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Columns

  • Rounding up some notable municipal election results

    There were a lot of interesting outcomes in last week’s municipal elections, all over the state. I thought the one I covered up close and personally was exceptional, but it turns out there were plenty of others.

  • Not the way I remember

    It's not the way I remember it. No, it's FAR different from the noisy 900 block of Railroad, conjures memories, which I'll tell you about in a few graphs.

  • Find your destiny here in New Mexico

    As Aristotle is purported to have said, “Where your talents and the world’s needs meet, there you will find your destiny.”      

    This year three women who have found their destiny in New Mexico each received $1000 from the Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women, which annually awards scholarships to nontraditional female students studying at Highlands University.

  • Unhappy people produce unhappy people

    By Rick Kraft

    One crab in a bucket without a lid will climb up the side of the bucket and escape. If there are two or more crabs in the bucket, there is no need for a lid.

    You see, a single crab will see the opportunity of escape above and will climb upwards and succeed in reaching the top. You need to put a lid or cover on the top of the bucket to keep the single crab from getting out. If you have two or more crabs in the bucket, you need no lid. None of the crabs will be able to escape.

  • Symbols, statues, ‘taking a knee,’ and Oñate’s foot

    For the last 29 years of my teaching career, I taught social anthropology in an international school. Our students came from as many as 85 different nations; the ethnic mix of students.

    What I faced in each new class was unpredictable and often presented new challenges in communication. Along with my students, I constantly faced the task of finding mutual understanding among people from very diverse backgrounds, apparently randomly thrown together.

  • Thumbs: Our high-country lowdown on the news, March 9, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: LET THE BRACKETS BE
    One of the troubles with having a seeded state basketball tournament is that it leads to complaining from adults and kids alike about the process — especially if one seed makes the difference in a road trip spanning hundreds of miles.
    These complaints — whether voiced at games, to Optic staff or on social media, are often overheard by players and coaches.

  • Three months into newspaper ownership

    Three months ago, I bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator. I knew, or should have known, what I was getting into.

    It’s a different experience, owning the whole outfit. For about 10 years, I ran newspapers for a big corporate owner, so I already had a pretty good idea what it takes to run a paper. But being the bona-fide, local owner is a whole other experience, as the almighty buck is now permanently affixed to my desk, which I bought along with the paper.

  • We kind of like to help people

    “Gee, Dad, I wonder if maybe I could kind of like borrow the car tonight. Some of the guys are planning an all-night study session for finals.”

    That sounds and reads like a timid request for access to the wheels. It’s kind of like the request some pimple-faced teen might make.

  • The work done by EPA, NMED is essential

    By Rock G. Ulibarri

    New rollbacks of state and federal environmental regulations pose significant threats to New Mexicans’ public health and economy, including our clean water.

    These new risks come at a time when dollars and staff for the federal Environmental Protection Agency are falling and when the dollars for New Mexico’s Environment Department have been slashed.

  • Yes, the legislature’s retirement plan is unique

    I want to take a moment to clear up a few issues concerning New Mexico’s legislative retirement plan. Our retirement plan is unique because New Mexico is unique.

    We are a citizen legislature — the only one in the nation that does not pay members some kind of salary.

    New Mexico legislators spend days and weeks away from their families, loved ones and jobs during legislative sessions and during the interim.