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  • Thinking Makes It So: Eating humble pie with a side of dirt

    I have quilted myself a biography of poet Joe Fazio (1929-2007), stitching together little URL-patches of minutia.According to one poetry site, he lived in Beverly Hills, Calif. According to another, he resided in Connecticut.He seems to have been very Republican – at least, someone named Joe Fazio declared in a published letter that anyone who ever voted for a pro-abortion candidate was going to Hell.He produced the movies “The Keeper” (2001) and “Firestorm Rising” (2001).

  • Health care in need of national reform

    As we were preparing to embark on an effort to reform our state’s health care system in this year’s legislative session, a newspaper cartoon caught my eye. Titled “The simplified health care program,” it showed two street vendors of the hotdog-stand variety. One of them offered “Fried Stuff” for $1.

  • Off and On: Don’t get scammed: What to watch for

    Going around the Internet now is a scam from someone claiming to be from the IRS saying that you have a refund and all you need to do is give some banking and debit information and its yours.Please, don’t believe it.If anyone contacts you by phone or e-mail and asks you for any personal information, run for the hills!And then call the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office. They report that they receive thousands of inquiries annually.

  • Aliens are cool after all

    As a service to our readers, I took a little time off to cover the Rose Bowl Parade, thus providing a first-hand account of the reception to the New Mexico float.Note I was the only New Mexico columnist to make this sacrifice. Please, a little applause here.OK, it wasn’t like going off to Iraq in a flak jacket, but surviving Los Angeles traffic where a million other folks want to do the same thing you want to do is no trivial accomplishment.Your humble correspondent wasn’t the only New Mexican there to gaze upon our float.

  • Thinking Makes It So: And here's to you, Joe Fazio

    Thank you for your comments! Last week’s “Thinking Makes It So” discussed the sparkling miasma of mystery surrounding one Joe Fazio, who remains at the top of Poemhunter.com’s “Top 500 Poets,” well above Dylan Thomas, John Keats, William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost, and a full 46 poets ahead of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the elegant sonneteer.One nonplussed reader, whom I’ll refer to as Anthony, said he found it peculiar that Fazio’s name only tops the “complete list” of the Top 500.

  • Off and on: Richardson still doing his job

    It seems the campaign for president did not keep Gov.

  • Off and On: Some humor to start the year off right

    Always like to start the new year with a smile. Hope these items from newspapers around the nation – not ours thankfully – will do the trick.

    • Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

    • Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

    • Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted

    • Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case

    • Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents

  • Thinking Makes It So: The poetry 500 and the poet hunter

    On Poemhunter.com, a resource I frequently use to find specific poems, Pablo Neruda ranks above William Shakespeare.

  • Thinking Makes It So: One more holiday letter to write

    Every New Year’s Eve, I write a letter to myself. “Dear Kelly,” I begin. Then I try to think of something that one year in the future, will be meaningful. I describe my life as I see it. Am I kind? Do I make good decisions? I aim for objectivity, almost to the point of harshness: Do I waste my days? Will anyone be happy to see me die?I write goals: Do a nice triple pirouette or publish a poem, maybe, although I hope I didn’t propose those last year.

  • Guest Opinion: Tax credits needed to improve schools

    The failures of public education both here in New Mexico and in the United States as a whole are well-documented.