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Columns

  • Work of Art: Let’s go sling some mud

    Last week I wrote a column about my perception that children with greater financial means appeared to receive more leeway in elementary school. As a student of a private, Catholic school, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, I generally felt treated well and respected.

  • As It Is: How to get things done

    Las Vegas is a spirited town, and we certainly have our fair share of activists.


    Two local activists, Pat Leahan and Catherine Montaño, are good examples to show what to do and what not to do.


    Both women agree on most controversial local issues — oil and gas drilling, wind turbines, low-flying Air Force jets.


    But Leahan gets things done and Montaño doesn’t.

  • Putting Bond D to good use

    In addition to electing our next governor and other officials on Nov. 2, you will have the opportunity to vote on passage of various constitutional amendments and general obligation (GO) bonds that will have an important impact on our state as well.  


    If approved, Education Bond D will provide $155 million for capital improvements of higher education facilities across the state, including $12.1 million for New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College.  A list of all the projects may be found at www.educationinnewmexico.com.

  • Work of Art: I really wanted to join brigade

    One of many things I regret as a youngster was ever trying to become a member of Sister’s Brigade. My compunction has had  to do with telling tales. And as we know, some can tell ‘em, some can’t.


    Let me explain:

  • Not such a big tax cut

    In last week’s column, I reported that I enjoyed a sizable drop in my property taxes for my New Mexico Avenue house.


    And that’s true. But I wrote that this meant all west-side residents would get the same decrease. They won’t.


    As it turns out, most will enjoy a drop of 7.1 percent.


    I got a bigger tax cut because I sought the head-of-household exemption earlier this year, which cuts the home’s taxable value by $2,000.

  • Sparring on the East board

    Recently, we printed a story in which East school board member Patrick Romero questioned whether his colleague, Ramon “Swoops” Montao, is a resident of the school district. Montao contended he was.

    Not long after, the board met in a work session, and the two sparred over the issue. Unfortunately, the Optic was short people that day, and we couldn’t cover the meeting.

    But their arguments are already pretty well known.

  • Work of Art - Is Joe Six-Pack impressed?

    One of the things that make a reporter’s job difficult is the ever-popular “no comment,” uttered by politicians to reporters who make them squirm.

    Even back in the ‘50s, the TV producers of the popular sit-com “Dobie Gillis” were aware of the face-saving remark and had Maynard G. Krebs tutoring Gillis, played by Dwayne Hickman, in saying “no comment” before running for high school student council.

  • Community perspective - Casa de Cultura

    Casa de Cultura is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our goal is to create a cultural environment in Northern New Mexico with the main focus on youth development.

    When we realized that cultural erosion was a fact of life, Casa members proposed a strategy to re-establish a culturally centered community versus a consumer center community. This has become the centerpiece of the organization.

  • No one is immune

    Anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the last few weeks knows the unpleasant truth: Our national economy is headed south in a hurry.

    In our own lives, we have received the information in different forms. For many, it’s been the 401(k) quarterly statements. Others have received memos from their employers.

  • He said, she said

    Tensions seem to be building once again at City Hall. One of the latest issues is Chuck Griego, the interim deputy city clerk.

    Griego was appointed to this position earlier in the summer after the departure of City Clerk CherylAnn Yara. Before that, he had been an archivist in the city clerk’s office for years.