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Columns

  • Work of Art: Grab a cup of covfefe; we’ve got ‘alot’ to cover

    During my years of teaching, I don’t believe I ever had students — even at the college level — who consistently spelled “a lot” as two words. To that I say, “’Alot’ of students can’t tell the difference.” I believe the bigger problem is simply using the wrong word. There are, after all, many synonyms for “a lot,” including “many” and “plenty.”

  • Just a Thought: Lessons from ‘Hamilton’

    By Rick Kraft

    What can we learn from the hottest Broadway production in years? Plenty.

    If you like thought-provoking theater, US history, or catchy contemporary music, when the “Hamilton” production comes close to you, go see it. Inspired after reading a biography on Alexander Hamilton, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda spent several years and did a brilliant job of writing the theater production of Hamilton’s life.

    There are several themes in Miranda’s production that warrant mentioning and discussing.

  • Babbling Brooks - Lessons learned by the military must be taught

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    As I watched some of our military veterans move toward the barrels used in last week’s VFW Post 1457 Memorial Day flag-burning ceremony, I noticed that several young children were among the 50 people in attendance. I wondered what they’d been taught about the American military, its history, war and casualties and the walking wounded.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 4, 2017

    The Santa Cruz Sentinel on Americans with Disabilities Act victims:

    California adopted reforms last year to curb predatory disability lawsuits, but, as evidenced by more state and federal proposals, the problem remains.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Session balances budget, but just barely

    Lawmakers returned to Santa Fe this week and balanced the budget — and I think I know what’s going to happen. They have met briefly and gone home, criticizing the governor for what little money is left in reserves but satisfied that at least higher education and other funding was restored for the coming fiscal year.

    That may seem like a waste of $50,000 (the reported cost per day of having a special session), but I can understand why the legislators recessed rather than adjourned last week.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - World-class saxophone player returns

    Richie Cole is coming to town.At 7 p.m.  Friday at The Palms Ballroom, located on the south side of our plaza, you’ll get to hear a world-class sax player.

    Hopefully, The Palms will have painted their faded sign.

    This is Cole’s fourth performance in Las Vegas, so if you have been living here forever, you’ve probably already heard this musician, who writes and arranges big band-like music for seven musicians including four horns.

  • Work of Art: OK — Maybe Facebook is addictive

    I confess various aspects of social media are addictive. I have been a user of Facebook for a few years; two sons correspond with me regularly, as do three daughters-in-law.

    One son won’t touch Facebook, and it took years to persuade my wife, Bonnie.

  • Straight from the City: City and county collaborate on many topics

    The city of Las Vegas and the County of San Miguel recently met in a two-day public symposium to strategize in a way that some participants said was a historic first.

    Arthur Padilla, the longest-serving County Commissioner in New Mexico, said he had never seen the city and county join hands like this to work towards solutions to our common problems.

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón agreed.

  • Just a Thought: What happens in the exchange zone?

    By Rick Kraft

    It is what happens in the exchange zone that counts. We hold the baton we run with for such a short period of time. We receive it from another, carry it for a while, and then hand off to the one who follows.

    In track and field competitions, there are team relay events whose goal is for a team of runners to cover the course as quickly as possible, carrying a baton from the starting line to the finish line. Because the race is a team event, how well you finish the race depends on the actions of others.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The twists and turns en route to special legislative session

    OK, settle down, everybody seems to be saying as this latest special session approaches in Santa Fe; the only way to accomplish anything is to sit down and talk. And so they did, late last week and into this week, in preparation for the gavel coming down, at noon on Wednesday (May 24), on yet another attempt to pass a state budget everyone can live with.