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Columns

  • Another Perspective - Legislature tackled serious issues

    The 2014 legislative session will be dubbed the “no-nonsense session.”

    Legislators worked extremely hard to forge compromises on everything from the $6.2 billion state budget to proposals to ensure that college students still get help from the lottery scholarship program; from paying for water projects statewide to saving our local hospitals; and from banning texting while driving to protecting schoolchildren from life-threatening allergic attacks.

  • Nuestra Historia - The quest for HU’s first Hispanic president

    There was no more telling harbinger of the change yet to come at Highlands University, than Ralph Carlisle Smith’s first decision as interim president, that he and his wife Harriett (Petey) would not move into the president’s residence, but would continue living in their private home.

    To close friends, Smitty confided soon after his appointment in August 1970, that his tenure was likely very temporary, as he believed the recent events at Highlands had engendered an unstoppable momentum for the appointment of a “Spanish-American” president.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on agencies issuing mining permits (Feb. 25):
    No matter how many peer-reviewed studies link living near surface mining to higher rates of disease, death and birth defects, it’s of no consequence to the agencies issuing the permits.
    That astounding gap in a process that’s supposed to protect the public came to light during arguments this month before a federal appeals court.

  • Work of Art - Bigotry of low expectations

    Admittedly it’s been more than a decade since I’ve been inside a public school classroom — not as a guest or guest speaker — but as the holder of the grade book.

  • Just a Thought - Because of someone who came before you

    Have you ever stopped to wonder how much of your life is impacted because of someone who came before you?

    Individuals who have come before you have impacted your life in more ways than you can count.

  • Nuestra Historia - Amid uneasy truce, Smitty gets HU nod

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    On July 29, 1970, in a dramatic and alarming announcement, Board of Regents Chairman John D. Robb informed the media that Charles Graham’s request to be released from his appointment as Highlands University president, was the result of “continual harassment culminating in threatening letters addressed to Graham’s wife, and impairment of his health as a result of the harassment.” Robb also said he advised Graham to send the threatening letters to both the FBI and postal authorities.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 21, 2014

    The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C., on guns in bars and restaurants (Feb. 16):
    Imagine walking into a bar and seeing a man choking a woman. As a concealed-weapons permit holder, you pull out your gun and yell for the man to stop.
    He does not. And you honestly begin to fear for the woman’s life, her eyes rolling back into her head.
    You shoot the perpetrator, believing you’re saving the life of a fellow citizen in desperate need.

  • Work of Art - Those bloomin’ abstentions

    It’s time for a clearance sale. All transactions are final, and there are to be no refunds or exchanges on the information. However, any comments you may wish to submit are entirely welcome.      
                               
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  • Another Perspective - Water projects critical for NM

    By Pete Campos and Ryan Flynn

    In November, Gov. Susana Martinez asked the Legislature to allocate 60 percent of the available capital outlay, or $112 million, to water infrastructure projects throughout New Mexico. The governor’s proposal is to fund projects that will improve watersheds and rivers, provide a clean supply of drinking water to New Mexico’s communities, make critical repairs to dams and invest in water research at our state’s public universities.

  • Nuestra Historia - Court rules for regents, but Graham pulls out

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The Optic’s banner headline on July 23, 1970, was “Highlands Board of Regents Vindicated,” followed by an AP wire story reporting that Supreme Court Justice Paul Tackett had dismissed the civil action brought against the regents by District Attorney Tiny Martinez, for their hiring of Charles Graham as university president.