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Columns

  • Hispanics had varying roles in World War II

    By Maurilio Vigil

    Hispanics, as a group, were widely represented among the American soldiers, sailors and women in the armed forces during World War II. Unlike African-Americans and others, Hispanics were fully integrated into all branches of the military and thus were active in most campaigns and battles in the various theatres of the war.

  • Think of Palestinians as fellow human beings

    By Alan Wicks

    Many Optic readers will be familiar with the picture of a young girl being walked away from the camera by two Israeli police as it appeared numerous times on Facebook. Her face is turned towards the camera and she appears composed and mature.

  • Opioid lawsuits abound, hit close to home

    The opioid epidemic is being litigated big-time.

    Here in Santa Rosa, in Guadalupe County, both county and city officials have been approached by attorneys about suing the pharmaceutical industry for saturating the nation with their painkillers and downplaying their addictive qualities.

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is building a case to represent not only the state but all localities around the state. But these days they are having to sell their representation to local officials.

  • Don’t end it with a 'prop' -osition

    As my wife, Bonnie, and I read Sunday’s Optic, she said, “Did you notice the grammatical error in one of the articles?” As a comma chaser for much of my life,

    I became curious.She said that some people misuse words because they sound much like other words. She said she notices when people use “aggravated” when they mean “irritated.”We noted how pe

  • The 2018 session and priorities moving forward

    Although the 2018 legislative session has ended and campaign season has begun in earnest, the legislature’s work is not done yet.

    The results of the session allow us to intelligently plan for the future and fully vet priority issues that will improve life for all New Mexicans.

  • City/acecquia arrangement ‘es un desmadre’

    By Ray Gallegos

    I abhor individuals with 20/20 hindsight. I am writing this article before everyone starts blaming and pointing fingers in order to avert responsibility.

    I have written a series of opinion pieces  regarding the survival of the Acequias and the management of the Rio Gallinas Basin.

    I believe there will soon be nothing left to say on this matter. Las Vegas and the surrounding region have not had any measurable precipitation in more than 90 days and faces the worst inevitable drought in more than 50 years.

  • Which table do you choose to sit at?

    By Rick Kraft

    You arrive by yourself at a dinner you planned to attend. You walk into a fairly large room with maybe 40 tables. Most of them are partially filled. You do not have an assigned seat so you look across the room and you see a diverse group of people already sitting at the tables.

  • Rounding up some notable municipal election results

    There were a lot of interesting outcomes in last week’s municipal elections, all over the state. I thought the one I covered up close and personally was exceptional, but it turns out there were plenty of others.

  • Not the way I remember

    It's not the way I remember it. No, it's FAR different from the noisy 900 block of Railroad, conjures memories, which I'll tell you about in a few graphs.

  • Find your destiny here in New Mexico

    As Aristotle is purported to have said, “Where your talents and the world’s needs meet, there you will find your destiny.”      

    This year three women who have found their destiny in New Mexico each received $1000 from the Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women, which annually awards scholarships to nontraditional female students studying at Highlands University.