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  • Editorial Roundup - Sept. 5, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Kearney Hub on lawmakers ignoring immigration realities (Aug. 29):
    The problem with U.S. immigration policy is that it makes legal entry into the country so expensive, time-consuming and risky that instead of entering through the front door, foreigners are sneaking in through the back door — illegally.

  • Work of Art: Is it OK to pray?

    Remember those non-stop grammar lessons in school in which we’d spend long hours pondering whether a particular word was a verb or a noun?

    Yes, Sister Grammatica Correcta would drill us on parts of speech; she would use every inch of chalkboard space to diagram sentences, and to be sure, give us enthusiastic students an opportunity to strut our stuff. What fun!

    We had a particularly loud end-of-class bell that I prayed would ring. In that school, Immaculate Conception, it was OK to pray — in fact, it was encouraged and often required.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Labor in the U.S.A

    Blue collar, white collar, it doesn’t matter. They’re both collars.

    I’m referring, of course, to the workplace, where so many of us are little more than dogs on a leash, going only as far as our masters will let us, digging holes in the yard to bury the bones they throw us.

    Of course, that’s a pretty dark perspective on labor in the U.S.A., but it’s the way a lot of people view their jobs. And while it’s unfortunate, it’s also understandable, given the state of working for a living nowadays.

  • Nuestra Historia - Why the Jesuits left Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    After thriving here for almost 15 years, the Jesuit College closed in 1888, and the Jesuits left Las Vegas and moved to Colorado. It is noteworthy, however, that instruction at the Jesuit College in El Distrito de las Escuelas was offered concurrently in both Spanish and English, making the Las Vegas Jesuits early precursors in establishing a bilingual curriculum.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 29, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, North Carolina, on public comment to proposed rules governing fracking (Aug. 25):
    After four hours of comments from 85 speakers, the crowd of more than 400 in Sanford for Friday’s public hearing on fracking might agree that the topic raises strong emotions on both sides.
    Policy makers could finish these meetings, say they’ve met their legal obligation to listen, then go ahead with the rules already formulated. But that’s hardly in the best interest of the state.

  • Scavenger hunt a fun experience

    Anyone who knows me well knows I’m far from a morning person. Getting up at 7 a.m. on a Sunday and out of the house would be out of the question normally. But Sunday, Jim Terr’s Las Vegas Treasure Hunt, not only got me up just after sunrise, but it got me out of the house before 8.

    My girlfriend, Shannon Trujillo, joined me on what I dubbed a good couple adventure. And adventure it was; we bonded as a couple, learned more about the history of Las Vegas, and just had a blast together.

  • Work of Art: Chris saved me big bucks

    A few years ago, I wrote a let-me-now-eat-crow column in which I explained having taken credit for a really trivial act. It seems that a local woman, attempting to buy gas at Allsup’s, asked my son, Diego, to hold her place in line at the pumps.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The earthships near Taos

    By Tom McDonald

    Let’s face it, we’ve really messed up the place.

    Sure, we take out the trash, but we really don’t get rid of it. We just hide it, and then pretend it’s really gone.

    But not everybody’s pretending. Some people actually pay attention to their mark upon the environment and work to leave a lighter footprint on the world in which they live.

    Some even build communities around such efforts. There’s one a few miles northwest of Taos — where the “earthships” are.

  • Another Perspective: Bad policy for San Miguel County

    By Sovereign Hage

  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas - the Jesuits

    By Jesus L. Lopez