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Columns

  • Nuestra Historia - Three who made statehood happen

    At the critical moment in time when statehood was finally within reach, three men in particular made it happen. While one is always associated with the event, the other two have long been forgotten and are seldom mentioned by contemporary writers and historians.

  • Community Water Report - Protecting our water future - Part 2

    Again, water supply is certainly the primary obstacle to Las Vegas’ economic health and growth.

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board has been closely tracking the city’s water operations. In light of the political rhetoric over the past several weeks, we thought it worthwhile to report the facts about the city’s water behavior, as we see them.

  • Work of Art - What’s to fear in Vegas?

    During a recent get-together with our three sons — one brought his family all the way from Denmark, one brought his spouse from Albuquerque, and the third son brought his wife and kids all the way from next door — our conversation turned to what life was like in our youth.

    You first, Dad.

    Well, I’ve already written a million words about how it seemed that there was a tough guy on every corner, who set the stopwatch he didn’t own, waiting to pounce on a peace-loving kid from the Railroad Avenue barrio.

  • Editor's Note: Post- and pre-election analysis

    It wasn’t a very rowdy election cycle. There were numerous occasions in which the municipal candidates, 16 of them in all, had a chance to go toe-to-toe on the issues, but aside from a few criticisms thrown at Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, and one documented attack on councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron, I’d have to say it was all fairly mild.

    The runoff races, however, may stir up a lot more passion. There are big differences between the remaining candidates.

    First, take a look at Joey Herrera and Joe McCaffrey for Ward 3 council seat.

  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico by any other name — Arizona?

    By Jesus Lopez

    Even New Mexico’s name was offensive to Washington, and during the long quest for statehood, several attempts were made to change her age-old identity.

    As early as 1869, a Congressional bill proposing statehood required that New Mexico’s name be changed to Lincoln. In 1888, New Mexico’s admission was proposed in Congress under the name Montezuma. Even these attempts at statehood having failed, a name change was never actually required —  until 1906.

  • Community Water Report - Protecting our water future

    By Bob Weesely

    Water supply is certainly the primary obstacle to Las Vegas’ economic growth and economic health.

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board, an all-volunteer organization, has been closely tracking the city’s water operations. In light of the political rhetoric over the past several weeks, we decided to report the facts about the city’s water behavior, as we see them.  

    In this two-part Optic series, we’ll describe the city actions to-date, and indicate what good each of the nearly two dozen actions will do.

  • Work of Art - Lots to ‘like’ in Cameron Diaz

    “What are you doing watching that program, Art?”

    “It’s strictly for educational purposes, my dear.”

    That was the exchange earlier this week when my wife asked me to turn down the volume of my “educational” program, Entertainment Tonight. Not highbrow enough? Well, let me explain:

    Purely for education and edification, I left the TV on after the evening news, enjoying a passive education and nodding occasionally, between my own nodding off.

  • Editor's Note - Getting down to business

    Seems there has been a lot of talk about our local economy lately. Or, at least, I’ve been hanging around the right places for such talk.

  • Nuestra Historia - ‘It is very hard to teach Mexicans English well’

    Like a whirlwind, he arrived in Las Vegas in the fall of 1902. Ten days later he departed New Mexico, confident that its people were not fit to be part of the American nation.

    When he returned to Washington, he declared imperiously that statehood should be denied indefinitely, “until the mass of the people of New Mexico shall in their daily life have become identical in language and customs with the American people — when the immigration of English-speaking people does its modifying work with the Mexican element.”

  • Work of Art - Covering your assets

    My friend Chad Boliek turned what might have been a criticism into an advantage. Recall my having mentioned in a recent column that I had planned and planted misuses of the English language?

    That week I received numerous e-mails, phone calls and hand-delivered responses to these assaults on the language, several people having caught expressions like “a blessing in the skies” and “cut off my nose despite my face.” But others, like Anne Kennedy, went beyond what I said was a deliberate misuse and corrected things I had not intended to be erroneous.