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For many who try to make loving kindness and compassion for others central in our lives, hearts are hurting now. Daily we’re assaulted by hatred, prejudice against others (especially minorities but women, too), constant lying, raw anger and gross … more
One aspect of this upcoming election that has not changed from previous elections is the need for the candidates and many voters to place the blame for this country’s problems, real or imagined, on someone else. Voters have always looked for a … more
For most of this year, the Taos council chamber has been an arena for pitched battles between competing visions of our town’s future. Indeed, the very heart, soul and spirit of Taos has seemed to be under persistent attack. Without an adopted … more
How long have you been here? It’s a question frequently asked in response to opinions offered by recent arrivals, those whose families have not made Taos their home for countless generations. At first, the question got me a bit miffed. It was … more
Registered voters in the hundreds of thousands, and according to some reports, possibly as many as a few million, are deliberating about whom to cast a ballot for in November. Neither major party, Democrat nor Republican, has a candidate for the … more
When I returned to the village of Peñasco in 2000, I met a man who gave me very good advice. He said “Stay out of bars, stay out of politics, stay out of other people’s bedrooms and always wave.” I have tried to live by that ever since. … more
Obamacare has brought medical care to millions of previously uninsured Americans. But we are not out of the woods yet. Some doctors are seeing fewer patients than ever because of insurance issues. Meanwhile, the have-nots in our society continue to … more
We are being violated. We, the indigenous — both Native Americans (who have no voice in town government) — and Mestizos. I cannot speak for all Natives. However, in speaking with friends and in-laws from the Pueblo, they too are also not … more
Piping 3,500 feet of La Acequia Madre Cañon de Llano San Juan Nepomuceno is the best option and the right thing to do. We must do this to improve reliability, efficiency, and health and safety conditions of our main source of water. Our acequia … more
La Acequia Madre de San Juan Nepomuceño Del Llano is a serene, beautiful stream that teems with trout and transports water from the Rio Santa Barbara near Peñasco to the bountiful farms and ranches of Llano de San Juan. Beyond agriculture, it … more
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