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Columns

  • Babbling Brooks - Plenty of room for two farmers markets

    This editorial was published by Capital News Service on June 2.

    Allegany and Garrett, Maryland’s two westernmost counties, tend to be lumped together as “Mountain Maryland,” their problems similar, their prospects equally muddled.

    But the two counties’ economic issues — and their approaches to solving them — differ starkly.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - With Father’s Day approaching: lessons I learned

    When I walked into Joseph Baca’s office at KFUN, I was struck by a piece of furniture standing quietly in the corner of the office. It was a squat blond console that I later learned housed a turntable.

    On the front was the original RCA logo. I told Joseph he’d be reading about his record player because my father was the inventor of it. Well, maybe that’s not exactly right, but Daddy was surely instrumental.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Looking for the good in New Mexico’s reputation

    It can get downright depressing when comparing New Mexico to other states, at least when it comes to economics, education, crime and other indicators of prosperity and progress.

    U.S. News and World Report ranks us 47th, 48th and 49th, respectively in those categories, which makes it difficult to take pride in this “land of entrapment,” as I’ve heard New Mexicans call it more than once.

  • 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.