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Columns

  • 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.

  • Making a difference as a good father

    Being a father is much more than just contributing to the conception of a child. Being a good father is much more difficult and complex. It can be the toughest challenge a real man can have and it can also be the most fulfilling.

    A child is one thing on this planet that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Each child is made special and unique. Yet even without a manual there are good ways and bad ways to parent a child.

  • Anaya’s latest book filled with history, imagination

    If I had to assign a genre to Rudolfo Anaya’s latest book, “Chupacabra Meets Billy The Kid,” I’d say it’s of the Western/science fiction/fantasy/ Chicano literature/historical fiction genre, as if there’s such a thing.

    Maybe “unique” is a better description, because that’s certainly the way this outside-the-box tale reads.

    And to the contrary, I’d describe its Guadalupe and Lincoln county settings as realistically descriptive . . . well, except for the wormhole along the Pecos.

  • Difference of ‘a piñon’

    He’ll probably become super embarrassed and wish he could call in sick at work tomorrow when he learns about what I’m writing. But he can take it.

    And I take you back a few decades to the day we lost our son Diego for a few hours. But lest there be any misunderstanding, the “loss” was more of something being misplaced, nothing like an injury or worse.

    Let me explain:

  • Get the sequence right: Ready, Aim, Fire!

    Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running!

  • Carla Gomez: On top of her mountain

    Carla Gomez can see visitors approach for five minutes as they slowly drive up the bumpy road to her farmhouse.

    I arrived with Mark and Java to meet a woman who’s pretty much a legend for miles around, and she can see for miles around from her perch atop a mountain with breathtaking views.

    Over a cup of tea, Carla tells me that her grandfather raised sheep but after losing an entire flock in a heavy May snowstorm, he moved to Santa Fe. Carla’s father was born in Galisteo and her mother in Los Luceros. Carla was raised in Santa Fe.

  • Congress must begin an impeachment inquiry

    Donald Trump is no longer just a persistent object of national shame and revulsion. He has become a threat to the Constitution and the rule of law ­— and the question before the House, quite literally, is what to do about him.

  • ‘Mixing it up’

    As was my passion, I loved rounding up boys (and some girls) from our Railroad-Grand-Pecos-Commerce neighborhood during summer afternoons, to “mix it up” with children our age.