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Columns

  • Reintegration: important part of community strength

    Data from the New Mexico Sentencing Commission shows that returning to the community is a difficult task that poses serious challenges for those who have been released from incarceration.

  • Assault on acequias harms all of us

    The legal definition of “harm” is predicated on a lengthy legal definition of injury. The succinct version includes, but is not limited to, the willful pursuit of continuing injury.  
    I am troubled by the self-evident economic debilitation of our community. Vanishing small business, declining enrollments in schools and universities, the real-estate market, and general population are glaring examples.

  • Facing hard realities ahead

    I just finished doing a final read of high school seniors’ summaries, something my newspaper compiles from surveys we pass out to the soon-to-be graduates and then publish on the eve of their commencement.

    It’s uplifting to read about these teenagers’ hope and dreams — and worrisome because of what they’re going to face as adults. They may not realize what they’re facing in the world ahead.

  • Admissions scandal heats up

    Want to make sure your child gets admitted to a prestigious college, gets to join a number of elite clubs in that school, and passes courses he or she has never even heard of?

    Do you wish for him or her to enroll in that highbrow university that adores new students with stellar entrance examination grades?

  • A mother can make things simple

    As we celebrate Mother’s Day today we recognize there are things instilled in us in our younger years that remain in us until we take our last breath. They are programmed into us even before we know we are being programmed.

  • Our mothers depart

    On this Mother’s Day, if your mother is still with us, visit her or call her. Take or send her flowers.

    No, not a dozen red roses. That shows no originality, and besides red roses are for another kind of love. Surprise her with daisies or a mixed bouquet of spring flowers, or a flowering plant if she’s practical like my mom. Then write one thing that you are grateful for. Something that will trigger her memory to the days when you were a sweet little kid or maybe a bratty teenager, but something that will show her you remembering her mothering.

  • The art of bordado de colcha in Las Vegas

    Cloth art — hand spun, hand dyed, woven and embroidered textiles are virtually universal.

    Most traditional cultures include skillfully made textiles, household cloths, rugs, blankets, and tapestries in their history of art, craft, and daily life

  • ‘The times they are a-changing.’ Really?

    I have “health insurance.” I get it through one of the largest and best-known insurance companies. Almost daily, I hear from one of its departments.

    I often receive information about how much I owe for my “co-pay.”  Sometimes, to my surprise, I am told that I must pay more for my “co-pay” because  my “in-network provider,” without my knowledge has contracted with someone who is “out of network.”

  • Small-town grads will leave, a few will come back

    About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye.

    The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young men and women will be staying in or returning to their hometown, simply because the opportunities they seek aren’t there.

  • Why all the secrecy?

    Always a creature of verbology, I own hundreds of books (they pale in comparison to what my wife, Bonnie has: maybe thousands?) She reads mysteries and romances.

    As for me, I often pick on instructional books, those whose pages contain lessons, usually about languages. But lest I come across as a wannabe grammarian, let me assure you I enjoy biographies, books on travel, adventure, and other genres.