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Columns

  • 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.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 14, 2014

    The (Freeport) Journal-Standard on investing in education early and seeing the rewards (Feb. 10):
    Early education is an investment in the future, an investment that has been shown to reap dividends by study after study.

  • Work of Art - ‘Your computer’s toast’

    Deep in the recesses of my files rests a photo of ‘60s vintage showing a gentleman inside a lab that has a dismaying similarity to Frankenstein’s workshop. The man looks like a scientist surrounded by huge rolls of paper (remember the perforated paper we used to feed through printers?); there’s a TV set with a tube the size of the Llano Estacado (no flat screens in those days), and an array of blinking lights in a control panel that rivals the Starship Enterprise.

  • Program opens door for youth

    By Jon C. Boren

    NMSU Associate Dean

    While New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service is well known for providing research-based education in traditional areas like agriculture, nutrition and 4-H, Extension programs also bring powerful STEM and health-related educational programs each year to thousands of youth across New Mexico.

  • Nuestra Historia - HU past, future reverberate at epic trial

    By Jesus L. Lopez