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Columns

  • 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. 

     

  • Work of Art: Don’t try this at home

    How many times have you been admonished: “Don’t try this at home”?           


    We read the notice most often on television, when someone demonstrates some kind of skill that might prove dangerous if someone goes ahead and attempts it, without proper supervision.        

  • Another perspective: Local colleges work together, which helps students

    In August, while I was at Highlands University taking pictures at a town hall meeting with the New Mexico Department of Higher Education, I saw my old buddy, longtime Highlands University Recruiting Director Gil Gonzales. He stopped and asked me if I could set up a meeting with him and some of our officials here at Luna Community College about a 2 plus 2 initiative.

  • Work of Art: Let’s go sling some mud

    Last week I wrote a column about my perception that children with greater financial means appeared to receive more leeway in elementary school. As a student of a private, Catholic school, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, I generally felt treated well and respected.

  • As It Is: How to get things done

    Las Vegas is a spirited town, and we certainly have our fair share of activists.


    Two local activists, Pat Leahan and Catherine Montaño, are good examples to show what to do and what not to do.


    Both women agree on most controversial local issues — oil and gas drilling, wind turbines, low-flying Air Force jets.


    But Leahan gets things done and Montaño doesn’t.

  • Putting Bond D to good use

    In addition to electing our next governor and other officials on Nov. 2, you will have the opportunity to vote on passage of various constitutional amendments and general obligation (GO) bonds that will have an important impact on our state as well.  


    If approved, Education Bond D will provide $155 million for capital improvements of higher education facilities across the state, including $12.1 million for New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College.  A list of all the projects may be found at www.educationinnewmexico.com.

  • Work of Art: I really wanted to join brigade

    One of many things I regret as a youngster was ever trying to become a member of Sister’s Brigade. My compunction has had  to do with telling tales. And as we know, some can tell ‘em, some can’t.


    Let me explain:

  • Not such a big tax cut

    In last week’s column, I reported that I enjoyed a sizable drop in my property taxes for my New Mexico Avenue house.


    And that’s true. But I wrote that this meant all west-side residents would get the same decrease. They won’t.


    As it turns out, most will enjoy a drop of 7.1 percent.


    I got a bigger tax cut because I sought the head-of-household exemption earlier this year, which cuts the home’s taxable value by $2,000.