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Columns

  • Another Perspective - Overcoming New Mexico’s challenges

    The 2012 election season was one of the most divisive, partisan and personal that New Mexico has faced. It will be hard and it will take time to heal the wounds, but it is critical that we do so and move away from campaigning and toward governing as fast as possible if we are to make any progress overcoming the tremendous challenges facing New Mexico.

  • Work of Art - Ultima, ultimately

    The first time many of us saw Rudolfo Anaya was when he spoke to Highlands students and staff in a packed Sala de Madrid, around 1972.

    He had just completed his first — and in my opinion, his best — novel, “Bless Me, Ultima,” now a movie that my family and I saw at a multi-screen theater in Santa Fe last weekend.

  • Editor's Note - Home and family

    Eight years.

    That’s how long I’ve lived in Las Vegas. Long enough to have become familiar with the community and its people, but not nearly long enough to become anything other than an outsider, at least to some people.

    I guess I don’t mind. I was born and raised in Arkansas, and yet I’ve always felt sort of different there too.

    Unless I’m with my family. There, I belong.

  • Nuestra Historia - The best laid plans of mice and men ...

    When the territorial legislature yanked the Las Vegas Land Grant from the Hispanic community in 1903, and placed it under the control of Judge William J. Mills, he immediately appointed an Anglo-dominated board of trustees to oversee the immense land grant.
    Headed by banker Jefferson Raynolds and former New Mexico chief justice Elisha V. Long, the “trustees” quickly decided the grant should be developed in earnest — to attract both outside investment and settlement.

  • Work of Art - Hey, the election’s over

    I want to shout out — to total strangers if necessary — “Hey, the election’s over.” Of course, I’m viewing this political theater through the eyes of someone who’s pleased with the results.

    Obama got re-elected, gaining about 125 more electoral votes than his opponent, Mitt Romney. Yet, bloggers, those who spend half their lives writing comments online, usually on Facebook, continue the assault.

    Let me explain:

  • Editor's Note - Voting for president in 2016

    With the 2012 presidential election still fresh in our minds, I’d like to propose to the little piece of America that reads my column a different approach for voters four years from now.

    But let me set the stage first, with a little perspective:

    We just witnessed perhaps the most misleading presidential campaigns of modern times. By one estimate, more than a million campaign ads ran on television, nearly all in nine or 10 swing states, mostly containing innuendo and half-truths to advance the candidates’ mudslinging agendas.

  • Nuestra Historia - Jones, Twitchell part of East’s prominence

    Never before in the entire Southwest had a community risen so quickly and grown so rapidly, as did East Las Vegas by the early 20th century.

    New Town became both the center of Anglo-American identity, and the foremost example of the Americanization of New Mexico. From all parts of the United States, newcomers descended on East Las Vegas, anxious to set their footprint in New Mexico’s premier American city.

  • Work of Art - You’ll get a whole dollar

    As part of a let’s-be-friendly gesture, I once asked my then-next-door neighbor, James, if he’d help me unload some lumber from my pickup.

    I’d bought several pieces of wood to shore up our fence, and as I noticed him sipping Sun Tea on his porch, I sweetened the offer:

    “And if you help me, I’ll give you a whole dollar.”

    “A whole dollar?” James asked. “How about if I give you a whole dollar to leave me alone?” That’s how neighbors in Camp Luna get along. By the way, he did help me unload — a three-minute job — but refused my magnanimous whole dollar offer.

  • Editor's Note - A regional alliance

    It seems the idea of a broader, regional approach to water issues in northeastern New Mexico gained some traction last week with a regional water symposium at Luna Community College. There’s another meeting being planned in an attempt to turn the talk into action.

  • Nuestra Historia - East Las Vegas claimed Highlands

    Plans are for Nuestra Historia to recount, in a latter series, the history of Highlands University, from its founding through the tumultuous times in the early 1970s, when the Hispanic community fought for and won its rightful place in the university’s governance.