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Columns

  • Judging you, judging me, judging others

    By Rick Kraft

    “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Words of wisdom from Mother Teresa. Which is more important in our lives, judging others or loving them?

    In our lives, we spend a lot of time judging others. It happens daily, even hourly. There are two critical things to understand about judging others: We judge from our own personal framework and we often don’t have all the information about the person we are judging.

  • Never break a prom date

    Ah! Spring is the time when a young man’s fancy — and an old man’s plain.

    True, that’s a slight distortion of the old saying, the last part having to do with “thoughts of love.”

    But forgive the looseness of my rendering of that quote as we delve into the prom fever that’s on many people’s minds during this time of rising temperature (but still precious little rain).

  • Raising two people up with one act

    It’s been a difficult day. Nothing seems to have gone right. The day started bad and then got worse.

    It’s late in the day and you are just trying to hold on to make it to the end. You’re walking down the hall and out of the blue someone says, “Hey, I like your outfit!” You stop and think, “What did they say?”

  • Restoring the Gallinas is a mutli-faceted task

    You’ve likely heard about the work the City is doing to renovate Bradner Reservoir, and the upcoming renovation of Peterson reservoir, but there are some really exciting water storage projects that we haven’t been talking about.

    The city has been collaborating with the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance to restore the health of sections of the Gallinas River floodplain. Such work was recently completed on city property near the Placitas Fire Station, and will soon commence on the Gallinas River Park running  from Bridge to Independence Streets.

  • A major victory for forest communities

    By Sen. Martin Heinrich

    Many of us in New Mexico are fortunate to have a national forest right outside our backyard. We rely on these forests for drinking water and firewood, to fill our freezers, and to support our outdoor recreation economy.

    However, as temperatures heat up and we enter fire season after a particularly dry winter, we are also acutely aware that some of our forests are still recovering from historic wildfires and that all of them face imminent threats of destructive fires. We know the weight of the loss these disasters carry.

  • Reflecting on a much simpler childhood

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I grew up on them. They were the first thing I learned to make in the kitchen. That and a glass of milk. Microwaves hadn’t been invented yet.

    Playing basketball on a dirt patch in our back yard. That’s where I learned to dribble and shoot with one hand.

  • How many are we, really?

    Tuning in to election results a few years back, I suddenly wondered how the radio management ever expected listeners to glean the vote tallies the way the partial results were being spilled out.

    I was passing through another New Mexico town at the time, and I tuned in the radio station. The on-duty announcer rattled off something like this:
    “Jones now has 113 votes; Smith has 257; Brown has 412; and Martinez has 73.” How much more complicated could the radioman have made this spilling out of the votes so far?

  • Celebrate Earth Day in Las Vegas

    On April 14, during the Seed Exchange at Luna, Miguel Angel asked if we would like to see plastic bags outlawed in Las Vegas. Not even half the audience raised hands. 

    Is this one more example of not wanting to be like Santa Fe? I hope not.

  • I wish I could just do it all over again

    By Rick Kraft

    Two things I know. Today is the youngest you will ever be for the rest of your life. When the sun rises tomorrow you will be another day older.

    As you live your life day to day, it is my hope and prayer that you don’t live your life with regrets. There are two dimensions of this prayer for you. One involves dealing with events that have happened in your past and the other is avoiding events that could occur in your future.

  • The time for courage to change is now

    From time to time, as I travel around my district and to other areas of the state, I hear criticism that the Legislature has not done enough to solve one problem or another. Take your pick: our economy, capital outlay, education, crime. The list goes on.