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  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 24, 2014

    Edwardsville (Illinois) Intelligencer on school shootings (Jan. 20):
    Something must be done — soon
    There are heroes and there are victims. There are those who go to prison and those who take their own lives.
    The scenes of police officers surrounding school buildings have become common. Much too common.
    Guns and students don’t mix.
    But lately, they have become regular headlines.
    In 2013, there were 29 shootings at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country.

  • Work of Art - ‘Whatever’ wins again

    It seems as if we’ll be stuck with it forever. A poll of 1,173 adults, conducted by researchers at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., discovered that the word “whatever,” has — for the fifth straight year — secured the title as the most annoying word in conversation.

  • Just a Thought - Our appetites and addictions

    By Rick Kraft

    Submitted to the Optic

    Zig Zigler used to tell the story of a man in Alaska who had two dogs, a black one and a white one. Each week he would take his dogs to town and they would fight against each other. The locals would gamble by betting which dog they thought would win the battle that week and then make or lose money accordingly. Some nights the black dog would win and other nights the white one would succeed.

  • Nuestra Historia - Tensions rise at HU — Gov. Cargo intercedes

    The atmosphere at Highlands University had grown somber and tense in the week following the appointment of Charles Graham as university president on May 19 1970. Students continued their protests, staging several campus rallies and marching through university buildings, including Burris Hall and the Rodgers administration building.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 17, 2014

    Green Bay Press-Gazette on protect yourself against data breaches (Jan. 14):
    The phrase “buyer beware” takes a whole new meaning given the recent data breaches at large retailers
    The phrase is applicable to those who use credit card for their purchases as hackers apparently are moving from attacking the financial services industry to retailers.
    “There will be a wave of attacks on the retail industry throughout the year. The Target hack exposed how vulnerable the industry is,” David Kennedy, founder of TrustedSec, told USA TODAY.

  • 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.