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Columns

  • Just a Thought - May the winds be always at your back

    By Rick Kraft

  • Nuestra Historia - The extraordinary Romero Brothers

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    In the first years of his freighting business, Miguel Romero and his five sons, and other family members, made the long journeys on the Santa Fe Trail themselves, from Las Vegas to St. Louis, Missouri and the great Mississippi River. Within a short time, however, Don Miguel was able to hire and provide for the many teamsters who would drive his wagons and caravans along the Trail, a journey of two months, as described in our previous column.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 20, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times on homeless veterans (June 17):
    Fixing the problem of homeless veterans — actually of all homelessness — is much harder than it sounds. Even with sufficient resources, homelessness is problem that keeps coming back if we lose focus. And we have.
    Still, in recent weeks we’ve made plans for a new day with a new group of disillusioned, disaffected people — especially the veterans among them.

  • Work of Art: ‘That’s nicht German’

    We read often about the disappearances of languages. Bill Bryson, the author of “The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way,” estimates that currently, there are 2,700 languages; throughout history, many have died; perhaps there have been more language deaths than there are currently extant languages.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 16, 2014
  • Another Perspective: Time to reform primaries

    By J. Edward Hollington

    On June 3, 2014, voters went to the polls to cast their ballot for nominees for the General Election — if, that is, they were registered as a Democrat or Republican.

  • Nuestra Historia - Don Miguel arrived and a dynasty was born

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For almost seven decades beginning in the 1860s, one family would dominate the social, financial and political landscape of Las Vegas and San Miguel County. Their influence would be felt throughout New Mexico, and would not end until the late 1920s.

    The sons of this Las Vegas dynasty would represent territorial New Mexico in Congress, and help ensure that New Mexico was admitted to the Union.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 13, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Buffalo News on federal government initiatives to lessen college loan debt. (June 11):
    President Obama’s executive action Monday will ease the burden of college loan debt for potentially millions of Americans, and comes while Senate Democrats are working on other fixes for this growing problem.
    College student loan debt is a drag on the U.S. economy. More and more graduates are saddled with huge loans that leave them unable to buy homes, start families and contribute to the overall economy.

  • Work of Art: When Saturdays were fun

    In our youth, Saturdays were the greatest of days. For 26 cents, we could spend the entire day at the movies. Sixteen cents allowed us to enter the Serf Theater, and the extra dime would get us popcorn.

    Even though we had three thriving theaters in town, including the Coronado and the Kiva, most of the kids in my circle went to the Serf because the features usually were first-run and in English. There were cartoons, a newsreel and a double-feature.

  • Another Perspective: Fathers, men’s health and Social Security

    By Ray Vigil

    This year, we observe National Men’s Health Week from June 9 to 15. Each year we observe Men’s Health Week the week prior to Father’s Day, focusing on awareness, prevention, education and family.