Mike Runnels

MIKE RUNNELSI always thought you had a good heart, Mike. Rest in peace. Sorry I missed the memorial service at the Capitol on Monday. But Deborah Baker did a fine job reporting on it. Even though not there, I remembered that you, like Toney Anaya, often were ahead of your time. Maybe not your most important accomplishment, but as a young reporter in the 1970s, I was impressed: You led the charge as a Santa Fe city councilman, as I recall, to change the color of the trash cans in front of the Palace of the Governors from whatever color they were to adobe brown. And, with good sense, you stopped short of draping them in red bandanas.

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