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‘Land of the Free’ only a dream for some Americans

July 13, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

To understand the anger and frustration of the poor, minorities and the vulnerable in this country, you need either to walk some miles with them or hear from someone who has. “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” a biography by civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, describes a very different America for a large [&hellip...

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Veterans’ Fair July 23; VA commission report dubious

July 12, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Correction to last week’s headline — the Veterans Benefits and Resources Fair will be on July 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Mexico Military Institute. Now for the “goodies.” During a congressional visit to Roswell in 2010, two high-ranking...

Killings by cops not exclusive to the big cities

July 12, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Think all the killings by cops making news these days are exclusive to urban areas? Think again. Here in New Mexico, we’ve had at least five so far this year, and unless I’m missing something, not one in Albuquerque this year. For context, let’s look at...

We have already been exposed to lots of radiation

July 11, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

The average annual equivalent dose from natural background radiation in the United States is about 3 mSv (a measurement of radiation). A person might accumulate an equivalent dose from natural background radiation of about 50 mSv in the first 17 years of life...

On headlines and the violence plaguing America

July 10, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Sometimes timing means more than the message itself. I thought that would be a factor in Friday’s newspaper. “Dallas police chief: 11 officers shot; 4 dead” was the headline over the front-page story (though, as of this Friday afternoon’s writing,...

America has a fluid identity

July 9, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

America the melting pot is a 240-year-old experiment in fluid national identity. Each generation of Americans is a slightly homogenized expression of the various cultures that preceded them. Every generation has new groups immigrate from other nations and...

Identifying and conquering your insecurities

July 9, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

What causes you to feel insecure? To what extent do the insecurities control your life? If you could completely get rid of one of your insecurities, which would it be? The diversity of traits that were put into mankind when we were created is interesting. We...

RDR Editorial Snippets – Afterthoughts on the passing scene

July 8, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Attacks against police in Dallas Seems America doesn’t even get to recover from one mass shooting before another one occurs, and the latest is particularly tragic since those who protect and serve the citizenry were targeted, apparently by skilled snipers,...

Frustrations, memories surround Cahoon pool

July 8, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

I have been reading the articles concerning the closure of Cahoon pool and the dissension among our elected officials and the public. At first I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about, but after some investigation, I believe I see why there is such an...

Time to face the issue of police misbehavior

July 7, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Over the years, parts of my family have not had a very easy relationship with police. Mostly it was their fault, but there were several times that I can remember police officers harassing members of my family with no provocation, leading me to spend a great...