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Columns

  • Salazar is new chair of pension committee

    NOTE: This item was submitted to the Optic by the office of the New Mexico Legislature Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    As New Mexico’s inter- im   legislative committees begin their hearings, Rep.Tomás Salazar (D-San Miguel, Santa Fe, Torrance) is pleased as he opens the Investment Pensions and Oversight Committee as its new chairman.

  • Babbling Brooks - Great customer service should be the bare minimum

    There are plenty of businesses and government or nonprofit organizations providing fine customer service around Las Vegas. If you are a retail business owner who pays attention to nearly every detail and has a vested interest in growing the customer base, I salute you, and keep up the hard work that has got you to this point.

    However, if you’re the owner of one of the Vegas businesses in the following categories, I really hope you have younger new customers in mind, and I hope you can find the resources to improve in some key areas.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Sampling a week of small-town news

    And they say nothing ever happens in small towns.

    Take a look at some of the goings-on just last week around New Mexico, gleaned from small-town newspapers across the state.

    Down the in southwestern corner of the state, the Silver City Daily Press reported on how Gary Johnson came riding through town on his bicycle.

  • Work of Art: The Ayatollah Raiders?

    We were unwinding after having taken in some of the sights in Denver over the weekend. We boarded the capital city’s light rail toward our destination, which is about as close to the center of town as one can get.

    Benji, our youngest son, and his family put us up for the night in a 24-story apartment house that places Ben a short block from where he works. And what is that work? Doing computers or something. What else does anyone his age do for a living nowadays?

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - The girl on the 41st floor would be me

    By Beth Urech

    Mark and I walked over to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to hear the Independence Day Concert performed by the Grant Park Orchestra. Wonderful friends, Deb and Robin, had saved us a place on the great lawn.

    Surrounded by several thousand other folks, we listened to the Largo from Dvorak’s New World Symphony with its haunting English horn.

    We also heard a champagne polka, St. Bailey’s rag, four Scottish dances, and the 1812 Overture.

  • Another Perspective: Las Vegas: A city without a water plan?

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second column in a two-part series.

    This May, many local residents attended the first judicial protest hearing in Santa Fe with the State Engineer against giving Storrie Project $12 million for storage with no restrictions on how the money should be spent.

  • Just a Thought: Reminiscing about the ‘good old days’

    By Rick Kraft

    My octogenarian parents came to visit for a week. As we talked about the “good ol’ days” I found myself reminiscing about the world that I spent my youth in.

    I got to thinking about my children and the world that they live in today. I realized that my children are missing out on life as I enjoyed it growing up. Things that I looked forward to, my children don’t even know existed. My children are living each year three decades behind mine. Things sure have changed in just one generation. Those were the days.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Rowling’s Harry Potter helped define a generation

    Every now and then, a book comes along that changes the world. And when it’s a fiction written for children and youth, it leaves a imprint of immeasurable importance.

    “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee from the perspective of a child, influenced a young generation of baby boomers, but that influence might just pale in comparison to the impact that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series had on the millennials of today.

  • Work of Art: 'Addicted to Facebook'

    The first time I bought a totally portable battery-operated radio, I believed I’d gone to Heaven. Even though I was able to receive only one station, KFUN-AM, I enjoyed listening to the Game of the Day as I delivered papers on my Optic route, which comprised two streets across the tracks, Railroad (which we call Tough Street), Grand and parts of First and Second.

    I taped the small radio to the handlebars and got fairly good reception. That made me a Brooklyn Dodger fan, as that team was on the air most often.

  • Another Perspective: State engineer, city should closely examine Storrie arrangement

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

    I believe that many are aware of the contentious relationship between the City of Las Vegas and the Acequias.

    We are so busy being taxed, trying to raise our children, and pay our bills that the average person does not think about water until they can’t wash their car, water their lawn, or the faucet is dry.