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Columns

  • Another Perspective — Four-day week was a bad idea

    By Eric Martin

    For the Optic

    With the school year over and the pressure beginning to lift off the spirits of public school staff and students,  some may wonder how this year went. The jury is still out on student achievement,  with the results of state tests still unknown, but there are definitely some topics worth discussing.

    Those topics include the many new and somewhat controversial changes that have recently come to Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Nuestra Historia: Remarkable women of Las Vegas

    There is on display at the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, an exhibit called “Remarkable Women of Las Vegas,” and for some time we have intended to include the impressive work in Nuestra Historia. Created by Highlands University media arts student Deanna Threadgill, and funded by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Media Arts Department at Highlands, the display honors nine women of the Las Vegas area who have made significant contributions to the community — as mothers, educators, writers, healers and folklorists.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Pipelines: Safety and other impacts

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh 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.

  • Work of Art — Watch your darned language

    Edward Albee got it absolutely right in his play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” When one of George and Martha’s guests asked if she could use the restroom, George said to Martha, “Will you show our little guest to the — uh — euphemism?”
    Euphemism? That’s the perfect word. It means “a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.”

  • Another Perspective — Environmental victory for whom?

    By Sofia Martinez

  • Nuestra Historia: Beck family published Optic 35 years

    The longest single ownership of the Optic began in 1967, when brothers Robert and Stuart Beck purchased the newspaper. The Beck family published the Optic for the next 35 years, and while old newspaper articles indicate it was the two brothers who owned the Optic, Stuart Beck’s wife Lois was also an owner, and managing editor for more than 20 years.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Preserving our clean air heritage

    Editor’s Comment: This is the sixth 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.

  • Work of Art — The treat is on whom?

    On the occasion of a birthday for one of us, my wife and I joined my sister Dorothy and her husband Joe Maestas for dinner at El Rialto. The rule in the Trujillo household is that the inviter pays for the invitee. And maybe that’s why we don’t invite others all that often.
    But if we can inveigle one another to make the suggestion and turn it into an invitation, we’re willing. We’d almost finished our meal when the waitperson came by with the bill and took brother-in-law Joe’s credit card for processing.

  • Kids need consequences

    My name is Ray Gallegos, and I was born in Las Vegas, N.M. I retired from education last year and have more than 35 years of educational experience as a teacher and administrator. My role as a single parent of two daughters may prove to be the most credible of my qualifications to comment on education.

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic has seen 10 owners since 1879

    In its 134-year history, the Optic has changed ownership 10 times, though three of those owners held the newspaper for less than two years. After Hub Kane died of a sudden heart attack in 1947, the Optic was run by a board of trustees headed by attorney Louis C. Ilfeld (Charles Ilfeld’s son), and included Kane’s widow, Helen Kelly Kane. The trustees and Mrs. Kane ran the paper for a brief period, but less than a year after Hub Kane’s death, the Optic was sold to Orville E. Priestly.