Cantwell: Farewell to fair New Mexico

Traveling through Arizona was pleasant that late May day in 1971. Deming was a blur. Carlsbad was somewhere out there on the horizon and I was in a big hurry. Phil Buckner had offered me $17,000 a year to run the Carlsbad Current-Argus. Was he crazy? Seventeen-thousand bucks to run a paper, write whatever I […]

Abandoning uniform law exam unwise

There are some advantages to taking a national test, especially in a professional field. You can see how you stack up against other test-takers across the country and, in the case of the Uniform Bar Examination, a passing score makes it easier to practice law in other states that give the same test instead of […]

Presidential debates have no value

Is there value in time spent watching two liars trying to out-lie each other? A lot of people seem to believe so. They watch presidential debates, and pretend they matter. People have been fooled into believing “it’s a two-party system” and a vote for anyone else is a wasted vote, and the debates confirm this […]

Marketplace reality eludes legislators

George Stanley McGovern was a U.S. representative, U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election. After he retired, he invested most of his earnings in acquiring the leasehold on Connecticut’s Stratford Inn. McGovern’s trials and tribulations as a small business entrepreneur are documented in a 1992 Wall Street Journal column. […]

Adjustments OK for overtime, not doubling it

The intention in new federal overtime rules for some salaried employees may be good but, in typical federal government fashion, the reach is too broad and the potential damage significant. So New Mexico, which is wrestling with an economic needle that is stuck in park, has joined 20 other states in suing the U.S. Department […]

McDonald: Martinez will play Dems’ games

Any day now, if she hasn’t already, Gov. Susana Martinez will call lawmakers to Santa Fe for a special session. A serious shortfall in tax revenues necessitates the session, or else she wouldn’t be calling it in the first place. About a month ago, she said the session would be necessary, but she wanted to […]

Separate panel to review Martens case good idea

Yes, a request by a state senator for an independent investigation into whether the state agency tasked with protecting children did all it was supposed to do in the case of Victoria Martens looks a lot like political grandstanding and would not appear to have any basis in law. But it’s not a bad idea. […]

Sloan: Urban legends entertaining untruths

My book-of-the-month summary for August is “Encyclopedia of Urban Legends” (Norton, 2001, 525 pages) by Jan Harold Brunvand. Urban legends are false, but perpetuated as fact through word-of-mouth, social media, lame-stream media, etc. Excerpts: • A college library sunk into the ground because the architect forgot to calculate the weight of books. • Santa is […]

Wilson: Cold-brew coffee a curse at 3 a.m.

Ever since the Keurig coffee makers first became a thing, with its one-cup-at-a-time convenience, I’ve wanted to make a Beerig that operated on the same philosophy. Push a button, fresh brewed tastiness … but I lack the fermentation knowledge to even know if this is possible under Earth’s laws of physics. Instead, I relegate myself […]

Same approach to truancy not fixing problem

Habitual truancy has been on New Mexico’s radar, and in its public coffers, since at least 2003, when then-Gov. Bill Richardson tried to launch a million-dollar-a-year program to combat it. Since then, habitual truancy, defined as 10 or more unexcused absences in a year, has been a given in New Mexico. State statistics from 2006 […]

McManigal: Government ‘help’ solves nothing

If you want something done, do it without forcing your will on anyone else, and without forcing others to pay for what you want. Good ideas don’t require force. After the recent SpaceX rocket explosion, I saw someone arguing that this was why space exploration should be left to governments, thus financed with taxation. After […]

Render: Hillary’s racism claims slanderous

Anyone who thinks Pharisees became extinct with the dawning of the New Testament need only review Hillary Clinton’s remarks to her audience of elite donors when, with a casual flick of her wrist, she asserted that 50 percent of Trump supporters were in a “basket of deplorables” that included racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes and islamophobes. […]

McRaven protest message deserves national attention

“It marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. It rocketed into space on the shoulder patches of women, gays, Hispanic, Asian and African American astronauts.” What is “it”? This isn’t a quiz, and that question is why normally we don’t start a sentence with “it.” So let us end the false suspense: “It” is the American […]

McDonald: Trump lies insult to intelligence

Take a deep breath, I tell myself, it’s only campaign hyperbole. We’ve witnessed election-year spin over and over through the years. But last week’s remarks by Donald Trump are breathtaking in their intended deception. It turns out, Trump declared after years of fanning the flames of the “birther controversy,” that President Barack Obama was born […]

Sloan: Taco truck idea food for thought

When Marco Gutierrez, a founder of Latinos for Trump, suggested Mexican immigrants could lead to taco trucks on every corner, voters salivated. My favorite meme showed Forrest Gump running down a highway toward a taco truck. Candidates could butter-up voters by expanding the taco-truck-on-every-corner concept. Inspired by Forrest Gump, politicians could offer pan-fried, stir-fried, deep-fried, […]

Wilson: You can have a million dollars, but…

I want a million dollars. But my Powerball chances aren’t that good. And my chances of a lucrative career in journalism? Well, let’s see that Powerball ticket again. But there’s still imagination, or sometimes even a funny video. In a conversation I had with a friend, we discussed an awful scenario that we would both […]

Laws to limit drone use waste of time

Clovis’ planning and zoning commissioners talked about drones last week. More specifically, they talked about whether they should try and control them. They can’t. And they should not. P&Z Commissioner Carolyn Spence said she’s heard complaints about the small, remotely controlled aircraft from area residents. One person told Spence he saw a drone take a […]

Full disclosure of candidate health is vital

The nation is about to elect one of its oldest presidents. On inauguration day, Donald Trump would be 70, the oldest president ever elected. Hillary Clinton would be 69, the second-oldest president, right behind Ronald Reagan. There are many indicators of a candidate’s ability to endure the stresses of the presidency beyond medical records. Nonetheless, […]

McManigal: Liberty, anarchy go hand in hand

What’s the difference between a libertarian and an anarchist? Libertarians advocate liberty. Specifically, maximum liberty and minimum government, because the two are inversely related. The more of one you have, the less you have of the other. What’s the minimum level of government you can impose on others? “That government is best which governs least,” […]

Render: Hillary’s issues not good for office

The Hillary Clinton interviews recently released by the FBI indicate she answered many of the questions concerning her email server with “I don’t remember.” Among the details she could not recall were the date she got her security clearance and the specialized training required to manage Special Access Programs. When pressed, she further explained that, […]