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Columns

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza

    Resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk has done painstaking and meticulous research into the original layout and early development of the Old Town Plaza. In 2001, he first published Pioneer Merchants of the Las Vegas Plaza, a work that includes the development of the Plaza from its settlement through the territorial period.
    Because of his knowledge and expertise on the current subject in our series, I asked Marcus to author this column and the next, in our continuing chronology of Las Vegas history.

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  • Editorial Roundup - May 30, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Poughkeepsie Journal on problems within Veterans Affairs. (May 25):
    Today, as we pay homage to those who have fought and died in our nation’s wars, the country can honor veterans in so many ways — but none is as pressing as making sure those returning from battle are getting adequate care to stay healthy.
    The country is falling horribly short, as the most recent scandals at Veterans Affairs facilities show. And that is an awful thing to ponder as we observe Memorial Day.

  • Work of Art: ‘Over the tracks’ is out

    The rules for Railroad Avenue baseball in the ‘50s were simple: Shorty Bustos’ abandoned car was first base; unless he awakens, that sleeping dog, “Sweetums,” is second base; third base is . . . well, you see that pile of rocks over there? And home is that other pile of rocks. And depending on who’s batting, “over the tracks” was either a homerun or an out. Simple.

  • Another Perspective: Remembering those who fought for our freedom

    By Stanley Robb

    Memorial Day 2014 is upon us. It is the most solemn of all of the American patriotic holidays, honoring those veterans who gave their lives so we could live in a free and open society. The day that has been set aside to remember those who died for our freedoms has, unfortunately, been relegated to little more than the three day weekend that marks the beginning of summer.

  • Nuestra Historia - LV quiet after Kearny, bloodshed in Mora

    By Jesus L. Lopez

  • Editorial Roundup - May 23, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Star-Ledger, New Jersey, on racism and sexism (May 19):
    Now and then, we choose the most convenient prism through which to view our most serious social problems, however superficially, because it comes packaged in equal doses of celebrity and infamy.

  • Work of Art: ¿Q-vo, ese bro?

    Remember when boys would go to school, their pockets bulging with marbles, and those same marbles would work wonders when spinning around their moms’ washing machines?

    I doubt one can find a game of marbles anywhere anymore, its having gone out of style when gadgets like Rubik’s cubes and little tile games made the scene.

  • Another Perspective: Martinez is helping teachers

    By Tim Lewis

    I know it’s popular in some circles to attack Gov. Susana Martinez as anti-teacher and claim that her education reforms aren’t working. But let me tell you, as a teacher from a family of teachers, those smears don’t reflect the facts. Gov. Martinez has a record that demonstrates she cares about teachers and the students we teach.

  • Nuestra Historia - Kearny, Manifest Destiny rode into Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    There were 1,150 people living in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846. It was a Saturday morning. Only 11 years earlier, the 36 original settlers had built their adobe houses around a central plaza. They and others who joined them grazed their livestock on the lush meadows and planted their crops along the Rio Gallinas, and many families had already established their home sites and ranchitos away from the plaza.

  • Work of Art: ‘Please speak English’

    A dabbler in languages, I came across a book titled Les Bon Mots. I found it at the latest AAUW book sale, where early birds can get some amazing stuff at a good price.

    The book is a guide to hundreds of French words guaranteed to make people sound oh-so learned. As interested as I am in English, Spanish, French and German, I fear that decades from now many of the lesser-spoken languages, including a host of Indian tongues, will have vanished to make room for English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.