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Columns

  • The glass is half full in the Meadow City

    Beth Speaks for Herself — By Beth Urech

    Is it coincidental that the Delta Institute’s panelists sat in front of a huge sepia-toned photograph of the devastating Chicago fire as they spoke about equitable and ethical ways to build community?

    I could almost smell the smoke. In fact, Naomi Cole of Eco-Disticts, who is based in Portland, Oregon, lamented, “For months we have suffered forest fires. Hazy skies. We cannot breathe.”

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news — Oct. 13, 2017

    VOTE FOR YOUR CITY

    MainStreet de Las Vegas is trying to win up to $150,000 in a national grant contest to help convert the E. Romero firehouse into a Bridge Street museum. The top 10 vote getters will receive funds and Las Vegas could receive $150,000 for a to honor our volunteer firemen, the Acequia Madre and the many vehicles used to keep Las Vegas safe through the years.

    Friday (Oct. 6), an open house showcased the 1937 Seagrave fire truck, 1888 La France hose cart and 1883 brass bell that will be centerpieces of the museum.

  • As state riddled with problems, focus is on the nation

    I don’t think I’m alone in being more concerned about our nation than our state these days.

    Sure, New Mexico is riddled with problems. Our unemployment rate is the one of highest in the nation. Our poverty rate is one of the worst. And our schools — the greatest hope we have for a better future — are either underperforming or falling apart (see Anton Chico, where a new school building is cracking up, literally).

  • Thoughts, prayers are not enough

    This editorial, by Kyle Land, recently appeared in the New Mexico Daily Lobo.

    Three years after his son, Daniel, was murdered in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mark Barden said on “Entertainment Weekly,” “Thoughts and prayers and moments of silence are not enough.”

    This is the mindset America should have when tackling the epidemic of gun violence. Thoughts and prayers do not prevent gun violence. Legislation does.

  • Do we ‘plant’ eggplant?

    Work of Art

    A few weeks ago, this column introduced the two foreign exchange students who are spending the school year with us. One student, Tookta, comes from Thailand; the other, Kitty, is from China.

    Our main objective is to help them learn English as well as American ways, which they seem to be acquiring through their enrollment at Robertson High School. I believe that part of their indoctrination is in providing food we think they’ll enjoy. And the counterpart involves our becoming more familiar with what people eat in China and Thailand.

  • You, too, can become a ‘Getaway’ parent

    Back in February 2015, Mark and I took a tour of Montezuma Castle led by UWC-USA students from Israel, Palestine, Romania and The Netherlands.

    That afternoon re-awakened my passion for communicating with people from different countries and cultures. That’s what UWC-USA is all about.

    As you know, my children were born and educated in multi-cultural Switzerland. When Thomas’s 4th grade teacher suggested an international lunch, classmates brought specialities from Pakistan, Spain, Israel, The Netherlands, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland.

  • Unknowingly controlled by strangers

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    We are controlled by strangers whom we will never meet and we don’t even recognize it.

    I am on vacation and I get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. As I walk across the room trying to remember where the door is, my left wrist lights up and my watch tells me it is 2:51 am and states “You did it! You have earned an hour towards your standing goal.”

  • Bradner Reservoir work is moving forward

    From the City

    Work on Bradner Reservoir is proceeding from design to the construction phase.

    There are two parts to the construction project at Bradner Reservoir. First is the rehabilitation of the auxiliary embankment, main embankment and the spillway and second is the installation of the outlet tower.

  • Failing schools: the elephant in the room

     Another Perspective

    I want to talk about the “elephant” in the room; and that is the quality of our schools. WalletHub is the most credible national norm referenced statistic center for education (New Mexico is ranked 50th of 51 states).

    The New Mexico State Department of Education has begun grading school districts and East and West Las Vegas both earned a D-plus. The top five public school districts in New Mexico are Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Grady, Fort Sumner, and Cimarron.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 6, 2017

    EUROPEAN DAY IS A HIT

    THUMBS UP: There was hilarity; there were moments of solemnity and of patriotism. But most of all, “European National Day” at the United World College was an evening well spent, last Saturday evening.

    The program, offered free to the public featured some 60 UWC students singing, acting, dancing, lip-syncing and clowning. Close to 30 fast-moving skits entertained the packed audience. In keeping with the “European” theme, students featured skits based on a number of countries across the Atlantic.