It’s 2021, and Triple Spaced Again has been living through the pandemic alongside the rest of us. The column is now more than nine years old. There’s a bit of a legacy here! Every column written is posted.
Our latest writing awards
Triple Spaced Again was most recently recognized for excellence by the New Mexico Press Women last year. In 2020, we won first place for Personal Opinion Columns and Personal Blog.
The new section called Governance — added September 2018
A friend was planning to run for the state Senate in 2020.
He said he’d like to read the columns I have written on issues directly relevant to New Mexico state and local government, especially about management and administration.
So I have developed an easy way for anyone interested to read the columns that are relevant to long-standing issues of public policy. I have created a new subcategory called Governance.
If you click on the word Governance in the menu bar, you will find those columns, starting with the most recent.
I invite you to look through these columns and feel free to pass on the link to anyone interested in New Mexico public policy – especially anyone who is in or running for public office. Thanks!
The column and your comments
I am Merilee Dannemann and this is the website where I post my newspaper columns and other current articles. The newspaper column, Triple Spaced Again, is published in several newspapers around New Mexico.
Your comments are welcome! However, there is a delay in posting the columns online. To give our newspapers primacy in publishing the columns, we wait two weeks before posting them here.
If you would like to comment on a column you read in the newspaper, and it’s not posted yet, please send your comment to this homepage. When the column is posted we will move your comment to the right place. Thank you!
About Triple Spaced Again ….
Merilee Dannemann is a contributing columnist with the New Mexico News Services syndicate, writing for community newspapers throughout New Mexico. As a champion of small business and local focus, she is proud to be a print journalist once again, writing for locally owned newspapers.
Merilee was a reporter and columnist with the Taos News more than 30 years ago. With other miscellaneous adventures between, she spent most of the intervening decades working for the State of New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration as a public policy specialist, speaker and educator.
Merilee also writes in miscellaneous other places and for various causes and interests, including small business and workers’ compensation. She trains her attention on issues that are not in the limelight and that most other writers are not writing about, such as the effects of regulations on small business because — well, somebody needs to be paying attention!
So here it is: Triple Spaced Again. Please get yourself a fresh cup of coffee, come hang out with Merilee, and do send your comments.
The workers’ comp section is where you’ll find articles about the New Mexico workers’ comp system. Workers’ comp affects almost everybody, and it is one of the most complicated areas of our legal system, but it is usually outside the limelight of public attention. It’s a hidden cost of doing business, affects business opportunity and job growth, and dictates what happens when people get injured at work, so it is worth watching.
You can still purchase a copy of Merilee’s very old book, Taos by the Tail, selections from the original Triple Spaced, direct from the publisher (Merilee) from the last remaining original box, with original Taos News cartoons by the inimitable Chuck Asay. Here on the site, read a column from the counterculture days of the 1970s, and see one of Chuck’s great cartoons.
The story of Triple Spaced Again
Many years ago, my very popular column in the Taos News was called Triple Spaced. This name was based in part on the way we wrote all our copy in those days: on IBM Selectric typewriters that were set to very wide spacing so that we could edit our work by inserting changes between the lines. I still think of Triple Spaced as my brand.
I was going to call this website just plain Triple Spaced. But when the site first went live, I discovered that if you type one letter wrong, you are taken to a website so offensive I will not describe it. Hence the longer name!
Thank you. Enjoy.