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Columns

  • Handwriting off the wall

    Remember those looping, joined-up letters that for centuries have stood as signs of education and sophistication? We used to call that bit of artistry penmanship, or, so as not to offend anyone, let’s call it “penpersonship.”

  • Publisher's Note: The desalination alternative

    Let me add to our July 29 report on the consultants’ presentation about Las Vegas’ water situation and how best to address it, thanks to managing editor Martin Salazar and the massive amount of notes he took at the meeting.

  • The ever-changing world we live in

    This world that I live in is changing so fast I really can’t keep up. A visit with some of the family I don’t see very often brought that home in a big way. Seems like every time I turned around, someone had a phone/camera/Ipod type device aimed and shooting at either one of us or something that was of interest at the time. My question is, what do they do with all of these pictures?

  • Frenzied growth on the east side

    Between the decision to  make east Las Vegas the railroad’s regional headquarters, and the commerce flourishing on Railroad Avenue, New Town experienced instant and rapid growth immediately after the first train arrived.

  • Another Perspective: That was back in oh-two

    At what point will the term “turn of the century” refer to this century instead of last? To me the expression corresponds to the era when my dad, born in 1903, came around.

    But we’ve been into the 21st century for 11 years, and technically, the few years past ought to be the real turn of the century.

    In addition, for years I’ve heard people say things like, “Back in oh-2, when I was a kid ...” It’s usually an exaggeration, one I used in class a number of times.

  • Publisher's Note: The magic of reading

    When I was a kid, I think I was dyslexic, only I didn’t know it. I don’t think anybody knew it. Years later, when I was in my 20s, my mother figured it out. She learned what dyslexia is, and remembered how I would read words backwards.

    I didn’t become much of a reader until I quit college at age 20.

  • A stunning parallel

    By Sara Welsch

    Well, we’ve come full circle. Five years ago, Bill Richardson’s administration was asked for state e-mails about an audit of the driver’s license program. It refused, claiming executive privilege, and the Republican Party of New Mexico filed suit.

  • Publisher's Note: A history of divisions

    If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a passion for history. In fact, that’s part of the reason I was drawn to journalism. Newspapers, it’s been said, record “the first draft of history.”

    In 1879, the founder of this newspaper, Russell Kistler, did more than just write the “first draft.” He also made history. Unfortunately, part of his legacy can be found in the divisions that helped define Las Vegas.

  • Work of Art: This calls for collarboration

    As a continuing unrepentant language cop, I really had thought of laying off criticizing those electronic message boards that greet visitors.

    Yes, since it’s summer, when most of the schools are in recess, there hasn’t been much to report. But if there is a bit of criticism, I aim it at the fact that a number of the signs appear to have gone on summer break, along with teachers and students.

  • Publisher's Note: Letters and a columnist

    Sometimes the letters to the editor consume me. Sometimes there are just too many.

    And, sometimes, they are just too good.

    Our last couple days worth of Viewpoints pages are a good example of what I’m talking about. When I started building Friday’s editorial pages last Wednesday, I had a dozen letters in the system ready to run. I got six in on Friday, and three more in today.