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Columns

  • Work of Art — What’s your angle?

    Here’s a huge admission: Remember that time an incensed seventh- and eighth-grade homeroom teacher at Immaculate Conception School mockingly said, “One student even gave this answer when I asked you students to draw three kinds of angles.”

    The nun drew a couple of lines, one of them pointing to the left. She waited for classroom reaction, which in seconds produced the desired collective shaking of students’ heads and a whispered, “What a loser!”

  • Another Perspective — Obamacare benefits many

    By Joanne Sprenger

    The newest sport in the United States today seems to be Obama bashing. Our society has been divided into haves and have-nots. The most vocal are the haves (secure jobs with paid health insurance.) When are we going to hear from the have-nots? People with no jobs, or even part-time, low-skilled jobs which carry no paid insurance are not making headlines in our newspapers or on television.

  • Another Perspective — Number of mills has dwindled

    By John Bartley

    For the Optic

    Back in the day there were several small sawmills in every canyon, village or community, such as Mora, Guadalupe, Ledoux, Monte Aplanado, Sapello Canyon/San Ignacio, Rociada, Maestas Canyon, Gascon, Chacon, Gallinas Canyon and Mineral Hill.

  • Nuestra Historia: The power behind the Donnelly presidency

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    By 1965 Tom Donnelly had been president of Highlands University 13 years, establishing an impressive record of achievement for the university, including unprecedented physical expansion and capital improvements. Almost without interruption, one building after another rose on the Highlands campus during Donnelly’s administration — as did a close-knit cadre of Donnelly underlings, who were the face of the university.

  • Work of Art — Back then, it was as if . . .

    It was as if the President had been shot and killed in downtown Gallup. The commotion, the panic, the floods of tears, the anger and confusion must have rained on every community in the nation. Yes, it was as if . . .

    Let me explain:

    Virtually every living U.S. senior citizen can recall precisely where each was and what each was doing the day President Kennedy was assassinated. The just-published Friday edition of the Optic, for example, compiled reactions from people who remember the event clearly.

  • Just a Thought - A special thank you to mom, dad

    By Rick Kraft

    As the holiday season approaches, we all have so much to be thankful for. At the top of the list is family. What a blessing it is to be able to spend time with family members.

    Between my wife, my children, my brother and sisters, my wife’s parents, and my extended family including in-laws, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces, I am most fortunate to be related to the entire clan. But in today’s column I want to share my thankfulness for my parents.

  • Nuestra Historia: The Highlands revolution of 1970

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    The decennium between 1965 and 1975, as already noted, was a time of great change in Las Vegas, and even our tale of two cities culminated with consolidation in 1970. In the same year, the ever-spinning wheels of change also overtook Highlands University, and we now begin the stirring tale of the titanic struggle that occurred at Highlands 43 years ago.

  • Dulcey Amargo - Country lost its innocence

    It was beyond belief! It happened 50 years ago, Nov. 22, 1963, but in my mind, the images are as vivid as though it happened just yesterday.

    It was lunch hour at Sacred Heart Cathedral High School, a closed campus parochial school in Gallup, and the whole student body was assembled in the gym/cafeteria. As was our mode, all females sat at the south end tables, while the males sat across the gym floor at their stations. Our teachers, mostly Franciscan nuns and priests, circulated as we unpacked our lunch or brought our cafeteria trays to the tables where we socialized.

  • Work of Art — A super-heated topic

    We were leaving a high school play that I had directed, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson. It was exactly this time of year, and the weather conditions were identical to what’s happening tonight: chimneys blowing over, fences being uprooted, animals shivering.

  • Another Perspective — Fund schools adequately

    By Felix Alderete

    For the Optic