NMSU’s public records proposal should be nixed

New Mexico State University wants to turn back the clock 38 years and keep information from the folks who pay their government’s bills. Information including: • Job applicants. • People who file civil rights complaints or are accused of civil rights violations. • Various law enforcement records. At best the proposed exemptions to the Inspection […]

‘Radical’ not bad if rooted in good

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Being radical has gotten a bad name due to horrible acts committed by evil radicals. The fault doesn’t lie in being radical; it comes from being radical about bad things, or beliefs, which convince people it’s acceptable to use aggression, coercion, and theft to advance their cause. “Radical” is from […]

President’s speech not entirely true

By Rube Render Local columnist Every year the State of the Union speech is touted by pundits and hyped by television producers in an effort to convince the viewing public to tune in. Each year, less and less do. The speech begins with a list of all the triumphs the current administration has achieved during […]

Blaming Obamacare hides real problems

I think the article on Friday’s front page concerning the eye care office closure is a bunch of malarkey. Their explanation is so confusing. First they blame Obamacare and then Medicaid. Why don’t they come out and say it’s about money/greed and that they can’t afford their Mercedes payments anymore? They sucked the blood out […]

Obama should reduce spending to pay down debt

President Barack O’Robin Hood spoke to the American people Tuesday and promised everything short of maid service. In his last two years, the president will take from the rich and give to the poor — if the Republicans will let him. To fund free college, a tripling of child-care support, tax benefits for a select […]

Obama not ready to find compromises

By Tom McDonald State columnist Remember the sign that James Carville, then a strategist for Bill Clinton in his 1992 run for the presidency, put up at campaign headquarters? “It’s the economy, stupid” was the simple message he posted, so campaign workers would stay on message — and, indeed, they did. Back then, President George […]

Not fair for IRS to abandon those who need help

The Internal Revenue Service “administers the nation’s tax laws and collects the revenue that funds the government,” according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Budget in Brief for fiscal 2015. To do that, the IRS has a budget of almost $13 billion and 92,690 full-time employees. And yet there’s more than a 50-50 shot […]

Author: American mindset threatens cultural freedoms

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for January is “The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves,” by Curtis White. He says we have forgotten how to think for ourselves and this mindset threatens America’s intellectual and cultural freedoms. According to White, the “Middle Mind” thrives in unquestioned mediocrity. All we ask […]

Perceptions, stigmas hard to shake

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Yes, this is going to be another rant. I am not trying to appear condescending, but I realize it comes across that way sometimes. And like anything else, until you meet and get to know the person, you are basically living with your own perception. Quickly … Name the members of […]

Like him or not, Tijerina important part of our history

Like him or not — and there is no shortage of people who were on both sides of the spectrum — Reies Lopez Tijerina was an iconic figure in New Mexico who raised awareness to a national level of many issues unique to the state, especially concerns facing some of its native Hispanic residents. Tijerina […]

I hope I’m wrong, and they are, too

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Doom and gloom. It comes at you from every direction, but relax: The doomsayers are probably wrong about almost everything. I don’t believe primitive barbarians will take over the world in the name of their religion. Sure, they want to; they just can’t. I don’t believe Anthropogenic Global Climate Change […]

Small number of Muslims still big

By Rube Render Local columnist Two details appear to remain constant in the discussion about workplace violence where the perpetrators shout “Allah Akbar” while killing defenseless victims as happened at Fort Hood several years ago and just recently in Paris at the offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. One is the number of non-Muslims […]

K-12 programs best place to put education dollars

Remember how it worked out when the federal government decided every American — no matter their income or level of financial responsibility — should be able to own a home? We’re still picking up the pieces — make that boarding up the windows — eight years after the subprime mortgage crisis devastated the nation’s and […]

New year inspires ‘out there’ predictions

By Tom McDonald State columnist A futurist I’m not, but like most people, I do like to gaze into the unknown from time to time, even if it is an exercise in uncertainty. So in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d throw out a few predictions, starting with a couple of obvious […]

Movie “Selma” misrepresents historical facts

Deliberate deception shouldn’t win awards. The movie “Selma” has received both criticism and praise for its dramatization of events surrounding the civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery in 1965. On Thursday, it was nominated for two Academy awards, best picture and best song, but was snubbed for best director. That’s not surprising, given […]

Elderly deserve honor for great roles in real life

By Wendell Sloan Local columnist My younger self apologizes to every elderly person I did not properly appreciate. Naively, I categorized them as being different. When I saw them driving, working in yards or shopping, I largely ignored them without comprehending their difficult journey — buttressed by pride in what they had accomplished with the […]

One word changes entire message

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m on the road from Portales to Clovis and on the radio the chorus “Why you gotta be so rude I’m gonna marry you anyway” from the song “Marry that Girl” by Magic! is playing. And I am thinking who in their right mind is going to dance to a song […]

XL oil pipeline move to energy independence

Enjoy the low prices at the pump while they last, because the price of gasoline will rise again when the price of oil does. And it will at some point. Amid a glut of oil and despite pressure primarily from Saudi Arabia to dampen U.S. exploration and output, the U.S. is poised to become a […]

Right to control a powerful delusion

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Almost all areas of political contention are invented and imaginary. Those areas of life shouldn’t be subjected to laws, majority opinion, or anyone’s control. There are only two things subject to control: aggression and violations of private property. Those don’t need any response beyond self defense. No one needs to […]

TV undercuts intent of briefings

By Rube Render Local columnist Former White House Assistant Press Secretary Reid Cherlin, writing in the New Republic issue of July 2013, examines the question of whether or not to “End the White House Press Briefing.” As to the job of White House press secretary, Cherlin notes that if there were a Hippocratic Oath for […]