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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 22, 2018

    THUMBS UP: THE DOCTOR IS IN

    We’re happy Tracy Wilkerson, D.O., has decided to see patients in Las Vegas. The growth of our medical community, both in terms of specialists and internal medicine / general practice doctors and nurse practitioners, at San Miguel or Mora facilities, is a big key to population growth.

  • 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.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

  • What would Dad do?

    Lots of us have heard the song “The Living Years,” by Mike & The Mechanics, at least a few times.

    Many of us knew our fathers’ expectations of us ­­— and have on our consciences, in one direction or another, how well we measured up to those expectations.

    This is far more important to some folks than others; it makes sense that those of us closest to our parents would not only know their expectations, but also make a regular practice of letting others know they plan to honor such legacies.

  • 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!