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According to a recent NASA study on the state of water in the western U.S., we are in a “drought apocalypse.” The West is undergoing rapid desertification due to human caused degradation of the land. Land loses its water holding capacity when … more
‘Maaruf, make sure I am always holding on to the stretcher!” “Why Judah?” “‘Cause if I am not, I am liable to be in some ditch somewhere.” The delirium increased with every step of the march. I had snuck away from the army … more
I am shocked and dismayed at the length people have stooped to in reaction to the President elect. The green neon signs displayed everywhere in the heart of our town are disgraceful, sexist, anti-God. Our children do not need to be exposed to this … more
When Barack Hussein Obama was running for president in 2008, I swore that if he won, I would dance with joy on the shingled roof of my house. Fortunately for my wife and the residents of Greenfield, Massachusetts, I was stricken with the flu on … more
Political events of the last few weeks, in Washington and across the country, have demonstrated — almost beyond the imagination — how quickly our freedoms, our rights, our protections, and our democracy can be lost. Basic democratic concepts we … more
The Taos News, in its Jan. 5 issue, reported on a proposal for Holy Cross Hospital (HCH) to change its status to a critical access hospital. Much of what was reported is true, but in some cases not the whole truth. For example, the report stated … more
It is important that everyone who reads anything I write does not misinterpret what I am trying to say. In receiving messages from some people within our community, I realize some individuals are unaware that it is a legal human right to reply to … more
On Dec. 16, 2016, my time as state director at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development came to an end. Little did I know when took this job in 2009 that there were great challenges facing New Mexico’s rural … more
Not many people remember Dona Cleofas Anaya — who she was and where she lived. In fact, Anaya was my maternal grandmother who lived in El Prado over a century ago at the end of Lake Road. Her family home, which originally belonged to her parents, … more
Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year. In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring. (In Taos it’s the fall). Suicide is the leading cause of death for ages 10-to-14 and the second-leading cause for ages 15-to-34. In … more
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