Government not so great at spying

Maybe Malaysia Airlines’ missing flight 370 will have been found by the time this gets into print. Or maybe various officials are still saying “we know where it is … we just haven’t physically seen it yet.” Either way, I’m pretty sure the news won’t be good for the families of those missing, whenever it […]

Aggie players mistreated by greedy NCAA

According to a report from Kantar Media in AdWeek, March Madness generates $1 billion in advertising dollars a year, making it “the most lucrative postseason advertising juggernaut.” More lucrative than even “the respective pro playoffs and championship series of the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League,” with spots […]

Legislator does not deserve compensation

I t is right, responsible, and also predictable, that a New Mexico legislator who missed the entire 2014 session has returned his per diem and mileage, nearly $5,100, to the state. After all, Rep. Phillip Archuleta, D-Las Cruces, is seeking re-election this year. And so it is perhaps not surprising that Rep. Ernest Chavez, D-Albuquerque, […]

Sunshine Week serves as celebration, warning

Last week was Sunshine Week, usually described as an annual celebration of open government and the public’s right to know what its lawmakers are doing. But in fact, it’s also a warning. As Americans, we pride ourselves on being blessed with a “government of the people,” but we also know that keeping it that way […]

Vocabulary can always be larger

Although the English language has at least half a million words, we still need new ones to express certain nuances. Here are a few suggestions: Miserpated — Being forced to participate in something that makes us miserable. “I miserpated in attending the opera with her.” Fakepathy — Pretending to have empathy. “She showed great fakepathy about […]

Blocking businesses simply irrational

What if I told you that a business was planning to make close to a billion dollar investment in New Mexico? What if I told you this company is a leader of maybe a potential revolution in automobile fueling and technology and it could help our state make the transition to cleaner, more affordable fuel […]

Time running out to get insurance

The clock is ticking. Thousands of New Mexicans will lose their ability to buy health insurance under the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) if they fail to enroll by March 31. If they miss this deadline, unless they become covered by an employer or have a life-changing event such as marriage or birth of […]

Supporting liberty not contradictory

What is a quick way to cause confusion? Advocate liberty consistently and watch what happens. I’ll use myself as an illustration: I am a firm believer in the high value of education, therefore I am not a fan of public schooling, nor any schooling based upon the same template. I hate aggressive violence that threatens […]

Wooing Tesla laying foundation for the future

Call it a tale of two tweets. First, the bad news that New Mexico continues to bleed jobs. Retweeted NM Telegram (NMTelegram): “NM only state in the region to lose jobs in 12 months ending on Jan 31.” Then, a happier perspective: Retweeted Susana Martinez 2016 (ReadyForSusana): “Did you know Governor Martinez cut the business […]

People right to be heated on stove rules

A wood stove regulation proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency is generating a heated response from rural residents. Burning wood to heat a home is nothing new — it’s been going on for, oh, thousands of years. Many residents prefer wood because it’s an affordable, available and reliable source of fuel. The EPA isn’t proposing […]