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Columns

  • I didn’t say ‘junk’

    By Art Trujillo

    Did John Pistole have the timing down just right? As head of the Transportation Security Administration, he waited . . . and waited for the start of the busiest travel time of the year to surprise air travelers with three options: submit to a full-body screening, agree to an “enhanced” body pat-down or stay home.

  • A solution for Ward 4

    City Councilman David Romero has been sidelined since August because of a stroke, so Ward 4 has been unrepresented since then.

    Sure, the mayor and other council members have chipped in, but the southwest Las Vegas ward hasn’t had its own council member.


    Of course, everyone involved wants to show compassion for Romero, an auto repair shop owner elected in March. Yet there is a need for Ward 4 to be represented.

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  • Don’t be blind in supporting our troops

    Civilians often don’t realize that each ribbon worn on the uniform of military men and women means something.


    I wore the Marine Corps Combat Action ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with frame, Vietnamese Campaign Medal with give stars, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (five awards), National Defense Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

  • Humor is therapeutic

    Ever have a day when anything you attempt to help brighten things falls flat? That’s the story of my life.

    Here’s how:

    I often try to reach people through humor. I don’t mean that I see life as an interminable joke-fest but merely that I believe in the therapeutic qualities of laughter. And if that’s true, my students of more than 40 years ago have to be healthy. There are limits, and on occasion I’ve needed to make sure the person with whom I attempted the humor is comfortable. It’s also a joy, not to mention flattering, when the recipient of my humor pays me back in kind.

  • As It Is: Pitfalls of social networking

    I belong to Facebook, as do many others in Las Vegas. Social networking has transformed how we relate to one another.
    But sometimes sites such as Facebook and MySpace can get us in trouble. That became apparent for a young woman who testified in Magistrate Court last week.


    The case involved Brenda Parks, 41, who was accused of attacking a 17-year-old at a party. Parks’ husband, Ray Parks, 43, Robertson High School’s girls soccer coach, also allegedly took part in the dust-up.

  • Keeping It Simple: Renovation projects

    The Grand Avenue renovation project seems to be coming along nicely. The summer travelers had some maneuvering to do in order to find their destination and local residents are still having to find new routes to get around.


    Since the renovation involves Grand Avenue from Tilden to National Avenue, I am wondering how the abyss at the corner of Lincoln and Grand Avenue is going to be resolved.  This ugly hole in the ground has been with us far too long.

  • Work of Art: Try these movie titles

    Ah, the best-laid plans of mice and men ...            We wanted to provide an accurate list of movies you might enjoy seeing, but the poofreader took a few days off, and the typist got a bit careless. Nevertheless, let’s see how many movie titles you can ferret out of these descriptions.

  • A Richardson factor

    People are sick of Gov. Bill Richardson. And that’s largely why Republican Susana Martinez did so well in last week’s gubernatorial election. 

     

    The Democrat, Diane Denish, was inextricably tied to Richardson because she served as lieutenant governor. 

     

    Richardson’s approval ratings in the last few months have been around 25 percent — which made it tough for Denish, try as she may have, to distance herself from Richardson. 

     

  • Dulcey Amargo: 'Ultima' a substantive play

    By Lupita Gonzales

     

    As I mentioned in a column a while back, I have sworn off sitting too long in front of the TV or the computer screen, but there are some sites I receive online that I follow for the fun of it. One of those is the Astrology  Astro Slam, which often puts me in my place.

     

    A couple of weeks ago, the slam told me that most people are boring, including me, and that I should do something exciting, like attending a play, or some such.