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Columns

  • Our future could be dry indeed

    With this season’s lack of snow, many of us are concerned that a potential lack of water could adversely threaten our community and this region of New Mexico.

    That’s why we are pleased to welcome a panel of water experts who will share their expertise with us. The intention is not to revisit old water conflicts but to understand the challenges and complexities that face us now. We know that we could face a very dry future.

  • Three more bad ideas to reform higher education

    New Mexico’s higher education was, once again, on the minds of many of our elected officials during this year’s legislative session, and  lots of ideas to improve our state’s higher education have echoed around the statehouse.

    Some ideas had merit. Some did not.

    Here are three bad ideas I recently heard:

  • Making the next time the best ever

    By Rick Kraft

    The best time ever might be the next time. Maybe, just maybe, by giving it all that you have, the next time will be the best.

    On July 5, 1969, a band who called themselves “The Rolling Stones” broke through onto the music scene when they performed a free concert in Hyde Park, England. More than 200,000 attended the event.

  • After the session: Priorities moving forward

    After spending the past several years trying to dig ourselves out of a financial recession and slow economic growth, New Mexico has the potential for a bright future, but only if we have our priorities in order.

    On the one hand, the human spirit is dynamic, fluid and persistent and is led by our curiosity and an innate need to address issues that affect our lives and to help one another.

  • The consequences of Trump’s first year

    Well, we all survived the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.

    Even if you support him, you had to “survive” this first year too. You had to defend his misbehavior, which must have been difficult since a lot of it was indefensible.

    It’s no wonder that members of his own party have decided to ignore his childish antics and focus instead on getting him on the Republican agenda.

  • New York City: Where’s that?

    Almost half my age ago I played a minor role, as Vinnie, in a Neil Simon play, "The Odd Couple," with the Nat Gold and Mark Conkle as the leads. In the opening act, I announced our family was planning to vacation in Florida.

  • Democrats: Where are our 40 acres?

    I like to ponder, study, and read about history — whether it’s Biblical, family, community, state, national or world.

  • Tools to make capital outlay more efficient

    Capital outlay funding is a controversial and difficult process. The demand for state money far exceeds the funds available; for the 2018 legislative session, state and local governments have requested over $2 billion for capital outlay funded by general obligation and severance tax bonds.

    The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the General Services Department and legislators are responsible for prioritizing these requests and allocating funds, but frequently find themselves missing the tools necessary to do so.

  • One hundred years — minus one day

    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” Words of wisdom spoken by great philosopher Winnie the Pooh. I have a plaque on my desk here at home that reminds me of this daily.

  • Thoughts about those who shape our lives

    When you’ve lived a full life, you think back on those who helped shape you into who you are. Parents and spouses immediately come to mind for most folks, but people you meet along the way also make their mark on you.