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Today's Opinions

  • St. Isidore and prayer

    I recall growing up where culture, traditions and faith worked hand in hand. Most of the people in the Mora Valley back in the ‘30s and ‘40s made their living off their crops.
    They had what they called the dry years, and the wet years. During the dry years people would take the statue of St. Isidore and parade him through the fields and the people would be blessed with rain.

  • Nuestra Historia - Fiestas!

    Since Las Vegas was founded in 1835, fiestas have been celebrated at the Old Town Plaza, but a Fourth of July celebration did not begin until 1882.

    Before then, grand celebrations were held on the Plaza for traditional Hispanic religious funciones on July 25 and 26, los días de Santiago y Santa Ana (St. James the Greater, patron saint of Spain, and St. Anne, patron saint of mothers and family). These religious feast days have been celebrated by the Hispanic community for centuries, and are still commemorated throughout New Mexico.

  • Orgullo del Norte - Setting the record straight

    Since I began writing Orgullo del Norte, I have received numerous remarks from readers. The vast majority of comments received have been positive.

    However, there are some readers who believe that, politically, I am on the far right and others that think I am on the far left. Some have even come to the assumption that I believe that historically, all whites are racist and have even been asked if I were anti-Spanish.

    Allow me to set the record straight.

  • No fireworks. Period.

    Here’s the reality: Municipalities are limited by law in what they can do to stop fireworks from being sold or used within their city limits. State law inhibits municipalities’  abilities to impose all-out bans on their sale or use.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 29, 2011
  • Work of Art: Let’s all give 110 percent

    They came to play. Well, what else would they have come for, to show off their needlepoint collection? To exchange recipes?

    My addiction to professional sports is limited to watching the Boston Celtics in basketball, the Oakland Raiders in football and whoever is playing in the world series.
    During the time I’ve fed this addiction, I’ve acquired quite an arsenal of sports clichés, metaphors that describe things that are not. But first, a mini-English lesson:

  • What means ‘interim’?

    The Las Vegas City Schools board probably made the right move when it gave Sheryl McNellis-Martinez a one-year contract as interim superintendent. The district needs the stability going into the 2011-12 school year, and we’re hopeful that McNellis-Martinez is up to the task.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 27, 2011