Officials should act to lock down laws for parole

According to the New Mexico Parole Board website, parole “follows a term of incarceration in the Department of Corrections.” It is set for “offenders reaching the end of a prison term.” And it kicks in when an offender is “released from prison.” So how is one David Bologh — a guy who did almost nine […]

Sloan: Drug users need help, not prison

Along with human trafficking, including sexual slavery, drug cartels are among humanity’s most despicable enterprises. The simplest solution to dismantling them would be ending the demand for their products. With such enormous riches at stake, destroying the purveyors and their products is impossible. In my college and Navy hippie days, I experimented with pot and […]

Wilson: Best, worst found on football field

Some of the loudest experiences I’ve ever had in my life have come with covering high school football. • The crash of the cymbals on each high school band’s “Star Spangled Banner.” • The cannon that goes off at Leon Williams Stadium whenever a touchdown is scored. • The megaphone with the siren sound that […]

UNM research vital to state’s health, economy

The University of New Mexico has landed another prestigious grant for medical research, this time in the form of $11.6 million in federal funding spread over five years to find new ways to help people recover from strokes and traumatic brain injuries. The award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences will focus on […]

Francis new life, change for church

You probably know the nation —especially Catholics and the media — were enthralled over Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. last week. Though I’m not Catholic, I admire greatly this pope, who’s upset the status quo of his church, challenged the world’s economic and political powers that be, and shown nothing but love for […]

More children need to get HPV vaccine

In the ongoing life-or-death quest to find a cure for cancer, there are many bright spots. One of them is a vaccine that blocks the viruses that cause up to 70 percent of cervical cancer deaths. So why aren’t more of New Mexico’s adolescents — the target population for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine […]

Sharing tidbits you should know

My book-of-the-month summary for September is “An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned But Probably Didn’t,” (last copyright 2006) by Judy Jones and William Wilson. Here are nuggets from the 700-page work: • Benjamin Franklin had many detractors. His shrewdness, pettiness, hypocrisy and philandering embodied the worst traits of American character, capitalism and […]

Wilson: Life’s the same under martial law

My Friday? I slept in a little more than I’ll admit, saw some friends, grabbed a sandwich for lunch and went to work. I called to reserve some tickets for a Sunday play and watched a little bit of late-season baseball. I’m just going to say it: My life is pretty much the same under […]

Pages past — Sept. 24

On this date … 1990: An effort to raise money for Clovis-area fire victims turned controversial. The Clovis Firefighters Association hosted an “Afternoon with Disney,” presenting the Disney movie “The Sword in the Stone” at the Lyceum Theatre. Problem was promoters had said “The Fox and the Hound” would be shown. CFA President Ray Westerman […]

Pope Francis emphasizes mercy for all

Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester has done a good job of summing up the message of Pope Francis in one word: Mercy. The archbishop made the point in a news release discussing reforms of the Catholic Church’s canonical procedure for the annulment of marriages. His statement went on to say that, “Pope Francis has […]

McDonald: Nuclear power will fuel energy corner

When it comes to energy production in New Mexico, there’s no place like the southeastern corner of the state. It’s not just the oil patch. There’s also a corridor of activity that’s critical to the nation’s nuclear industry. On Sept 14, an energy summit was held in Carlsbad that was attended by more than 1,000 […]

Threats against K-State band director extreme

The late Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart had his own test to determine what is obscene and what isn’t. “I know it when I see it,” Stewart famously wrote in a decision. It is impossible to say what the centrist jurist might have seen had he been in the stands on Sept. 5 at halftime […]

Sloan: Death has appealing advantages

Although in no rush to stop breathing, I foresee advantages. Among the mundane, I won’t have to: • Wash dishes, mow grass, vacuum dog hair, attend interminable meetings, be disturbed by telemarketers, endure noisy children at movies, beat a dead horse about the medium being secondary to the message, shed tears of boredom from candidates […]

Burroughes: United Way a community blessing

Claire Burroughes

Our High Plains communities face many needs and challenges in caring for and protecting those most compromised by the knocks and blows life can bring to any one of us at any time. United Way’s roots began in 1887 when church leaders in Denver began coordinating services and fundraising for 22 agencies. For more than […]

Governor correct about reforming higher education

Gov. Susana Martinez came to her higher education summit armed with specific strategies, not vague platitudes. The problem, as she outlined it last week, is New Mexico has a dismal record when it comes to (1) preparing high school students for college and (2) having college students graduate within four years. Those facts are costly […]

McDonald: Regulating morality seems to work

Today’s topic is sin. I’ll try not to get preachy about it. There’s a long list of habit-forming vices that Americans have enjoyed, condemned, regulated and even outlawed over time, but today we’ll consider four in particular — tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and gambling. Our U.S. government has spent a lot of time and effort trying […]

No ‘affordable’ or ‘care’ in Obama’s act

“I’m clear we have a long way to go.” — U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., on the Affordable Care Act Five years into the 2,409-page Affordable Care Act, many New Mexicans are still asking where the “affordable” is. As well as the “care.” The controversial act, also known as Obamacare, provided for expanded Medicaid […]

McDonald: Much to see on state’s ‘space trail’

Did you know that New Mexico has a “space trail?” It includes more than 50 specific locations around the state and spans the ages — from a mountaintop called Wizard’s Roost in Lincoln County, where prehistoric New Mexicans aligned stones to the summer and winter solstices, to the Socorro County’s Magdalena Ridge Observatory, one of […]

Duran should resign before impeachment

New Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp, a Republican, is taking criminal charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran, also a Republican, seriously. That’s as it should be. Potential wrongdoing by officeholders should not be another move in the endless chess game of partisan politics, or another chance to score points against opponents. That Tripp wants […]

Sloan: Memories of Jerry, a life changer

No matter how ill-fated your life, all it takes is one person to turn it around. Portales music professor/opera singer Jean Ornellas met her life-changer 31 years ago on a date arranged by mutual friends. They became an instant, devoted couple until Jerry’s sudden death in 2008 from cerebral hemorrhaging. “Jerry was a gentleman. He […]