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Columns

  • 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.

  • Another Perspective — What to know about Medicare in 2014

    By Bob Moss

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Year brings improvements and other changes to Medicare. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect in 2014.
    The best news is that there are no changes in Medicare’s Part B premium and deductible.

    The standard premium for the part of Medicare that covers your doctor visits and outpatient hospital care will stay the same — $104.90 per month. Over the past three years, the premium has remained unchanged or turned out lower than first projected.

  • Nuestra Historia: Donnelly under attack; Melody targeted

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Undoubtedly, the national civil rights struggle of the 1960s found its way to Las Vegas, and helped awaken here a long dormant yearning for Hispanic inclusion in the affairs and governance of Highlands University – and two local politicians in particular were the first to take up the cause.

  • 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.