We don’t need another bad law

By Kent McManigal Local columnist The new “Religious Freedom Restoration” laws are wrong and misguided. But not for the reason you might think. They are not wrong because they supposedly give people the right to choose to not do business with someone for religious reasons, but because everyone already has that right. It’s called “the […]

Jade Helm no concern for Texans

By Rube Render Local columnist I have never been a conspiracy theorist and have actually spent the last six years trying to convince otherwise sane human beings that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Just about the time I think I may have convinced them of this fact, a copy of a bio from Obama’s […]

Banana peel toss not representative of New Mexico

Santa Fe is known for many things — but being known as a place where an audience member throws a banana peel at an African-American comic is not an image we welcome. Yet that’s the story that shot around the nation, and even the world, after Christian Englander, 30, pulled the peel from his back […]

Capitalism made hemp, pot illegal

By Tom McDonald State columnist One of the perks to having a column that runs in papers around the state is the feedback, especially through emails, that I receive from readers. Sometimes it surprises me what people get passionate about. Not long ago I wrote about some of the bills that passed New Mexico’s most […]

Act of kindness in restaurant an Easter treat

Easter is a day for reflection and for celebration. What better way to celebrate this Christian holiday than to follow Jesus’ example of helping others. Bovina’s Deena Leuea told us about such an experience she witnessed an Easter ago and we wanted to share: After church last Easter, my husband and I went to eat […]

Divorce mourned much like death

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Behind only the death of a loved one, divorce is life’s most traumatic experience. On Facebook I recently asked female readers to share their experiences. Twenty (and counting) responded. Over the coming weeks I will share excerpts: • “It was the hardest decision of my life, especially after 31 years. […]

Plenty of water can be converted

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I love statistics; simply love them. We reported from an Associated Press story that the Ute Lake pipeline would funnel more than 5.3 billion gallons of water each year from the Ute Reservoir to Clovis, Portales, Cannon, and other smaller communities. We have reported before that the more than 150 miles […]

Shame that we aren’t protected from hackers

When you shop at a big box retailer or provide your personal information at the doctor’s office, you want to feel assured that your credit card numbers, bank account passwords or Social Security numbers aren’t going to be hacked and used to empty your checking account or to steal your identity. But if that happens, […]

Prohibition still has lessons to teach

By Kent McManigal Local columnist If government is a good idea — which I doubt — it is being done backward. Currently, the way it works is a law is passed, then enforced, in an attempt to change people’s behavior. If some behavior weren’t being targeted for change, no one would even dream up a […]

Abortion bill more worthy of efforts

By Rube Render Local columnist In a recent edition of the “Journal of Medical Ethics” two Oxford University medical ethicists argue that “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.” […]

McDonald’s chicken decision a health boon

As goes McDonald’s, so goes the rest of the fast-food world? At least we hope that will be the case when it comes to McDonald’s recently announced policy to start using only chicken raised without medically important antibiotics. This commitment will help reduce the overuse of antibiotics in meat. That, in turn, is a public […]

Legislature got a little accomplished

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s no secret this year’s legislative session was pathetically unproductive; on the day of adjournment, lawmakers couldn’t even pass the capital outlay bill. But it was an Albuquerque Journal report by Dan Boyd that quantified it: Of 1,365 bills introduced, only 191 made it to the governor’s desk for signing. […]

Prevention still best flu fighter

It’s officially spring, but one of winter’s unpleasant features remains with us: It’s still flu season. The New Mexico Department of Health advises that influenza B is still making the rounds, but that influenza A, the predominant form, is still actively circulating, too. Strains don’t matter to the sufferer. Flu is flu. It’s miserable and […]

Words to live by, other anecdotes

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for March is “Words to Live By.” Edited by William Nichols, the 1947 work contains essays of wisdom by the famous and obscure. Here are excerpts: • “The quickest way to correct the other fellow’s attitude is to correct your own.”— King Vidor • “Trouble creates a […]

Bullying won’t stop overnight

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Wikipedia defines bullying as “the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.” One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination […]

Senator Munoz owes apologies across the board

A lot of games were being played in Santa Fe this month, one of them along the lines of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Sen. George Munoz, a Democrat from Gallup, apparently thought it was OK to place undue influence on a University of New Mexico regent nominee to do his bidding in exchange for his […]

Government actions not surprising

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Are you shocked when the “most transparent administration in history” turns out to be the most blatantly secretive, passing new laws to hide behind while going after whistleblowers with religious zeal? How about when a president who talks a good freedom game enthusiastically signs the anti-American “Patriot Act?” Does it […]

Press spokespersons in bad spot

By Rube Render Local columnist Pity the official press spokespersons for both the White House and the U.S. Department of State. White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest was faced with reporters asking pointed questions about the deteriorating situation in Yemen, and State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki faced difficult questioning on the relationship we have with […]

Martinez needs to work with Dems

By Tom McDonald State columnist Susana Martinez had better figure out how to work with Democrats or she’s going to go down in state history as an ineffectual governor. Sure, she can and does point to a number of accomplishments during her first term — balancing the state budget during tough times, creating a simplified […]

Stopping theft by authority enhances rights

While New Mexico legislators wasted tax funds on pointless bickering for 60 days instead of legislating for the most part, they did pass one bill unanimously that actually enhances personal rights and liberties. That was a bill that stops police from taking a person’s property or other assets before that person has been convicted of […]