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  • Editorial Roundup - March 14, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle on 100-year checkup (March 9):
    Audits are a fundamental tool to hold government and quasi-government entities accountable.
    Without thorough examination by independent parties, citizens would have to rely on the agency’s word that its operations and accounting are above-board.
    When it comes to the activities of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank, verbal assurances just aren’t good enough.

  • Work of Art - They played ‘oompah’ style

    Only a few weeks ago, I wrote a column titled, “Your computer is toast.” It described my elation over having gotten a genuine computer to help me teach journalism classes at Highlands.

    I wrote about inviting my then-Highlands student son, Adam Stan to my office to show off the new arrival. He assures me to this day — about 30 years later — that he meant no disrespect in likening my new acquisition to a slice of soggy toast. And he assured me of his sincerity by giving me his own tour of much more up-to-date hardware in the lab he used.

  • Another Perspective - Complex ready to move forward

    By Paula Garcia

    For the Optic

    After years of diligence and teamwork, the Mora County Complex will be on its way toward completion in the coming weeks. The final pieces of a delicate puzzle of funding and partnerships have come together with the anticipated signature of Gov. Susana Martinez on the final $245,000 of Capital Outlay funding passed by the 2014 legislature.

  • Nuestra Historia - Martinez and King strike deal for HU regents

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    It would happen over a firm handshake between two politicians. One wanted to be governor of New Mexico, the other wanted sweeping change at Highlands University, and each would achieve his goal.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 7, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Denver Post on the Keystone XL pipeline (March 3):
    It may be the most overhyped controversy of the past few years: to build or not to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
    Those in favor of the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast to transport oil from the Alberta tar sands have sometimes exaggerated the project’s potential for economic development, and particularly new jobs.
    Those who oppose the project have exaggerated its potential impact on the environment.

  • Work of Art - No bang for our bucks

    There can be no doubt — no doubt whatsoever — that Sandra Bullock ranks second in the pulchritude department. She’s gorgeous, just a step below Katherine Zeta Jones.

    But let me explain:

    I’m not one of those callow teenybopper reviewers who go gaga over anyone who’s relatively attractive. I’ve given up on inviting Marilyn Monroe into my dreams, to make room for KZJ, and in her absence, Sandra Bullock.

    But the more I type these three names, the more I feel like the kind of dizzy fan I criticize.

  • Another Perspective - Legislature tackled serious issues

    The 2014 legislative session will be dubbed the “no-nonsense session.”

    Legislators worked extremely hard to forge compromises on everything from the $6.2 billion state budget to proposals to ensure that college students still get help from the lottery scholarship program; from paying for water projects statewide to saving our local hospitals; and from banning texting while driving to protecting schoolchildren from life-threatening allergic attacks.

  • Nuestra Historia - The quest for HU’s first Hispanic president

    There was no more telling harbinger of the change yet to come at Highlands University, than Ralph Carlisle Smith’s first decision as interim president, that he and his wife Harriett (Petey) would not move into the president’s residence, but would continue living in their private home.

    To close friends, Smitty confided soon after his appointment in August 1970, that his tenure was likely very temporary, as he believed the recent events at Highlands had engendered an unstoppable momentum for the appointment of a “Spanish-American” president.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on agencies issuing mining permits (Feb. 25):
    No matter how many peer-reviewed studies link living near surface mining to higher rates of disease, death and birth defects, it’s of no consequence to the agencies issuing the permits.
    That astounding gap in a process that’s supposed to protect the public came to light during arguments this month before a federal appeals court.

  • Work of Art - Bigotry of low expectations

    Admittedly it’s been more than a decade since I’ve been inside a public school classroom — not as a guest or guest speaker — but as the holder of the grade book.