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 […]

Wilson: Problem is government in marriage

Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis sits in jail. She is held there under a judge’s order. The office she was duly elected to is now issuing marriage licenses again, be they straight or gay — the latter the reason Davis ordered the office to stop issuing licenses in the first place. Former Arkansas Gov. and […]

Duran should explain actions or resign office

There could be a really amazing explanation for why two-term Secretary of State Dianna Duran, the top official in the state for policing campaign contributions, was apparently depositing campaign gifts into her personal bank account, moving large amounts of cash between her campaign and personal accounts, and withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars at eight […]

McDonald: Grand jury suggested to fight slayings

There’s a big story in Roswell, with tragic and unfortunate legs. It’s the rash of high-profile homicides that’s gripping this city of 50,000 people. The latest victims, as of this writing, are three people who may have been gunned down while sleeping. Since I came to the Roswell Daily Record in May, we’ve had a […]

Three friends deserve praise in foiling attack

This is heroism — done with a combination of courage, determination and gut instinct. And it’s a good example for all Americans to study in this age of terror. Three vacationing Americans aboard a fast train hurtling through Belgium on its way to Paris foiled a heavily armed man, preventing a potential terrorist attack on […]

Sloan: Book of month can be inspiring

A popular Internet meme is, “There are 5,000 gods being worshiped by humanity, but don’t worry … only yours is right.” This prefaces my book-of-the-month-summary for August: The Bible. My “Holy Bible: Masonic Red-Letter Edition” was purchased by my grandmother in 1951, given to my mother in 1978, and to me in 1994. I have […]

Wilson: Teaching movies to Lucky 10,000

I rate movies on a simple scale, with “I must spread the word” for the best movies and “I must warn others” for the worst ones. To save myself a little time on reviewing my Netflix rentals, I’ve gotten into the habit of photographing the DVD as it slightly protrudes from its shipping sleeve, and […]

Campus assault study seems right

In what might be one of the greatest undertakings of his storied career, William H. McRaven — best known as the architect of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — is tackling another white whale. He’s out to determine just how serious is the issue of sexual assault on campus. The retired four-star […]

McDonald: Teachers need freedom to teach

It’s back-to-school time and, oh, the memories. I remember being a little kid and looking forward to the return with a mixture of dread and excitement. Dread because the summer was freedom and it was coming to an end; excitement because every new school year was a chance to become just a little more grown […]

Sloan: Taking a shot at vegetarianism

With a young vegan role-modeling new tricks about plants making her more mature and benevolent than an old hound, on May 5 I said cherrio to Paleo. Competitive about everything from outlasting strangers in saunas to solar-powering my noggin (sometimes in a close shave) more reflectively than fellow Neanderthals to hooping with farm-to-market kids on […]

Wilson: Thanks for your participation

If you’re reading this, congratulations. You’re participating in my column. Just be careful, because people are trying to tell you recognizing participation is the worst thing in the world. Even … dun dun dun … abuse. Recently, NFL star James Harrison — penalized numerous times by the NFL for illegal hits — posted on Instagram […]

Auditor, PRC did well fixing lawsuit, email

Two wrongs don’t make a right. And both State Auditor Tim Keller and the Public Regulation Commission deserve credit for fixing two problems instead of compounding them with defensive tactics or rhetoric. The PRC wisely abandoned a lawsuit it had filed asking a state district judge to prevent the Santa Fe New Mexican from publishing […]

Tuve mejor de ambas culturas en vinilo

Cuando se trata de sonido de vanguardia, el vinilo tiene los mejores recuerdos, si estamos hablando de rock n’ roll o música tejana. Hoy día tenemos sonido nítido y digital al alcance de la mano. pero no hay nada como la aguja de la antigüedad y los sonidos de los discos de vinilo de los […]

Game and Fish needs land use middle ground

New Mexico’s 8 million acres of trust lands are certainly worth more than 2 cents an acre to the state’s hunters and anglers. Likewise, the many services the Department of Game and Fish provides on those lands — wildlife management, law enforcement etc. — are worth something as well. So it is incumbent upon the […]

McDonald: Some old habits should never die

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in August 2013 and has been updated. Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us. That occurred to me when I had some questions about my […]

Public against nightmare Iran nuclear deal

Amid rising concerns about the proposed Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration is struggling in its efforts to drum up support for it and demonizing those who dare oppose it. The discourse has taken a nasty turn on several fronts — Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei vows “to defy American policies in the region,” Iranian […]

Sloan: Pastor gives insight to big church

I am not religious, but support whatever motivates social good. The pastor of a small church in the Clovis/Portales area thinks larger churches sometimes forget their mission. “Pastor” told me they become so preoccupied with “saving souls” they forget their mission of being a community of grace and compassion — not the “Me and Jesus […]

Wilson: Still appreciate shooting with film

On the advice of a friend, I added the romantic yet implausible “Elizabethtown” to my Netflix queue, figuring I’d see what my friend loved about it. As I discovered while staying up into the early morning hours watching it, the movie made a big deal about last looks and how important they could be. On […]

Evaluations now as they should be

It took two rounds of evaluations and lots of listening sessions, but the New Mexico Public Education Department has changed its protocol for rating new teachers, as well as for those who teach subjects not covered by standardized tests. And despite the union line that it creates an unfair two-tier system — “a shell game” […]