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Columns

  • There is a right way to apologize

    The classic 1970s movie “Love Story” featured a popular line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” This concept may have worked for the big screen, but it is totally wrong and does not work in real life. To use “love” as an excuse not to apologize would ultimately result in the breakdown of a relationship or a falling out of “love.”

  • All in (almost) for some media bashing

    Let’s bash the media today.

    Yes, yes, I know. I’m part of this despicable crowd, though I am but a simple, small-town inky wretch. But after a career in newspapering, and as a lifelong consumer of all things media, maybe I have a little insight on the issue.

  • More naive visitors’ impressions of New York

    We’re back from a week-plus trip to New York City, where Bonnie and I met the Danish part of our family, Stan and Lisbeth, and their two daughters.

    So much happened on this trip, our first venture into the Big Apple, I probably have enough copy for at least one more column. Next week, I plan to write about the languages we were exposed to.

     

    The natives

  • Our future could be dry indeed

    With this season’s lack of snow, many of us are concerned that a potential lack of water could adversely threaten our community and this region of New Mexico.

    That’s why we are pleased to welcome a panel of water experts who will share their expertise with us. The intention is not to revisit old water conflicts but to understand the challenges and complexities that face us now. We know that we could face a very dry future.

  • Three more bad ideas to reform higher education

    New Mexico’s higher education was, once again, on the minds of many of our elected officials during this year’s legislative session, and  lots of ideas to improve our state’s higher education have echoed around the statehouse.

    Some ideas had merit. Some did not.

    Here are three bad ideas I recently heard:

  • Making the next time the best ever

    By Rick Kraft

    The best time ever might be the next time. Maybe, just maybe, by giving it all that you have, the next time will be the best.

    On July 5, 1969, a band who called themselves “The Rolling Stones” broke through onto the music scene when they performed a free concert in Hyde Park, England. More than 200,000 attended the event.

  • After the session: Priorities moving forward

    After spending the past several years trying to dig ourselves out of a financial recession and slow economic growth, New Mexico has the potential for a bright future, but only if we have our priorities in order.

    On the one hand, the human spirit is dynamic, fluid and persistent and is led by our curiosity and an innate need to address issues that affect our lives and to help one another.

  • The consequences of Trump’s first year

    Well, we all survived the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.

    Even if you support him, you had to “survive” this first year too. You had to defend his misbehavior, which must have been difficult since a lot of it was indefensible.

    It’s no wonder that members of his own party have decided to ignore his childish antics and focus instead on getting him on the Republican agenda.

  • New York City: Where’s that?

    Almost half my age ago I played a minor role, as Vinnie, in a Neil Simon play, "The Odd Couple," with the Nat Gold and Mark Conkle as the leads. In the opening act, I announced our family was planning to vacation in Florida.

  • Democrats: Where are our 40 acres?

    I like to ponder, study, and read about history — whether it’s Biblical, family, community, state, national or world.