• Palabras Pinturescas: For best results, keep all ingredients at room temp.

    Speaking of miracles, watch out, Art (my friend and fellow columnist) because you may be chased by the salad dressing police! The possibility of a Miracle Whip---ing is not out of the question I’d say.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Poor kids missing from gov’s agenda

    Perhaps the harshest and most valid criticism of Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State speech wasn’t so much for what she said as what she didn’t say. She made no mention of child poverty in New Mexico.

    It’s so relevant to this state’s future that it’s hard to fathom the omission — especially when it comes to law enforcement, one of the governor’s top priorities.

    Plus, her timing couldn’t have been worse.

  • Work of Art: Let them keep their licenses

    Here’s hoping my auto insurance provider doesn’t read this column, lest the Trujillo family graduate to a higher rate bracket.

    Let me explain:

    Unlike some whose names appear often in the Optic’s jail log, I have been issued only four traffic tickets in my long life.

    One was for rolling a stop sign on Mills, way back in 1955, when making my morning delivery of the Denver Post. My mom and I delivered that massive newspaper every morning to homes and a sprinkling of businesses

  • Just a thought: Will there be a day when I won’t give a darn?

    Recently at a wedding, my wife Tanya and I ran into an 80-plus year old man whom we hadn’t seen in several years. He was seated at a table. Standing up was a chore for him. Excited to see him, I stepped closer, leaned forward, and shook his hand. My wife stepped next to him to give him a hug. But a hug wasn’t good enough for him. He looked into her eyes and said, “Give me a kiss-on the lips!”

  • Another Perspective: Public safety is a priority this legislative session

    The fundamental duty of government — local, state or federal — is to protect the rights and freedoms of its citizens. To protect these rights, governments have an obligation to ensure our communities are safe for us to live, work and raise our families.

    Recently, we have heard report after report of violent crimes being committed by offenders who have turned the criminal justice system into a revolving carousel. As chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a practicing attorney, I am alarmed by a common theme connecting many recent tragedies.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Once robust, Watrous now a living ghost town

    I continue to be fascinated by the history of the big county I grew up in— Mora County, just north of San Miguel County.

    My birthplace and home was Valmora, the tuberculosis sanatorium just down the Mora river from the town of Watrous.

    Watrous was the hub of that area and the place where sweet Brother Bill and I caught the school bus for Vegas and high school. Our parents had many friends in Watrous and my doctor father had many patients there as well.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Being Politically Correct Isn't Easy

    It may not be wise, but let’s talk about political correctness.

    Actually, it’s politically smart to bring up PC these days. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and others have been openly critical of language that seeks to sanitize modern America, and a lot of Republican voters love them for it.

    Conservatives see PC all over the place these days, and they’re thrilled when someone takes it on.

  • A work of Art:Riding double hoss power

    He may not remember it, but to me the event is quite clear. Well maybe not that clear, perhaps a bit fuzzy, as clarity and fuzziness are what inspired this topic.

  • Another Perspective: The main thing

    For the past several years, as the holidays draw near and the legislative session looms just beyond them, I have written an article outlining the challenges facing New Mexico and trying to map out solutions to them. This year feels different.

  • Just a Thought - Being known as a drum major for justice

    Behind my desk at home is a print of a man standing in front of a desk with his arms crossed. I’ll come back to him. On the wall behind the man is a portrait of another man. The portrait of the man on the wall is Mahatma Gandhi, a major political and spiritual leader during India’s independence movement through nonviolent civil disobedience from 1916 to 1945.