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Columns

  • Work of Art - You say chili, I say chile

    “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

    The book of Corinthians omitted one thing: What about eating? I didn’t eat as a child does. I liked the spicy stuff.

  • Editor's Note - Truth takes a back seat

    Here we are, in the depths of the 2012 presidential election campaign, and cold, hard facts have taken a back  seat to political spin.
    Both campaigns, and their superPAC backers, have become quite agile in manipulating the truth. And while many media outlets are performing an admirable service by calling the campaigns out on their falsifications, the truth is still getting bested by the politicos.

  • Another Perspective - Water: A regional unifier

    Water is connected somehow to almost every aspect of our lives; from eating, hydrating and bathing to agriculture and recreation, we must have water to survive.

    Availability of water is also crucial to community vitality and economic development. Here in New Mexico, and particularly our northeastern region, water resources are scarce even in high-moisture years, but recent droughts have further underscored the need to be careful about how we use this resource.

  • Nuestra Historia - West system rooted in early Catholic schools

    For more than 30 years after Las Vegas was founded in 1835, there was no organized educational instruction available in the fledgling settlement. As was customary in New Mexico at the time, local clergy, if any, provided the little formal education available, though wealthy families often retained live-in tutors.

  • Another Perspective - Medicare’s open enrollment

    By Bob Moos

    Now’s the time for New Mexico residents with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2013.
    Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from this coming Monday, Oct. 15, until Dec. 7.
    Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your individual needs, especially if you’ve had any changes in your health.
    By now insurers should have notified you of any adjustments in your health or drug coverage or any changes in your out-of-pocket costs for next year.

  • Work of Art - Time for toast

    On my Facebook page there’s a photo album which I call “Desperately Seeking a Caption.” I often put a humorous photo on display and invite Facebook friends to come up with a caption as inane as the photo.

    This time I posted a photo I took on our last visit to our family in Copenhagen, Denmark. Surprisingly, a half dozen people jumped in.

    I took the picture in the kitchen. The subject is an odd electrical object which combines two handy appliances.

  • Editor's Note - Defining the center

    Here’s my take on the political center, which is a mighty important place to be this year, since a relative handful of independent moderates are going to decide the presidential election.

    You’re in the center if:
    • You believe in government, under restraints. You think government should be smaller in its size and scope, but it should also be big enough to look out for and respond to citizens’ needs. You realize that government is sometimes part of the problem, but you also know it’s the solution from time to time.

  • Nuestra Historia - Early schools prospered in East Las Vegas

    Education is dominantly interwoven in the tale of two cities, from their earliest days. Just as Catholics had done in Old Town beginning in the 1860s, Protestants established New Town’s first school, the Las Vegas Academy, built in 1880 at the southeast corner of Douglas Avenue and 12th Street. By 1886, the impressive two-story brick school had an enrollment of 121 boys and 10 girls, and seven teachers provided instruction.

  • Work of Art - Holding up the line

    She was friendly, polite and courteous and seemingly in control. But, she kept slowing down the line.

    Before we analyze the young local checker, let me give you my take on causing stoppages, or even slowages. I say with no hesitation that I would rather paste my nostrils together with Crazy Glue than to hold up a line.

    You know what I mean:

  • Editor's Note - Our ballots and their debates

    If you’re waiting on a round of Optic-sponsored candidate forums this election cycle, to help you decide who to vote for in the local races, I’ve got bad news for you: We won’t be holding any.

    The Democratic primary election on June 5 decided nearly all local races. Such is the reality of living where one party rules the day.