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Columns

  • Nuestra Historia - El Juez Luis Armijo

    A 1949 article in Time magazine featured Luis Armijo as one of the few Catholic judges in the United States willing to say publicly that he would not obey the edict issued that year by Pope Pius XII, prohibiting Catholic jurists from granting civil divorces in any marriage solemnized by the church. Judge Armijo told Time, “I may be Catholic, but I am a citizen of the United States first.”

  • Work of Art - Can you find another?

    Teaching an honors course in Cuba, N.M., I had the pleasure of being surrounded by some extraordinarily perceptive students. There’s no particular reason why Cuba, of all places, would have had such a bumper crop of bright students; it must have just happened.

  • Editor's Note - Good Samaritans and pigs

    The Samaritan House is one of our better community organizations. It reflects one of the best characteristics of Las Vegas — our willingness to share with and help those who are down on their luck.

    Board member Rosie Lopez recently filled me in on the four major programs that make up the Samaritan House’s mission. They are:

    • Food distribution, which takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at the main office at 220 Bernalillo St.

  • Nuestra Historia - The aftermath of the Magee saga

    The Magee affair made a shambles of a great political dynasty, ruined one jurist forever, propelled another to power, set the tone for hardball politics in San Miguel Count, and resulted in a political order that prevailed here for several decades.

    Through the storied characters of that saga — burdened as they were by the foibles of human frailty — we have tried to recount a fascinating era in Las Vegas history.

  • Work of Art - If this is Wednesday ...

    OSLO, NORWAY — A 1969 romantic comedy with almost the same title as this headline (should be Tuesday instead of Wednesday), humorously depicts the whirlwind nature of European travel itineraries.

    Never having been this far north, we opted to tack on an Atlantic coast week of travel to our customary two weeks in Denmark, where we visit our son Stanley Adam and his family, in July.

  • Editor's Note - Backstories

    When it comes to professional sports, high-profile seasons give way to higher-profile playoffs, which lead to championship matchups. And while the backstories — the personal stories that lead to the big showdown — add drama to the mix, in the pros it typically boils down to who wins and who loses.

  • Nuestra Historia - Judge Armijo finds Magee not guilty

    In June 1926, exactly three years after his celebrated trial for criminal libel, Carl Magee again stood trial in Las Vegas, for killing John Lassetter in the lobby of the Meadows (El Fidel) Hotel 10 months earlier.

  • Work of Art - Joys of ocean cruises

    THE NORTH ATLANTIC — On one of our across-the-Atlantic flights to visit our son Stan, his wife and children, we noticed several passengers who had positioned themselves in the middle seat of the middle row. My wife and I had been content with our seat assignment, a window seat and the one next to it.

  • Editor's Note - A ‘flipped classroom’

    There’s so much that can be said about the state of our schools in Las Vegas. Controversy surrounds them at every turn. The recent school grades, the four-day school week, consolidation — seems there’s always something to wring our hands over when it comes to preparing our children for the future.

  • Delighted with the fire station news

    I live on the edge of a very large forest. Therefore, fire is a very large priority, whether it be forest or house fire. I am delighted to learn from a recent Optic story that we will have a third fire station in this very large area. This station will be up in the Sapello Canyon, near San Ignacio.