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    The new dorms have opened up at Highlands University, and they are a showcase for the school.

    As sure as it rains during the Fiestas, local leaders will be contemplating about whom to name the new residence hall after. If history is any guide, it will be named in honor of a professor or a politician.

    Last year, a group asked the Board of Regents to name the hall after state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas. We’re not sure why a university building would be named after a state senator, except that he did his job and helped secure the state funding for the project.

  • AS IT IS: Why wasn’t name printed?

    A few readers have wondered why we didn’t publish the name of a man accused of sexually molesting an 8-year-old in a story in the Aug. 3 Optic.

    They note that the name appeared in other news outlets. We didn’t give any special treatment to this suspect; our policy is not to publish the names of those accused of sexual crimes until they are bound over to state District Court for trial. Exceptions are made for public officials and people who are in positions of trust such as police officers and teachers.

  • LETTER: Office provided great service

    My name is Connie Mack and I want to thank the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for seeing me though college. I struggled for decades with disabilities I thought I was “just stick with.”

    I was having a difficult time making it through college at age 59 when I discovered the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    Colfax County hosted the 2009 Northeast 4-H shooting sports contest on June 16 at the Whittington NRA center in Raton. The objectives were to assist 4-H members to learn and practice the rules of rifle safety, sportsmanship and accuracy with firearms. The county teams consist of three or four members. The event starts with a written examination for a maximum of 50 points. The shooting match has a maximum of 300 points. The written exam will account for 25 percent and the marksmanship counts for 75 percent. Targets are used at the 50-foot range.

  • Letter: Money shouldn’t go to a promoter

    Do you find it hard to believe that our city fathers are proposing to give $15,000 of our money to the promoters of a female boxing match? Given the past record of our City Council, nothing is too surprising. Apparently the only barrier to this giveaway is concern about a possible violation of New Mexico anti-donation laws.

    What concerns me more is that the city will be giving our money to a personal sports promoter. If this match is such a great thing, it should be able to pay for itself.

  • Column: From the mailbag

    The columns I most enjoy writing are those that include reader comments. A few recent columns have generated some reaction and response, some of which appear here.

    People reacted to last week’s column on menudo and squash. I’m happy to say that most of the comments agree with my stance that I’d request neither item as my last meal. What would be preferable? That’s easy. Cocoa Puffs smothered in Velveeta Cheese.

    But on a slightly more serious note, a large combination plate like my neighbor, Carmen Vigil, used to make, would be fine.

  • Column: A public plan to fail

    Our country is embroiled, on a federal level, with the health care reform debate. One of the opening salvos came in the form of President Obama declaring that any talk of single-payer health coverage is “off the table.” Oddly, nobody has questioned how single payer got “off the table.” I am guessing it didn’t jump off the table of its own accord. I would lay serious money on the likelihood that the health insurance lobby leaned on Obama and others to push it off the table.

  • Editorial: City should be very wary

    The Las Vegas City Council should think long and hard before it makes a decision on what to do with its vacant land along Mills Avenue, where the city demolished a public housing development a couple of years ago.

    Originally, the city has planned to have homes built there for a homeownership program for low-income people. Then, in 2005, the council entered a public-private partnership with Farmington-based JL Gray for tax-credit housing for a portion of the vacant land.

    That arrangement fell through. And the city hasn’t provided a clear explanation why.