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Columns

  • Ice cream overdoses remembered

    Walking around my childhood neighborhood haunts, as I did this week, stirred up many memories, not all of the pleasant. Or not all ending pleasantly.

    I realize some readers may wish I’d get off the kick about my childhood, but just recently something has happened to help me focus even more on the days of yore.

    Let me explain:

  • The ultimate sacrifice for our country

    By Rick Kraft

    What more valuable do you have to give than your life? What would you allow your child to risk his or her life for? There are some things in this world that really cause me to struggle emotionally. One will be recognized tomorrow.

    Memorial Day is a Federal holiday to remember the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. It came into existence by Federal law in 1967 and was set to occur on the last Monday in May by Congress in 1968. Over one million men and women have given their lives for our country.

  • Yes, absolutely, Girls Can! in Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    When you were 10, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Now, 117 fifth graders have a clearer idea of the possibilities awaiting them, thanks to Girls Can! sponsored by American Association of University Women.

    On May 17, school buses poured out both smiling and shy looking girls from Sapello, Union, Sierra Vista, Don Cecilio, Mike Mateo Sena, Tony Serna and Valley schools.

  • Do Palestinian lives matter?

    By Bob Pearson

    As of May 17, the Israeli Defense Forces, operating at the 1949 armistice line between Israel and Gaza, have killed over 100 Palestinians and injured many thousands.

    This was the Israeli response to largely nonviolent protests marking the 50th anniversary of the Nakba, the “catastrophe,” when Palestinians were driven from their homes and land.  

    The demonstrations also protested the intolerable living conditions imposed by Israel’s blockade for the last 11 years.

  • Brotherly banter and what families do

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ah, family. Two dozen of them on this night, at a housewarming for my daughter and son-in-law Amy and Jae in their new home.

    Having a big family is such a blessing. And, sometimes, a burden.
    There he is, my brother Don, being himself. He’s my socially stunted and politically incorrect brother, who’s also a father, grandfather and licensed psychiatrist with an opinion on everything. He can be insulting and offensive and overbearing in his conversations with people.

  • ‘Miss ya, Dennis Mitchell’

    He said “Pvt. Trujillo, everybody in this platoon is out of step but you.”

    As you parse this sentence, don’t even think of construing the drill sergeant’s criticism as a bushel of compliments.

    The sergeant who was so free with the comments, a man by the name of Brewster, actually was referring to someone else, another Trujillo. And besides, by that time I was no longer a private in the Gallup National Guard but what we called an Sp.3, a rank slightly higher than a measly private.

  • Finally, the world was saved today

    On a small busy cobblestone street I walked by a girl wearing a T-shirt reading “I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY.”

    I didn’t want to impose on her so I didn’t say anything to her as she passed, but I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to get a picture of her.

  • Protecting Mora County from fracking — still

    After years of debate over how to best protect our land and water, Mora County has completed a draft of an oil and gas ordinance and is asking the community to provide feedback.

    Modeled on the ordinances adopted by Santa Fe and San Miguel Counties, the Mora draft ordinance is intended to protect the people and natural resources of Mora County from the negative impacts of oil and gas drilling through a strong regulatory framework.

    During the next few weeks, the public will have opportunities to submit written or oral comments to the Mora County Commission.

  • Unconventional advice for graduates

    Editor’s note: This column was first written and distributed in 2015.

    It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation.

    They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and make their families proud.Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized.

  • A bit of a musical treat

    Far be it from me to consider myself musical. It’s true that I took piano lessons in my 30’s, but not much grew out of that, despite my teacher, Ann Mishler’s encouragement and keeping her fingers crossed.

    A few years ago, a neighbor knocked on my door on a hot afternoon, like this one. He wanted to join us, he explained, because he was curious about what our gathering was about. We had decided on a wholesale washing of cars.