State on right track in funding early education

Here is a sunny spot on the state’s otherwise cloudy education outlook. New Mexico’s ranking in spending on pre-kindergarten education programs has risen 10 places, from 28th to 18th among the 42 states and the District of Columbia that have pre-K. The 2015 State Preschool Yearbook, released recently by Rutgers University’s National Institute of Early […]

McManigal: Liberty offers better options, rights

When discussing libertarian ideas with non-libertarians, I have discovered one common fear: the fear that libertarians would take away the government services to which people have grown accustomed. Libertarians, in other words, are seen as trying to force people to be free. That’s not my goal at all. I support removing the roadblocks that prevent […]

Render: Trump’s good at selling the sizzle

Rube Render

This is the first in a series of editorials that will examine the recent and on-going Republican presidential primary cycle and attempt to explain how Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. Early this month, writing in Bloomberg View, Megan McArdle penned an article titled, “The Four Horses of the Republican Apocalypse.” […]

Circle of violence amongst Navajos needs to end now

The statistics are numbing: Four of five American Indian and Alaskan Native women have experienced violence. More than half have experienced sexual violence, and they are 2 1/2 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women of all other races. More than one in three have experienced violence in the past year. Young Ashlynne […]

McDonald: Dream big, but prepare for work

It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and the families they’re making proud. Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. […]

Wise to protect from fraud with no singling out

With several taxpayers, a state legislator and an AARP representative questioning whether tax returns of older New Mexicans are receiving extra scrutiny at the state Taxation and Revenue Department, it would behoove Secretary Demesia Padilla to address those concerns with appropriate statistics, sooner rather than later. Lea Long with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program said […]

Sloan: You might want to start drinking

Editor’s note: Dear Cuzins is written by cousins Chef Juandel, The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy, Bootlegger Sloan and Wendel Sloan. Dear Cuzins, My Mexican wife, my kids, and I — an angry white guy — are having serious political conflicts. She supports Clinton; I support Trump; our 24-year-old daughter, a university studies major, supports Sanders; and […]

Voter ID poorly thought-out idea

Letter to the Editor The proposed ordinance for voter ID will be a nightmare; it’s another example of a bad idea poorly thought out by city commissioners. You have to imagine what the polls will look like if this ordinance passes as it’s written. There are going to be longer lines in which people are […]

State in position to be renewable energy leader

The wind is blowing in a new U.S. energy direction, and New Mexico’s natural resources should again put the state in a good position. Over the last decade, coal has dropped from generating half of U.S. electricity to one-third, The Associated Press reports. But low natural gas prices, largely as a result of the boom […]

McManigal: Laws sign of corrupt government

People complain about government corruption, at least when they notice it interfering with their own life. They realize it’s a problem, and usually believe something should be done about it. They are adept at pointing out this poisonous fruit without observing the diseased tree on which it grows. With their continued support of that which […]

Render: White guys not really Chinese women

Currently making the rounds on the internet is a video of a young man who is a 5-foot-9-inch Caucasian interviewing a few students at the University of Washington with questions about his identity. He begins the interview by asking whether or not they are aware of the transgendered bathroom issue being debated at the university. […]

Massive B-52B Stratofortress worth preserving

Almost as impressive as the massive B-52B Stratofortress parked outside the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque is the speed at which the museum surpassed its goal of raising $60,000 in 30 days to return the bomber to its former glory. On April 1, the museum kicked off a month-long campaign to […]

McDonald: It’s an honor to work in local news

A little more than three years ago, I started my own business, Gazette Media Services LLC. That happened after eight years running the Las Vegas Optic for its corporate owner. I wanted to carve out my own niche, and one of the first and most important things I accomplished was to create the Community News […]

Today’s children facing different kind of reality

The horrific death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike near the Shiprock Pinnacle on the Navajo Nation is a tragic reminder that, no matter how vigilantly children are taught to be wary of strangers, danger can lurk nearby. On Monday, after getting off the school bus, Ashlynne and her 9-year-old brother, Ian Mike, lingered near an irrigation […]

A day in the mind of Wendel Sloan

Random thoughts: • I understand concerns about the transgender bathroom issue, but if someone wants to harm opposite-sex children, can’t they simply dress up as the opposite sex without going through the emotional turmoil, pain and expense of surgery? My impression is transgender persons simply want to live an authentic life. I admire their courage, […]

Wilson: Real talk will stop meme problem

“Miss Rodriguez, tear down this meme.” Nope, doesn’t have the same gusto. I’m guessing you joined this discussion a little late, or you just don’t pay attention to legislation in other countries. A member of Mexico’s congressional body named Martha Orta Rodriguez wants to criminalize the dangerous meme trade. What is an internet meme, you […]

Waller test rules for public trials good guidance

The New Mexico Supreme Court is poised to consider a set of rules that would provide judges with needed guidelines and procedures for those rare instances in which they consider closing a courtroom to the public. A 1984 U.S. Supreme Court case, Waller v. Georgia, set up a four-criteria test for determining under what circumstances […]

McManigal: Libertarian society already exists

One of the minor amusements of publicly promoting a society that respects the rightful liberty of each individual are those who object by proclaiming “You’re wasting your time. We will never live in a libertarian society.” They are missing the point. We already live in such a society. In fact, if society weren’t mostly libertarian, […]

Render: Trump good match against Hillary

During the middle of June last year, Donald Trump joined a group of what would become 17 candidates fighting for the Republican nomination to become president of the United States. That field would include nine sitting or former governors, four sitting senators, one former U.S. representative, a renowned surgeon, and two business executives. The field […]

State should be compensated for taken land

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn came out with rhetorical guns blazing last week when it was announced that state Trust Land was among two areas within the Rio Grande National Monument near Taos that were included in the U.S. Senate’s energy bill for wilderness status, calling the move a “land grab” that is “tantamount to […]