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Columns

  • Work of Art — Things we wouldn’t know . . .

    A columnist I admired in my early days in journalism was Hal Boyle, who wrote about 7,000 newspaper columns during a long career. He died in 1974 at the age of 64.

    Though he reported from the front lines during World War II, he didn’t limit his topics to war stories: Everything was fair game for the Associated Press writer, who often opened with, “Things a columnist wouldn’t know if he didn’t open his mail.”

  • Another Perspective — Native amphibians in trouble

    By Eric Martin

    Las Vegas Optic

    The USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative released a study this summer that states amphibian populations in the U.S. are declining at a rate of 3.7 percent  a year from the habitats they currently occupy. According to amphibianark.org, 165 is the “estimated number of amphibian species believed to have already gone extinct” and 500 is “the estimated number of amphibian species whose threats cannot be mitigated quickly enough to stave off extinction.”

  • Nuestra Historia: New Town’s first Hispanic mayor also its last

    A week after the merger of East and West Las Vegas was approved at a special consolidation election, the two towns held their last regular elections as separate municipalities, and on March 5, 1968, East Las Vegas elected its first Hispanic mayor since the rail town was founded almost a century earlier.

  • Work of Art — A prof’s word was law

    At Highlands University in the ‘80s, a secretary I used to know circulated a sheet that contained clever descriptions of the college hierarchy.

    It started with the dean, who was “able to leap tall buildings at a single bound” and was “more powerful than a locomotive.”

    The department head could leap Quonset huts and sometimes win a tug-of-war with a switch engine.

    The full professor left scuff marks trying to leap over a chair. The lowly instructor would trip over his own shoes.

  • Dulcey Amargo - I’m a (charmed) 49er!

    All the recent and upcoming activity revolving about Highlands University’s  120th anniversary and homecoming has given me an opportunity to reflect on so much that has been part of my life associated with the university during the past 49 years. It’s almost hard to believe it’s been that long. Some of it feels like yesterday.

    Back in 1963, when our guidance counselor, Fr. Venard,  at Cathedral High School in Gallup, called me in to advise me regarding my college plans, I didn’t realize the odyssey I was embarking upon.

  • Nuestra Historia: Las Vegas is one: Voters approve merger 4-1

    The above headlines and photographs are from the Optic’s front page the day after voters in East and West Las Vegas approved consolidation by an overwhelming margin. Two years later, the long separated towns would become one combined municipality.

  • Work of Art — AP Stylebook OKs ‘hopefully’

    No, this is not a repeated column. It’s not a summer (or early fall) rerun; however, you might recall I’ve asked the question before and touched on the subject: When we suddenly become aware of word or combination of words, is its usage new, or did we just now become aware of it?

    During political seasons, we overdose on “convoluted,” usually in the context of “The provisions of Obamacare are too frigging convoluted.” They mean, I surmise, “confusing,” but the meaning of convoluted comes closer to intricate, repetitious.

  • Another Perspective — Affordable health care for all

    If you have ever felt healthcare was beyond your reach, now is your time.

    If it was too expensive or if you had a medical problem that prevented you from getting insurance, now is your time.

    If you lived in fear of losing all you have because of huge medical bills you couldn’t afford, now is your time.

    Because starting now, New Mexicans have the chance to sign up for health-care through the new Health Insurance Exchange.

    What does this mean for you?

  • Nuestra Historia: East & West named Consolidation Commission

    After the dust settled, following defeat of the Legislative proposal to require a referendum on the merger of East and West Las Vegas, the two municipalities did something that would result in a serious study of consolidation, and its eventual approval by the people.

  • Work of Art — ‘You’re a heretic’

    For years I’ve read about the old school marms, usually found in Dickensian novels, whose only way of passing on erudition is by ridicule.

    But it goes beyond what we read in Victorian novels; for some, it was a daily experience.

    Was I always a skeptic, or at least an inveterate questioner? In exasperation, Mom once announced to the family that the first word I ever spoke was “why?”