• Another Perspective: Letting the countryside dwindle away

    By Richard Lindeborg

    Who does this describe? [Our] “heart and soul is being ripped out. We have allowed the rural counties to wither away into poverty and neglect, with few local services left. In small towns across the country, police stations, post offices, banks, and libraries have closed. Local groceries, which have no hope of competing with major supermarkets . . . have gone out of business.

  • Just a Thought - Happiness, joy, discontentment and money

    By Rick Kraft

    What makes you happy?  What robs you of your joy?  What makes you discontent? What are you a slave to?  Let me address these questions and in particular connect them to money.

    I enjoy listening to sermons on my ipod from several pastors across the country. My favorite pastor to listen to is Dr. Andy Stanley of North Point Church, north of Atlanta, Ga. It is possible that I have heard every one of his sermons for the past 15 years.       

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Fall is falling behind this year

    I discovered predictions, particularly about weather forecasting rarely come true. Yes, we have had no measurable rain (or snow) in September. Way back in the old days we often had a measurable snow storm around Labor Day Weekend. And now we are supposed to have El Niño coming our way. I wonder if it actually will show up as winter approaches.

  • ‘Watchman’ highlights ‘gradualism’

    Earlier this year, I wrote about the latest manuscript written by Harper Lee, author of the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” saying I was both excited and anxious about reading “Go Set a Watchman” since one of the central characters, Atticus Finch, reminded me of my own father.

    I wasn’t too excited about tarnishing the heroic deeds of either man, but I knew I’d feel compelled to read the book anyway. And now I have.

  • A Work of Art: Things we knew as kids

    This will be an audience-participation-type column in which readers will be invited to submit some of their own comments on how things used to be (and maybe still are).
    The inspiration came from a web site that lists a number of things we were taught as children, things that were probably explained to us by our parents, who heard the same things from our grandparents, who in turn . . .

  • Palabras Pintorescas: A brief lesson on Cow Culture 101

    It has taken a while, but our mountains have finally fallen into fall. Most of the aspen are still green, but every day is still a changing color day here now. Question is, will that predicted and so needed winter snowstorm actually develop and fill our high mountain peak full of snow again?

    That is so necessary to fill our depleting water reservoirs, known as aquifers.

  • Another Perspective- Catastrophic pollution hurting us

    By michael michellle mattathias

  • Just a Thought - The process of guarding your heart

    By Rick Craft

    “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Words of wisdom from a single verse about halfway through the Bible at Proverbs 4:23. Why did one of the wisest men who ever lived, King Solomon, pen these words in about 940 B.C.? These words were significant in his day and they remain significant today, three millennia later.

  • Too bad pope isn’t visiting N.M.

    Unless you were living under a rock, you know the nation —especially Catholics and the media — were enthralled over Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. last week.
    Though I’m not Catholic, I admire greatly this pope, who’s upset the status quo of his church, challenged the world’s economic and political powers that be, and shown nothing but love for humanity since becoming the church’s esteemed leader in March 2013.

  • Work of Art: ‘Well, nobody ever told me’

    Occasionally in the news we come across an item that requires a re-read. Did I get that right? we ask.

    A week ago there was an item in the Albuquerque Journal about a man — James Roger Madalena — the second-longest-serving member of the New Mexico Legislature, who asserted that he’d never read a particular document that relates to how a politician goes about receiving donations and what to do when he/she receives them.