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  • Saying no to straws can be a tiny step

    Beth Speaks for Herself — By Beth Urech 

    When I ask for water in a restaurant, I say politely, “Please don’t bring me a straw.”

    More than 50 percent of the time, the server returns with a straw sticking right there in the glass of water. Hardly anyone listens carefully nowadays. Do you agree?

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 8. 2017

    UP:BACK ON THE WINNING SIDE

    It took a 47-yard field goal by kicker Luke Jones and some strong second-half defense to help put the Highlands University Cowboys back on the winning side. The 23-22 victory for the local crew is welcome news following a 12-loss skid that stretched back to Nov. 7, 2015.

  • Houston, we all have a problem; a huge one

    If ever there was a time to convert to science, this is the moment.

    Hurricane Harvey and the incredible flooding it caused should be reason enough to start believing that global warming is more than a Chinese hoax, as President Trump has said. Like it or not, we had best get ready for a future filled with extreme weather.

  • Work of Art: ‘Don’t ask us any questions’

    A half dozen of us sat nervously in the advanced English classroom of  Mrs. Ruth Shafer, a veteran teacher who, many had heard, ran her students through the paces.

    Mrs. Shafer, wherever she is would probably fault me for using such a cliché (“through the paces”), but even as I write this, I think back more than five decades to the favorable impressions she left on us.
    Let me explain:

  • Just a thought - Don’t kick the can down the road; pick it up

    By Rick Kraft

    If there is a better version of yourself in your mind, why not become that better version?

    Become today who you intend to be tomorrow. Why not?

    If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine the person you would like to become in a month, three months, or six months ... whom would you visualize? Do you see a thinner you? A happily married person? A person with less financial stress? You on a beach vacation?

    Who do you plan to become?

  • Another Perspective - Don’t confuse gloating with relief

    By John Geffroy

    On Aug. 16, the Las Vegas Optic published an editorial which originally appeared in the Jacksonville, N.C., Daily News entitled “Dems, don’t gloat over failure.”

  • Another Perspective - A Las Vegan’s account of the solar eclipse

    By Joe Cooney

    I traveled with fellow Las Vegans Joe Whiteman and Mary Byers all the way to a remote mountaintop near Dubois, Wyo. to watch the recent solar eclipse.

    The morning was glorious and sunny with no hint of the astronomical drama that was about to unfold. We had camped about a half-mile below the viewing spot because of the steepness of the rocky dirt road and because of a bog that had developed in one of it’s few flat sections that was a sure invitation to getting our vehicle stuck.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Snide remarks in this age of the big lie

    Donald Trump has been in the swamp he promised to drain for about eight months now, and guess what he’s found: It’s filled with Republicans!

    I’m not saying that just because the GOP owns the swamp these days, with its control of all three branches of our federal government, but because Trump is essentially saying so himself.

    He’s ripping into members of his own party more than he is the Democrats, who must privately feel giddy over the self-destructive nature of this embattled president.

  • Work of Art: A disappointing eclipse

    “We wuz robbed!” Or, as my English teacher at Immaculate Conception School, Sister Mas Grammatica, would have said, back in the ‘50s, “We were robbed!”

    And if my sixth-grade homeroom teacher were still around, how would she react to this question, relevant this month?

    The question is: “What does a London barber do? Answer: Eclipse

  • Just a thought - Looking for more reasons to celebrate

    By: Rick Kraft

    It is too bad life can’t be just a series of celebrations.

    I often compare life to a roller coaster.

    Sometimes we are anxious and scared about what lies ahead, sometimes we yell with everything we have, and sometimes we just relax and smile peacefully.

    When was the last time you celebrated? What is it that you celebrated? Whether it is a relative’s birthday, your wedding date, your consecutive years of not drinking, or a family member graduating, there is plenty out there to celebrate.