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Columns

  • Inconvenient as it is, the earth is heating up

    It’s hot. Record-breaking hot, for the umpteenth year in a row. Which brings us to an inconvenient truth.

    And with that lead, I probably lost half of this column’s readership. The truth is not only inconvenient, it angers a lot people. There’s just too much spin-doctoring out there for it to be otherwise.

  • A work of Art: You can’t go back

    Strictly as a joke, I recently wrote to some Facebook friends that I was considering returning to full-time teaching. Why?

    To save time, which I’ll explain in a few graphs below.

    The career move would be iffy — especially for one who gave up the tweed jacket with leather elbow patches about 16 years ago. Would I even stand a chance, given that Latino professors with doctoral degrees have become more plentiful lately.

  • Just a Thought: Some random thoughts in difficult times

    Those who protect us should not have to be protected. When law enforcement is protecting the rights of others to assemble, they should not become targets. The issue isn’t whether law enforcement agrees or not with the views of those they are protecting. The issue is they should not become victims for protecting freedoms of others that comes with being in America.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Killings by cops not exclusive to big cities

    Think all the killings by cops making news these days are exclusive to urban areas? Think again. Here in New Mexico, we’ve had at least five so far this year, and unless I’m missing something, not one in Albuquerque this year.

  • Work of Art: Religion and hot chile

    A young man, who left his studies at a Trappist Monastery in Kentucky, came to live in Las Vegas around the time I entered Immaculate Conception High School.

    Frank Reesor, who died in his 40s, became my next-door neighbor, and more importantly, an older brother who spent time with me discussing religion, morality and maturity. We hit it off well when we discussed the deity, but on another subject: chile, we differed.

  • Just a Thought: No one can promise you tomorrow

    Every marriage relationship can be improved. It doesn’t matter if you have been married for one month or 40 years, whether it is your first marriage or your third, whether you are 18 or 62. There is something you can do to better meet the needs of the one you have pledged your life to.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Plenty of action on the ranch as we await the summer rush

    I know extended members of my family will be here in about a month or so, and some of them have never been on this more-or-less isolated old ranch. Oh, yes, we have a lot to show them!

    Some might argue that one should never cut down a tree. Well, we all know a garden needs to be weeded, and a forest  is just a very large extension of a garden. The thinning projects in our nearby forests are remarkable examples of how necessary this is. Sadly the state and national forests that border our land are not thinned, so when or if a fire starts, it will be catastrophic.

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Gov. Martinez has a precarious decision to make

    Gov. Susana Martinez is in a precarious position, and soon enough she’ll have to take a stand on the question of Donald Trump.

    As chair of the Republican Governors Association and the nation’s first and only Hispanic female governor, her endorsement would mean a lot to the presumptive Republican nominee. But he’s done nothing to deserve it, and I think she, along with a lot of New Mexicans, knows it.

  • A work of Art: Some like it extra picante

    Should I apologize for invoking the names of Ana Granado and Phaedra Wouters, our foreign exchange students, just one more time?

    I admit it and plan to write about other things in future columns.

  • Another Perspective: Has Las Vegas stalled on the key water issue?

    Additional water storage will let the city quit playing Russian roulette with the threats of protracted drought and climate change.