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Columns

  • Another Perspective - One-dimensional healthcare

    With a doctor in the family, I’ve learned some interesting things about our current approach to healthcare. I must mention that the following is based on conversations with three doctors and information from just one healthcare insurance company though I’m told others are doing similar things.

  • Nuestra Historia - We settled San Miguel del Bado

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Optic on Jan. 14, 2011.

    In their petition seeking to secure the San Miguel del Bado Land Grant in 1794, the 52 colonists stated as their primary reason that there was not sufficient water in Santa Fe to sustain the growing population and livestock there. (It appears that drought and an adequate water supply were problems even then.) The petitioners also stated that many of them owned small parcels of land in Santa Fe, but they were not sufficient to support their large families.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Augusta Chronicle, on government transparency (March 19):
    The Obama administration has never lived up to the president’s inauguration day pledge to be the “most transparent” in history.
    Sadly, it’s getting worse.
    An Associated Press analysis of federal data found that the administration has grown more secretive over time, last year censoring or outright denying Freedom of Information Act access to government files more than ever since Obama took office.

  • Work of Art: A two-piece baseball bat?

    “Where do you get all your ideas?” Readers of Work of Art ask me occasionally. The main thing is having a good memory, although all my siblings insist that accounts I relate about our childhood favor me.

    Except for obvious, grotesque exaggerations, I go by what I remember. And no, the many nuns I’ve Christened in my almost 600 columns might not have had exactly those names, but that’s part of legitimate editorial puffery.

  • Another Perspective - Rural NM not forgotten

    By Terry Brunner

    The recent economic recession hit New Mexico’s rural communities especially hard. Its impacts are reflected in New Mexico’s frequently reported grim social and economic statistics. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Mission area, the only federal agency with a specifically rural mission, is working hard to help rural communities help recover of from the recession.

  • Another Perspective - Time is running out

    By Mike Nuñez

    Submitted to the Optic

    The clock is ticking. Thousands of New Mexicans will lose their ability to buy affordable health insurance under the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange if they fail to enroll by March 31, 2014. If they miss this important deadline, unless they become covered by an employer or have a life-changing event such as marriage or birth of a child, they will be unable to get health insurance coverage until January 2015 at the earliest. So sign up today!

  • Nuestra Historia - OUR BEGINNING

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Editor’s note: For more than three years, Jesus Lopez has enchanted Optic readers with his Nuestra Historia column, which first appeared on this page on Jan. 7, 2011. Since that time, Lopez has authored 167 articles and more than 150,000 words, and says he has written just about all there is to write of the history of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 21, 2014

    The New York Daily News on the awarding of the Medal of Honor to 24 U.S. veterans previously denied the honor (March 19):

    The U.S. righted terrible wrongs on Tuesday when President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on 24 soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
    Most were Jewish or Hispanic and all earned eternal gratitude for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. But they were likely denied because of their ethnic or religious heritages.

  • Work of Art - Anything for a laugh

    An impressive new video on Facebook, the social medium on computers, aims in setting the right example for children.

    The brief video is quite graphic, something I wouldn’t recommend showing my youngest granddaughters.

  • Another Perspective - Celebrate the sunshine

    By Kathi Bearden

    March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate! Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

    I care about Sunshine Week both as a citizen and as a former newspaper employee/publisher for 22 years. We relied heavily upon the State of New Mexico’s strong public records and opening meeting acts to help keep public officials accountable and public bodies honest.