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Once united, still divided

September 10, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

It happened less than a year after one of the most divisive elections in U.S. history. Al Gore had won the popular vote and George W. Bush won the election. It took about a month to declare Bush the next president, after a 5-4 Supreme Court decision to stop a Florida recount. Some who were [&hellip...

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Snippets: Afterthoughts on the passing scene

September 9, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Get well soon, Sheriff Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder underwent emergency heart surgery Thursday for a severe blockage after experiencing several days of aching in his arms, profuse sweating and nausea. According to family friend Joan Boué, doctors found...

Data show an enormous rise in criminal activity

September 9, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

I continue to ponder the issues our city is dealing with, and when you ponder, you have to have data to support the claims you may choose to present after all the pondering is done, so I hope what you read below opens your eyes to the problems our city is...

Tastebud tips from a hungry teenager

September 8, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

In our daily lives, we always face a small problem. You might be thinking of the heat, but I’m not talking about the heat. I’m talking about how you get home after a long shift at work, and you are way too tired to cook but you are tired of fast food....

Eid: A time of prayer, celebration and family

September 7, 2016 • EditorialComments (1)

For most Muslims, there are two major holidays, Eid Al-Fitr, and Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Fitr, the breaking of the fast, is celebrated directly after the month of Ramadan, on the first day of the lunar month of Shawwal, while Eid-Al Adha, or the festival of the...

Notes on the passing small town scene

September 6, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

For more than three years now, I’ve been collecting news out of small towns around New Mexico. I launched the Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as a news-sharing service in May 2013 and have been reading many of New Mexico’s smallest newspapers (either...

Trust needed to stop killings

September 6, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 39 officers were shot and killed in 2015 nationwide. The last we checked, there have been 38 in 2016 — and we have four months left in the year. It wasn’t long ago that a police officer was a symbol of safety...

Living life as the first of a unique single edition

September 3, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

On a recent trip to Chicago with my family I was sitting in a restaurant downtown and relaxing after finishing my meal. I decided to sit a while and enjoy watching the people walking by just on the outside of the large glass window. It never ceases to amaze...

Laboring through the days of 2016

September 3, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

In 1974, oral historian and radio broadcaster Studs Terkel had a book published called “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What they Do.” Of course, the book didn’t cover many of the jobs available to the modern...

Getting the facts straight on sexual assault

September 3, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

I’m always looking for ways to increase community awareness and a few years ago I got the bright idea to set up an information booth at the fair. It was an eye-opening experience. People would come up smiling, and some would even shake my hand as they asked...