“Speak Up, Las Cruces!” Wednesday morning features the House District 35 candidate forum, a brief COVID-19 update, a discussion with Russell Allen on why theaters should be re-opened ASAP, and a talk with Christine Eber about how the pandemic has affected folks in Chiapas, Mexico – and the annual Weaving for Justice sale to benefit Mayan youth.
I’ve been writing this column in my head ever since election night in 2016. I decided that night to stay focused on local issues, and to not allow myself to get outraged every time the president says or does something outrageous. You can count on one hand the number of columns I’ve written since then about Donald Trump. But I also decided that when the time was right, just before the start of early voting, I would craft a column that was so persuasive it would convince undecided voters of the need to make a change. Early voting starts Tuesday, Oct. 6, but I’m not sure there are any undecided voters left.
Host MaryAnn Digman interviews John Kutinac, LPCC Experienced counselor and therapist in Las Cruces. John explains how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting his practice and many of his patients. John sees people both via Zoom, Facetime, on the phone as well as in person. Those in person patients wear masks and all are socially distanced.
John reviewes how increased stress is affecting his patients especially parents and educators who are also parents. The multiple competing priorities can be problematic. John also mentions that some people with anxiety or social disorders are comforted by not needing to interact with others, and that patients who have compulsively washed their hands are feeling affirmed. John's overall recommendations are to pay attention to our mental health, as well as our attentiveness to avoid COVID-19, and that exercise, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and using self soothing methods are even more important.
Host Randy Harris and Orthodox priest Father Gabriel Rochelle discuss Biblical Apocalyptic Writings - Then and Now - Faith and Politics. Fr. Rochelle, Pastor of St. Anthony of the Desert Orthodox Christian Mission provides us with a thought-provoking conversation exploring the history and interpretations of Biblical "Apocalyptic" writings - and how apocalyptic notions are manifesting in contemporary faith communities and political systems.
Host Xolani Kacela's guest is Carl McColman who discusses his work as a contemplative and Christian mystic. The conversation centers on his book Unteachable Lessons, his work in spiritual direction, and the experience of mysticism. You can reach Carl McColman at email@example.com. His website is carlmccolman.com.
Next week's guest will be Sharon Finney, editor and author of Encounters with God, an anthology of devotional essays by ten African American women. You can reach Sharon Finney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website is https://sharonfinney.com/
NMSU English professor and former assistant basketball coach Rus Bradburd chatted with Lynn Moorer about his memoir, Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops, which recounts his quest for an easy job in the Republic of Ireland coaching basketball while learning traditional Irish fiddle tunes and finishing a short story series. Coaching the Tralee Tigers, headquartered in a small town in southwestern Ireland, turned out to be an unexpected coaching challenge, not least because the Tigers didn’t have their own gym to train or play in, basketball had to compete with many more popular sports in Ireland, and his Irish players had other jobs while playing only for the love of the game and practicing only five hours a week. Instead of writing short stories, he found himself embracing his unique coaching challenge and creating an entertaining and, at times, riveting journal about his vivid experiences.
Lisa Lucca and attorney Melissa Johnson talk about the life and work of the incomparable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her positive impact on gender equality, her legacy as a Supreme Court Justice, and the progressive family life she modeled with her beloved Marty for 56 years.
In this edition of Speak Up Las Cruces hosts Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel talk with Nathan Small and Brandi Polanco, who are vying for New Mexico House District 36 seat, and in the second hour to Joanne Ferrary and Isabella Solis, the House District 37 candidates, but unfortunately candidate Solis had a last minute conflict and could not participate in the discussion.
You probably haven’t had the time or inclination to look into the fine print on all of those negative political ads we’re being bombarded with, so I’ve done it for you. Political ads often include sources, usually a newspaper story or official document, to add a sense of authenticity to their claims. I never paid much attention until a few years ago when I noticed that one of the stories I had written was cited as the source for a claim that I knew was untrue.
Almost all of the negative ads involve money. They play into the perception that all politicians are in it to line their own pockets. And they add to the cynicism and distrust people have in not just politics, but the entire governing process. But they must be effective because we see them every election.
Host MaryAnn Digman interviews dentist Dr. Jake Wolf and Dental Hygienist Ms. Dianna Diaz-South from Organ Mountain Dental and reviews the significant changes that COVID 19 has caused for the dental profession. They discuss changes made to their office processes and how patients will find dental care for the foreseeable future. Dr. Wolf and Ms. Diaz also discuss what dental issues they have been seeing in patients returning for routine dental care, and offer their recommendations for good dental health.
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