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Columns

  • Blessed with more time to make a difference

    I have cried more this past week than any other week of my entire life. There is something about a close encounter with death that changes a person’s view of the world. Last week could have easily been your last column from me.

  • United Methodists’ decision hits close to home

    NEWS ITEM: The United Methodist Church voted on Feb. 26 to reinforce its ban on openly gay clergy and same-sex marriages, leaving in place a longstanding policy that states, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

    The United Methodist Church is built on a connectional structure that ties all its leaders and congregations together. Local churches share their ministers and their money in such a way that ties people together in meaningful ways.

  • Let’s hear it for D.S.T.

    This coming Sunday morning, March 10, will be time to advance the clocks in our houses, making each timepiece show an hour later than when we hit the sack.

  • Pride doesn’t recognize itself in the mirror

    If you had a pride meter that measured your level of pride, how would it read? Would it be hitting at the end of the high end of the meter or would it barely elicit a reading? Probably your meter would land somewhere in between. 

  • HB 55 represents hats, boots, bolos, progressives

    There is a divide in our country which is brought about by the progressive movement. It began in the Democrat Party, but today it has divided Democrats in New Mexico.

  • Hemp the new high for agribusiness

    Move over marijuana, your straight cousin is about to become the latest cash cow for agriculture in America.

    In case you missed it, the biggest news to come out of the 2018 Farm Bill is the federal legalization of hemp, a cannabis species that doesn’t get you high. The legislation, signed into law in December, sets up a structure for regulating commercial or “industrial” hemp in a way that will encourage its growth nationwide.

  • Loving Ludwig Van

    A number of years ago, I wrote about holding a neighborhood car wash on our property. That was a few years before water became a luxury and when the Trujillo family was younger, more energetic and willing to undergo a dousing or several when one of us directed more water toward the friends and family than to our cars.

  • 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? 

  • More K-12 dollars must actually reach the classroom

    Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the legislature consider a package of bills to transform New Mexico’s public schools. Think New Mexico urges them to include House Bill 77, which will make sure that a greater proportion of New Mexico’s education funding reaches our students and teachers in the classroom.