Wilson: Not quite the world’s worst golfer

I knew when I went home to see family, I’d spend a morning caddying for my dad on our town’s nine-hole golf course. My dad thought differently. “Your clubs are in the car,” he said, which was a surprise to me because I’d never owned clubs. “I found a cheap left-handed club set on eBay, […]

Democratic Party not living up to its standards

The Democratic National Committee website tells us: “Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own — that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.” Apparently, that lofty statement doesn’t apply when party bosses need to rig the […]

Bataan veterans deserve honor for sacrifices

They are few, and they are in the twilight of their lives. They are survivors of World War II’s battle for Bataan and its infamous Death March. There are 19 veterans of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery who are still alive. They are at least in their mid-90s, and one, Tony Reyna of Taos […]

McDonald: Humanity shines at the Olympics

If ever there’s an event that makes the world seem small, it’s the Summer Olympics. This week it kicks off in Brazil’s Rio de Janiero with more than 10,000 athletes from around the world will compete in 28 different sports and 306 events. According to the Albuquerque Journal, 11 of these athletes have ties to […]

NATO, good guys need to stick together

Donald Trump’s recent declaration that it may be time to abandon the North American Treaty Organization is causing serious international consternation, not only to U.S. diplomats and U.S. allies, but also to members of his own party. And correctly so. Earlier this month, in an interview with the New York Times, Trump was asked if […]

Sloan: Something to be said about humor

My book-of-the-month summary for July is “Funny Letters from Famous People,” edited by Charles Osgood. Excerpts: • President Dwight Eisenhower wrote his wife from Germany: “George Patton is going to drive me to drink. He misses more opportunities to keep his mouth shut than anyone I know.” • Author/photographer Lewis Carroll missed an appointment with […]

All schools in state should be accountable

It is baffling that Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto is calling for a moratorium on new charter schools. After all, he is the legal counsel for one of the top-ranked schools in the state and knows charter innovation can deliver great results to students and taxpayers alike. While Ivey-Soto says he is just trying to slow charter […]

McDonald: No changing minds of most voters

Maybe it began with the rise of Fox News. There, conservative people found a different spin on the news, more suitable to their tastes and opinions. Or perhaps it was the rise of Rush Limbaugh, whose conservative rants were full of arrogance and hyperbole — a welcome relief from the liberal spinsters who monopolized the […]

Sloan: Many surprises at Enchanted Circle

With some Texans and my foster dog, Chance, I recently visited New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle of Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. At the Taos Pueblo, where multi-storied adobe buildings date back 1,000 years, an angry yellowjacket attacked my Cowboys shirt. On Taos’ hilly streets, we ran across a violence-awareness craft fair […]

Gessing: Johnson more ‘fiscally conservative’

Paul Gessing

Is former New Mexico governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson a fiscal conservative? He did veto upward of 700 bills during his two terms as governor, which began in 1995 and 1999 — more than any governor in the nation at the time. But a National Review columnist, James Spiller, argued that Johnson is […]

Police, citizens need to pause, breathe, think

You can be part of the problem or part of the solution. That’s what Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who is African-American, said after a dozen of his officers were gunned down during a Black Lives Matter protest by a man who wanted to kill as many white police officers as he could. Five of […]

McDonald: Climate truth inconvenient, but real

It’s hot. Record-breaking hot, for the umpteenth year in a row. Which brings us to an inconvenient truth. And with that lead, I probably lost half of this column’s readership. The truth is not only inconvenient, it angers a lot people. There’s just too much spin-doctoring out there for it to be otherwise. Ten years […]

Officials should unite to protect tribal artifacts

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-New Mexico, wants the Government Accountability Office to recommend reforms to prevent the theft and sale of tribal items. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, wants to toughen federal laws regarding those who would try to make a buck off federally protected Native American items. Together their efforts seek to end the lax […]

Sloan: Everyone’s stories aren’t obvious

Elly Marez, 52, dropped out of Clovis High School at 15 to get married and have a baby. After moving to Portales with her husband, she had two more children. She and her five brothers and two sisters were raised by a single mom. When she was 8, the three girls were taken from their […]

Wilson: The truth is, it might just be luck

This isn’t a sports column, but in 20 years I’ll be thankful to have watched the careers of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and LeBron James. Tim Duncan, too. The No. 1 pick of the 1997 NBA draft hung it up Monday after 19 seasons only for the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan amassed five […]

Ag secretary not responsible with fire funds

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stomped his foot last week, and the nation’s forests should be shaking. That’s because Vilsack told Albuquerque Journal Washington bureau correspondent Michael Coleman that if the U.S. Forest Service, which he oversees, runs out of money to fight fires this summer, it will be up to Congress to give him […]

McDonald: We’re not immune to cop killings

Think all the killings by cops making news these days are exclusive to urban areas? Think again. Here in New Mexico, we’ve had at least five so far this year, and unless I’m missing something, not one in Albuquerque this year. For context, let’s look at some national stats: So far this year, there have […]

First step: Eliminating ‘us vs. them’ mentality

About 50 people gathered Friday outside the Clovis Police Department to pray and show support for local officers following the shooting deaths of police in Dallas on Thursday. One question on everyone’s mind: Could this happen here? We all know the answer is yes. It is certainly possible a Clovis police officer or Roosevelt County […]

Sloan: Cholesterol struggle is real

On the rare occasions people take a break from being outraged over politics, they might use the brief armistices to envision their nemeses as humans. Liberal, conservative or apathetic, everyone has a secret challenge. Former Portales resident Annette Michelle Quintana, 49, an upbeat married mother of three living in Adkins, Texas — near San Antonio […]

Wilson: Safety, trust demands accountability

Picture a city of about 35,000, or just picture Clovis. Imagine this Clovis, for 15 years, experiences a fatal shooting every month. We know the shooter every time. Most shootings had witnesses, and some are on video, yet nobody goes to jail and only three are ever charged. Do you feel safe in this alternate […]