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Columns

  • Work of Art: Can you keep a secret?

    If you say it softly, it’s not so bad. Now what’s that supposed to mean?
    Well, it’s a conclusion I’ve reached after years and years of observation as to how people choose to express themselves. Shouting out a word — if you overlook the possibility of rousing someone from slumber — is worse than whispering it.

    Let me explain:

  • Publisher's Note: What matters

    After a night of changing TV channels back and forth between my two favorite sports — football and politics — I got to wondering about why they matter to me. And that maybe they should matter less.

  • Nuestra Historia - The five faces of Montezuma

    After the nationwide economic panic of 1893, the lavish  Montezuma hotel and resort  closed, although several unsuccessful attempts were made during the next decade to revive the grand destination. Finally, in 1903, Montezuma closed its doors for good, no longer attracting the rich and famous, who were by then visiting other western resorts, and traveling abroad in luxurious steamships.

  • Just a Thought: Victims or heroes? The choice is yours

    “Honey, call 911. My flight’s been hijacked. I know we’re all going to die. I’m not giving up. We’re getting ready to do something. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.”

    These were the words spoken by 38-year-old Tom Burnett 3,000 feet in the air over the skies of Pennsylvania on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to his wife, Deena, who was having breakfast at home in California. Tom was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93.

  • Work of Art: Wish to friend someone?

    In the past few days, I performed two highly unusual acts: I chose to gift a relative and to friend someone on Facebook. You say this is no big deal?

    Let me explain:

    At the school I attended three-fourths of my life ago, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, our English teacher, Margaret Kennedy (after whom Highlands’ Kennedy Hall is named), drilled into us the notion that there are verbs and there are nouns.

  • Publisher's Note: Thoughts on working

    If you are a working stiff, sweating away eight or more hours a day for someone who’s making the “big bucks,” there’s a good chance that you feel unappreciated.

  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma rises like a phoenix — twice

    The railroad was not deterred by the 1884 fire that completely destroyed the first Montezuma hotel, a three-story frame structure built in 1882. A new four-story stone and brick hotel was immediately erected on higher ground and completed in 1885.

  • Work of Art: Not another dam dedication

    What was intended as a joyous occasion — a sign of real progress, with cake as the main course and punch as the chaser — might have instead appeared as an annoyance, if you read newspaper headlines.

    Let me explain:

    A recent issue of the Optic included a front-page photo spread on a ribbon-cutting for a the city’s newest diversion dam. About 50 city officials and townspeople boarded vans to go high up Gallinas Canyon, “to places some of you have never been before,” as Mayor Alfonso Ortiz expressed it.

  • Publisher's Note: Facts and opinions

    Facts are more important than opinions. That may seem like an obvious point, but given the times in which we live, it’s worth saying.

    Straight news reporting is the most valuable contribution being made to the national discussion, but you wouldn’t know that by observing the media’s behavior.

    I suppose it’s because the “most valuable contribution” isn’t always the most marketable. Opinion often sells better than fact.

  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma, the R.R.’s luxury resort

    Having established its new rail town east of the Gallinas in 1879, the AT&SF quickly embarked on the second reason it chose to make Las Vegas its regional headquarters. The railroad intended to develop the hot springs north of town as a premier resort for the rich and famous who were by then anxiously traveling by rail to the alluring west.

    But first, a brief history of the hot springs area before the railroad arrived.