• 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.

  • School improvement should be focus, not APS turmoil

    By Pete Campos

  • Speak up for Land and Water Conservation Fund

    By Cassandra Miller

  • A special gift from Walt Disney

    The recent PBS program on the life of Walt Disney was a real and fun surprise that I watched. Sweet Brother Bill and I grew up with Mickey Mouse, way back in the late 1940s.

  • Energy issues in the Southwest

    When it comes to energy production in New Mexico, there’s no place like the southeastern corner of the state.
    It’s not just the oil patch. The Permian Basin, which stretches across southwestern Texas into southeastern New Mexico, certainly has vast amounts of oil and natural gas available for extraction, but that’s not the only energy-related industry in these parts. There’s also a corridor of activity that’s critical to the nation’s nuclear industry.

  • A bumper-to-bumper crop

    “Well, the traffic was bumper to bumper on the way to Santa Fe.” “There was practically a traffic jam with so many people parked by the side of the road, they almost needed a traffic cop.”

  • Living room featured in magazine

    Surprise of surprises! I have a real, live orchid, blooming in my living room. It has lived here for over a year, and I was about to give up on it when the beautiful white blooms opened up. There may be hope for my green (?) thumb yet....
    And what a treat it is to learn that my long-time friend, Elmo Baca, will open a movie theatre on Bridge Street here. He hopes to have the Indigo Theatre open by Thanksgiving, no less.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Americans and their vices

    Today’s topic is sin. I’ll try not to get preachy about it.

    There’s a long list of habit-forming vices that Americans have enjoyed, condemned, regulated and even outlawed over time, but today we’ll consider four in particular — tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and gambling. Our U.S. government has spent a lot of time and effort trying to control each, with some of the biggest changes having occurred over the last half-century.