You are responsible for your choices

In the end, I am only responsible for what I do. I can make sure my kids are raised with my values and principles, but that doesn't guarantee they will follow when they're grown. I can let people know when they are doing the wrong thing, and refuse to go along, but if they have […]

Their View: Reasonable evaluation system is needed

New Mexico needs a better system for evaluating public school teachers, according to New Mexico Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera and Charles Bowyer, executive director of the National Education Association-New Mexico. Here's a snippet from a recent column they've co-authored: When it comes to the teachers of New Mexico, many are so much better than "meets competency." […]

Long-term plan backfires quickly

Rick Reilly did a great piece this past week on Gerry Sandusky. No, not that Jerry Sandusky, which is kind of the whole point of the news piece, which I highly recommend you catch on ESPN's website. There's a Baltimore broadcaster named Gerry Sandusky, who constantly gets hate mail and second looks from people who […]

Military Update: Romney plan could hike costs

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has proposed opening military TRICARE networks of civilian health care providers to veterans who can't get timely mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. TRICARE networks currently exist to provide health care to military personnel and retirees, their families and survivors. Two days after Romney's pledge, President Obama […]

Their view: Insurance safeguards needed for banking businesses

The Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico issued this press release on insurance safeguards. While the banking system and the economic rebound remain fragile in New Mexico and across the nation, policymakers do have a tool they can use to further the progress we've made so far. Continuing to provide full deposit-insurance coverage for […]

Apologizing isn’t easy for some

Neither Republican National Committeeman Pat Rogers nor Bernalillo District Attorney Democrat Kari Brandenburg has the slightest idea of how to issue an apology. You'll note I cite a person from both parties to prove, just like Fox News, I am fair and unbalanced. Perhaps an example of a sincere, heartfelt apology will help Rogers and […]

Paying attention to politics matter of self-defense

Every day, in a variety of places, I write about libertarianism; the politics, or "anti-politics" as the case may be, of liberty. Everything I am is libertarian. That shouldn't scare you; it just means I will not steal from you and I won't use force against you unless it is in self-defense, nor will I […]

Navy program offers career flexibility

From time to time, military members who plan to serve full careers are driven by unforeseen circumstances to leave active duty, perhaps to support the family business at a critical time or to care for an ailing parent. Other careerists, particularly those in high-tempo units or with high-demand skills, want to take break and do […]

Politics, pageantry just don’t mix

Miss Ruidoso, who became Miss New Mexico, who will represent our state in the Miss America Pageant, never lived in Ruidoso, likely never will. With that out of the way, let's sort this all out. Carol Henry, executive director of the Miss New Mexico Pageant, is "boiling mad," as she puts it, at the Albuquerque […]

Laws create excuse for meddling

Even if you could make murder rare by banning or regulating guns and knives, it would still not be right to violate the fundamental right of every human to own and to carry whatever type of weapon we desire, wherever we may go, openly or concealed, without ever asking permission from anyone. Even if ending […]

Democrats’ abortion views worse

Todd Akin would do his party and his country a service by stepping aside. The rest of the campaign will be dominated by this side issue, possibly denying Republicans a key Senate seat. To use the words "legitimate" and "rape" in the same phrase betrays a serious lack of judgment. Only about 1 percent of […]

My turn: Turning 80 changes nothing

Unless an irate reader shortens it, I should have a few years left before I reach the recent milestone of Portales resident Web Smartnick. At least I thought that turning 80 was a milestone. "I never thought about reaching 80, until it happened. It was not much different from the others, except I realized I […]

Fear not, take control of your life

I was talking to a really nice guy recently who said he doesn't agree with a lot of what I write. That's understandable. It happens all the time. But what bothered me, and frankly left me without a response at the time, is that he referred to the world as "terrifying." Is the world "terrifying?" […]

Sequestration needs to be stopped

Members of Congress are more interested in winning re-election in November than in removing before then the budget "sequestration" knife that threatens to lop 10 percent off 2,500 defense programs starting Jan. 2. That was the signal that lawmakers sent at a House Armed Services Committee hearing this month where the White House budget director […]

Fried sandwich nod to our heritage

They don't overwhelm my day, but a lot of random thoughts never leave my mind: Had the NCAA handled Melky Cabrera's failed drug test on behalf of Major League Baseball, would it follow precedent by vacating the National League's All-Star Game win, but not award the American League the victory and give us the first […]

Decisions not made at end of day

"Focus on New Mexico" host Gene Grant hasn't a clue. The KNME-TV weekly discussion of all things New Mexico features experts in the subject de jour and smart questions from regular and guest panelists. Among the regulars are former House Republican Whip Dan Foley and New Mexico Law Review editor Sophie Martin. Moderator Grant lets […]

Their view: State must take lead in promoting job growth

Sam Bregman of Grass Roots New Mexico urges Gov. Susanna Martinez to focus on issues, not career. What is Gov. Martinez doing? Where are the jobs and where is the leadership she promised with the private sector and federal government to generate good paying, long term jobs? They're not in Tampa, site of the Republican […]

My turn: Facebook attacks reveal hypocrisy

Scrolling though Facebook is like slogging through a third-world battleground. Rabid dogmatics attack their "enemies" with uninhibited slander and stereotypes. Faked images abound of politicians not placing their hand-over-heart during the National Anthem, wearing flag pins upside down, practicing "unpatriotic" religions or using drugs in "private"… Yet, after I research the hoaxes and post the […]

Their view: Veterans’ stories need to be told

Rebecca Adling, an Air Force wife, writes a weekly column in Cannon Connections, our weekly military publication. Here is her latest effort: A while back, I read a book that stuck with me. It was the almost unbelievable story of Louis Zamperini called "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption." His […]

No one represents you in election

It is amusing to watch the election promoters trying to make the anointed presidential candidates look different from one another. Especially when it means they are now promoting a candidate they had vigorously opposed mere months ago. Every time election season oozes across the landscape I feel sorry for voters; especially in a case where […]