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Columns

  • Straight from the City: ‘Waste not’

    Sludge. It’s really not a glamorous topic. But on the other hand, any farmer can tell you it’s the earthy things that are the most fertile.

    The city’s wastewater department is doing good things with sludge.

    Used to be, the sludge by-product of our wastewater treatment system was wet, and heavy, and city employees were hauling it out to the airport by semi truck to dump it, 12 to 20 times a week.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Thankful for what’s still standing

    I may be an inky wretch by day, but more than that I’m a family man. My greatest role model, my father, was a family man; my mother a dedicated homemaker. And while they are gone from this earth now, I remember them as the best parents anyone could ever hope for.

    Still with me are my five brothers, all with families of their own, an ex-wife and two daughters, and a passel of cousins and others in our extended family. Every year about this time, we all get together at a retreat center in the Ozark Mountains, in my native state of Arkansas.

  • Work of Art: Grateful for avoiding pedestrian

    I came close to creating another obituary for the Optic as I drove downtown on Hot Springs Boulevard Thursday night.

    I proofread all the obits after La Gente Editor Mercy López places them on the page. Thus, it’s safe to say we have a long-time vested interest in what appears on the Optic’s page three.

    On Hot Springs, as one approaches the Behavioral Health Institute, the speed limit drops from 45 to 35. I slowed down and soon noticed a woman close to the middle of the street.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Over the moon

    By Beth Urech

    One year ago, my first Beth Speaks for Herself column was published in The Las Vegas Optic. I was over the moon. By the way, did you see the Supermoon (officially the perigee-syzgy)? I watched it rising at the Highlands Observatory with my husband Mark, Joe McCaffrey, Ryan Rudolph, Elena Adali Jimenez, Henry R. Sanchez and other ardent moon gazers.

  • Another Perspective: A Republican, and proud of it

    By Susan Tsyitee

    I have a rather impressive (sounding) place in local journalism. I am on the Editorial Board of the Optic. For the record, those of us on the board have a voice but not a vote, meaning we do not make editorial decisions as a group. This diverse group discusses anything and everything. We almost always walk away having agreed on something, in whole or in part and disagreed on others, but I have always left thinking I have been honestly heard, a privilege for which I am exceedingly grateful.

  • Just a Thought: A new world begins at Plymouth Rock

    By Rick Kraft

    It was almost 400 years ago on Nov. 19, 1620, when a group from England called Pilgrims, after a long journey across the Atlantic Ocean, first sighted land in what was later to become Cape Cod, Mass. They were traveling on a ship called the Mayflower. The ship’s captain, Christopher Jones, had been sailing west right off the map for over two months after leaving Plymouth, England on Sept. 16.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - It’s up to all of us to determine NM’s future

    What we do next may very well determine the fate of our state.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Kids’ lessons learned from Trump’s rise to power

    Let’s talk about the kids in the aftermath of this presidential election.

    Little pictures have big ears, and a lot of children, according to a range of reports from all over the nation, have been frightened by Donald Trump. In Albuquerque, there are reports of kids — a lot of them children of color — coming to school afraid their parents are going to be deported. Their fears, borne out of the Trump’s aggressive rhetoric, have school officials urging parents to talk with them about it.

  • Work of Art: Little ones also matter

    In just a short week, I’ve noticed many people — including myself — “zoned out,” clearly distracted, grumpy and not very conversational. For what reason? For one thing, Hillary lost the election, preventing the United States from inaugurating its first woman president.

    The flip side of that statement is that Donald Trump won. That brings up the questions — I won’t attempt answers here — as to how and why it happened.

  • Another Perspective: Highlands remains affordable

    By Sam Minner

    The College Board recently released its list of most affordable institutions by region. Once again, Highlands University is the most affordable four-year university in New Mexico and the third most affordable four-year institution in the entire Southwest.