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Columns

  • Montezuma’s golden winter days

    Yes … winter is still here. That is obvious as I record our U.S. Weather Bureau thermometer readings for the start of February. Five degrees here last night … that is cold! However, there isn’t a cloud in the sky and the sun warms us up quickly, thankfully. 

  • Be careful what street you walk down

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in? You look up and ask yourself the question, “How did I get here?” or “What am I doing here?” You wish you could push “Stop” and then “Rewind” and then put a different tape in? 

  • National emergencies in a world of absurdities

    Sound the alarm! We’ve got a national emergency on our hands!

    Well, it’s really more of a constitutional emergency, as President Trump has opened the door for all future emergency declarations to be defined by politics, not real threats to our health and safety. He has conjured up a national security crisis at our southern border and, in doing so, opened a new world of absurd possibilities. Allow me to illustrate …

  • Try some ghoti; it’s great

    What’s my favorite meal? Well, naturally — it’s ghoti. Ha! I’ll bet some of you pronounced that word as “go-tee,” but instead, I ask that you think of the food as something piscatorial, like “fish.”

  • What happens next in life is of prime importance

    So much of life is what happens to us. So much of life is what we do with what happens to us. What is important in our life today isn’t what happened yesterday, but what happens next. 

  • Lujan Grisham stands in defiance to the president

    Let’s start with this reality-based premise: The “national security crisis” we face is mostly internal. The violence and crime in our schools and on our streets doesn’t have anything to do with foreign-born “illegals” and terrorists. They’re almost entirely the result of angry and/or disturbed Americans.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: A day of friendship at the Roundhouse

    A group of us were carpooling to Santa Fe for the Annual New Mexico Federation Democratic Women field trip.

    Margaret Villanueva and I agreed to meet at Carnegie Library. Her email said 8 p.m., but I figured that was auto-correct being mischievous.

  • Tying minimum wage to inflation

    This will be the year in which New Mexico’s minimum wage will go up, probably dramatically. The Democrats will make sure of that.

    Moreover, this year’s legislative session is an opportunity to put this perennial issue to rest for good — by tying it to future inflation.

  • Hating on the NFL

    I'm done with the NFL. At least for this season. If I were a man of higher principles, I’d be done with it for good.

  • Most local fans pick Patriots to win Super Bowl LIII

    Almost every year, this space publishes a number of predictions from locals regarding the hoped-for outcome of Super Bowl LIII, to be played Sunday in Atlanta.

    This year’s pairing will be between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots. But before issuing predictions, let’s lament the fact that — again — my beloved Oakland Raiders won’t be playing in the Big Dance — or whatever else it’s called for pro football bowl games.