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Columns

  • Work of Art: What exactly is a ‘jefito’?

    By Art Trujillo

    Well, I wish I’d had the pleasure. In Thursday’s Journal, I read a detailed obituary for Ruben Cobos, the author of “A Dictionary of New Mexico and Southern Colorado Spanish.”


    For years, we’ve had a copy of the latest revised edition in our house and at work. Cobos, who died last week at age 99, provided quite a service, especially helpful to people like me, who grew up with Spanglish and who as a youngster, just knew that we often speak a different slanguage.

  • Candidates should consider...

    Last week, potential school board members got some tips on what it’s like to serve on a board of education. The training was offered by a relatively new local group, the Community Committee for Better Schools.


    This group deserves credit for taking positive action to make sure we get good folks on our school boards. The elections are in February.
    Some people run because they’re hoping to take someone else off a board. That’s not a good reason for serving the community. One should have a genuine desire to improve our schools.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Tender mercis

    No, mercy, above, is not misspelled. Let me explain. I often “suffer” from language interference, and I love it. Having an extra language or two to rely on makes life more interesting.


    We often use the phrase, “It’s Greek to me,” but that’s not my complaint. It can be Greek, Latin or one of its kin, Spanish, French, or English. It’s all my cup of tea, to use a well-worn cliché.

  • I didn’t say ‘junk’

    By Art Trujillo

    Did John Pistole have the timing down just right? As head of the Transportation Security Administration, he waited . . . and waited for the start of the busiest travel time of the year to surprise air travelers with three options: submit to a full-body screening, agree to an “enhanced” body pat-down or stay home.

  • A solution for Ward 4

    City Councilman David Romero has been sidelined since August because of a stroke, so Ward 4 has been unrepresented since then.

    Sure, the mayor and other council members have chipped in, but the southwest Las Vegas ward hasn’t had its own council member.


    Of course, everyone involved wants to show compassion for Romero, an auto repair shop owner elected in March. Yet there is a need for Ward 4 to be represented.

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  • Don’t be blind in supporting our troops

    Civilians often don’t realize that each ribbon worn on the uniform of military men and women means something.


    I wore the Marine Corps Combat Action ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with frame, Vietnamese Campaign Medal with give stars, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (five awards), National Defense Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

  • Humor is therapeutic

    Ever have a day when anything you attempt to help brighten things falls flat? That’s the story of my life.

    Here’s how:

    I often try to reach people through humor. I don’t mean that I see life as an interminable joke-fest but merely that I believe in the therapeutic qualities of laughter. And if that’s true, my students of more than 40 years ago have to be healthy. There are limits, and on occasion I’ve needed to make sure the person with whom I attempted the humor is comfortable. It’s also a joy, not to mention flattering, when the recipient of my humor pays me back in kind.

  • As It Is: Pitfalls of social networking

    I belong to Facebook, as do many others in Las Vegas. Social networking has transformed how we relate to one another.
    But sometimes sites such as Facebook and MySpace can get us in trouble. That became apparent for a young woman who testified in Magistrate Court last week.


    The case involved Brenda Parks, 41, who was accused of attacking a 17-year-old at a party. Parks’ husband, Ray Parks, 43, Robertson High School’s girls soccer coach, also allegedly took part in the dust-up.

  • Keeping It Simple: Renovation projects

    The Grand Avenue renovation project seems to be coming along nicely. The summer travelers had some maneuvering to do in order to find their destination and local residents are still having to find new routes to get around.


    Since the renovation involves Grand Avenue from Tilden to National Avenue, I am wondering how the abyss at the corner of Lincoln and Grand Avenue is going to be resolved.  This ugly hole in the ground has been with us far too long.