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Columns

  • 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.

  • A genius like Norman Einstein

    Remember a few years back that a pair of human spell-checkers made the news for traipsing around the country making corrections to signs they believed contained errors? For their efforts, the language-fixers, Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, got banned from certain national parks.

    I wrote about this team who would arm themselves with Sharpies, erasers, adhesive tape and righteous indignation. They’ve faded from the news, but if they wanted an assistant, I’d try to join them.

  • Editor's Note: Hog-wild for your vote

    Did you miss me?              

    I returned to work last week after several days in my native state of Arkansas, where we relaxed under a globally warmed summer sun, spent time with my dear ol’ pa and ma, and other family members and old friends, and traded in tamales for pork rinds.

    I tell you this as context for my participation in a fundraiser — and to solicit your vote.

  • Nuestra Historia - Governor pardons Magee; Sec’s kingdom falls

    The same day a jury found Carl Magee guilty of criminal libel on June 22, 1923, Judge David Leahy spared no words as he sentenced the editor to a year in jail.

    “No, Carl Magee,” said Judge Leahy, “you, and others of your kind — and thank God they are mighty few — are a greater menace to civilized society, to the lives and liberties of the people generally, than is the cow thief or horse thief.”

  • Work of Art - No more strraaiigghht ticket

    “And I want all of you to vote the strraaiigghht ticket when you go to the polls in November.” How many times have we heard this, and from how many politicians?

    Too many times and from too many politicians.