a lasting accomplishment. Now, I’m thinking she may have found it in tourism. And...

The Roswell incident and pop culture

July 10, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Last weekend I experienced my first Cosmicon. That’s cosmic, not comic, aptly named for its interstellar flavor, which was inspired by an incident in 1947 that put Roswell on the international map. Cosmicon is an annual event, along with a science fiction...

Don’t take our freedoms for granted

July 4, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

A couple of months ago, a reader sent an email to me requesting that the newspaper stop using the term “illegal immigrants” and instead use the words “undocumented immigrant.” I’m not sure if it was a reaction to the series of stories we did on...

The latest chapter in civil rights in the US

July 3, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Americans have seen a lot of civil rights advancements over the past half-century, with a launching point for other causes coming out of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s. That’s when some inalienable rights for African Americans...

Charleston’s tragedy, nation’s wound

July 2, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

In the wake of the murders at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, details are sinking in — and with them, the recognition that racism lives, breathes and festers, even as we dream that it is a thing of the past. A man just 21 — looking more like a...

A waterlogged nation fails to learn from its repeated floods

July 1, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

In 2011, as a wall of water was surging down the Missouri River toward St. Louis, engineer Matt Hunn was keeping an eye on the rolling flood from his Corps of Engineers office in downtown St. Louis. At the time, this page was urging changes to river policy in...

‘Chasing the pitch black’ at Carlsbad Caverns

June 21, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

From left, Dianne Joop, NCKRI education director; Valerie Gohlke, NPS public affairs specialist; Maddy Hayden, reporter at Carlsbad Current-Argus; and Suzanna Hernandez, NCKRI advancement director. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)   You could say this column...

Thoughts on the role of fatherhood for 2015

June 20, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Over the past half century, fatherhood has been changing all across America. Used to be, Dad was the head of the household, the master of his domain, king of his castle. Nowadays, pop culture has turned the old man into the clueless one in the family. You...