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Columns

  • Work of Art: Religion and hot chile

    A young man, who left his studies at a Trappist Monastery in Kentucky, came to live in Las Vegas around the time I entered Immaculate Conception High School.

    Frank Reesor, who died in his 40s, became my next-door neighbor, and more importantly, an older brother who spent time with me discussing religion, morality and maturity. We hit it off well when we discussed the deity, but on another subject: chile, we differed.

  • Just a Thought: No one can promise you tomorrow

    Every marriage relationship can be improved. It doesn’t matter if you have been married for one month or 40 years, whether it is your first marriage or your third, whether you are 18 or 62. There is something you can do to better meet the needs of the one you have pledged your life to.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Plenty of action on the ranch as we await the summer rush

    I know extended members of my family will be here in about a month or so, and some of them have never been on this more-or-less isolated old ranch. Oh, yes, we have a lot to show them!

    Some might argue that one should never cut down a tree. Well, we all know a garden needs to be weeded, and a forest  is just a very large extension of a garden. The thinning projects in our nearby forests are remarkable examples of how necessary this is. Sadly the state and national forests that border our land are not thinned, so when or if a fire starts, it will be catastrophic.

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Gov. Martinez has a precarious decision to make

    Gov. Susana Martinez is in a precarious position, and soon enough she’ll have to take a stand on the question of Donald Trump.

    As chair of the Republican Governors Association and the nation’s first and only Hispanic female governor, her endorsement would mean a lot to the presumptive Republican nominee. But he’s done nothing to deserve it, and I think she, along with a lot of New Mexicans, knows it.

  • A work of Art: Some like it extra picante

    Should I apologize for invoking the names of Ana Granado and Phaedra Wouters, our foreign exchange students, just one more time?

    I admit it and plan to write about other things in future columns.

  • Another Perspective: Has Las Vegas stalled on the key water issue?

    Additional water storage will let the city quit playing Russian roulette with the threats of protracted drought and climate change.

  • Just a Thought: War is hell — history repeats itself

    War is hell.  Nevertheless, it has been around since man was created ... and, sadly, it is not going to go away any time soon.  John Steinbeck said “All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.”

    We desire to live in a land of freedom with equal opportunities for everyone in a stable society.

    It is the American way. We each were born into this world for a time such as this.  Many have gone before us, many are living today, and many will follow after we are gone.     

  • Palabras Pinturescas: ‘Glass arm’ suddenly came around after typhoid shots
  • Dispatch New Mexico: Celebrating our freedoms, New Mexico style

    Around the corner is Independence Day, a holiday in which we celebrate the birth of these United States, and here in New Mexico, we have the history, heritage and diversity to do it up right.

    At first, sundry Native American tribes shared this harsh and enchanting landscape, but they were eventually overpowered and “assimilated” into the Spanish and Mexican ways that ruled the region into the mid-1800s. Then came U.S. troops to conquer and exploit the land and its peoples, and New Mexico became an untamed territory for an expansionist nation.

  • A work of Art: Some like it cool

    Arthur says it’s hot. Arthur who? Arthur Mometer!

    Las Vegas is darn authentic. I toned down the official adverb here, the d-word, in keeping with my policy of not using in print words that some people deem profane.

    The “authentic” reference is one of several descriptions used through the ages for and about the Meadow City.