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Columns

  • Another Perspective - Rural NM not forgotten

    By Terry Brunner

    The recent economic recession hit New Mexico’s rural communities especially hard. Its impacts are reflected in New Mexico’s frequently reported grim social and economic statistics. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Mission area, the only federal agency with a specifically rural mission, is working hard to help rural communities help recover of from the recession.

  • Another Perspective - Time is running out

    By Mike Nuñez

    Submitted to the Optic

    The clock is ticking. Thousands of New Mexicans will lose their ability to buy affordable health insurance under the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange if they fail to enroll by March 31, 2014. If they miss this important deadline, unless they become covered by an employer or have a life-changing event such as marriage or birth of a child, they will be unable to get health insurance coverage until January 2015 at the earliest. So sign up today!

  • Nuestra Historia - OUR BEGINNING

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Editor’s note: For more than three years, Jesus Lopez has enchanted Optic readers with his Nuestra Historia column, which first appeared on this page on Jan. 7, 2011. Since that time, Lopez has authored 167 articles and more than 150,000 words, and says he has written just about all there is to write of the history of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 21, 2014

    The New York Daily News on the awarding of the Medal of Honor to 24 U.S. veterans previously denied the honor (March 19):

    The U.S. righted terrible wrongs on Tuesday when President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on 24 soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
    Most were Jewish or Hispanic and all earned eternal gratitude for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. But they were likely denied because of their ethnic or religious heritages.

  • Work of Art - Anything for a laugh

    An impressive new video on Facebook, the social medium on computers, aims in setting the right example for children.

    The brief video is quite graphic, something I wouldn’t recommend showing my youngest granddaughters.

  • Another Perspective - Celebrate the sunshine

    By Kathi Bearden

    March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate! Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

    I care about Sunshine Week both as a citizen and as a former newspaper employee/publisher for 22 years. We relied heavily upon the State of New Mexico’s strong public records and opening meeting acts to help keep public officials accountable and public bodies honest.

  • Nuestra Historia - New regents faced agonizing choice
  • 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.