1st Amendment applies to all — even bigots


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. If anyone is wondering whether it should be legal for a business owner to discriminate against gay people, or black people or short people, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution settles the dispute quickly. Just base your claim […]

Why no droning on about drones?

Ned Cantwell

Were you surprised the 2014 New Mexico legislative session dragged to a finish without one word about killing drones? I know I was. Legislators talked on and on and on. They continued a three-year debate on education policy, an argument that continues to ignore the reality no system on earth will work unless early childhood […]

Gerrymanders appear here to stay

Wendel Sloan

“Gerrymander” comes from an 1812 attempt by Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry to gain political advantage by contorting a district into a salamander shape. According to Doc Elder, local history professor and radio personality, 34 state legislatures control the drawing of congressional districts. Other states vary, or only have one representative. “Power can be either concentrated […]

Post-game handshake provides perspective

The University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team is having a great season under the leadership of new head coach Craig Neal. The talent and drive of this year’s team was certainly on display in its victory last weekend against the then-No. 6 ranked San Diego State Aztecs. The celebration of an impressive Lobo […]

Worst-case scenarios being spread as fact

Jake Swafford

The decision on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a “threatened” species will be made by the end of March, so time to influence the opinion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is running out. Agencies across the range of the species are working hard to create as much habitat as […]

Proprietors should choose who they serve

Kent McManigal

Arizona has been debating a new law that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay people. This is another case of a law being inflicted because of a misguided past law. Does a business owner already have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason? Yes. No matter what any law […]

Canada owed answer on pipeline

President Obama told the National Governors Association this week that his long-awaited decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could come in a couple of months. The $5.3 billion pipeline — first proposed in 2008 — would cross the border from Canada, connect with existing pipelines in the Midwest, and eventually move about 800,000 barrels a […]

In-flight cell phone usage should be airlines’ call

Why would Congress jump into the debate over whether people should be able to talk on their cellphones while flying on airplanes? The answer is obvious: political pandering while avoiding some of the real issues the people we send to Washington should deal with. Like the fact the country is headed for financial disaster. A […]

Away from gridiron, poetry reigns

• How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning   • “Love, if you knew the light — That your soul casts in my sight.” — Robert Browning   Before the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl in Arizona, I happened upon the sixth-ranked Baylor University Bears practicing indoors in Waco, […]

Act of kindness inspires pay-it-forward attitude

Just when you think, that things are really bad around here, someone comes along and brightens your day. My husband and I went to the Yam theater on Thursday and enjoyed listening and dancing to Will Banister and the Modern Day Ramblers. I left my purse in the theater, and did not realize it until […]