I would like to say that I was here at the beginning, but technically I wasn’t. I’d also like to say I was here until the bitter end, but by the same excuse, I’m really not.

Amendment 1. Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The crisp morning air beckoned and I took up the invitation to pull on my hiking boots for a two-mile hike in the beautiful Cibola National Forest after our most recent rain.

During the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, television commentator Chris Matthews reminded us that photos of this shooting were going around the world, and he wondered aloud what people in other countries were thinking about this.

Nobody has ever done this before. No one knew about it. Who knows. We’ll see what happens. Everyone knows that.

It seems that our politicians can’t do anything right in our eyes, and that brush tars Republicans and Democrats equally, both in Washington and in our states and communities.

Question: If you had four glasses of liquid in front of you and one glass was filled with highly toxic liquid, one with moderately toxic liquid, one with least toxic liquid and one filled with non-toxic liquid, which one would you drink? I think that is an easy question.

The best thing that came out of the National Rifle Association conference this spring was the commitment by the organization and its members pledging to uphold the Constitution.

Employing tactics without a strategy is like hiking into the wilderness without a map, provisions or a plan.

One of the biggest failings of the new Environmental Protection Agency in the current administration under administrator Scott Pruitt has been the refusal to ban the deadly pesticide, chlorpyrifos.

Because the policy changes that help spark cultural shifts tend to happen incrementally, we cannot, as a state, afford to waste so much as a day in confronting our challenges head-on.

The NCAA basketball tournament last month once again proved that, starting with one of the very first games played when my — and nearly everyone else’s — bracket went wrong. And even though the ultimate winner was one I had selected, my bracket was littered with mistaken choices.

With all the attention we give to our presidents, it strikes me that we Americans might actually have a monarchy complex, a kind of longing for a simpler time when we were governed by old King George with all the pomp and circumstance of royalty.

“Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” asked Henry II in a.d. 1170 to anyone within earshot. Not long after, Thomas a Becket, the meddlesome priest, was stabbed to death on the altar of the Canterbury Cathedral. There are precedents, you see, for national leaders to dispatch those w…

Married women are ubiquitous in our society, representing 60 million of the married people in our country. Most of these women are educated to at least the high school level and many go way beyond it.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the scientific principle of Occam’s Razor, the law of parsimony, in which it is said the explanation offering the fewest assumptions for an event or outcome is usually the right one.

Every columnist should have some responsibility for offering a president advice when it seems to be needed, and we may be at that point now.

There are plenty of reasons for not arming teachers, not the least of which is that most of them don’t want to be armed and most of those feel they don’t have the emotional or psychological make-up to fire a deadly weapon at a human being, especially around the young children in their care.

Some of my European friends are amazed that our President could even suggest that our teachers should be locked and loaded in the classroom. What’s next they say, churches with ministers carrying concealed while they preach non-violence? I tried to explain to one particular friend that Ameri…

The idea of serving one's country is not a new one. Most people associate that noble endeavor with military service, but there are many ways to give back to the USA. Most of us in the 'baby boom' generation remember the 'Peace Corps' whose mission includes giving technical assistance to peop…

Trapping, while legal in many parts of the country, is a vulgar activity. The traps cause unbelievable suffering, including ripped flesh, broken bones, crushed pelvises, swelling and blood loss. The most insidious traps are the steel-jawed leghold traps.

Americans, we're doing this immigration thing (especially the southern border wall) all wrong! We've abdicated our position as the world's greatest marketers and surrendered to the politicians, who as we all know, are the world's worst marketers. The Donald Trump Administration has so far fa…

On Jan. 30, America was treated to “Teleprompter Trump” instead of “Twitter Trump,” and many of us breathed a huge sigh of relief. It was a pleasure to see the president cool, calm and collected, and hear him speak in almost Mr. Rogers-like hushed tones, which stood in contrast to his inaugu…


There’s an old proverb: “No cuentes los pollos antes de nacer.” One shouldn’t count their chickens before they’re hatched, meaning that it’s foolish to assume that every egg laid is going to result in a healthy chicken that you can sell at market.


Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do or weren’t? It stings, no matter your age or position or the number of times you’ve been exonerated. False accusations seem to be the new normal for America and they are everywhere.


How do you avoid getting bitten or stung by nature’s inhabitants? Here are some scenarios I went through and you will be able to see what not to do.

Editor's note: Since the writing of this column, the weather service is now predicting a winter "blast" that may bring an inch or two more snow to the mountains over the weekend.

There is probably nothing more futile than new year’s resolutions, except editorials complaining about people’s driving habits.

Admittedly, that is a very provocative headline, but before you reach for the phone to call the ACLU or the Southern Poverty Law Center, hear me out. They have two main things in common: their strategy of using the ‘Pincer Movement’ to attack an enemy, in this case the Republicans, and the s…

I’m tired of making new year’s resolutions for myself and then not keeping them, so this year will be different. I am making resolutions for the people around me, both nearby and far away. They are in no special order of importance.

Several years ago the Directorate in which I was working underwent a month-long review by the Army Audit Agency whose team was given office and conference space in our premises.

Given the voracious appetite of the mainstream media, there should be a bill of fare to replace the traditional turkey or ham at their holiday office parties. I would suggest a heaping portion of steaming hot crow.

I’m never at a loss for words when it comes to talking about Christmas (though many wish I were). It’s just impossible not to get a little excited about the Christ child’s birthday, especially if your memory is still intact. Most of us do have many special moments stored away that are rekind…

With the coming of a New Year coinciding with the finalization of the Republican Tax Bill, our family gathered together to discuss the future of our business firm.

On Dec. 1, the Whitehead family, including John, a single parent, and two of his three children, Anna and Marcus, lost their home of over 20 years in Tijeras and all of its contents to a fire.

Some people send out yearly Christmas letters along with their cards. I used to, as well, until I reviewed a few of my older ones one evening. They all sounded boastful. You’ve probably received a few of these yourself.

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