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The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus placed the idea of change at the center of his worldview, arguing according to Plato, that “you could not step twice into the same river,” because different waters flow, while the person remains the same.
The question resurfaces in view of the Special Legislative Session that began at noon today. But is it rather the person who changes?
Perhaps it is better said that constant flow is the enduring nature of rivers, which remain the same despite the fluctuations.
Is Gov. Bill Richardson the same person who warned that he would call a special session, after the regular session ended Feb. 4, to attend to the unfinished business of universal health care in New Mexico?
At that time, he was still a contender for the Democratic nomination for President. Who knew how far he would go, especially considering that he had the best resume of all the candidates of either party?
He had good reason to establish his commitment to reforming health care, not only in the state, but also for the country as a whole.
It is immaterial that he did not yet have a beard.
But did he become a different person after he withdrew from the race, understandably withdrawn from the public as well, licking his wounds.
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