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Columns

  • Thinking Makes It So: Give thanks for endless sunflower seeds

    We have mashed our potatoes, glugged our gravy, watched the Dallas game and taken on the immeasurable burden of a third slice of pie, limiting ourselves to a miniature scoop of ice cream to make up for it.

  • Some healthy eating tips for holidays

    The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding people that healthy eating and physical activity play a key role in preventing diabetes and its complications.This message is particularly important during the holiday season where the temptations are stronger than at any other time of the year.The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for people trying to maintain or lose weight through healthy eating and physical activity.

  • Nation must remember veterans

    Today marks the recognition of Veterans Day. It was originally set aside as Armistice Day to recognize the end of World War I, but on June 1, 1954, the aname of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day as a tribute to all soldiers who have fought for or who are fighting for the United States.

    It is a time we should all remember those who struggled to preserve our freedoms.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Whose cookies these are I think I know

    Call the roller of big scarves and let the wenches dawdle in such sweaters. Take from the oven the peanut butter cookies and spread them so as to cover your face.This is no time for cold, cold ice cream, unless it’s melting on top of hot, hot apple pie.This is, however, a time to mess up beloved poetry, in this case cleverly inserting full-bodied, seasonal nouns in place of Wallace Stevens’ existential corpse-side metaphor.November means heavy down comforters, sudden desires for stew and darkening tennis dates.

  • There is help for our returning veterans

    Around Veterans Day, our thoughts turn to the men and women who are serving or have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to all veterans and those killed in the country’s wars.Whatever the war or conflict, Americans have always believed that America’s military veterans should return home to jobs and opportunity.

  • This professor deserves an award

    The New Mexico State Aggies are trailing 56-zip with five minutes to go and the stadium is as quiet as a church pew the day after Christmas. Except for one guy.That’s Mac on the 50-yard line, waving his arms and yelling. “Still plenty of time left, guys!” This is not a “glass is half full” kind of guy. This is a “glass is brimming with expensive French wine and they are still pouring” kind of guy.

  • Candidates release details of fundraising

    The Associated Press had an interesting little story last week on fundraising. It reported on details from the candidates’ fundraising reports.We have stated before that more and more our elections are for sale to the highest bidder and this report does not defuse that argument.It is a tragedy that it has come to this, but in a free society we see little that can be done.Anyway, here is some of the AP report.

  • Trinity Site realities and alternatives

    Is anyone promoting the proposed Trinity Site development willing to mention the two-ton elephant in the room? This elephant represents the situation at LANL, brought on by privatization incurring tens of millions in new gross receipts tax (GRT) obligations to New Mexico and unprecedented management fees being paid out of the LANL budget. Currently no one understands what the effects of the FY2008 federal budget will be on LANL.

  • Thinking Makes It So

    SANTA FE – I poked him.His puffy torso stuffed with hundreds of Styrofoam peanuts, I don’t think he felt it. He certainly didn’t turn and say, “Hey, weirdo, keep your fingers to yourself.”Of course, dancing at the Cowgirl on Halloween, it is hard to keep one’s body to oneself, whether packed with peanuts or not. Shoulders, backsides and other disguised parts bounce and sway inches away from each other, at most.

  • A bent spear demands clear answers

    The American public escaped unharmed from another transcendent feat of nuclear incompetence last month, when airmen at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota loaded a B-52 bomber with six cruise missiles armed with live nuclear weapons that flew the width of the country to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

    For 36 hours, the weapons were not reported missing. During that time, they were dubiously secured and definitely unbeknownst to a clueless crew who thought they were carrying a dummy batch of nukes.