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Columns

  • Work of Art: When Saturdays were fun

    In our youth, Saturdays were the greatest of days. For 26 cents, we could spend the entire day at the movies. Sixteen cents allowed us to enter the Serf Theater, and the extra dime would get us popcorn.

    Even though we had three thriving theaters in town, including the Coronado and the Kiva, most of the kids in my circle went to the Serf because the features usually were first-run and in English. There were cartoons, a newsreel and a double-feature.

  • Another Perspective: Fathers, men’s health and Social Security

    By Ray Vigil

    This year, we observe National Men’s Health Week from June 9 to 15. Each year we observe Men’s Health Week the week prior to Father’s Day, focusing on awareness, prevention, education and family.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza, Part II

    This is the second of two articles which I invited from resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk, who has done extensive primary research concerning the development of the Old Town Plaza. As noted in our previous article, in 2001 Marcus published Pioneer Merchants of the Old Town Plaza, and we appreciate his contribution to this column.

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    By Marcus C. Gottschalk
    Contributor

  • Editorial Roundup - June 6, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky, on exchange of soldiers (June 3):
    It is wonderful news that the Taliban released U.S. Army Sgt. Bob Bergdahl after five years of captivity.
    The Taliban captured Bergdahl on June 30, 2009. Some reports have speculated that he had walked away from his unit, disillusioned by the war, but those reports have not been confirmed.
    This should be dealt with later if it is true. . . .

  • Work of Art: Kick the can

    Wagon Mound High School, the place from which our youngest son, Ben, graduated, has always been proud of its basketball, whose season generally  runs from Aug. 1 through July 31.

    It was the school my dad attended around the turn of the last century. “We didn’t have a fancy name for our team,” he said, when asked if he played for the Trojans.

  • Just a Thought - Don’t let unhappy people drag you down

    One crab in a bucket without a lid will climb up the side of the bucket and escape. If there are two or more crabs in the bucket, there is no need for a lid.

    You see, a single crab will see the opportunity of escape above and will climb upwards and succeed in reaching the top. You need to put a lid or cover on the top of the bucket to keep the single crab from getting out. If you have two or more crabs in the bucket, you need no lid. None of the crabs will be able to escape.

  • 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.