The consequence of hotter and drier weather is that snow evaporates before it melts. Less snow melting to water, because it evaporates to air, means less river flow and less aquifer recharge, which is everything we depend upon.

Principles of bienvenidos and mi casa es su casa have fostered a spirit of tolerance and acceptance of the outsider unlike almost any other place in America.

In my first column, I introduced the notion that a severe housing shortage is plaguing Santa Fe. Hardly breaking news. Yet with a housing ownership rate roughly in line with a national average of 65 percent, the majority of Santa Feans are untouched by the shortage.