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Columns

  • Editor's Note - Sanity still rules

    Lately it seems that reason has taken a back seat to the crazies out there. But, fortunately, that’s not true.

  • Nuestra Historia - A tale of two cities, thus far

    Our present series, “A Tale of Two Cities,” began in August 2012, and tells the uniquely fascinating story of how East and West Las Vegas existed side by side for almost a century, as separate and independent municipalities. As we explained early on, though separated only by a modest river, the evolution of the two cities was strikingly dissimilar, always accentuated by a stark racial divide.

  • Work of Art - Did Musburger go too far?

    Men need to be extra careful in how they regard women, even when the woman being described got where she was by being, well, attractive.

    Let me explain:

    The recent Bowl Championship game between the universities of Alabama and Notre Dame flopped. As it had been decades since the Fighting Irish had risen to No. 1, I thought — finally — this is their year. The trouble is, Notre Dame never showed up.

    Even the presence of stellar linebacker, Manti Te’o, a 6-2, 255-pound senior for the Irish, was virtually unnoticed. Let’s not forget that he was a Heisman Trophy finalist.

  • Editor's Note - ‘Water wars’

    Last week it was reported that Texas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to force New Mexico to share more water from the Rio Grande. Texas officials are accusing New Mexico of usurping a 2008 water-sharing agreement by pulling water out of the river before it gets to their state, and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has countered that the agreement is unfair and that the Texans’ move is “tantamount to extortion.”

  • Nuestra Historia - This column’s highlights of 2012

    Just before ending its first year in 2011, Nuestra Historia embarked on a titillating series called “Myth, Legend or Fact.”

    Among the fascinating topics covered in that series were “Lynch the Wind Mill,” “Will the Real Hermit Please Stand?” “La Gavilla de Silva,” “Starvation Peak,” and “Highlands’ Eyring Left in His Chair.”

  • Work of Art - Good English gets a rest

    A few columns ago, as I began systematically pulling out what little hair I have, I wrote about an on-going series of conversations taking place in my living room. We’d celebrated a Chinese gift-exchange and we were settling down to examine our presents.

  • Editor's Note - Free speech and gun rights

    As much as some of my colleagues in the press might not want to admit it, and as much as the National Rifle Association would be loath to agree, the media and the pro-gun lobby actually have something very important in common.

    Both are staunch defenders in this nation’s top two constitutional amendments.
    Let’s start with a quick look at each one.

    The First Amendment:

  • Another Perspective - Public servants

    By Mark Shields

  • Nuestra Historia - Nuestra Historia begins third year

    This column first appeared two years ago, on Jan. 7, 2011, when Nuestra Historia was introduced with the hope of bringing to life the history of our area. We said we would focus on the social, cultural and political milestones — sometimes tumultuous — which have made Las Vegas and San Miguel County a very special and singular place.

  • Work of Art - Be it resolved ...

    The seasons are confused. Where else would we the people lengthen the day, under something called Daylight Saving Time, when each day is already getting longer?

    Similarly, we shorten days that are already on their way to being abbreviated.

    And we play a lot with the presumed ending times. Well, I’m still here, as I assume most of you are, possibly to the disappointment of the Mayans, who told us the world was about to end a couple of weeks ago. Imagine the embarrassment of some who may have believed the end was to be the next day.