God is on our side … when we have to bury a child

Government has declared same-sex marriage is “legal” across the land. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, depending on your political party preference, is also legal, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. And Confederate flags are being pulled from some government buildings because they offend some folks. A South Carolina maniac reminded us all why. Meanwhile […]

Still much work to be done to erase racism

Racial hatred reared its ugly head again last week when nine churchgoers were slaughtered during a Bible study in a historic South Carolina house of God. The unspeakable tragedy left Americans reeling in disbelief that this depth of hatred still boils beneath the surface of a society that many believe is making significant progress against […]

McManigal: Not in best interest to be disarmed

Once again, a group of disarmed people has fallen victim to a killer. Peaceful, friendly people attending church, while convinced by “authority” to be sitting ducks, welcomed the killer into their midst and were gunned down. Words can’t convey the evil of that premeditated act. The blood dancing monsters of the various “gun control” groups, […]

Render: Iran’s leader seems up to no good

If anyone is trying to connect the dots in the Middle East these days, they need to either be some kind of master spy or watch TV news and read the papers. The State Department’s latest annual report on terrorism indicates that, “Iran continued to sponsor terrorist groups around the world, principally through its Islamic […]

More jobs needed to offset state’s health care bill

Starting next fiscal year, New Mexico’s budget will take a serious hit thanks to the state’s Medicaid enrollment success. And that means job No. 1 for state lawmakers is to figure out where to come up with an extra $268 million by 2020. Job No. 2 will be how to get more of those covered […]

McDonald: Environmental balance necessary

A lot of critters have been in the news lately. Predators, mainly, as a couple of meetings in recent weeks highlight. One was in the southwestern region of the state, the other up north. People are debating the Mexican gray wolf in and around the Gilas, while others are considering ways to control bears, cougars, […]

Local lawmakers should practice their preaching

Sometimes politicians leave us shaking our heads. Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley on June 2 cast the only vote opposing a $5,000 increase for food benefiting area senior citizens. Ashley said he was concerned about the county’s budget, but also concerned that government has stepped outside its boundaries. “The Scripture doesn’t say for the government […]

Arrowsmith: LeBron James poor example of leader

We saw it in the 1980s when Magic Johnson decided he didn’t want to play for Paul Westhead and before you knew it Pat Riley was the coach. So yes, we have known for decades that the star player will get the treatment before a throw-away coach. But LeBron James took it to a new […]

Sloan: Plenty of stories to tell about father

Until steel-mill asbestos stilled his breath in 1990 at 71, after four boot-tough years of battling, my carpenter father lived a full life. Known for his bird dogs, fishing where he wanted and entertaining tales, Guy Sloan’s six kids, their significant others, and a rainbow of grandkids and great-grandkids he helped raise, have a book’s […]

Time will tell if ex-DA wants out of politics

His political opponents aren’t believing a word of what he has to say. His supporters never doubt anything he says. Only time will tell us if former District Attorney Matt Chandler wants to reinvent himself. Chandler, the Clovis-Portales DA for 10 years, is among six local attorneys who appeared before a nominating committee this week, […]

McManigal: The lie matters because of politics

The rather disturbed president of the Spokane, Washington, NAACP chapter is exposed as a liar by her parents, and it makes national news and causes an uproar. Why does her lie matter to anyone outside her club? Race only matters to racists. Worse lies are told every day by people using those lies to harm […]

Render: Photo ID reasonable for right to vote

Because it’s the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign, we are hearing once again that, “Today Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting.” This charge leveled by Hillary Clinton at Texas Southern University is ridiculous at best and bizarre when one examines what prompts the charge. Democrats in […]

Disability fraud stripping Social Security clean

The Social Security disability program is set to go broke in October 2016 — in large part because, for a decade, benefits being paid out have outstripped payroll taxes being paid in. But it certainly doesn’t help that the agency is shelling out billions in fraudulent payments. A 10-year study by the Social Security Administration’s […]

McDonald: Fatherhood these days hard job

Over the past half century, fatherhood has been changing all across America. Used to be, Dad was the head of the household, the master of his domain, king of his castle. Nowadays, pop culture has turned the old man into the clueless one in the family. You know the routine, don’t you? Mama, fully engaged […]

NM ballplayer shows us all work ethic pays

Proving that it pays to wait for your pitch, Albuquerque Academy grad Alex Bregman didn’t sign to play professional baseball when he was drafted out of high school. He went to college instead. And in addition to three years of on-the-field honors, and trying to lead his LSU Tigers to a national championship today, Bregman […]

Sloan: Republicans not for rural whites

Portales resident Geni Flores thinks middle-class rural whites often vote against their own interests. “Back in the 1930s most poor, rural whites had lost their farms and self-sustenance due to the Depression and dust bowl,” Flores said. “These people found relief through FDR’s New Deal. As a result, they became loyal Democrats, and passed that […]

Arrowsmith: Notre Dame brazenly ‘sports first’

My senior year of high school during basketball season, I had fallen asleep during a test in one of my advanced placement classes. We got home after midnight from a road game, and I tried to study that night until almost 3. The teacher’s response was to let me know I should have just mentioned […]

New Mexico must prepare for fire season

To heck with weather — just when folks are pleased as punch that rain has blessed our state, there’s this. Spring rains are fueling plant growth, which means the fire season still to come in late summer and early fall could be devastating. Because after the monsoons depart, leaving behind grasses and underbrush, the lush […]

McManigal: Ideas, beliefs change with growth

Everyone changes their mind as they grow. Almost everything I now believe is because along the way someone, somehow, convinced me I was wrong. Most of those changes came after a lot of figurative kicking and screaming. I didn’t want to accept I could be wrong, and I liked what I believed. It was comfortable, […]

Render: Military move away from God sad

I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October of 1960 and served on active duty for 20 years, retiring in 1980. My son-in-law retired from the USMC in 2003 and my daughter will officially retire as a master sergeant of Marines on June 30. In discussing our slightly different experiences with Marine Corps […]