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Did I hear that correctly?

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I’ve written before about mondegreens — music lyrics people mishear. Many of you mistake Elton John’s Tiny Dancer line as “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” Today’s column is along those lines.


Now that you’re refreshed on mondegreens, I’m sure you’re also aware of homophones, two or more words that sound...

Grandparents are now once again parenting

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In recent years, there has been a growing trend of grandparents becoming primary caregivers for their grandchildren. According to a report from the AARP Public Policy Institute, approximately 2.7 million grandparents in the U.S. are raising their grandchildren, and this number is on the rise. Various factors, including addiction, mental health issues, and incarceration among parents drive this trend. Grandparents who become primary caregivers face various challenges, but they also play a critical role in providing stability and support for their grandchildren.

One of the biggest challenges facing grandparents who become primary caregivers is financial. Raising children can be...

A personal view of U. S. foreign policy

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This essay relates to what I see regarding important aspects of U.S. Foreign Policy based on the facts I have on hand. I find that the more I learn, the more I modify my understanding. Take the following as simply my view at the moment, subject to revision based on additional facts coming to light.

I was attending college when an auto accident caused me to drop out for a semester while I earned more money to continue. This occurred during an early buildup of forces in Vietnam, and I received a draft notice. My uncles served in WWII and my brother served in Korea.

I am no pacifist and am certainly willing to defend what we have here in the U.S. I chose to join the...

Judge finds legislative council service in violation of IPRA

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Dear Editor,

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government applauds the decision by New Mexico First Judicial Court Judge Kathleen McGarry Ellenwood ruling the New Mexico Legislative Council Service violated the Inspection of Public Records Act by failing to fulfill a request from Ethics Watch for public records regarding the 2021 Junior Appropriations Act.

In the suit filed in December 2021, Ethics Watch requested spreadsheets containing the complete list of appropriations and the name of the House and Senate member submitting the appropriation for the 2021 Junior Appropriations bill (the bill that allocates an amount of funds to each legislator for them to direct to projects of...

Let’s give these words another try

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Do you ever hear yourself use a word or phrase that makes you say, “I am becoming my parents?” It happens to me all the time.

The biggest example is when something surprising happens and I blurt out, “Golly!” It sounds like I’m from the black-and-white “Leave It to Beaver” days.

While “golly” is still hanging in there like a loose tooth, I’ve been collecting a list of words that no one uses anymore — but I think they should. Here are some defunct words I think we should make re-funct.

This first word is one that holds a special place in my heart, seeing as I do this action all the time. The word is “latibulate,” which means to hide in a warm corner to...

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