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Columns

  • Nuestra Historia - Temple Montefiore — the Taichert family

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    By the late 1800s the Jewish presence in Las Vegas was robust and thriving, with the largest population of German Jews in all New Mexico. Most had become successful merchants and had been joined by extended family members emigrating from their old home lands in western Europe.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 8, 2014

    The Associated Press

    The Brattleboro, (Vt.) Reformer on restoring trust (Aug. 1):
    The U.S. government has a long way to go to restore trust following the revelation of massive spying on Americans citizens by the National Security Agency. However, an important step in the right direction was made Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation that he says would end the government’s dragnet collection of phone records and require greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities.

  • Work of Art: Tattoos don’t just wash off

    On visits to the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, I easily get my fill of tattoo art. Some patrons enter with a mish-mash of strange, multi-colored drawings on their arms, legs and backs. And as for the men, well they have even more to show off.

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Behavioral health issue may impact governor’s race

    If there’s an issue out there that could slow Gov. Susana Martinez’s cakewalk into a second term, it might just be the behavioral health issue.

  • Nuestra Historia - Charles Ilfeld built business empire

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The most well known of the early Jewish settlers of Las Vegas was Charles Ilfeld, who came here in 1867, when he was only 20. He had arrived in Santa Fe two years earlier, emigrating from Homburg vor der Hohe, a town in Germany near Frankfurt, then part of the Prussian Empire. According to Ilfeld family history, Charles arrived in Santa Fe with only $5 in his pocket.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 1, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times on the hysteria surrounding immigration (July 25, 2014):

    Put those fears of catching ebola from immigrant children to rest.
    Health professionals at the ninth annual Border Health Conference are sending the clear signal that the thousands of children flooding the border from Central America won’t infect us all with exotic diseases. That’s in direct conflict with health-scare hysterics perpetrated by political opportunism and bad journalism.

  • Work of Art: Does news ever change?

    How much history is buried in various construction sites, in homes, backyards and under carpets?

    It’s interesting to come across information long past, and even overdue. Some news discoveries can be embarrassing.

    In 1962, I learned about one such instance while attending a dinner meeting of the Cook County (Ill.) Press Association, in which an editor of one of Chicago’s dailies spoke to us about Chicago journalism history.

  • Another Perspective: NM Health care plan delivers

    By Bob Moos

    It’s been six months since millions of American began to benefit from health insurance bought through the new federal marketplace, so it’s fair to ask: How is the coverage working?

    Though analyzing the health care law remains a work in progress, the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services has taken a close look at both the affordability and the availability of the insurance plans purchased during the marketplace’s initial enrollment period.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Jewish merchants arrived

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    When introducing the most recent articles in this column, we noted that between annexation in 1846 and the arrival of the railroad in 1879, three transformative developments occurred in Las Vegas. We have related two of them, the Americanization of the Old Town Plaza, and the emergence of the Romero dynasty.

  • Editorial Roundup - July 25, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Newsday on the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (July 18):
    As last week slammed to a close with searing images of a Malaysia Airlines jet smoldering in Ukrainian fields, the American president who once ran for office promising “to deal with the world as it is rather than what it might be” stepped to the microphones to give a not-so-subtle warning to Russia about igniting Cold War II.