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Columns

  • Just a Thought: I saw my heart today in living color

    I saw my heart today. No really, I saw my heart! What an awesome experience to be able to watch my heart beating as it gives life to the rest of my body...

    In my busy world and with good health, I never really thought about the fact that technology existed that could reveal what is going on inside my heart. So I am lying there on an examining table on my left side, shirt off, electrodes stuck all over me, and my wife standing behind me while the technician is moving a hand held gadget across my chest.

  • Another Perspective: Promises made, promises kept

    The 2016 Legislative Session recently came to a close leaving lawmakers and New Mexicans to reflect on the work that was completed during the last 30 days.

     Prior to the session, New Mexicans strongly voiced their anger over the senseless loss of life we witnessed this past year. They demanded action from their lawmakers. House Republicans resolved to fix our laws to stop dangerous and violent repeat offenders from cycling through New Mexico’s criminal justice system and inflicting harm on innocent citizens.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: H.U. fraternities, sororities added life and fun to campus

    When the weather is cold and stormy and the days are short, many of us get to catch up on our put-aside stacks of reading materials. This includes newspapers magazines and books of all sorts. My family were and still are readers, thankfully Sweet Brother Bill and I were surrounded by reading materials of all sorts when we were kids long ago.

  • A work of Art: Alas! Ethan Couch’s woes

    It would be great if I could turn today’s column into a feel-good story in which everybody lives happily ever after.

    Yes, it would be great, but not in this case. I refer to Ethan Couch, a Texas teen whose carelessness (he and his buddies stole cases of beer from a Wal-Mart), and Ethan, with driver’s permit in hand (but no real license), drove at speeds of 70 mph before plowing into a group of people who had stopped to assist another driver.

  • Another Perspective: We cannot quit on capital outlay reform

    Over the past few years, reform of New Mexico’s capital outlay system has received more and more attention. There is little doubt that our system, particularly compared to other states, needs fixing. We are the only state that expects the legislature to approve a capital outlay bill without any system for planning, vetting or selecting projects. Instead, we operate in a free-for-all system that fails to make the most of our limited infrastructure dollars.

  • Just a Thought - The testing of a core belief system

    By Rick Kraft

    “My mom and dad always told me _____________.” Suppose I gave you a sheet of paper with this exact sentence repeated fifteen times and you were required to fill in all 15 blanks. How would you fill them in?

    My guess is that you would fill the blanks with pretty good stuff. I believe this because most mothers and fathers speak good advice. Even though the lives some parents choose to live may communicate differently, the words they share would generally be good advice.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 21, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Behavioral health story gets new legs

    Attorney General Hector Balderas recently announced that he had cleared 10 providers of behavioral health care services of any criminal wrongdoing. Both politically and legally, this latest announcement gives new legs to an issue that took root more than two years ago and shows no signs of going away anytime soon.

  • Work of Art: Those guys on Tough Street ...

    The number is 732 and counting. That’s how many installments of Work of Art have appeared in the Optic since 2003. I plan to make it to 1,000. And I’ve never missed a week, even when traveling with family to far-off places like Denmark, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Tecolote.

    “Don’t you ever run out of ideas?” some people ask. Well, yes, and many a Monday night and early Tuesday morning I’ve paced the floor, trying to conjure up a topic. It usually works.

  • Another Perspective: Campos fix would help teachers

    The test-based focus of House Bill 2, the “budget bill,” must be ended.

    Students are at the center of our existence at the National Education Association — New Mexico. Student success is best supported when every student has a high-quality professional education team there for them. House Bill 2 as sent by the House to the Senate moves our state in the wrong direction.