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Columns

  • Nuestra Historia — Fiestas: A long-standing tradition

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Las Vegas Optic on July 1, 2011 and is being republished with updates.

  • Another Perspective - Audit results poorly handled
  • Work of Art: Language interference? No way

    This isn’t going to be a discourse on the “English Only” movement, which is gaining momentum in many areas. Expressing my opinions on the monolingual approach would take far more time and space than is available here.
    But I once fell victim to a virulent e-mail forwarder from Deming. She sent to everyone in her address book a treatise by a congressman whose take on learning any language but English seemed — at least to me — bigoted. The politico’s dictum was: English is what is spoken in the U.S.; if you don’t like it, leave.

  • Another Perspective - Growing up in the Bell mansion

    In the June 7 Optic, Jesus Lopez wrote about Nuestra Historia, Part 1, and included a photo of a house built by a former slave named Montgomery Bell, who left Missouri and came to Las Vegas in 1867.
    Mr. Bell built a 10-room mansion that was located where Hot Springs Boulevard intersects with Bernalillo Street. Thanks to Mr. Lopez’s historical contributions, I immediately recognized the house where my grandparents lived. I have no doubt that many people in Las Vegas remember this house.

  • Nuestra Historia: The rocky road to consolidation

    Forty-five years ago, the night of Feb. 27, 1968, East Las Vegas Mayor Ben Lingnau and West Las Vegas Mayor Fidel “Chief” Gonzales, symbolically buried the hatchet which had divided the twin cities for almost a century. Joined by a crowd of hundreds, the two mayors stood at the very center of the bridge which separated East from West, as they celebrated the successful referendum of that momentous day, merging Old Town and New Town, and establishing one unified Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Roundup: Newspaper opinions from around the nation - June 28, 2013

    Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette on organ donors (June 24) — About one-third of Americans are registered to be organ donors after death, federal health agencies say — but there’s always a shortage of available organs. There’s an urgent need for more  ... folks to join the potential donor rolls.
    The Department of Health and Human Services says more than 100,000 sick Americans are on waiting lists, each desperately hoping that an organ will become available for them. ...

  • Work of Art — Water’s not portable

    “Ha! Look how those people ahead of us spelled ‘potable.’”

    “You’re far too critical. It’s still affluent water, no matter how you spell it,” my wife, Bonnie said, as we went for the fifth trip to haul effluent water from the city plant on 12th Street.

    And if this seems like a commercial, well it is. We’re pleased with the service by those people who provide recycled water to legions of pickup-driving residents trying to save their lawns, bushes and trees.

  • Another Perspective - Acequias in our community

    Many readers of the Optic are aware that the acequias (irrigation ditches) in the Gallinas River Basin are involved in a legal struggle over water with the city of Las Vegas. It is a struggle that has been going on for more than 50 years.

  • Nuestra Historia: ‘Learning Las Vegas’

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Believe it or not, despite the widespread fascination in recent years with all things Las Vegas, there is not an abundance of written history about our town. If not for Milton W. Callon, Lynn I. Perrigo and Maurilio E. Vigil, the story of the twin cities along the Gallinas might be nothing more than a passing narrative or isolated footnote in the chronicles of New Mexico history.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - What should be in the ordinance

    Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The columns were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.