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Back to school and freedom in teaching

August 19, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

It’s back-to-school time and, oh, the memories. I remember being a little kid and looking forward to the return with a mixture of dread and excitement. Dread because the summer was freedom and it was coming to an end; excitement because every new school year was a chance to become just a little more grown [&hellip...

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The butterfly effect

August 16, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Lately it seems like there’s been a shooting or other violent crime in Roswell every week. There is no need to quote statistics to know that Roswell has a per capita murder rate as high as any eastern city like Baltimore or Detroit. A lot of people in town...

Years-long drought finally draining away

August 12, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Seems New Mexico’s drought is over. Let the flooding begin. The drought actually began to noticeably subside a couple of years ago, and has now disappeared altogether in nearly all of the eastern side of New Mexico. The U.S. Drought Monitor, which was...

Doubling back on partisanship, homelessness

August 4, 2015 • EditorialComments Off on Doubling back on partisanship, homelessness

Like last week’s column, on how party politics plays itself out in some of the smaller cities around the state. I meant to expound on my point that partisan politics is often ineffective in local decision-making, but I pulled up short. As a result, I was...

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City officials applauded for releasing unredacted police report from RHS prank

August 3, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

The New Mexico media won an important victory last week when Bernalillo County officials decided to resume releasing booking sheets and mug shots of juveniles under the care of the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center. The decision came weeks after a...

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...

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...