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Columns

  • Another Perspective — Making healthier choices

    By Parisa Mortaji and Sérgio Gonzáles

  • Nuestra Historia: The parachute factory & other LV enterprises

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Not all Las Vegas history has been consumed in political intrigue and power struggles, though politics has often dominated the story and evolution of the twin cities along the Gallinas. The other consistent thread which runs through Las Vegas history is that no other place in New Mexico has tried harder to attract industry and economic development — nor failed more woefully.

  • Work of Art — Sweet mice for sale

    Anyone who tries to learn a new language soon comes across words that are cognates, by definition, words that stem from the same source, as the German “ist” and the English “is.”

  • Another Perspective - Fight for rights will succeed

    "Pro-Life and Pro-Choice are very much alike,” wrote Frank Splendoria in his Another Perspective in the July 8 Optic. It’s odd when the two groups are seen as polar opposites. But then I saw something new: Both groups care deeply about a woman in these circumstances. “Pregnant and Scared?” reads the Zoe Pregnancy Center sign on the corner of 8th and Friedman streets.

  • Another Perspective - Ribera school: The other side

    Although we weren’t asked, here is our story. In 1998 a group of citizens began the mission to resurrect the old Ribera school that was abandoned for many years. They worked with numerous governing entities to secure deeds, cure an encroachment with BLM (five years), become a nonprofit, begin seeking donations and having multiple fundraisers. In 2007, believing that as citizens of the state of New Mexico we were worthy, we requested capital outlay funds to serve these communities in northern New Mexico.

  • Nuestra Historia: Primo Lorenzo ended Romero reign in Old Town

    We now move to the west side as we continue on the rocky road to consolidation, having recounted the relatively stable growth of New Town through the early 20th century, and into the 1930s — at least until mayor Tom Truder’s stormy tenure during that decade.

  • Work of Art — On tipping waiters

    BRANSON, MO. —The only things we ordered at an Irish pub in Branson, Mo., last week were a couple of chicken Philly sandwiches, a Ruben and spaghetti. It began as no big deal. But it grew.

    Let me explain:

  • Another Perspective - A revolution of the spirit

    By Lora Lucero

    A global revolution is stirring. I’m not referring to the Occupy Movement, Tahrir Square in Cairo, Taksim Square in Istanbul, the 350.org climate actions or any of the other engaged and enraged protests. Although each is very important and connected, I’m talking about a revolution of the spirit.   

  • Nuestra Historia: New Town tranquil until Tom Truder

    We return to the rocky road to consolidation of East and West Las Vegas, which we began some weeks ago, but interrupted with a fiestas column and to remember Gov. David Cargo. The consolidation series was introduced with a photograph of East and West mayors Ben Lingnau and Chief Gonzales burying the hatchet at the bridge the night of Feb. 27, 1968, when voters on both sides of the Gallinas approved the public referendum merging the two towns.

  • Another Perspective - Free summer meals around the corner

    Children need access to healthy food all year long because good nutrition provides the sound foundation they need to learn, grow and thrive. As USDA’s under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, it pleases me to say that during the regular school year, America’s schoolchildren can depend on the science-based nutrition provided by National School Lunch Program meals and the healthy choices now available at school. But when school is out during the summer months, it’s another story. Many kids don’t have access to even one nutritious meal a day.