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  • Work of Art - Colorado green chile? Nah!

    An alert user of the social medium, Facebook, posted something brilliant: “I sure wish we had some of that green chile from Colorado.”

    Said no one.

    Ever.

    I spotted this post on the Facebook page of former Las Vegas and current Seattle-ite Ileana Gonzales. She said in 16 words what takes me several paragraphs to express.

  • Just a Thought - You choose your influences

    By Rick Kraft

    Who in this world influences your life? We all are influenced by others. We don’t live our lives in a vacuum. We are not each born on a remote island with no one around. We don’t live our lives with an abundance of food, clothing, and shelter automatically provided without our ever having to lift a finger.

  • Nuestra Historia - Students leave building — HU put on trial

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    The scene was somber, the quiet overpowering. To a drum roll and bugle call, some 300 students marched silently out of Rodgers Hall at mid-morning on Thursday, May 28, 1970. The funereal atmosphere was marked by solemn music, accompanied by a lone flute, played by a young girl.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 31, 2014

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the need for Congress to fund a key tax program (Jan. 28, 2014):
    Here’s another example of a budget decision made far away and having a potential consequence to Fairbanks. Congress failed to include funding for the annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes program in the federal omnibus spending bill approved earlier this month.
    The program provided $742,500 to the Fairbanks North Star Borough in fiscal 2013. That’s an amount equal to just less than 1 percent of the property tax revenue raised that year.

  • Work of Art - Seattle 27.6, Denver 22.6

    Do you think it’ll work? For this Super Bowl edition of Work of Art, I asked a number of athletes, employees of the City Recreation Center — people who follow football — to predict the winner and the final score of Sunday’s game.

    Surprisingly, only West Las Vegas High School junior Brandon Gallegos predicted anything close to a slaughter. Brandon picks the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Denver Broncos 42-24. And why does he choose the Seahawks? “I don’t like Denver.” That’s reason enough.

  • Another Perspective - Time to enact reforms

    As we begin another short budget session, our troubled education system is our greatest cause for concern. As it stands, only about half of our public school students are proficient in math and reading and only half graduate ready to take on college. New Mexico now ranks last among all states in student performance. The sad truth is that our public school system is in need of a serious reworking.

  • Nuestra Historia - Students take over HU administration building

    A week into the student protests which began at Highlands University on May 20. 1970, the Board of Regents remained firm in its decision to name Wisconsin educator Charles Graham as university president. Despite the growing unrest at Highlands, Regents Chairman John D. Robb announced on May 25, “I have made it clear we have hired Dr. Graham. As far as I am concerned, the matter is closed.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 24, 2014

    Edwardsville (Illinois) Intelligencer on school shootings (Jan. 20):
    Something must be done — soon
    There are heroes and there are victims. There are those who go to prison and those who take their own lives.
    The scenes of police officers surrounding school buildings have become common. Much too common.
    Guns and students don’t mix.
    But lately, they have become regular headlines.
    In 2013, there were 29 shootings at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country.

  • Work of Art - ‘Whatever’ wins again

    It seems as if we’ll be stuck with it forever. A poll of 1,173 adults, conducted by researchers at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., discovered that the word “whatever,” has — for the fifth straight year — secured the title as the most annoying word in conversation.

  • Just a Thought - Our appetites and addictions

    By Rick Kraft

    Submitted to the Optic

    Zig Zigler used to tell the story of a man in Alaska who had two dogs, a black one and a white one. Each week he would take his dogs to town and they would fight against each other. The locals would gamble by betting which dog they thought would win the battle that week and then make or lose money accordingly. Some nights the black dog would win and other nights the white one would succeed.