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  • Editorial Roundup - April 25, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Houston Chronicle on the demographic changes occurring in Texas and the importance of improving education conditions for black and brown kids (April 18):
    Texas is changing: Improving education conditions for black and brown kids is key to a bright future

  • Work of Art: Was it payback time?

    On the wall of the office of long-time Highlands University department secretary Jean Greer was a framed photo that showed a lone goat atop a craggy mountain. The message beneath it was, “I’m so far behind, it looks like I’m w-a-y ahead.”

    That was years ago, when I worked there. I’m reminded of Amtrak and its penchant for tardiness. Why doesn’t the government-subsidized railway company simply adopt this slogan: “We’re always prompt, no matter how long it takes”?

  • Just a Thought - He is risen, He is not here

    By Rick Kraft

    He is alive! He is alive! He is alive! The first Easter morning must have been an exciting experience for those who had walked the journey with Jesus.

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas is born

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Even before 1835, farmers and ranchers from San Miguel had raised crops and grazed livestock on the lush meadows along the Rio Gallinas. And as related in our last column, Luis María Cabeza de Baca and his family had settled las vegas as early as 1820.

  • Work of Art: Lack toast . . . and tolerant

    On a trip last weekend to Missouri, my wife and I were among the last breakfast eaters on the Amtrak unit, their probably having run out of items on the menu. I chose toast with my omelet but received a (not-too-shabby) croissant instead.

  • Dulcey Amargo - Service with a smile

    It goes without saying that a good meal, served graciously, is worthy of a fair tip for the server, right?

    I, personally, keep that in mind each time I eat at a sit-down establishment.  There’s history behind my premise, as, in my high school years, I was a waitress at a number of eateries in my home town. Now, keep in mind, at that time, minimum wage was about 75 cents an hour. That meant that an eight-hour stint would garner one about $6.

  • Nuestra Historia - Luis María Cabeza de Baca claimed Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Sometime in 1820, Luis María Cabeza de Baca traveled from his home in Peña Blanca to Santa Fe, and then to San Miguel del Bado. Don Luis, as he was known, was apparently looking to expand the already large land holdings he owned in Peña Blanca, which is located in Sandoval County, west of La Bajada. In San Miguel he heard about lush and expansive pasture lands located along a river to the northeast, and he joined eight others from San Miguel in filing an application for a grant of those verdant vegas.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 11, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Free Press of Mankato on the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance decision (April 4):
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on aggregate campaign contributions for individual donors likely left many voters disheartened that once again their influence in representative democracy was further eroded.
    The ruling makes it easy to conclude that money talks in our constitutional democracy and the Supreme Court just gave wealthy donors a megaphone.
    We hope voters and non-voters see it differently.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 9, 2014
  • Work of Art: But you ordered taquitos

    For a man who’s younger than I and who doesn’t make a posh living through the manipulation of language, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz appears to have broad knowledge of terms we use in Spanish and English.

    He said that “some day” we’d get together, where he could brief me on terms his and my ancestors used in their prime.

    A while back, I’d written about the diminution of terms in Spanish, used by my parents, especially Mom.