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Columns

  • Will the Green New Deal work? Ask California

    This column was originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey just outlined their estimated $93 trillion plan for a Green New Deal. It aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in only a decade by transitioning to renewable energy sources. 

  • New Mexico’s 21st century infrastructure

    While President Trump plays footsie over the billions of dollars he promised for the nation’s infrastructure and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seeks an intervention to confront his crazy unpredictability, New Mexico is building itself up with some new, cutting-edge infrastructure anyway.

  • Lisp hard to outgrow

    No matter how hard I try, it’s almost impossible to shake the influence my dad, J.D., had on all of us. Haven’t most people for decades heard of the downside of being too much like one of our parents?

    Dad’s been gone more than two decades. He married Mom in the early ‘30s, sired six children, including the oldest one, who died of something called “summer complaint,” before the rest of us where born.

  • A legend — and the power of music

    Music possesses power. Not all music, but music that has become tied to emotions. The best music is music that lifts you up with the emotions it carries. 

  • Helping women help themselves

    After telling me about the Akhmim women’s weaving project in Egypt while sitting at Travelers Cafe, Gail Malley and I walked across the Plaza to Threadbare.

  • Change makes the world go ‘round

    Today’s topic is change. It makes the world go round, but a lot of people hate it anyway.

    Change is inevitable, and yet the older we get, the more we’re inclined to resist it. It can be evolutionary or revolutionary, and it always has its share of detractors and proponents.

    Change is seldom without controversy. By its own definition, it causes friction.

    And nowadays, it comes at a blinding pace.

  • ‘Jeopardy!’ guy losing appeal

    I came home from work one night and found my wife Bonnie, TV set on, elevated, pale, silent, wide-eyed, TV set on.

    Fearing something had gone wrong, I soon realized the scary movie on the tube had rendered her motionless. Bonnie’s choice of TV fare seemed unusual for her, whose TV tastes are palatable for her — as long as Pollyanna is the main character.

    I exaggerate the “suspended” description of my wife, but that evening, several years ago, when she tuned in “The Exorcist,” nothing could have surprised me more.

  • 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.