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Columns

  • Editor's Note - Coming down the Gallinas

    If you’ve never attended one of the quarterly Gallinas Partnership meetings at Highlands University, I encourage you to do so. I attended my first one a couple of Fridays back — admittedly because I was on the agenda — and found it interesting and educational.

    About 50 people showed up for this particular meeting, which included four sets of speakers beginning with wildlife officials Rob Larrañaga and Debbie Pike talking about the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge east of town and the relatively new Rio Mora refuge in Mora County.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Gazette and other early newspapers

    We now continue our series about Las Vegas newspapers, as our tale of two cities would be lacking without the history of the fourth estate along the Gallinas.

    Newspapers often provide a candid glimpse into the social, cultural and political events of the past — and often influence them — and newspapers also write the first draft of history, as Optic publisher Tom McDonald has observed.

  • Work of Art - Might-have, could-have factor

    Que dira la gente? What will people say? I believe my late mother, Marie, went to bed each night with that question in mind, ready to use on any or all us five Trujillo children, some six decades ago.

    But to try to penetrate Mom’s thought processes necessitates a bit of background, Pay-It-Forward style. Remember the recent movie in which good deeds were paid before they became due? People were encouraged to engage in some act of kindness in the hopes it would soon bear fruit and benefit others.

  • 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: