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Columns

  • Editor's Note: The water board forums

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board held two candidate forums last week to exclusively address — you guessed it — water issues.

    They did so for good reason. The city’s water system has long been a No. 1 concern because of what could happen and what’s already happening.

    What could happen is a wildfire, an earthquake or a prolonged drought. Since 90 percent of our water system comes out of the Gallinas River, ash from a major fire in the canyon could make it too polluted to use.

  • Lawmaker's Perspective: Time to be cautious

    New Mexico’s economy is improving, a little, and the result is that the state budget is growing, a little, for the first time in years. But this is not the time to go on a big spending spree.

  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico trembled as territorial titans clashed

    Early territorial New Mexico saw the beginning of a collision which continues to this day, between a centuries-old social and cultural order, and the new American way. It would explode in an epic struggle between two priests, starting with the first elections for New Mexico’s territorial delegate to Congress.

  • Work of Art - Locals give edge to Patriots

    Except for the fact that more than half of them are Dallas Cowboy fans, it looks like a fairly balanced account of how this Sunday’s Super Bowl will turn out.

    At 4:28 p.m., as the world sits down to a big helping of football and meatball stew, the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants.

    The game features some of the cleverest, new commercials on TV, and that’s the reason at least one person interviewed plans to be watching on Sunday.

  • Editor's Note - Challenging the charter

    For crying out loud, the new city charter has been sitting there for two years, so why wait until after the Jan. 10 filing date to seek a summary judgment?

    The answer, from the man who wants to challenge the new charter, is that he should have done it earlier, but since he didn’t, it’s better to do it now rather than after the March 6 municipal elections.

  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico becomes a territory

    After 1846, New Mexico was under absolute U.S. military rule for almost five years. A limited civil government was appointed by whatever U.S. Army commander was in charge, following the departure of Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny. (After his invasion in Aug. 1846, Kearny stayed in New Mexico only 40 days, continuing his march west to occupy California, where he declared himself military governor in March 1847.)

  • Work of Art - When status mattered

    Remember when status in school meant something? Remember when the more popular kids thought of themselves as royalty?

    As a senior today, four times older than when I was the other kind of senior, I look back and wonder why popularity, or lack thereof, mattered.

    Let me explain:

  • Editor's Note - A love story

    Heather Glidewell McDonald’s life is a love story. One big part of her story is that she fell for her Rogers, Ark., high school sweetheart, Don McDonald. They separated to attend different colleges, but that didn’t last long and, in 1975, they graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, together — a year after they got married. They remained husband and wife for 37-1/2 years.

    From the beginning, Heather was surrounded by the love of family.

  • Nuestra Historia - After saying no to slavery, N.M. denied statehood

    Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child. This ancient axiom is especially true about momentous historical events which shaped our destiny.

    As this Centennial series continues, we hope to relate the critical moments which unfolded as New Mexico emerged from a centuries-old outpost of the Spanish empire, to become the 47th American state.

  • Work of Art - What grade did you get?

    At least we passed out a syllabus. Yes, the course outline  that we gave out on the first day of class explained what a student needed to do to pass the class.

    So, the students at least had some direction: In order to earn a certain grade in this class, thou shalt accomplish certain things. But that’s only part of the issue, as some believed that simply by performing various tasks they were guaranteed an “A.” The other part of the equation was how well they did the work.