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Columns

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - What’s up, Doc? Plenty for the Meadow City this week

    By Beth Urech
    For the Las Vegas Optic

    We used to imitate Bug Bunny’s Brooklyn accent when we watched Looney Tunes at the Saturday afternoon movie show.

    Those were the days! My dad would fill up the station wagon and schlepp a carload of us kids from Wildwood Park to downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. After buying our tickets, we would hover around the concession counter.

    Would Bobby Keegan buy Milk Duds?  Maybe Rusty Mackay would gaze in my direction as he purchased an Almond Joy.

  • Another Perspective: Stopping higher ed funds wrong move

    By Sam Minner

    A few days ago, I and all other university presidents in New Mexico were informed that we would receive no state appropriations effective July 1. The many challenges associated with balancing the state budget are well known and, unless revenues increase from some source, additional legally required cuts must be made to balance the budget.

  • Just a Thought: Are you talking about your ethics or mine?

    By Rick Kraft

    Several years back when I was the New Mexico State Bar President I was speaking to a group of a few hundred lawyers at a conference and I asked the group the question, “How many of you in this room are unethical?” Not a hand went up. Good ... I thought.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 23, 2017

    The following editorial excerpt was published in the Los Angeles Times on April 19.

    Under its last chairman, Democrat Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission dramatically ramped up its regulation of telecommunications companies, especially those that provide broadband Internet access to the home. The commission adopted rules to preserve net neutrality, limit the collection and use of data about where people go online and subsidize broadband access services, while also slapping conditions on or flat-out opposing mergers between major broadband companies.

  • Straight from the City: It all started with the river

    It all started with the river. People came to this place because the Gallinas River provided water, and water is life. When the people of this area dug the first ditch, the first acequia, they called it the Acequia Madre, the mother ditch, and that is fitting, because it was through the nurture of the river and the ditches that this community was born.

    There is a time when our mother takes care of us, and, as life goes on, there is a time when we must take care of our mother.

    For us, as a community, this is that time.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Climate change realities and Donald Trump’s denial

    President Donald Trump and his minions can stick their head in the sand if they want to, but the realities of climate change will continue nevertheless. Ask any scientist with any credibility at all.

  • Work of Art: Remember old OLOS bulletins?

    A friend made a habit of collecting and saving Sunday bulletins for Our Lady of Sorrows Sunday church services.

    Considering the number of years represented in these bulletins, it’s safe to say she was a faithful church member. Most of the bulletins that she passed on to me date back to the 1960s, and all contain a historical photo on the cover and list a slew of activities: wedding banns, a bingo prize of $230, baptisms and special events. The pastor at that time was the Rev. James T. Burke.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Food, glorious food

    By Beth Urech

  • Another Perspective: Become part of DWI solution

    By Yolanda Cruz

    As I was reading the “Thumbs” in the April 7 Optic, I read a thumbs down with the statement “perhaps a sign that the system to prevent DWI is not working.”

    I would like to address that statement. Prevention is key, it is the number one way that society can deal with any health, public health, or social issue.

  • Just a Thought: Always do this in remembrance of me

    By Rick Kraft

    Everyone reading this has had some common experiences. We grew and developed in our mother’s womb. We entered this world as a newborn child. During the early years of our lives we were entirely dependent on others. Common experiences —  no exceptions.