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Columns

  • 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.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 9, 2017

    The San Francisco Chronicle on U.S. relations with China:

    Normally it’s better to skip the buildup and measure the outcome when a White House occupant meets a powerful foreign leader. Hype gets in the way of results.

    But this week’s two-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping with President Trump at his Florida country club bears contemplating in advance. The careful and all-powerful Chinese leader will be sitting down with a U.S. leader who is nothing like him.

  • 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.