Not fair for IRS to abandon those who need help

The Internal Revenue Service “administers the nation’s tax laws and collects the revenue that funds the government,” according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Budget in Brief for fiscal 2015. To do that, the IRS has a budget of almost $13 billion and 92,690 full-time employees. And yet there’s more than a 50-50 shot […]

Author: American mindset threatens cultural freedoms

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for January is “The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves,” by Curtis White. He says we have forgotten how to think for ourselves and this mindset threatens America’s intellectual and cultural freedoms. According to White, the “Middle Mind” thrives in unquestioned mediocrity. All we ask […]

Perceptions, stigmas hard to shake

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Yes, this is going to be another rant. I am not trying to appear condescending, but I realize it comes across that way sometimes. And like anything else, until you meet and get to know the person, you are basically living with your own perception. Quickly … Name the members of […]

K-12 programs best place to put education dollars

Remember how it worked out when the federal government decided every American — no matter their income or level of financial responsibility — should be able to own a home? We’re still picking up the pieces — make that boarding up the windows — eight years after the subprime mortgage crisis devastated the nation’s and […]

New year inspires ‘out there’ predictions

By Tom McDonald State columnist A futurist I’m not, but like most people, I do like to gaze into the unknown from time to time, even if it is an exercise in uncertainty. So in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d throw out a few predictions, starting with a couple of obvious […]

Movie “Selma” misrepresents historical facts

Deliberate deception shouldn’t win awards. The movie “Selma” has received both criticism and praise for its dramatization of events surrounding the civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery in 1965. On Thursday, it was nominated for two Academy awards, best picture and best song, but was snubbed for best director. That’s not surprising, given […]

Elderly deserve honor for great roles in real life

By Wendell Sloan Local columnist My younger self apologizes to every elderly person I did not properly appreciate. Naively, I categorized them as being different. When I saw them driving, working in yards or shopping, I largely ignored them without comprehending their difficult journey — buttressed by pride in what they had accomplished with the […]

One word changes entire message

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m on the road from Portales to Clovis and on the radio the chorus “Why you gotta be so rude I’m gonna marry you anyway” from the song “Marry that Girl” by Magic! is playing. And I am thinking who in their right mind is going to dance to a song […]

Reappointing ousted judge right choice

Gov. Susana Martinez had a difficult choice to make last week when she reappointed Albert Mitchell to the 10th Judicial District judge’s seat. We think she made the right call. Mitchell was ousted in November, receiving just 50 percent of the retention vote. He needed 57 percent to keep his job. He then applied for […]

This legislative session one the keep up with

By Tom McDonald State columnist This will be a year for laws governing jobs. If you’re a blue-collar worker, this will be a good time to start keeping up with the activities of the New Mexico Legislature. It convenes Jan. 20 for a 60-day session and two measures — related to “right to work” and […]

Need to get going with ed secretary confirmation vote

It’s about time. Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen says this year’s legislative agenda should include a long overdue bit of business — bringing the nomination of Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera up for a confirmation vote. “We just need to get on with it,” said Papen, a Democrat from Las Cruces. “Hopefully we can […]

All good works have great value

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist With approximately 600 other souls, I rang in New Year’s Eve in the Pathway of Life Church in Dallas. By my estimate, about 60 percent were African-American, 20 percent Hispanic and 20 percent Anglo, with a smattering of other ethnicities. Casual dress dominated — with the only necktie being worn […]

Snow a lesson about community

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Oh what a fun week it has been, starting with the snowstorm of the past weekend. Before I begin I do want to thank everyone for their patience as we worked our way through the weekend. I myself had to get out in it a couple of times to get our […]

McDonald: Dog had huge impact over six years

About six years ago, we picked up a shelter dog, named her Ellie and made her our own. A mutt by birth and all dog by disposition, she came into our lives right on time — especially for our older daughter, a teenager at the time who suffered from more than just the angst that […]

Flu shots help more than just recipients

For most people, the flu is inconvenient, causing missed work, depressed energy levels and varying levels of just plain misery. For many, including children and the elderly, the flu can be life-threatening. Whether it threatens your health or just your work week, however, it’s worthwhile to prevent it if you can. That’s why we join […]

Sloan: Ms. Jones says 10 minutes matters

A friend, “Ms. Jones,” who teaches first grade in a lower socio-economic school in a medium-sized city, says parents who read to children 10 minutes a night make a difference in their success. Reading also creates a closeness with their children, while making them value reading. Jones says, “The kids who are read to at […]

Arrowsmith: Is it good, or not so much?

When I am tired, the hamsters in my brain work in bursts. When I am bored, I am tired. Therefore, when I am bored, the hamsters in my brain work in bursts. This is going to be one of those bursts. When I was a kid, I always loved the Christmas Day and New Year’s […]

In pot debate, helping people should win out

Too much energy is being spent rewriting rules for the distribution of medical marijuana in New Mexico. The state Department of Health, rather than devising cumbersome rules that make it harder for patients to get the medicine they need, should streamline the process. While the latest version of rules is an improvement (anything would be) […]

Immigration mixed message lost in translation

The Obama administration’s tough public message that young illegal border-crossers would be detained, then sent home, apparently was lost in translation. Or it was just a PR stunt to begin with. Of the detainees — mostly unaccompanied teens, and Central American mothers and young children — who were housed at a temporary immigration center in […]

Good time to look back, forward

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s all a matter of perspective. The year 2014 might have been a great one for you. Or it could have been hell. I hope for your sake it was the former, but either way it’s a good time to look back — and forward. Politically, it was a rough […]