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Columns

  • Work of Art: An idiot’s guide to idioms

    One of the things some of us did on our own, without getting paid, was individual tutoring. During my term on the faculty at Highlands University, some dedicated students, usually Asians, wishing to “rap,” often visited me.

  • Publisher's Note: Another boomer failure?

    One of the greatest accomplishments of the baby boomers is not that we turned race and color into non-issues on the American landscape, but that we raised the generation that might just do it.

    Case in point: The election of Barack Obama, our first African-American president. He was elected with the overwhelming support of young voters — more so than he had with voters over age 50.

  • Dulcey Amargo: It’s not always easy

    Since March of this year, it has seemed a veritable slalom of zigzags placed in the path of Las Vegas City Schools as well as other school district employees.

    It was nice to see that Paul D. Henry Elementary was recognized for its success in student achievement in March. But before long, there was what educationalists designate as “disequilibration,” a term which generally denotes being out of balance.

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas before the A.T.&S.F.

    Las Vegas prospered for almost a half century before the railroad arrived in 1879.

    During that short span beginning in 1835, our town saw expansive growth and change.  Because of its prime location along the Santa Fe Trail, Las Vegas experienced more bustle and flurry than any other place in New Mexico.    

    In the 50 years before the railroad, our town witnessed first-hand the major transformative developments of the time, and more than any other place in New Mexico, Las Vegas was at the crossroads of history.

  • Guest Perspective: A memory of wind, smoke and fire

    By Frances Levine

    Four times in my New Mexico life I’ve smelled the acrid smoke, scanned the roiling skies, and waited anxiously for summer monsoons to quell fires on the Pajarito Plateau.

    The first time  — the summer of 1977 — seared my deepest memories of the damage wildfires can do and how dangerous and strategic the work of fire crews must be.

  • Work of Art: Same stuff, different day

    “You guys keep printing the same news, and you even copy from each other.” There isn’t a newsperson alive who hasn’t needed to refute these charges.

    Most of us have experienced that this-sounds-familiar phenomenon either when reading the paper or listening to the news:  the same word order, the same chronology.

  • Publisher's Note: Independent Las Vegas

    Forgive me if I’m being presumptuous, but I just can’t help feeling part of this town’s historical identity, and I’m here to say that Las Vegas is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July.     

    You want patriotism? We’ve got it in droves. Las Vegas has always provided more than its fair share of fighters of our wars, believers in our causes, and doers for our ideals. We’ve got veterans and peaceniks, each of them standing for what they love about our country, sometimes standing as one and the same.

  • Nuestra Historia - Fiestas!

    Since Las Vegas was founded in 1835, fiestas have been celebrated at the Old Town Plaza, but a Fourth of July celebration did not begin until 1882.

    Before then, grand celebrations were held on the Plaza for traditional Hispanic religious funciones on July 25 and 26, los días de Santiago y Santa Ana (St. James the Greater, patron saint of Spain, and St. Anne, patron saint of mothers and family). These religious feast days have been celebrated by the Hispanic community for centuries, and are still commemorated throughout New Mexico.

  • Orgullo del Norte - Setting the record straight

    Since I began writing Orgullo del Norte, I have received numerous remarks from readers. The vast majority of comments received have been positive.

    However, there are some readers who believe that, politically, I am on the far right and others that think I am on the far left. Some have even come to the assumption that I believe that historically, all whites are racist and have even been asked if I were anti-Spanish.

    Allow me to set the record straight.

  • Publisher's Note: Teenagers: Mixed blessing

    I consider myself an authority on teenagers, even if they consider me an old geezer.
    Believe it or not, I was a teenager myself for several years. Now I’m the father of two teenagers, who have teenage friends who visit my house, eat my food and take away my nights of peaceful slumber.