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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2014 Dispatch New Mexieo- Memories are much better than gifts By TOM MCDONALD When my little brother Mark ment of truth) telling my older In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read some- where that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I'd be sur- prised if it's anywhere close to the money we Americans spend for the yuletide. Perhaps that "makes me a little off themark, because I don't recall much about the Christmas presents I've acquired over the years. Instead, I remem- Tom McDonald ber experiences, and was born, I started getting into the Christmas spirit in a different way.. I was 10 years old when he was born, and by the time I was a teenager I was sneak- ing outside to tror0p' around on the roof like Santa, just to add to his excitement. Then I'd help Santa with scav- enger hunts, so in the morning Mark would have to search the house for a present or two. Watching him on Christmas morning dash all over the house is one of my best daughter Amy that I was Santa. Sure enough, she'd insist that I couldn't be Santa. Then I'd tell her that Pop (my dad) was Santa, and she' wouldn't believe that either. When she was in kindergarten, she came home one day insisting on "the truth?' (Amy was always in such a hurry to grow up.) "I've been telling you all along, Amy, I'm Santa. I'm your Santa," I told her. She thought about it a mo- ment, then her eyes lit up. She understood. "Now don't go messing it up for your sister," I said. And her I'll bet that's true for a lot of you, too. When I was growing up as a preacher's kid, caroling was one of my favorite holiday activities. We'd pile into cars and drive around town, from one elderly church mem~oer's home to an-. other, and sing Christmas songs in their front yard. They'd come to the door, listen and smile, and sometimes sing along, before we wrapped it up with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" -- with us kids alw'ays belting out the "figgy pudding" verse like we actually knew what figgy pud- ding really was. & ERATED 575-494-1: 85 I Christmas memories, eyes lit up again. From then on, Years later, my daughters for years, she was a co-conspira- brought me a similar kind of joy. tor as I repeatedly insisted to Especially in those early days, Maya that I was Santa, while she when we didn't have much argued that just could not be. She money, I -- er, Santa -- would go said, mysteriously, that my nose to the store on a $20 budget, to was too big to be Santa: I still buy cheap little stocking stufers, laugh thinking about that. It may sound silly, but that's al- Maya's 18 years old now and ways been my favorite seasonal won't be home for Christmas this .shopping spree, year. She's trooping around Eu- As a young father, there was rope over her winter break from one thing that bothered me about school at the United World Col- the whole Santa Claus thing, lege in Italy, having the experi- When telling my daughters about ence of a lifetime. I'm happy for the ways of the world, I always her, but I sure will miss her. tried to tell them the truth, or at Amy's 23 and "moving on least as much truth as they could up" in Memphis now, but she and handle at their age. I never her man Jae are coming here to wanted to outright lie to them. New Mexico for Christmas. I can't The Santa story made me a little wait to see those bright eyes uncomfortable, so I asked my dad" again. how he handled it With us boys, Happy holidays, everyone, i "I just told you that I was hope it's filled with future won- Santa," he said, adding that we derful memories. would conclude that he was just teasing and wouldn't believe Tom McDonald is editor of the him. Later when we were older, New Mexico Community News he said, we'd just figure it 'out on Exchange and owner-manager of our 'own. Gazette Media Services LLC. He So I started doing that, teas- may be reached at 505-426-4199 ingly (but, of course, with an ele- or tmcdonald@gazettemedia ere'a misl ing you a Cheisfrnas day full o[ joy and lauohfee. Exposure Magazine cha By BENJAMIN FISHER/Silver City Daily Press SILVER CITY -- The Desert Exposure., a beloved, locally owned monthly, has been sold. In his final "Editor's Note- book" for the December edition, Editor-and Publisher David Fryxell said that it was time to pass DE on so that it could grow as he and his wife and partner head into "semiretirement." "We often said that while we admired and respected all that had come before in the publication, we hoped to take it to the next level,"he wrote. "To continue the parenting metaphor, Desert Expo- sure was ready to grow from child- hood to adolescence." Now, it seems, other caregivers will attempt to guide the publication into adulthood. The DE has, pending final closure, been purchased by OPC News, owner of the Las Cruces Bulletin, which will be taking over operations henceforth.. Richard Coltharp, publisher of the Bulletin, said the initial goal is to' continue what the Fryxells have accomplished so far. "It has been a successful op- eration for several years," he said, "so we would like to continue on where they are leaving off. They've found a niche for them- selves. Arts and leisure is some- thing people find valuable as they get busier and busier. We would like to continue that work." The operation will start out in Las Cruces, with the Bulletin. "We love where it is, but of course we would like to see it grow," he said. "Being based in Las Cruces is a logical first step. But, we don't want to upset the apple cart on a great product. We love what we've done -- that is why we want to continue." Coltharp said that, initially, hand the periodical will I~e handled by to utilize the "wonderful staff" the staff at the Bulletin, who man- of contractors the DE employs age several monthly, statewide, now. and weekly publications and "It's just publication," have experience in the area the Coltharp said. "We love to have DE has thus far covered, fun and want to continue to pro- "We have a versatile, full duce a publication the readers staff at the Bulletin,v he said. have fun with." However, he hopes to continue Letters to .the Editor The Hidalgo County Herald .i~b~C[~f urges readers t vice their opinions by writ- ing in. Letters can be :L mailed to 212 E. Mo- ./ tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to acherald @ aznex .net: Letters should include ideas,~ viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have'an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer than 250 words. An author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. Proceed with caution Dear Editor: Learning of the resigning of Mr. Stidham should bring up concerns to parents, students, and teachers as to what is tak- ing place in our school system. It is beyond belief that an indi- vidual that has promoted good education with respect to teach- ers, students and parents would suddenly resign. It is time we take a lookat the real reason behind the sud- den resigning, retirement, and dismissal of teachers, and ad- ministrator. Mr Stidham has held true to his word on being a professional educator with com- passion, integrity, and when necessary, thoughtful discipline. He has been of.great support to all as needed by a true educa- tor. Support, unfortunately, not given by others in our adminis- tration, top to bottom. Several that do, and have, worked in the school system have witnessed the lack of support given to the important, and honest situations that have taken place over the last few years. We are supposed to be, advocates against bully- ing, when in fact, the bullying is taking place in hidden cor- ners of our school system. I ap- plaud you Mr. Stidhaml for standing up to those that have ~oppressed you, and I especially applaud you for being the true to heart educator that you are. You are one of the few that may, and should be called an educa- tor! If we are not careful, our school system is going to revert to unqualified, uncertified, in- dividuals, that take their job as simply a job with a paycheck, and a title. Also, we will find that our school system will be nothing but a nice football field with empty schools. ,Again, Thank you Mr. Stidham for all your hard work, and accomplishments, for our students, and the support you bestow on the teachers. If at all possible, myself, and so many others would LOVE for. you to continue to be present in our student's education. Maria T. Ibarra Lordsburg NO MINORS RT Till: 1 SAVOR THE WONDERFUL DELIGHTS FOR MONTHS TO COME. i RiNG iN THe" New YeaR WiTH US! ! $ O, er,ool [he [I #harro r, ettauraM Will be tlo, ed on % 'will open at 4 rm on Chibtma De ..... c o. #hristmas [ve and l 4 ; .;.L OrlSf tas #ayr ' from the I Wishing .you a wonderful Lordsburg-Hid lgI County bet of rc Wishing gou YOUR HOME BE WrrH aoY THIS HOHDAY SFA SON! 0 R D ER WESTERN WEAR @O b llle re%on # for lhe Oe%on }Crotg ),o14 friends at CITY TV CABLE & INTERNET erry r~s- I)uane .lu tntRt Brojer I