• Film shows a moral failing

    Health care is a right. Raise your hand if you agree.

    That wasn’t exactly one of the hand-counts at last week’s Democratic debates, but I wish it had been. They came close, with questions about “Medicare for all” and other proposed reforms to our system of providing health services to people, both foreign and domestic, in America, and I heard a couple of candidates explicitly say it is a basic right. But the reality is, America is divided on this question, and it strikes at the heart of the issue.

  • ‘OLV’ popular in this area

    “Our Las Vegas” is a newsletter “for anyone who ever lived in Las Vegas, New Mexico.”

    That makes so many people from these parts extremely proud of the newsletter that publishes items from obituaries to parties, to sports to recipes to virtually anything people submit. The editor of “OLV” is Theresa Sandoval Fulgenzi, the widow of Charlie Fulgenzi, who was among the first in Las Vegas to help make tennis in this town what it is today. Charlie passed away several years ago.

  • Just a 1000th thought . . .

    Now add another thing to my list.

    Today’s column is significant to me because it is numbered column 1000. Every week for over 19 years I have had a Just A Thought Column published. In order to maintain the sequence in my computer folder, I number each column. If you could see my list you would see the first column was given number 1 and then each column thereafter is numbered in sequence up to last week’s column which was given number 999.

    Today’s column will be assigned the number 1000.

  • Taking on Torres Small in N.M.’s most conservative district

    Just when you think the Trumpettes have been banished from the Land of Enchantment come candidates who are already tugging on the president’s coattails, hoping to find redemption down south for the state’s beleaguered Republican Party.

  • Sapos really count

    A number of years ago Work of Art featured an item on the use of “sapo” in New Mexico parlance. I’ve always known a sapo to be a toad, a relative of a frog.

    But mainly, sapo, at least in our Railroad Avenue barrio represented a lucky shot. Even in those years, when my buddies and I were only pre-teens, we made “sapo” one of our favorite words.

  • Amazing grace: How sweet the sound

    One of the most emotional and beloved hymns ever written is “Amazing Grace.” It is regularly played at funerals, church services, and other events.

    My family was on vacation in Colorado visiting a church when the pastor chose to preach on grace. After sharing how God’s grace had impacted his life, he closed his message by leading us in singing “Amazing Grace.”

    “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

  • Saving lives ­— one ride at a time

    As I started to ask the front desk manager to order me a taxi, I saw a slim young woman getting into a taxi so I called out: “Heading to the airport?” That’s how I met 23-year-old Emily Young. We talked non-stop to the Vancouver airport and have spoken since by phone.

    Both of us had been attending the WOMEN DELIVER Conference with 8,000 other passionate women who are changing the world.

  • Why Trump is losing ­— and will lose in 2020

    On June 12, the Optic printed an editorial by Wayne Allyn Root; this is my reply.

    I have ink in my veins and I care deeply about the health and freedom of our press. I believe that shock radio broadcasters like Root are a real danger to freedom of the press and indeed to our very social order.

  • Heroes are committed to the greater good

    “My heroes have always been cowboys, still are, it seems. Sadly, in search of, and one step in back of, themselves and their slow movin’ dreams.”
    — Sharon Vaughn, songwriter

    Heroes are easy to find but hard to keep.

    Especially when we’re young, we need our heroes, or positive role models if you  prefer, as examples of what courage, sacrifice and success are all about.

  • Thoughtful divergence

    Today I’m on my “fairness kick.” I jump on that wagon whenever the mood strikes, but mostly when I become aware of what I perceive as unfairness.

    I’m about to provide a short list of such unfairnesses  as they come along, and I certainly don’t wish for concord; I don’t expect too many readers to agree and begin gee-whizzing my erudition.