Chuck Wellborn

Just a few observations and pithy comments, from someone who’s been
around a long time, and thinks that means he has something useful to say

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The GOP Debate

The Republican Presidential candidates are complaining about the types of questions they received at the last debate and are threatening to set their own debate rules. To help out, here are some questions they might be looking...

Comcast is the AT&T of the 70s: Part II

My most recent post on Tuesday May 5 detailed how, during the three days starting April 28, I talked to a dozen or so Comcast employees by phone and in person trying to get internet and telephone...

Comcast is the AT&T of the 70s

In April, we moved out of our longtime residence to a condo at Park Plaza in downtown Albuquerque. Because the remodeling of our unit wasn’t to be done until late in April, we moved temporarily to a...

More Gambling, More Problem Gamblers

It’s hard to see why it makes any sense to approve the new Navajo gambling compact, especially when you consider that all the other gaming tribes are able to have the same agreement and all of them...

How Violent is Albuquerque?

In an opinion piece in the New York Times a few weeks back, the writer said he was glad to be leaving Albuquerque because it was a “land of violence” where the rate of violent crime was...
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The Destruction of a Parish: Now What?

PART I. THE TAKEOVER AND THE AFTERMATH A former Aquinas Newman Center parishioner wanted to know if other former ANC parishioners were interested in celebrating Mass together at the Norbertine Community’s Abbey on South Coors. Knowing the...

The Aquinas Newman Center and the Traditionalists

From what I saw and what others are saying, it was quite an operation at the Aquinas Newman Center this week when the former Dominican chapel, as it had evolved over 64 years, was re-made into a...

The End is Near

The final Masses under the Dominican Order at the Aquinas Newman Center were held last Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. At each Mass, Fathers Dan Davis and Rich Litzau, the only Dominicans still in residence...

Farewell To The Aquinas Newman Center As We Know It

Try as I might, I’m having a hard time developing enough Christian goodness to be forgiving or even nice about the forthcoming changes at Newman which include running off the Dominicans who staffed the parish for over...

A Catholic Spring

A Catholic Spring Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Is it silly to group these together? A bit, if only because one is not Arab. Overblown? Maybe. Frivolous? Sort of. Ridiculous? Not...

Taxes and Economic Development in NM

Things are not good in the New Mexico economy. The job situation is desperate and getting worse. Worse, ten years of reduced state tax revenues from tax cuts is limiting the state’s ability to respond in a...

The Proposed Navajo Gaming Pact

The three gaming casinos on the Navajo Reservation have created badly-needed jobs on the reservation. But a proposed gaming compact negotiated by the Governor’s office extending and expanding gaming on the Navajo reservation should not be approved...