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Columns

  • Another Perspective - We deserve a better mayor

    Organizers of the effort to recall Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. did not decide to undertake this effort lightly, or for trivial reasons, or around a single issue. The reasons for this recall effort have already been misrepresented, and so we are setting the record straight.

  • Nuestra Historia: . . . back to the Optic, since Kistler

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    We found him.

    When we began this series about Las Vegas newspapers, we noted with disappointment that no photograph existed of Russell A. Kistler, the Optic’s founder. We have since discovered Kistler’s long-lost picture, and thank Ray John de Aragon for making it available and allowing us to run the photo with today’s column.

  • Another Perspective - Economic impact issues of oil and gas

    By Kate Daniel

    For the Optic

  • Work of Art - Curses! It’s cursive

    Remember the days of yore when people used to write? We’re talking about writing in two senses: writing a letter, for instance, and also using our pencils and pens to help us create messages someone else could read.

    Being a left-hander sort of excused me from winning or even competing in any penmanship sweepstakes at Immaculate Conception School, as our homeroom teacher in third grade, Sister Mary Plena Escritura would usually say, “What can we expect from Arthur? After all, he’s a left-hander.”

  • Editor's Note - Tragedy has consequences

    I recently received a letter from someone identified only as L. Romero about the rollover earlier this month that claimed the lives of two West Las Vegas Middle School students.

    State police have said that speed, alcohol and reckless driving were all factors in the crash, and District Attorney Richard Flores is now contemplating whether to try the alleged driver, Wayne Lovato, as an adult.

    I didn’t run the piece in our letters to the editor section because it had no contact information and the first name was abbreviated.

  • Nuestra Historia: Junio Lopez and the Alpha News

    Our tale of two cities, presently focusing on the history of Las Vegas newspapers, will culminate in later columns with the merger of East and West Las Vegas in 1970. Consolidation of the twin cities is closely interwoven, however, with the Alpha News and its publisher, Junio Lopez — acknowledged by his contemporaries and historians alike as the father of consolidation.

  • Another Perspective - Oil and gas cost and enforcement issues

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The articles 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.

  • Editor's Note - Optic printing moves north

    Saying goodbye to friends is never easy. Over the last two weeks the Optic has had to say goodbye to seven part-time employees.

    They are people you likely don’t know — people who, up until last month, worked behind the scenes making sure that all of your inserts, Homes & Property, American Profile and circulars, made it into your newspaper.

  • Work of Art - The process or the product

    The Internet has made it easy to get information. I was using Google, the main search engine, on many  computers, long before it became a verb in its own right, as in “I’ll Google that information.”

    A man who influenced me during my many years on the Highlands University faculty was also my major professor as an undergraduate, John Adams, who I wish I could have influenced as much as he did me.

    Let me explain:

  • Another Perspective - Time to tackle state’s challenges

    The social, economic and environmental challenges facing New Mexico are daunting, and while we made progress during the recently concluded legislative session to overcome them, it is imperative that all of us — policymakers and “ordinary” New Mexicans alike — redouble our efforts this summer and fall to turn New Mexico around.