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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Filmmaking in New Mexico runs strong, brings revenue

    The following column was published in the Optic on June 24, 2016.

    My older daughter tells a great story about how she met Jeff Bridges and didn’t even know it.

  • Work of Art: Having and losing a Friend

    I don’t have any friends. True, there are many acquaintances, lots of colleagues, classmates, neighbors, co-workers, primos and primas, but no friends.

    At least not anymore. The only person I believe was my Friend died last week.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Lost and found

    By Beth Urech

  • Just a Thought: Living a full life by losing your breath

    By Rick Kraft

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. How often do you have moments that leave you breathless? Consider this as an alternate method of measuring your life.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 2, 2017

    Dallas Morning News (March 28) on efforts to overhaul Obama-era health insurance law:

    Just about everyone in Washington wants to move on from last week’s big standoff over Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

    That’s understandable, maybe, but it’s also deeply cynical. The health care plan has always needed improvement, and for six years Republicans refused to tweak it, preferring to use its shortcomings as a political rallying cry.

  • Work of Art: What music do you like?

    We spent much of Sunday evening at the United World College, attending a student recital, which featured some excellent instrumental and vocal offerings.

    We went as guests of our get-away student, Belén Sogo Mielgo, from Madrid, Spain.

    Some of the entrants sang, some played the piano, and with kids in the late teens (and even of any age), there’s bound to be a slip or two — obvious to all.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 24, 2017

    The San Francisco Chronicle on Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House (March 21):

    The Trump family’s tangle of wealth and privilege has an additional complication. Ivanka Trump is getting an inner-circle White House office and security clearance, making her the most powerful first daughter in recent times.

  • Another Perspective: What’s happened to the Democratic Party?

    Once I was a Democrat. I went to see JFK at a rally in Elmhurst, Ill., wrote to Jimmy Carter and voted for William Jefferson Clinton in his first term.

    But things started to change in the ‘60s with the anything- goes generation, and culminated in Bill’s gig/gag with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. I learned then we had devolved from a party of upstanding principles to one of political opportunism, i.e. get what you can, any way you can.

  • Work of Art: ‘For want of a nail...’

    There’s an old rhyme that clearly illustrates the need for things working together. It reads: “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost.

    Dire consequences must have occurred when the above battle was being waged. But how about the big difference a simple punctuation mark can make? Can its inclusion or omission justify or settle a lawsuit?

  • Another Perspective: Trump travel ban problematic

    By Victoria J. Mora

    There have been many responses from higher education to President Trump’s original executive order limiting visas for refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

    With the release of the revised executive order on March 6, the scope of the “travel ban” has narrowed. But the new order remains problematic in light of the aims it intends to achieve and it is our responsibility as educators to call this out.