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Columns

  • Just a Thought - This is the year I will keep my resolutions

    By Rick Kraft

    Submitted to the Optic

    When Alice in Wonderland was lost and came upon the Cheshire Cat in the tree she asked “Cheshire Puss, would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

    “I don’t much care where...” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

  • Nuestra Historia: Regents name Graham, HU students organize

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    It all started at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe on Tuesday, May 19 1970. Meeting in a private room of the hotel’s second floor, the Highlands University Board of Regents named Charles Graham of Wisconsin to succeed Tom Donnelly as president of the university – and the momentous events which followed remain at once the darkest and brightest days in the history of Highlands University.

  • Work of Art — Luminaria or farolito: That is the question

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the 2013 edition of Tradiciones.

    The question was: “What do you call those things you put a candle into and line your driveway with?” The answer was: “They’re luminarias, but in some places, they’re called farolitos.”

    Alas, but a once-and-for-all answer is not possible. Researching something like the difference between the two terms, which surface each Christmas season, isn’t a question of exhaustive sources; rather, it’s a matter of being selective:

  • Dulcey Amargo - Hitting the jackpot — not!

    I’d just made my way to the cashier at a local establishment, whipped out my debit card, and handed it to the young lady taking my payment. She rang up my bill, and suddenly, with her eyes bigger than teacups, she blurted out, What? ... I just had to see what had shocked her so violently, so I  looked at what the cash register told her to do. She was to give me change amounting to over $43,000!

  • Nuestra Historia: Donnelly retires, regents oblivious

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

  • Another Perspective — Tips for a safe holiday shopping season

    By Ben White

    For the Optic

    With the holiday season in full swing, a growing number of people are expected to shop online with their computers and mobile devices. No matter how a customer chooses to shop — through online sites, mobile devices, telephone, or at the store — it is important to stick to your budget and safeguard your confidential information.

    To help manage your finances during the holidays, consider following these important guidelines:

  • Work of Art — Affluenza vs. povertenza

    Just when you think you’ve heard it all, there comes a new excuse, a new diagnosis, a new cop-out. Anyone who’s followed the news recently probably has learned a new word: “affluenza.”

    Give us a break, your honor! But first let me explain:

    A 16-year-old boy, a Texas youth, drunk, with three times the presumed level of intoxication, loses control of his truck and plows into a group of pedestrians. In its wake, the massacre takes the lives of a woman, her daughter and two others.

  • Another Perspective — Helping people get insurance

    The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is committed to getting as many individuals as possible enrolled in health insurance plans by Dec. 23, 2013 (the deadline for health insurance coverage effective January 2014).

    The federal website is improving, but our overriding concern now is time. Individuals who want and need insurance coverage beginning in January 2014 have two weeks to enroll.

  • Nuestra Historia: Melody falls, Donnelly reign nears end

    It was a Sunday evening on Nov. 21 1965, when Highlands President Tom Donnelly and the university’s regents gathered for dinner and ceremonies at the newly completed dormitory on the west campus. They were joined by dignitaries from throughout New Mexico, including State Sen. Gene Lusk, who would be the Democratic nominee for governor in just a few months, and State Sen. Harold Runnels, who would become a longtime New Mexico congressman.

  • Work of Art — Sleeping through English class

    Pop Quiz: Who can name all 10 reindeer? Yes, 10 of them. I’m sure most people will come up with Dasher and Dancer, Hansel and Gretel, Comet and Cupid, Sleepy and Bashful, but there is a tenth whose name will appear at the end.