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Columns

  • Work of Art - And what’s so funny?

    What’s so funny? John Adams, a long-time member of the Highlands University English Department, often asked me that between classes at Mortimer Hall.

    Unlike several other members of the Humanities faculty of yesteryear, Adams was an 8-to-5-er. If not in class, he was in his office. Therefore, he heard every giggle and chuckle that emanated from my journalism and speech classes down the hall.

  • Another Perspective - Capital outlay reforms needed

    New Mexico’s haphazard process of annually awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to state agencies, and to city, county and tribal governments, for special projects wastes tax dollars on projects that are not ready to be built, are not integrated into an overall plan, cannot be properly maintained or will not be managed by a financially responsible entity.

    The good news is that all of these problems can be fixed.

  • Nuestra Historia: DA charges regents, arrest warrants issued

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    On May 20, 1970, the day after Charles Graham was appointed Highlands University president by Regents John D. Robb, Stuart Beck and Frank Peloso, criminal charges were filed against the three regents by Las Vegas District Attorney Donaldo “Tiny” Martinez, and warrants were issued for their arrest.

  • Work of Art — A numismatist — and proud of it

    You may call me a numismatist or a numismatic. But before you start inquiring as to how it feels, or whether I need to register as a numismatist for life or how many times I’ve had to change my residence because of its proximity to a school or church, or whether there’s a cure for this affliction, let me explain that what I am is fairly innocuous.

  • Another Perspective — Behavioral Health Institute: A key to better mental health care

    The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute is a key provider of mental health services and long-term care statewide, serving as the foundation for any plan to improve those services. It also serves as a vital component of the regional economy of northeastern New Mexico.

  • Nuestra Historia: Otero resigns, students begin protests

    On May 19, 1970, Joe L. Otero stormed out of a Board of Regents meeting at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, having failed to convince his fellow regents to name John Aragon as president of Highlands University. After he left, the three remaining regents named Charles Graham of Wisconsin as university president.

  • Work of Art — Try the ‘interrobang’

    An old-time commercial that advertised a controlled, measured laxative featured a woman asking the rhetorical question about prunes: “Is one enough? Are three too many?”

    That question goes right up my alley, but my preference is to think of too few/too many in the context of punctuation marks. Specifically, I believe people are slaves to the notion that “If one is good for you, two  are even better.” We can use that analogy when discussing aspirin, Tums, cough syrup, cigarettes and burgers.

  • Another Perspective — Can immigration save the GOP?

    By Bill Richardson and Eric P. Serna

    Submitted to the Optic

    As Democrats, it has been interesting to watch the GOP battle — not us — but each other as they try to save their Republican brand. In a giving spirit of the season, we offer a couple observations to our friends across the aisle.

  • 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.