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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Behavioral health issue may impact governor’s race

    If there’s an issue out there that could slow Gov. Susana Martinez’s cakewalk into a second term, it might just be the behavioral health issue.

  • Nuestra Historia - Charles Ilfeld built business empire

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The most well known of the early Jewish settlers of Las Vegas was Charles Ilfeld, who came here in 1867, when he was only 20. He had arrived in Santa Fe two years earlier, emigrating from Homburg vor der Hohe, a town in Germany near Frankfurt, then part of the Prussian Empire. According to Ilfeld family history, Charles arrived in Santa Fe with only $5 in his pocket.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 1, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times on the hysteria surrounding immigration (July 25, 2014):

    Put those fears of catching ebola from immigrant children to rest.
    Health professionals at the ninth annual Border Health Conference are sending the clear signal that the thousands of children flooding the border from Central America won’t infect us all with exotic diseases. That’s in direct conflict with health-scare hysterics perpetrated by political opportunism and bad journalism.

  • Work of Art: Does news ever change?

    How much history is buried in various construction sites, in homes, backyards and under carpets?

    It’s interesting to come across information long past, and even overdue. Some news discoveries can be embarrassing.

    In 1962, I learned about one such instance while attending a dinner meeting of the Cook County (Ill.) Press Association, in which an editor of one of Chicago’s dailies spoke to us about Chicago journalism history.

  • Another Perspective: NM Health care plan delivers

    By Bob Moos

    It’s been six months since millions of American began to benefit from health insurance bought through the new federal marketplace, so it’s fair to ask: How is the coverage working?

    Though analyzing the health care law remains a work in progress, the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services has taken a close look at both the affordability and the availability of the insurance plans purchased during the marketplace’s initial enrollment period.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Jewish merchants arrived

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    When introducing the most recent articles in this column, we noted that between annexation in 1846 and the arrival of the railroad in 1879, three transformative developments occurred in Las Vegas. We have related two of them, the Americanization of the Old Town Plaza, and the emergence of the Romero dynasty.

  • Editorial Roundup - July 25, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Newsday on the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (July 18):
    As last week slammed to a close with searing images of a Malaysia Airlines jet smoldering in Ukrainian fields, the American president who once ran for office promising “to deal with the world as it is rather than what it might be” stepped to the microphones to give a not-so-subtle warning to Russia about igniting Cold War II.

  • Work of Art: ‘Let the taller ones stand’

    Whenever Dear Abby gets involved in a discussion about which people feel passionate, you know the matter is serious. Dear Abby (actually Dear Abby’s daughter) took over her mom’s advice column years ago and it remains an extremely popular feature.

    But as for feeling passionate, let me explain:

  • Just a Thought - Married to my best friend

    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” A sign on my desk at home quotes these words of wisdom from the great philosopher Winnie the Pooh. And words of comfort to a man whose best friend once promised him she will outlive him.
    I can close my eyes each night when I go to bed knowing that in the morning before I get out of bed I can start my day with a kiss and the peace that my best friend will be right next to me as my new day begins.

  • Nuestra Historia - Benigno Romero, father of the State Hospital

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Created by territorial law in 1889, the New Mexico State Hospital opened its doors in May 1893, and since that time has been the mainstay of the Las Vegas economy. In recent history, the number of employees at the Hospital has hovered at about 1,000, and few in this area have not had one or more family members employed there. Needless to say, the area economy may not have survived through the years without the State Hospital.