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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.