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Columns

  • 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.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Seems just like yesterday

    Talk about blasts from the past. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about 1964 or earlier, or even later. The prospect of getting together with old friends, classmates from either high school or college — there’s a certain mystique associated with “the reunion” concept.

     

    You and I have been hearing the refrains lately — Class of X,Y or Z Reunion coming up! Reunions are often scheduled during homecoming season at schools. My advice to you is, do it!

  • Land grant prompted Town of Las Vegas in 1903

    Following the 1884 dissolution of the combined city of Las Vegas, New Town established itself as a separate and independent municipality. Old Town did not incorporate for another 20 years, during which time the original west-side settlement continued under the governance of San Miguel County.

  • Work of Art - And the list goes on

    An entry in Facebook caught my attention only yesterday. One of the “friends” (members) on the social network listed words that ought to be avoided in academic writing: “interesting,” “basically,” “got,” “firstly, secondly . . .” and “etc.”

    But before we parse away, let’s explain the idea of social networks like Facebook, where “friend” has become a verb, as in “I’d like to friend you, my dear.”

  • Editor's Note - What did I miss?

    For anyone who pays attention to my whereabouts or reads this column regularly, you may know that I left town recently to attend a memorial service for my father, who died Sept. 6 at age 86.

    It was a good trip. The service was a true celebration of a wonderful life well lived, and I was able to spend some quality time with my mother, who  maintains her warm and bright outlook on life. Plus, I saw more family than I could count and left feeling blessed to have such a big and boisterous clan to which to return during times of loss.

  • Nuestra Historia - Old Town remained firmly rooted

    While East Las Vegas moved forward as New Mexico’s newest and most vibrant American city in the 1880’s, the west side did not immediately take a back seat. The Romero brothers and many of the early non-Hispanic merchants continued their business establishments in what became La Plaza Vieja (Old Town).