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Today's Opinions

  • Let there be light

    I was 10 when I'd go to Marquez Grocery on Grand, a short distance from my house to buy a treat to enjoy on the way to Immaculate Conception School.

    In the store, I saw a scruffy kid around 7, who asked the grocer, Orlando Marquez, for "a bag of George Gershwins."

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

  • A trade war will hurt San Miguel County

    In any kind of all-out military war, the U.S. can probably beat anyone on earth. In a trade war, however, the U.S. doesn’t hold such a strong advantage.

    San Miguel and Mora counties, and New Mexico in general, will be long-term losers if the apparently forming trade war with China and other nations continues to materialize.

  • Consider poverty from multiple points of view

    Some insisted during the recent Tri-County Poverty Summit, spearheaded by San Miguel County Commissioner Rock Ulibarri, that the problem is structural.

    If true, how is the structure defined?

    The other logical question, of course, is who imagined and saw to its being built?

    If one can’t honestly define the structural problem, how can one clearly take the necessary action to address or fix the problem?

    One significant point was made that emphasized perspective.

  • Oh, the joys of aging!

    Recently, Vicki Howell asked me, “How do you like being retired here in Las Vegas?”  I explained to her that I dislike both the word and the concept. “Retired” sounds like I’m tired, over and over again. I’m not doing anything again. I’ve never been retired.

    Although I’m not working full-time anymore, I am teaching at Luna, writing a column for The Optic, and singing with Contrafact Jazz Band.

  • Adjust your sails to add value to others

    No one has ever attained greatness in a job they hate.

    There, I said it.

    Let me take this a step further. No one has ever been good at parenting who has hated being a parent. So much of what we do in this world is controlled by our core attitudes and beliefs. From our core comes our actions.

    This concept on greatness is quite simple. If you don’t have your heart into what you do, you will not excel at what you are doing.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, April 8, 2018

    Keep fixes going
    I wish to acknowledge the road work by San Miguel County affecting the residents of El Cerrito this past month. El Cerrito is located south of Bernal via San Miguel County Road B28A.

    Exiting the village one travels toward N.M. State Road 3, from where you can join I-40 to the south or Villanueva to the north, the location of the village places it adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest (toward Bernal) and the Villanueva State Park (towards State Road 3).

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 8, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 8, 2018.