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Extrapolating insights from census data access

May 24, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

It’s amazing what you can learn about a place from its numbers. U.S. Census Bureau numbers, that is. If you’ve never linked into its Quick Facts data, you don’t know what you’re missing. For example, from this data I can tell you that when compared to our three big neighbors to the west, north and [&hellip...

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‘Kendra’s Law’ can reduce mental illness risks

May 21, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

By Pete V. Domenici and Mary Kay Papen According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about four percent of adults in the United States — or 10 million people — have a serious mental illness that causes issues with one or more major life functions....

Taking up for senior citizens

May 21, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Roswell through the years has been an inviting place to live for people in their retirement years. But this isn’t some exclusive resort community in Florida with premium amenities for the wealthier retirees. We’re a place in which older people, both rich...

The fable of six blind men and an elephant

May 21, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Perception is reality to the beholder. Good or bad, right or wrong, our perceptions control us. We make decisions based upon how we perceive things. Unfortunately, many of our perceptions are wrong. Oftentimes we become defensive of our perceptions. We are...

Men like Phinehas and what they teach us

May 20, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Where are men like Phinehas? More than likely, you’ve never heard of Phinehas. He’s a lesser-known figure tucked away in a lesser-known book. Many have heard about Noah or Abraham and some have read a gospel like Mark or John. But fewer have read the book...

RDR Editorial Snippets – Afterthoughts on the passing scene

May 20, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Just don’t lecture We’re glad to see the city rethinking its conclusions about Cahoon Park Pool, even if Mayor Dennis Kintigh was bound and determined to bulldoze it through. The mayor is not a man to drag his feet on issues, so when the City Council said...

A call to recover our lesser prairie-chicken

May 20, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

“We may yet hear the booming of lesser prairiechickens across the shinnery oak-covered sand hills of southeastern New Mexico.” By Charles Cummings Spring in New Mexico can truly be enchanting. The cottonwoods in the Bosque begin to leaf out, our...

Heroes exist in reality as well as fantasy

May 19, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

On certain occasions, I have overheard the melodramatic, romantic bemoaning of how life isn’t like a certain galaxy far, far away or a certain land full of hobbits, elves and other mythical creatures. “There has never been a warrior as skilled and...

Public has right to Trump’s returns

May 19, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch The longer Donald J. Trump goes without releasing his income tax returns, the more suspicious voters will be that he’s trying to hide something. It’s entirely possible that everything on the presumptive Republican presidential...

Two authors, one speech and a date of death

May 18, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Thanks, Obama. Though for the most part used sarcastically to denote something that one feels has changed, presumably for the worse, since the Obama presidency began, I am actually expressing gratitude. During a commencement speech at Rutgers University this...