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Columns

  • Just a Thought - Stop telling me it is all about the nail

    Rats, garbage, nails, roots ... what do these all have in common? In our day-to-day lives, we encounter each of these routinely.

    I was at a conference recently in Baltimore and the speaker told us the story of a lady with a nail in her forehead. It is a popular video on You Tube. As the speaker explained the concept behind the nail in the forehead, it struck home with me and the world we live in.

  • Another Perspective: Acequias ask city to settle long-running water case

    Editor’s note: The following statement was presented to the City Council on Wednesday on behalf the Rio Gallinas acequia members. The city and acequias have been battling in court over water, and the acequias are urging the city to settle the cases.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: One family tradition is missing, but there are plenty of others

    My readers know I enjoy New Mexico history, and I must say I discover history treasures in unsuspecting places here, just when I’m looking for something else. Such was the case when my nephew, Shane asked me to locate an old photograph of his uncle Jim.

  • Dispatch New Mexico-Wrapping the legislative session in signings and vetoes

    March 9 was a deadline for Gov. Susana Martinez. That was her last day to either sign into law measures passed in the recently adjourned legislative session or kill them off with a veto.

    According to nmpoliticalreport.com, 101 bills were passed during the session that ended a month ago. Among the meatier measures to make it to the governor’s desk for her signature:

    • A $6.4 billion state budget, trimmed down because of a serious drop in oil and gas tax revenues.

  • A work of Art: Please give us more D.S.T.

    Let’s prepare for several months of lasting daylight, a time for enjoyment. Even at my age, I plan to find out how far I can knock a ball.

    I’ve been practicing with our foreign exchange students, Phaedra Wouters and Ana Granado, now members of the West Las Vegas softball team. And though it’s fun, chasing fly balls that sail over my head gets a bit exhausting.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Lighten up: It’s that time of year

    Remember to turn your clocks ahead this weekend. So you can spring forward.

    Walking up the sidewalk, I see little blue flowers winking at me, and forsythia branches peeking through the fence. Sure, we may have another snowfall, but hopefully these buds will survive. More sunshine streaming through our windows late in the day. The downside? Dust on the counters and fluff balls in the corners will be more obvious. Yup, it’s time for spring cleaning.

  • Just a Thought: Where does your identity come from?

    Who are you? No really, who are you?

    What if I gave you 15 words to communicate who you are and what your life is all about. What would you write? What descriptive words might you use?

    Another way of asking this question is, “What is your identity?”

    Identity was the word of the year in 2015, according to dictionary.com. One definition of the word in dictionary.com is “condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing.”

  • Another Perspective: Planning a more diversified economy

    Before the past legislative session began, I wrote a column suggesting that our main focus as a legislature should be on restoring hope for all New Mexicans by developing a responsible budget, reforming our capital outlay system and addressing compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, among other things. As with all legislative sessions, the mindset going in tends to shift a bit before it’s all said and done, and so while I still remain focused on restoring hope, I have a better sense now of just how to do it.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Today’s politicians could learn from college debaters of past

    I would be first in line to sit in on a speech class a Highlands U. at the moment. I have watched the widely aired political debates on TV and I question whether any of the various politicians, or the moderators for that matter, ever had a college level speech class that included the art of debate. 

    I don’t think the format has changed all that much in the last 60 years and the moderator very carefully lays out the ground rules at the start of each debate.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- How about a Trump-Sanders ticket?

    Last week, on the night of Super Tuesday, one of my brothers who lives in Memphis, Tenn., called me up to talk about the presidential primaries. The conversation turned lively in a hurry as we went from politics to talk of the “revolutions” now underway in our nation.