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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

McDonald: Being a cop requires accountability

It’s tough to be a cop these days. It always has been, but in today’s climate it’s particularly difficult. And it’s not just nationally, it’s local too, right here in cities and towns across New Mexico. Nationally, a new era of aggressive scrutiny of police shootings rose out of Ferguson, Missouri, when an 18-year-old black […]

Nice that school board’s making effort to do right

A little sunshine made its way into a public meeting last week. Portales’ school board acknowledged its recent failure in adhering to the state’s Open Meetings Act, then took action to correct errors and make the public’s business a little more transparent. The board on April 12 went into executive session, saying it planned to […]

Sloan: Best journalism involves digging

While attending the recent New Mexico Press Women Convention (open to everyone) in Albuquerque, I heard several panelists discuss the state of journalism. With so many competing news sources, staff sizes have been sliced. Thousands of veteran journalists have lost their jobs, with newspapers and broadcast media often retaining less experienced and lower paid reporters. […]

Letters to the editor — May 1

Golf course reflects great community As a 12-year-old kid first introduced to golf in Montana, I did not care that we only had a nine-hole course. It didn’t matter that our course had no water hazards or sand traps. Golf was far too challenging anyway. It didn’t matter to me if the greens were mowed […]

Diversity key to country’s energy security

Energy can be a strategic weapon, not just a commodity, and oil production has become a key lever in a price war between the U.S. and foreign oil producers that are targeting the U.S. oil industry. American producers are up against tough and unfair competition from massive government-owned companies that recently declined to curtail production […]

McDonald: Election outcome is on young voters

The older you get, the more you appreciate history, because you’ve lived through so much of it. And in this year, history is being written in dynamic and unpredictable ways. So don’t blink or you might miss it. Here in New Mexico, the tumult isn’t so obvious. We mostly live in small villages, towns and […]

Time stolen tax dollars used for jail as said

Curry County commissioners made a good decision last week. Yes, that’s news. They’re not known for such. They made the right call when they decided to continue with plans to make $10 million worth of improvements to the Curry County jail rather than slam the brakes on the project and invest instead in something shiny […]

Sloan: You can influence perception, too

My book-of-the-month summary for April is “Get Anyone to Do Anything: And Never Feel Powerless Again” (St. Martin’s Press, 2000) by David Lieberman. The 180-page work offers strategies for avoiding being manipulated, ending verbal conflicts, influencing and motivating others, winning friends and changing how others perceive you. Tips: • Deal with complaints by listening and […]

Stevens: Majority rule root of discrimination

A fictional fellow with a political agenda walked into a newspaper editor’s office with a letter he wanted published. The letter was 301 words long. The editor told him the word limit was 300. “How about we take out one word?” the editor asked. “No,” the fellow said. “Can we change ‘unexpected surprise’ to ‘surprise?’” […]