Department of Aging looks bad for firing advocate

It’s absurd that the state Department of Aging and Long-Term Services would fire a long-time advocate for the elderly because she did the right thing — followed state law by releasing properly redacted records of ombudsman visits to boarding homes in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The department claims the reports were exempt from disclosure under […]

McDonald: Way to control stress is to unplug

In the beginning, people communicated face-to-face, or at least within earshot of each other. It was primitive but effective enough, and the social creature we call “human” evolved into the dominant species we are today. Then came long-distance communication through messengers and the mail, followed by the invention of the telegraph to speed it all […]

‘Keep it in the Ground’ easier said than done

There’s something deceptively appealing about ultimatums, the black-and-white totality of a “Just Say No” or “Keep it in the Ground” campaign. But despite their simplistic appeal, every parent of a teenager will tell you ultimatums rarely work unless the proper supports are in place. Studies show former first lady Nancy Reagan’s zero-tolerance anti-drug campaign failed […]

Sloan: Some things mean zilch in politics

Issues I find non-substantive in the presidential race include: • Clinton’s health: We all die. • Trump’s hair: Most jokes about genetics are lame. • Clinton’s emails: I don’t understand why she used a private email server, but I know she won’t do it again. Politicians, like the rest of us, should be allowed to […]

Wilson: I had quite a good round after all

It stood in the corner, reminding me of so many mornings I found better things to do. But today was Labor Day, and I really had nothing better to do than hit the city par 3 golf course. Since I returned to New Mexico from vacation with a set of clubs at the end of […]

Render: ‘Seinfeld’ proving quite prescient

The television sitcom “Seinfeld” ran for nine seasons on NBC.  Ostensibly described as a show about nothing, the series chronicled the lives of Jerry Seinfeld’s friends in New York City. Originally airing from 1989 to 1998, I never got into the habit of watching it, but when the series went into syndication with two episodes […]

McManigal: Prohibition as dangerous as addiction

Drugs can make people crazy. For proof, just look what drugs have done to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. His craziness apparently doesn’t come from taking drugs but from his murderous lust to prohibit them. Like so many prohibitionists in the U.S. He’s a perfect role model for supporters of the stupid and evil War on […]

Editorial: State retirements need level playing field

For many private-sector workers, the concept of saving for retirement is a just a dream. Would if I could afford to. Would if I had access to a retirement plan. But I don’t. About two dozen states are considering how to make saving for retirement more of a possibility for private-sector employees. Seven are moving […]

Door open for EpiPen competition

A whopping 547 percent increase! Ka-ching! The price for a two-pack of life-saving EpiPens has risen from about $94 to about $608 over eight years. Good for Mylan N.V. investors. Not so much for consumers. Of course, Mylan, which owns the rights to market EpiPens, says it’s not price gouging with a product that’s been […]

Sloan: Too much outrage over rituals

I may as well chime in on NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting during the National Anthem. If nothing else, he sparked robust discussion about the First Amendment. The National Anthem’s third verse extols killing slaves who escaped their masters to fight with the British during the Revolutionary War: “No refuge could save the hireling and […]

Wilson: ‘Tommy Boy’ remains Oscar-worthy

Life provides us with great, unanswered questions daily. Why are we here? How is it I use the same ingredients and instructions, and still cook food that isn’t as good as when my parents make it? Why do left turners cut into another driver’s lane when the intersection provides all the turning area they need? […]

System must take violence more seriously

One takeaway from the incomprehensibly tragic death of 10-year-old Victoria Martens is that the state’s agencies and systems don’t take domestic violence against women and children seriously enough. Victoria was raped, strangled and stabbed before her body was dismembered and burned, allegedly at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend and his cousin, Jessica Kelley, while […]

Render: Smoke clouding foundation fire

I’ll say it again. In today’s politics, optics is everything. That is the reason why conflict-of-interest laws and regulations generally include the phrase “or an appearance of conflict of interest.” Politicians try to avoid the appearance by using the excuse of there’s a lot of smoke but no fire or there is no smoking gun […]

McManigal: Government real outlaw in crises

Recently, in Belarus, smugglers took a neglected gravel road and fixed it. They made it better for their own purposes, while helping others in the process. Just what were these black-market villains smuggling on their newly improved road? Drugs? Weapons? Slaves? Not exactly. They were smuggling fruits and vegetables. In another show of outlawry, the […]

School should monitor students, staff better

It’s reasonable to expect that school personnel assigned to monitor students should be doing just that, not monitoring their personal cellphones. A lawsuit filed against Rio Rancho Public Schools and several officials at V. Sue Cleveland High School alleges teachers and a coach were paying attention to their phones instead of the students one day […]

McDonald: Vote pacts may ease voting fears

Here we are, about 10 weeks from Election Day, a good time to assess the race for the presidency. Hillary Clinton has been riding a solid lead in the polls for weeks now, since the party conventions in July, and that’s pushed Donald Trump to shake up his campaign staff and to stay on script. […]

Trump’s call on Clinton hits close to mark

Hillary Clinton has steadfastly maintained she kept the Clinton Foundation at arm’s length during her tenure as secretary of state to avoid conflicts of interest. Republican Donald Trump has routinely scoffed at her explanation, saying Mrs. Clinton fostered a “pay to play” system, calling it a “scam” in which the Clintons traded access to the […]

Sloan: Some things on Earth that matter

My book-of-the-month summary for August is “Structure of Matter” (Time/Life). • One million atoms stacked on top of each other is as thick as one sheet of paper. However, hydrogen atoms are 1,000 times smaller than radioactive francium ones. • A golf ball is as many times larger than an atom as the Earth is […]

Wilson: We all paid for Gershon’s candy

Steve Gershon walked into a Stripes on Jan. 11 because it seemed like a nice night for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. That snack had Gershon in district court Tuesday, because it also seemed like a nice night to bring his gun with him. At magistrate and district levels, the former Curry County Commission candidate said […]

NASA study of methane cloud worth attention

A new NASA-led study has found 25 primary sources of a 2,500-square-mile cloud of methane half the size of Delaware that hangs over the Four Corners and can be seen from space. In fact, satellite images of it in 2014 prompted the study. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, joined by researchers from the California Institute of […]