Render: Government incompetence stunning

Among technicians, systems engineers and other problem solvers the saying goes, “One time is happenstance, the second time is circumstance and the third time is a trend.” Early this month the Wall Street Journal, United Airlines and the New York Stock Exchange all experienced technical outages that caused disruption of services for some parts of […]

Editorial: Ankle bracelet only works if defendant wants it to

The fourth time was the charm for longtime lawbreaker Steven V. Trujillo who, after being turned down three times in his bid to get out of jail, convinced 2nd Judicial District Judge Jacqueline Flores to lower his bond and release him – albeit with an ankle monitor to track his whereabouts and his hollow promises […]

McDonald: Homelessness has no easy fix

It’s easy to see homelessness as more of an urban problem, since that’s where it’s more visible. But it’s a problem in smaller cities and towns too, and New Mexico is no exception. Earlier this month, a group in Silver City took up the issue by hosting a talk about the problems that surround homelessness. […]

Sloan: I had an awesome dream

With months of vegetarianism (interrupted by a brief hiatus on the Texas coast just for the halibut) probably making me unrealistically idealistic, I had a surreal dream about Rush Limbaugh. Here are a few chestnuts I hallucinated him bellowing: “I urge the good folks in Clovis and Portales to replace those Democrats-murdering-babies and hating-on-Hillary signs, […]

Wilson: Always have a password handy

Even as a child watching Saturday morning cartoons, and even without knowing the word, I could usually spot malarkey pretty quick. “Coming up, a very special ‘Saved By the Bell,’ as Bayside students lose a close friend.” Is the close friend the guy who hasn’t appeared all season, and without explanation has a prominent role […]

Mexico shows it can’t hold onto criminals

If you’re a wealthy drug kingpin serving a 20 year-sentence in a “maximum security” prison, Mexico is the place to do your time: History has shown your stay can be brief. Over the weekend, Joaqumn “El Chapo” Guzman, the notorious Mexican drug lord and head of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel, escaped from Altiplano prison 55 […]

Congress should stay out of park bottle bans

It’s amazing how little the U.S. Congress gets done, while at the same time, how deep into the weeds of governing representatives try to dip. Take the local-option ban on selling bottled water at the country’s national parks. The idea — a smart one — was to try and stem the tide of plastic waste. […]

McManigal: Goverment real chickens here

Once upon a time, responsible people raised their own food — gardens and livestock — at home. Then bad guys who found it too dangerous to be roving bullies formed governments so they could control and loot the production of others, usually in return for claimed protection from others exactly like them, in relative safety. […]

Render: Fetuses for electricity, profit sickening

The burning of medical waste has long been an accepted method of eliminating what can be very hazardous material. In April of 2014 a story appeared on “LifeSiteNews” noting that the British Columbia Health Ministry admitted that it was sending the remains of aborted babies to a waste-to-power facility in Oregon. The Oregon Refuse and […]

Letters to the editor — July 1

Christians need to fight for faith, freedom So — according to a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court, homosexual marriage is Constitutional. That may be, but it doesn’t make it right (and God disagrees), nor does it mean most Americans support it (and we do not) or that all states have to endorse it. The […]

Marriage issues for individuals, not government

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage hasn’t changed anyone’s way of thinking. The religious right still believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Trumpeters of equal rights still believe gay couples deserve to be treated the same as heterosexual couples. The only thing that changed is the law, which no […]

McDonald: Social stigmas changing in today’s world

Americans have seen a lot of civil rights advancements over the past half-century, with a launching point for other causes coming with the modern-day Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s. That’s when some inalienable rights for African Americans finally took hold, especially but not exclusively in the South, where I was born and […]

Government limiting free speech on plates

A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling declares specialized license plates are a form of government speech. That may make life easier for state officials dealing with potentially controversial license requests, but it also appears to dilute individuals’ free-speech rights, as several justices noted in dissent. The Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans sought a special plate […]

Sloan: Tips from book of logic make sense

My book-of-the-month summary for June is “Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking” (2004 Random House) by D. Q. McInerny. Written for a general audience, the author says logic is about reality and truth. We must value facts — whether they mesh with what we wish to be true. Here are selected thoughts from the […]

Stevens: God with us when we 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 […]

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 […]