Smarter to supply Europe coal than gas

Jim Constantopolous Guest columnist As much as we would like to use America’s abundance of natural gas as a political lever against Russia’s Vladimir Putin, uncertainty over the demand for relatively high-cost U.S. gas will likely force us to be more realistic about what we can accomplish. A better strategy would be to supply Europe […]

Insight gleaned from homeless young man

Wendel Sloan Local columnist Around Portales I’ve seen numerous people holding up “need help” signs. In the past, mostly because of traffic, I seldom stopped. Lately, I’ve been donating a few bucks. Most recently, I parked and motioned a young man over. His handmade sign, written with red marker on white paper taped to brown […]

Injection drug source should be revealed

T he writing of another chapter in Texas’ troubled history with the death penalty is under way, and is being shaped by questions about the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs and the right of the public to know what is being used in its name. Last month, State District Court Judge Suzanne Covington in […]

Costco missed opportunity for good will

Kent McManigal Local columnist Like just about everyone else around here, I was dismayed to see 58 truckloads — 950,000 jars — of perfectly good Sunland peanut butter, packaged for Costco Wholesale, go into the Clovis landfill. That is a tremendous waste. Facilitating the sale of the bankrupt Sunland Inc. was one of the justifications […]

Important that UNM fiscal accountability talks continue

Last week, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents rejected a general increase in tuition — a move that under the best of circumstances will force the university administration to look for savings to finance faculty and staff raises, could help limit student debt, and should force a conversation on UNM’s future. Regent Jamie […]

Prized military discounts at risk

Crowds that shop daily in base commissaries and exchanges perhaps are oblivious to a confluence of forces threatening to dismantle their multi-billion dollar resale systems. Thomas C. Shull, chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is not, which helps to explain his March 17 memo proposing a merger of commissaries […]

Mission statement makes IRS stalling more unacceptable

If the Internal Revenue Service was auditing you, and you whined that getting all the documentation agents wanted was too hard and would take you years, what do you think the response would be? Exactly. Yet that’s the game IRS chief John Koskinen is playing with the U.S. House Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Apparently, […]

Real issue? Luxury’s too expensive

Ned Cantwell

My friend Barney from New Jersey has a heart of gold and he would sell it by the ounce. He hobbles to the mailbox to get his disability check each month, all the while muttering how the rest of us need to stop complaining about tough times. Barney drives a 1994 Cadillac Eldorado, just slightly […]

Be it peanuts or trees, local passion shows

Goober Gulch was the good news capital of eastern New Mexico last week. Two of our more precious assets — jobs and trees — appear to have been saved. First came news about Portales’ Sunland peanut processing plant, whose operators filed for bankruptcy last year: The facility is so treasured, a couple of major companies […]

Last days deserve best attention

Wendel Sloan

We can argue about politics, patriotism, science, religion, wars, pop stars, sports heroes, marijuana, immigration, gay marriage, guns, healthcare, climate change, parenting, genetic engineering, employment, minimum wage, taxes, education, social programs … What we can’t argue with is at the end of life, none of it matters. In their final years — whether in nursing […]