Fit to be tied by unproofed political mailer

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist One political candidate tells me in a mailer his allegiance is to the “Untied” States of America, while his opponent has no allegiance. If such un-proofed poppycock leaves you fit to be tied, or other races between the cash-flush and the cash-strapped seem cash-ordained, I selflessly offer myself as a […]

We need to fix health care system

By Tom McDonald State columnist All this talk about health care and its costs, brought on by Think New Mexico’s most recent report, got me to thinking about my own experiences with hospitals and their bills — and I’m not alone. Fred Nathan, the think tank’s founder and executive director, says his group has been […]

Idiocy greater threat to US than Ebola

It sounds so sensible. Ebola is a deadly disease. Unchecked, it could cause disaster in the United States, just as it is doing in Africa. So, to be sensible, quarantine those health workers who have been taking care of Ebola patients in Africa. A 21-day quarantine, while tough for the non-symptomatic patient, just makes sense. […]

Looking from a credibility standpoint

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher As I was taking my Saturday afternoon shower, disappointingly watching what I thought was my next layer of tan rapidly go down the drain due to the fact it was dirt from mowing, it got me thinking about a couple of things. • I have to admit this took me 30 years […]

Nobel panel chooses novel route to peace

In awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the selection committee reached across a tired and bitter divide. It split the honor between a Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai, and an Indian activist, 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi. The winners’ homelands have been in conflict since 1947, when partition created two separate nations. Tensions continue today, particularly in the […]

Think New Mexico can fix health care

By Tom McDonald State columnist There are two things in particular that I like about Think New Mexico: It’s nonpartisan and it’s pragmatic. Both are reasons why this homegrown think tank is so effective. From getting the sales tax lifted off food to making full-day kindergarten accessible to all New Mexico children, whenever this 15-year-old […]

Solutions: How to fight rudeness

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for October is “The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude” by P. M. Forni. Here is the Wendel’s Notes version: • Rude behavior directed at you is not about you. In responding, do not demean or act self-righteous. • Cool off before responding. Express […]

Oklahoma’s governor wrong on system basics

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up several cases about same-sex marriage. The justices let stand rulings that say states have no basis to deny marriage to gay couples. Anyone who has followed the debate could predict what opponents would say in response. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s statement was typical: “The […]

You may not want to know the details

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher An interesting question came to mind over the weekend as I was asked to approve an editorial. It seems three entities run by the city of Clovis — the zoo, the Civic Center and the golf course — lost nearly a million dollars combined in the last fiscal year. The question […]

Thoughts from a nonagenarian

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Retired Portales math professor Vern Witten, 90, and I recently spent an afternoon chatting about him knowing his multiplication tables by second grade … his “mathematical proof of God” … “busing” to his Missouri high school in a pickup bed for $3 per month … being a 92-pound high school valedictorian […]

‘Better’ best defined by community

By Tom McDonald State columnist A story came out recently in my hometown newspaper to which I think people who live in other small towns and cities around New Mexico might relate. The Las Vegas Optic reported in its Oct. 10 edition on findings from a city-sanctioned study of residents’ purchasing habits. By tracking credit […]

More research is needed before trying solutions

“There was an old lady who swallowed the cow to catch the dog, She swallowed the dog to catch the cat, She swallowed the cat to catch the bird, She swallowed the bird to catch the spider, She swallowed the spider to catch the fly; I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…” In New […]

Education suits could upend school funding

It’s a shame that school districts have had to file a lawsuit to force the state to fund education adequately. But that’s exactly what is happening. Last week, the Santa Fe Public Schools joined forces with the Gallup-McKinley County and Moriarty-Edgewood districts to claim that current funding levels violate the New Mexico Constitution. The lawsuit […]

Musings from a brain out to lunch

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Some thoughts I had while driving around Monday, wondering why every post office was on lunch break before realizing it was Columbus Day and my brain was on lunch break: • A week ago featured an “all new” episode of “Gotham” on Fox. Sunday featured an “all new” episode of […]

We need more work on opioid control in NM

In the last two years, New Mexico has made strides in reducing drug-overdose deaths — from 521 in 2011 to 449 in 2013. Yet the state still ranks near the top in the nation for these types of deaths. So the fact the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is tightening up how a commonly abused prescription […]

Living with purpose my motivator

By Wendel Slaon Local columnist Death is the great democracy. No matter our role, our final bow is followed by the same curtain. A 29-year-old woman with brain cancer has moved to Oregon so she can use lethal medications to “go with dignity” on Nov. 1. A 57-year-old oncologist said after 75 he would refuse […]

NM emergency services not good

By Tom McDonald State columnist New Mexicans should be tired of all the state rankings, since they only seem to show us as the worst, or among the worst, in such issues as poverty, education, child welfare and more. So forgive me when I say, I’ve got one more — emergency services. I ran into […]

Time will tell if Affordable Care Act a positive

So much for President Barack Obama’s promise: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Not the case for about 30,000 New Mexicans who on Jan. 1 will lose their individual health insurance plans because the plans don’t meet standards set by the Affordable Care Act. In May, New Mexico Insurance Superintendent John […]

In sync life about trust, knowing

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I have to admit it. I am going to give my props to the radio stations here. To the stations I have my presets on when I am going to and from work, or making stops in town (yes Rooney and Moon, including you) I have to give kudos. Now why […]

Ebola’s bad, but flu actual threat to our health

With the dreaded Ebola virus moving to Texas after having traveled from Africa, people must not let over-the-top cable news channel coverage and Internet-fueled conspiracy theories lead them to panic. Ebola, while a painful, often fatal disease, is not transmitted easily. What’s more, because the health care system is superior in the United States and […]