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Observations, predictions for a new year

January 6, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Let’s pull out my nonexistent crystal ball and take a look at what’s in store for the state of New Mexico in the year about to unfold. All predictions are based on scientific data, keen observation, brilliant insights and my own roll of the dice — which guarantee accuracy in my predictions, except when they [&hellip...

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Executive orders and gun controls

January 6, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

President Obama sure knows how to kick off a new year, especially when it’s his last year in office. This week the President is unveiling his latest round of executive actions to curb gun violence. Details as of this writing remain sketchy since the White...

There are answers for poor grades

January 4, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Rio Grande Sun ESPANOLA — The Public Education Department on Dec. 18 released the grades for schools across the state. The results were generally bad. Poorly performing school districts are fortunate that the general population has information fatigue when...

Here’s hoping in a new year

December 31, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

So here we are, entering a new year with hopes and resolutions and lots of snow on the ground. It’s a good day to relax, if the demands of your life allow it, and take a look toward the year to come. Into 2016, here’s a bit of what we see and hope. It’s...

Street cleanings after the storm

December 30, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

When a major snowstorm hits, a lot of businesses go into overdrive. They’ve got to make sure their employees get to work and back home, figure out a way to deliver products to their customers and make sure the snow is removed from the sidewalks and their...

A personal take on a year of newsy columns

December 29, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

When thinking back on 2015, it’s hard not to get personal. It was a significant year for me as well as for the rest of the world. I’ve been writing this column since May 2013. I call it Dispatch New Mexico, though your local newspaper editor might call it...

Justice from our jurors

December 29, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Rio Grande Sun ESPAÑOLA — District Court Judge T. Glenn Ellington is getting a lot of congratulatory, positive ink recently. We’re guilty of contributing. Forgive us appreciating a judge that does his job. It’s rather rare these days. At first blush we...

Christmas past, 2015

December 26, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

So here we are, at the end of another year — a tumultuous one, this 2015, out there in the larger world; though here in Roswell it was much more calm. Or was it? The year started with a slump in the oil-and-gas industry, as falling oil prices hit the...

Red tide’s an enduring phenomenon

December 23, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

The Northwest Florida Daily News The algal phenomenon known as red tide is back in the news, and each time that it returns reminds us of how mysterious this organism is. Once again, we call for consistent, long-range research to point the way toward...

Christmas memories are much better than gifts

December 22, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read somewhere that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I’d be surprised if it’s anywhere close to the money we Americans spend for the yuletide. Perhaps that...