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Columns

  • Come celebrate the Gallinas River next weekend

    We’re having a party on Saturday, Sept. 30! Recently, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance was awarded $315,000 from the River Stewardship Program at the NM Environment Department to restore healthy conditions to the Gallinas River between Bridge St. and Prince St.

    This $315,000 development is something to celebrate!

    Later in this article, you can learn details about this exciting project, but now let’s get a taste of what to expect when you meander down to the south side of Bridge Street along the Riverwalk between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Maneuvering into and out of storms

    Just a Thought, by Rick Kraft

    We are always in one of three spots in our lives: moving into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or moving out of a storm.

    Bottom line, storms happen to each one of us. They come with living life.

    Accept this fact. Some storms are bigger than others. The storms we encounter may arise from our immediate family such as our relationship with our spouse or children. They may arise from our extended family such as our parents, grandparents, or in-laws.

  • All rise —or not — for the United States of Football

    By Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s School of Journalism.

    Once again, we’ve got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that’s attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning its 21st consecutive game.

    Shh. I just typed that in a whisper.

  • Living through the unthinkables

    We think we know where we’re going. But do we, really?

    The world has changed a lot in our lifetimes, and I’m not just talking to the old fogies out there. A lot of unthinkable things have happened, and they linger in the news and in our lives — often as unexplainable events.

    For example, violence has taken some incredible turns in recent years. When I was a kid, there were occasional reports of airplanes hijacked by desperate criminals or revolutionaries with political agendas.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 22, 2017

    GET LICENSED OR GET OUT

    Roofers who won’t provide estimates — or who skimp on time, materials or follow-up plans, who aren’t properly credentialed or who aggressively and mysteriously solicit work — aren’t welcome here.

  • Executing ‘The J.D. Slam’

     Work of Art

    A simple act of closing a car door inspired this column. Even I find it hard to have so many memories conjured up from this basic action.

    Let me explain: Cars built this century generally have door-closing mechanisms that require only the slightest bit of energy to assure a tight seal. Cars built last century ­ ­— and that covers a wide span — often failed to close completely on the first try.

  • Needing an enemy

    By Mark Shields, political analyst and commentator for the PBS NewsHour since 1988.

    Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that “mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.”

  • Mother Teresa: Small things with great love

    Just a Thought, by Rick Kraft

    Twenty years ago, Mother Teresa’s selfless earthly life ended on Sept. 5, 1997.

    She changed her address and went to be with the God, Whom she had faithfully served throughout her life. Mother Teresa lived her life modeling the scripture from Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!”

  • Plenty of blame to go around in a disaster zone

    The following column is by John Stossel, author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails ­— But Individuals Succeed.”

    “How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take,” demands “The Daily Show” comic Trevor Noah, “until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!” His audience roars its approval.

  • Equifax: Too big to fail, but not too big to be held accountable

    The following editorial was recently published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    The most disturbing thing about the data breach acknowledged last week by the credit reporting agency Equifax is not that 143 million people’s personal data may have been exposed, nor that there’s not much those people can do about it. It’s that Equifax probably isn’t going to suffer for it, at least not much.