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Columns

  • Straight from the City: It all started with the river

    It all started with the river. People came to this place because the Gallinas River provided water, and water is life. When the people of this area dug the first ditch, the first acequia, they called it the Acequia Madre, the mother ditch, and that is fitting, because it was through the nurture of the river and the ditches that this community was born.

    There is a time when our mother takes care of us, and, as life goes on, there is a time when we must take care of our mother.

    For us, as a community, this is that time.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Climate change realities and Donald Trump’s denial

    President Donald Trump and his minions can stick their head in the sand if they want to, but the realities of climate change will continue nevertheless. Ask any scientist with any credibility at all.

  • Work of Art: Remember old OLOS bulletins?

    A friend made a habit of collecting and saving Sunday bulletins for Our Lady of Sorrows Sunday church services.

    Considering the number of years represented in these bulletins, it’s safe to say she was a faithful church member. Most of the bulletins that she passed on to me date back to the 1960s, and all contain a historical photo on the cover and list a slew of activities: wedding banns, a bingo prize of $230, baptisms and special events. The pastor at that time was the Rev. James T. Burke.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Food, glorious food

    By Beth Urech

  • Another Perspective: Become part of DWI solution

    By Yolanda Cruz

    As I was reading the “Thumbs” in the April 7 Optic, I read a thumbs down with the statement “perhaps a sign that the system to prevent DWI is not working.”

    I would like to address that statement. Prevention is key, it is the number one way that society can deal with any health, public health, or social issue.

  • Just a Thought: Always do this in remembrance of me

    By Rick Kraft

    Everyone reading this has had some common experiences. We grew and developed in our mother’s womb. We entered this world as a newborn child. During the early years of our lives we were entirely dependent on others. Common experiences —  no exceptions.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Assessing the session and its aftermath

    Time to assess the damage. Well over 200 pieces of legislation were passed in this year’s session at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, though more than half of the bills handed over to the governor were vetoed. One Albuquerque Journal report declared Susana Martinez’s 145 vetoes this time around “the high-water mark” during her six years so far as governor.

  • Work of Art: Dream was no big deal

    Last night I had a dream. I could call it a science fiction dream, but that would be redundant, as, in retrospect, most of my dreams turn out to be unrealistic.

    No, I didn’t dream about Catherine Zeta Jones (and if I ever do, I’ll make sure my wife doesn’t hear about.) This dream lacked the kind of CZJ excitement others might dream about. Instead it was on a topic that usually causes my tummy to tie up in knots.

    But enough suspense:

  • Another Perspective: Capital outlay reforms a go

    Reforming New Mexico’s process for selecting and paying for public works projects, which is nearly universally criticized as inefficient and wasteful, will continue through administrative steps despite the lack of an appetite this year to enact reforms into law.

  • Just a Thought: Avoiding excess to live within the margins

    By Rick Kraft

    Sometimes I think that living life is all about living within the margins. Margins are boundaries. They surround us and keep us from getting too close to the edge. They exist for a reason and without margins, we would repeatedly be hitting the edge.

    What I am saying is that we need to live our lives with healthy balances in countless areas, but to avoid an excess in any single area.

    Let me take a step back and look at the big picture.