Sloan: Some things on Earth that matter

My book-of-the-month summary for August is “Structure of Matter” (Time/Life). • One million atoms stacked on top of each other is as thick as one sheet of paper. However, hydrogen atoms are 1,000 times smaller than radioactive francium ones. • A golf ball is as many times larger than an atom as the Earth is […]

Wilson: We all paid for Gershon’s candy

Steve Gershon walked into a Stripes on Jan. 11 because it seemed like a nice night for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. That snack had Gershon in district court Tuesday, because it also seemed like a nice night to bring his gun with him. At magistrate and district levels, the former Curry County Commission candidate said […]

Martinez right to want budget negotiations

When you’re $700 million in the red, something’s got to give. Will it be pay cuts or fewer jobs for public employees? Less money for education, possibly meaning fewer teachers and larger class sizes? What about sidelining road improvements and senior centers? Or slashing social programs? How about cuts to economic development and business recruitment? […]

McDonald: State’s future not in fossil fuels

Susana Martinez must hate having to call the Legislature into session. The Republican governor doesn’t have much of a record of success there, largely because of an obstinate Senate and its Democratic majority. But thanks to an inability or unwillingness to resolve matters in the last regular session, Martinez must now call her second special […]

Public should see Albuquerque police reviews

The city of Albuquerque has taken another positive step in the police reform process by emulating best practices regarding reviews of law enforcement use of force. APD’s Critical Incident Review Team, or CIRT, is modeled after a similar program at the Las Vegas, Nevada, Metropolitan Police Department and is already tackling everything from the use […]

Sloan: Happenings at every vacation stop

This concludes my three-part travelogue about my recent Texas vacation. Mt. Pleasant • In a clearance store, I passed on steeply discounted mismatched Nike sandals — size 6 (left) and size 8 (right). • A friend, arguing with a cashier at a liquidating Hastings that their “Cash Only” sign was too small to notice, got […]

Stevens: Many lessons in Art Ferro drama

In our last episode — published April 10 under the headline “Put your sleuthing skills to the test” — a Clovis man was returning a car to a friend. Another man happened to arrive about the same time, interested in purchasing a motorcycle. It was 2 a.m., but Art Ferro was still awake, eating a […]

Letters to the editor — Aug. 21

Trump’s business abilities what we need these days The Rio Grande Foundation’s Paul Gessing, in his July 23 column, encouraged fiscal conservatives to vote for Gary Johnson because he is frugal. He could not be more wrong. Gessing pointed to Johnson’s frugal spending record. Frugality doesn’t always reveal a fiscal conservative. A couch potato might […]

Constantopolous: Coal sector needs advanced tech

Guest columnist These days, bipartisan support in Congress for a coal bill of any kind is rare. Which is why the Senate leadership’s support of a measure that would boost incentives for the development of a technology that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal combustion is so noteworthy. The technology is sequestration. This involves […]

Espinoza: State needs to be more oil-friendly

Jason Espinoza

Guest columnist It’s now more than two years since Saudi Arabia declared a price war with American shale oil in order to protect its market share of crude-oil production. What’s New Mexico to do when a whole nation goes after a U.S. industry that, on full-tilt, can contribute one-third of your state’s budget revenue? A […]

Political quid pro quo still alive in Washington D.C.

Fresh on the heels of emails that showed Democratic National Committee bosses discussing ways to sabotage the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders come new emails that show donors to the Clinton Foundation had a special in with the State Department under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton. Sad, but hardly surprising — and completely in character with the […]

McDonald: Seeming weakness can be strength

Since the start of a new school year brings new adventures in education, and since reading and writing are essential to a good education, and since there’s a fair number of people who have trouble with reading and writing, I offer up a case study — myself. When I was a kid, I read words […]

State’s poor rankings not ending soon

In a sad parallel to the highs and lows of drug abuse, New Mexico ranks high in teens who use a wide range of illegal substances, high in the negative effects of drug use, and low in everything that can help in deciding that using illegal drugs is the wrong choice. The Centers for Disease […]

Sloan: Hometown mix of old and new

Despite being a gold-medal favorite in the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel competition during the Olympics, I decided to take a break from writing about politics and continue the travelogue about my recent Texas vacation. While visiting my parents’ graves in Mt. Vernon, I saw the nearby memorial for legendary Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith. (I hauled hay for Meredith’s […]

Wilson: Being southpaw easier all the time

I’m working on a holiday. I’m working on MY holiday. This is an outrage. Well, not really. And that’s a good thing. Saturday, for the 89 percent of people who don’t celebrate it, was International Left-Handers Day. I am, have been and will always be a left-hander. I never got my left-handed discount anywhere today, […]

McDonald: Now is Johnson’s chance to grab spotlight

Gary Johnson’s 15 minutes of fame has finally arrived. The former New Mexico governor and current Libertarian Party candidate for president is getting some attention by the national media as an alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Polls are showing, and have been for some time now, that the majority of Americans don’t like […]

APS/APD overreach enough to cause taxpayer indigestion

Who wins when a middle-school principal, assistant principal and school cop use a state law on interfering with the educational process to handcuff and arrest a seventh-grader who refuses to stop burping in PE? Certainly not the administrators or the police officer, who could have defused the situation but instead ended up looking like incompetents […]

Sloan: Fundraiser makes for great lyrics

While having lunch with Ron Barker and friends at a Mexican restaurant sporting mounted deer heads in my east Texas hometown of Mt. Vernon last week, Barker serenaded us with “Kill a Moose for Jesus.” Legendary for his humor and practical jokes (he brought Vienna sausage, beans, crackers, pudding and a small, red bottled Coke […]

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 […]