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  • Another Perspective: Here are four critical books all leaders must read

    By Vidal Martinez

    After reading more than one-thousand books, 10 years leading volunteer firefighters, 13 years as a college administrator, a lifelong teacher, parent, and now a manager, I have identified four critical books leaders must read.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Looking for the good in New Mexico’s reputation

    New Mexico is gambling with its future, in more ways than one.

    Thanks to a quick little special session, the state now has a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year, higher education has its funding restored and no new taxes were imposed on the citizenry.

    Of course, all that didn’t leave much of a reserve, but that’s a chance our governor decided to take.

    New Mexico is now like the family that spends all their money just paying the monthly bills, socking away nothing for savings or investing except for their change jar.

  • Work of Art: Lemonade stand creates juicy news

    A friend, Luke Phillips, who used to work in the composing room at the Optic, when it was on Lincoln Avenue, dropped a note recently, in which he explained that the city council session he covers in a California town had been meeting for three hours and had yet to finish Item #1 on the agenda.

    Ah, the glamour people in the news business can experience amounts to pure splendor!

  • Babbling Brooks - Plenty of room for two farmers markets

    This editorial was published by Capital News Service on June 2.

    Allegany and Garrett, Maryland’s two westernmost counties, tend to be lumped together as “Mountain Maryland,” their problems similar, their prospects equally muddled.

    But the two counties’ economic issues — and their approaches to solving them — differ starkly.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - With Father’s Day approaching: lessons I learned

    When I walked into Joseph Baca’s office at KFUN, I was struck by a piece of furniture standing quietly in the corner of the office. It was a squat blond console that I later learned housed a turntable.

    On the front was the original RCA logo. I told Joseph he’d be reading about his record player because my father was the inventor of it. Well, maybe that’s not exactly right, but Daddy was surely instrumental.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Looking for the good in New Mexico’s reputation

    It can get downright depressing when comparing New Mexico to other states, at least when it comes to economics, education, crime and other indicators of prosperity and progress.

    U.S. News and World Report ranks us 47th, 48th and 49th, respectively in those categories, which makes it difficult to take pride in this “land of entrapment,” as I’ve heard New Mexicans call it more than once.

  • Work of Art: Grab a cup of covfefe; we’ve got ‘alot’ to cover

    During my years of teaching, I don’t believe I ever had students — even at the college level — who consistently spelled “a lot” as two words. To that I say, “’Alot’ of students can’t tell the difference.” I believe the bigger problem is simply using the wrong word. There are, after all, many synonyms for “a lot,” including “many” and “plenty.”

  • Just a Thought: Lessons from ‘Hamilton’

    By Rick Kraft

    What can we learn from the hottest Broadway production in years? Plenty.

    If you like thought-provoking theater, US history, or catchy contemporary music, when the “Hamilton” production comes close to you, go see it. Inspired after reading a biography on Alexander Hamilton, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda spent several years and did a brilliant job of writing the theater production of Hamilton’s life.

    There are several themes in Miranda’s production that warrant mentioning and discussing.

  • Babbling Brooks - Lessons learned by the military must be taught

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    As I watched some of our military veterans move toward the barrels used in last week’s VFW Post 1457 Memorial Day flag-burning ceremony, I noticed that several young children were among the 50 people in attendance. I wondered what they’d been taught about the American military, its history, war and casualties and the walking wounded.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 4, 2017

    The Santa Cruz Sentinel on Americans with Disabilities Act victims:

    California adopted reforms last year to curb predatory disability lawsuits, but, as evidenced by more state and federal proposals, the problem remains.