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Columns

  • Editor's Note: Conspiracy theories

    If there’s one thing that has gained traction in the Internet age, it’s conspiracy theories. They’re everywhere.

  • Another Perspective: Centennial letters

    On the morning of Jan. 6, the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors will host a first-day-of-issue event on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service and its New Mexico Centennial stamp. That we’re kicking off a year of Centennial activities at the History Museum with a stamp-related event delights my historian sensibilities by inviting New Mexico’s citizens to take part in a letter-writing project.

  • Nuestra Historia - Zion Hill and the early Protestant churches

    The first religious edifices erected in east Las Vegas were the Episcopal and Methodist churches, built within months of each other, at the intersection of Eighth Street and National Avenue, known since then as Zion Hill.

  • Work of Art: That fourth-floor issue

    Like Banquo’s Ghost, “it will not down.” The Stapleton-Espinoza-Gov. Martinez brouhaha keeps appearing in the press and on TV. Since it seems everybody has had a turn, here’s mine:

    To review: Angry at KRQE’s Larry Barker for his investigative piece, the Albuquerque Democrat State Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, directed some of her umbrage at a Republican representative, Nora Espinoza, from the southern part of the state, accusing her of “carrying water for the Mexican on the fourth floor.”

  • Editor's note: Best-and-worst assessments

    So there you have it, the top stories of 2011, selected by a small but thoughtful group of readers and editors at the Optic. Of course it’s an entirely subjective listing, but it’s still a good exercise in historic benchmarking, and it’s thought-provoking to say the least.

  • Nuestra Historia - Immaculate Conception church and school

    After the railroad arrived in 1879 and east Las Vegas began to grow, its Catholic population decided to establish a church on the eastside,  apart from Our Lady of Sorrows.  

    They enlisted  the support of the Italian  priests who had earlier founded the Jesuit College in Old Town, and by the early 1880s, the Rev. Blasé Antonio Schifinni of the Jesuit College began holding religious services in a building on Railroad Avenue. (The history of the Jesuit College appears in  Nuestra Historia, June  2011.)

  • Work of Art: Ignorance is not bliss

    It’s a pity to be guilty of what I condemn, but just a few weeks after criticizing the “ignorance is bliss” stance of some people, particularly politicians, I find myself having done the same thing.

    Let me explain.

  • Editor’s Note

    A lot of you can relate to the fact that I come from a large family. My dear ol’ ma (I use “ma” to honor my hillbilly roots) gave birth to five boys in eight years, and a sixth popped out eight years after that. Then my parents “adopted” a seventh son who happened to come home with one of my brothers over a holiday break and “adopted” us.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Warm memories, gentle snow

    Let it snow!    It’s glorious and we need the moisture. The various “inconveniences” notwithstanding, the snowy conditions have created a nice, seasonal ambiance; the cold, white stuff is welcome.

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas’ Mexican-born governor

    The recent flap over a state legislator referring to Gov. Susana Martinez as the “Mexican on the fourth floor,” prompts this topical column, in advance of its intended publication. (A version of this article was planned for a later Nuestra Historia series.)