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Columns

  • Dividing up California — and the rest of the nation

    We might or might not want our salsa to come from New York City, and we might even think California is too flaky for our traditional values, but the reality is, those are the places where most national trends get started.

    Moreover, on the West Coast, we have a bellwether of sorts when it comes to political trends — thanks to California’s infamous ballot initiatives.

  • Do people really ‘infest’?

    There are many degrees of expression. Often, when we refer to opinions, the descriptions of others undergo much fine-tuning.

    For example, if we have a strong opinion on a topic like religion or politics, we might say, about ourselves, “I am firm.” But, applied to whoever we’re arguing with, we might say, “You are stubborn,” and to someone we don’t like, the description might be, “He is an obstinate fool,” and finally, to a sworn enemy, someone could even say, “He’s a pig-headed bigot.”

  • Achieving the quest of financial security

    By Rick Kraft

    In the lives we live we all basically want the same things: happiness, health, and financial security. But with these as targets, many of us miss the mark.

    There is often a large gap between what we want and what we are willing to do to accomplish what we want. What is in our heads does not always play out in our actions. And it does no good to think, think, and think without taking action.

  • Strengthen New Mexico — focus on families

    In recent decades, the structure of the New Mexican family has changed significantly.

  • Human rights and principled Americans

    DENVER, Colo. — Every now and then, I serve as chauffer for my good friend and former wife, Junko. She hates to drive but, from time to time, needs to take a road trip for one reason or another, and since I enjoy road trips and live nearby, I do the driving.

    Last week she needed to go to the Japanese Consulate in Denver to renew her passport, so I drove her up from New Mexico. It took her only a few minutes to take care of business, leaving us with a day to kill in the heart of the city.

  • A dose of teardrop therapy

    I needed to reach for my box of Kleenex before starting this column. I promise this effort will not be the “‘bawl-o-rama’ of the ages,” but since I’m in a bit of a funk anyway, well, what better way to vent than to put things in writing?

    Many years ago, cousin Chris, who is about my age, chummed around with me when I visited in Santa Fe. Soon, an uncle drove up, and I ran to greet him. But before I got to the car, his terrier leaped up from the back seat and took a chunk out of my chest, right at the nipple.

  • True and Truth for New Mexico

    There are two messages people outside of New Mexico hear about our state; a state I now consider my home and one I love: True and Truth.

    The New Mexico True tourism campaign does an exceptional job highlighting New Mexico’s culture and beauty.

    We are blessed to live in a place that is incredibly scenic and attractive to tourists and other visitors who happily spend time and money here then return home to tell their friends of their wonderful New Mexico Adventures.

  • A father’s wisdom passed on to a son

    Sunday is Father’s Day. You would not be here today without your father. There is just something about fathers and the wisdom they hold.

    Several months back my daughter’s boyfriend, Wes, was out visiting and we were talking about parents’ impact on children. He reached into his wallet and pulled out a slip of paper that he has carried with him for almost 10 years. It was a handwritten note from his father.

  • What I learned from my father

    When I walked into Joseph Baca’s office at KFUN, I was struck by a piece of furniture standing quietly in the corner. It was a squat blond console that I later learned housed a turntable.

    On the front was the original RCA logo. I told Joseph he’d be reading about his record player because my father was the inventor of it! Well, maybe that’s not exactly right, but Daddy was surely instrumental!

  • Shalom —Salam —Peace

    Watching the bloodshed in Gaza unfold recently, like Bob Pearson (Optic May 27, 2018), I was appalled, especially as a member of the local Jewish community.

    Although I am not writing on behalf of the Las Vegas Jewish community, we had all shared the same sense of horror, despite how often we have seen violent conflict between Israel and the West Bank.