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Columns

  • Another Perspective - Water then, water now

    I was born in 1946. Our winters were much different in the ‘50s.

    Snowfalls measured up to 2-1/2 feet and stayed on the ground for a long time. Today, sometimes we only get traces of snow, if any at all.

    Whatever happened to those days? Our heavy rains especially during the Fourth of July Fiestas, were a welcomed sight. Farmers loved it. Crops and fields came alive. Ditches were full of water, ranchers had hay and corn for their horses and cattle.

  • Nuestra Historia - Town High closed: the Dixon case

    Seldom recounted today, there erupted in New Mexico in the late 1940s, an impassioned struggle between Catholics and Protestants — especially in Hispanic communities ­— over the dominant role of the Catholic church in tax-supported public schools.

    So acrimonious was the conflict, that near-riots broke out in the small community of Dixon, in Rio Arriba county, where public school facilities were owned by the Catholic church and run by Catholic nuns, who provided religious instruction as part of the public school curriculum.

  • Work of Art - Did you lose something?

    Oh, pardon me, sir, ma’am, but did I invade your privacy?

    Excuuuuse me for peeking into your mail, most of which even you haven’t read, since much of the correspondence, which goes back to the year 2004, is still in sealed envelopes. And lots of the items are the same. Those things happen when people keep dunning you.

    Let me explain:

  • Editor's Note - A look ahead to Nov. 6

    If the Albuquerque Journal’s polling is accurate — and I’m told it is about as accurate as polling gets — the five biggest races in New Mexico are pretty much done deals.

  • Nuestra Historia - West schools began with North, South Public

    Under public education laws enacted by the territorial legislature, a county school system existed in San Miguel County since 1884, and consisted of more than 40 separate schools throughout the county.
    Under that early system, one-room schools were organized in most rural communities, overseen by an elected county school superintendent.

  • Another Perspective - Las Vegas, a political bellwether

    As a journalist and political junkie, I have had countless conversations with my contemporaries about the special perspective I have because of my hometown.

    Recently, the New York Times ran a piece about the country’s changing political demographics, and I was pleasantly surprised to see “Las Vegas, N.M.” as the dateline for the story (“NM Offers Look At US Elections Of The Future,” Sept 29). Seems some of those contemporaries are starting to notice what I’ve been crowing about for years.

  • Work of Art - You say chili, I say chile

    “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

    The book of Corinthians omitted one thing: What about eating? I didn’t eat as a child does. I liked the spicy stuff.

  • Editor's Note - Truth takes a back seat

    Here we are, in the depths of the 2012 presidential election campaign, and cold, hard facts have taken a back  seat to political spin.
    Both campaigns, and their superPAC backers, have become quite agile in manipulating the truth. And while many media outlets are performing an admirable service by calling the campaigns out on their falsifications, the truth is still getting bested by the politicos.

  • Another Perspective - Water: A regional unifier

    Water is connected somehow to almost every aspect of our lives; from eating, hydrating and bathing to agriculture and recreation, we must have water to survive.

    Availability of water is also crucial to community vitality and economic development. Here in New Mexico, and particularly our northeastern region, water resources are scarce even in high-moisture years, but recent droughts have further underscored the need to be careful about how we use this resource.

  • Nuestra Historia - West system rooted in early Catholic schools

    For more than 30 years after Las Vegas was founded in 1835, there was no organized educational instruction available in the fledgling settlement. As was customary in New Mexico at the time, local clergy, if any, provided the little formal education available, though wealthy families often retained live-in tutors.