NM sports legends lived inspired lives

It might just be an urban legend, but the theory that deaths come in threes — especially deaths of those we idolize — was borne out for New Mexico sports fans in recent weeks. First, legendary University of New Mexico basketball player and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Mel Daniels. Then former world light […]

McDonald: No state immune to mass shootings

As a nation, we’ve got an epidemic on our hands. But instead of addressing it in ways that would actually be productive, we pray for the dead, argue over what to do and brace ourselves for the next round of random violence. Mass shootings in the U.S. are an everyday occurrence these days, done by […]

Pot patient card should suffice for border patrol

In theory, law enforcement should be implemented in a fair, across-the-board manner. In practice in southern New Mexico, it has made state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients legal victims of their geography. Get your medical pot prescription filled in Albuquerque or Santa Fe and, unless you are a very bad and very unlucky driver, you won’t encounter […]

Sloan: I was a hero in my own disaster

I was possibly a Thanksgiving hero in Lubbock when I helped put out a fire threatening an apartment complex. The only caveat potentially tainting my heroism is I caused the fire. While visiting friends — including the masters of a lethargic, narcissistic, black labrador I am babysitting indefinitely — I went shopping for a last-minute […]

Wilson: Sports fans mix of loyalty, lunacy

I tuned in for only the final minute of Monday Night Football, with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens tied at 20. First play, interception for the Browns at midfield. “Cleveland should have this,” I thought, with 50 seconds left and two timeouts. But wait, they’re the Cleveland Browns. Quarterback wastes 20 seconds calling the […]

Selfish cyclists should sing different tune

“The music falling in where it is wanted, and stopping where it is not wanted, The cheerful voice of the public road, the gay fresh sentiment of the road.” — From a “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman When beloved American poet Walt Whitman espoused the enchantment of the open road in his […]

Roswell politics like South I know

In a way, my connections to the West are more real than my Southern roots would suggest. I’m certainly no native to New Mexico, though I’ve lived here more than 10 years now. I was born and raised in Arkansas, a southern state with a western tinge — especially in Fort Smith, where I survived […]

Freeing last chimps humane, ethical

This month, the National Institutes of Health announced it will retire the last colony of government-owned chimpanzees being held for biomedical research, including 20 that were subjected to decades of invasive, nonproductive testing at an Alamogordo research facility. This week, as our nation celebrates the holiday season, there is no better symbol of humanity, of […]

Sloan: ‘The World’s Gone Crazy’ indeed

During last weekend’s Friends of the Public Library book sale in Portales, I bought 97 books (including 59 children’s books I am donating to a first grade, and four DVD movies) for $7. For my November book-of-the-month summary, I’ve selected one: “The World’s Gone Crazy” by the Bathroom Readers’ Institute. Here are a few lowlights: […]

Wilson: Picked out some shorts for you

Column creation this week felt like Black Friday shopping. Everything I thought about was either too big or too small. Either that, or it was something I knew you wouldn’t like. Or there was a better version online. So I decided to go with stocking stuffers, not long enough for columns but too long to […]

Editorial: NMAA must provide level playing field

In 2014, teams of Albuquerqueo-area home-school students won the middle- and high-school divisions of the state Science Olympiad, complete with trips to nationals. In 2015, the New Mexico Activities Association has decided it wants to keep those students from competing unless the public school they would normally attend has 1.) a Science Olympiad team that […]

McDonald: Love greatest reason to give thanks

As you get older, you get more used to death. At the very least, you become familiar with seeing your elders pass on. Death can be painful; oftentimes more so for the ones left behind. It’s a tragedy when a loved one’s life is cut short; for parents, the loss of a child must be […]

New Mexico’s UFC champ acts like true winner

Announcers introduce her as “The Preacher’s Daughter.” Sporting News calls her the “nicest girl on the planet.” Until Saturday, New Mexico just called her Holly. But in a matter of minutes everything changed, and now everyone calls the Manzano High School grad the undisputed UFC women’s bantamweight champion of the world. Holly Holm delivered one […]

McDonald: Paris attacks hit too close to home

War is a man-made institution, the worst thing we ever created. But there are times in which it’s either kill or be killed, so it becomes a necessity for survival. It’s no surprise that, last week, when terrorists killed civilians in one of the most culturally enriched cities on earth, the world took notice. It […]

True all-in energy policy on next prez

If only the hot air coming out of Washington could keep a major metropolitan area safe and warm this winter. Consider that this administration has not only unplugged a $15 billion solution to the nation’s nuclear waste storage dilemma but also disconnected plans for a $2 billion oil pipeline that would employ thousands of construction […]

Sloan: What does ‘In God We Trust’ mean?

Since “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States, adopted in 1956 as an alternative to the unofficial E pluribus unum (“From Many, One”), I am fairly indifferent about the legality of law officers putting the decals (at no taxpayer expense) on their official vehicles. Some think the practice violates separation […]

Wilson: Equal time roundup a media circus

NBC would have been in quite a quandary had it kept “The Apprentice” on the air while star Donald Trump was running for president. Under the Federal Communications Commission’s equal time requirement, every other Republican candidate would be entitled to the same weekly air time as the Donald. With a field that still includes more […]

Violent criminal belongs in jail, not honor farm

It’s incomprehensible that a felon with a long and violent criminal history “walked off” to a few hours of freedom just five days after he was assigned to the honor farm at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas. Corrections officials are scrambling to figure out how and why that happened, as well […]

McDonald: Pot issue approaching critical mass

Last week, nearly two-thirds of Ohio’s voters rejected a measure that would have legalized marijuana. That doesn’t mean the move toward legalization has hit its peak; instead, it signals another battle on the horizon, over control of this burgeoning legal industry. Gallup polls have been showing for three years now that a majority of Americans […]

Trees cut for private ski run selfish act

You would think that people who enjoy schussing down slopes of virgin snow would be great lovers of the outdoors and wilderness areas. But to judge by damage left behind by what many suspect were rogue skiers, some skiers apparently want to make the mountainsides their own. Santa Fe National Forest officials report that at […]