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  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas — the Sisters of Loretto

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    An organized system of formal education in New Mexico was non-existent until the late 1800s. In fact, Gov. Albino Pérez was more than just rebuffed when he proposed a tax levy in 1837 to help fund a system of public education — he was beheaded.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 15, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, on Robin Williams (Aug. 12):

  • Work of Art: The rule of threes

    Going through my Facebook pages — a routine I follow almost every night — I came across the news that Robin Williams, 63, that comic genius has died; he committed suicide through asphyxiation, the early reports say.

    By “came across the news,” I played down the expression. It’s not as if I simply stumbled across that bit of news: It’s all over Facebook, and on virtually every TV channel, and certainly on the next day’s front pages of newspapers.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Music ties cultures, regions together

    “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras

    Math, it’s been said, is the language of the universe. But when it comes to the human experience, music is the tie that binds.

  • Nuestra Historia - Temple Montefiore — the Taichert family

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    By the late 1800s the Jewish presence in Las Vegas was robust and thriving, with the largest population of German Jews in all New Mexico. Most had become successful merchants and had been joined by extended family members emigrating from their old home lands in western Europe.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 8, 2014

    The Associated Press

    The Brattleboro, (Vt.) Reformer on restoring trust (Aug. 1):
    The U.S. government has a long way to go to restore trust following the revelation of massive spying on Americans citizens by the National Security Agency. However, an important step in the right direction was made Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation that he says would end the government’s dragnet collection of phone records and require greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities.

  • Work of Art: Tattoos don’t just wash off

    On visits to the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, I easily get my fill of tattoo art. Some patrons enter with a mish-mash of strange, multi-colored drawings on their arms, legs and backs. And as for the men, well they have even more to show off.

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Behavioral health issue may impact governor’s race

    If there’s an issue out there that could slow Gov. Susana Martinez’s cakewalk into a second term, it might just be the behavioral health issue.

  • Nuestra Historia - Charles Ilfeld built business empire

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The most well known of the early Jewish settlers of Las Vegas was Charles Ilfeld, who came here in 1867, when he was only 20. He had arrived in Santa Fe two years earlier, emigrating from Homburg vor der Hohe, a town in Germany near Frankfurt, then part of the Prussian Empire. According to Ilfeld family history, Charles arrived in Santa Fe with only $5 in his pocket.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 1, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times on the hysteria surrounding immigration (July 25, 2014):

    Put those fears of catching ebola from immigrant children to rest.
    Health professionals at the ninth annual Border Health Conference are sending the clear signal that the thousands of children flooding the border from Central America won’t infect us all with exotic diseases. That’s in direct conflict with health-scare hysterics perpetrated by political opportunism and bad journalism.