Right to demand accountability for mine spill

T he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it was all an accident when its team breached the Gold King Mine and spilled 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River. It says the water quality returned to normal just weeks after wastewater laden with more than 880,000 pounds of metals hit the river […]

McDonald: Capital expenditure needs reform

March 9 was a deadline for Gov. Susana Martinez. That was her last day to either sign into law measures passed in the recently adjourned legislative session or kill them off with a veto. According to nmpoliticalreport.com, 101 bills were passed during the session that ended a month ago. Among the meatier measures to make […]

Sloan: I’d be cheap alternative to Trump

Although I’d rather spend election season on the sidelines (where I spent most of my high school career), if Republicans can’t find anyone to out-trump Trump, for a few pesos I am willing to throw my sombrero in the ring. Here are my ideas to woo away Trump’s storm-troopers. • After tearing up the Iranian […]

Williams: Sunshine should be high priority

Closed-door budget talks and a failed effort to create a transparent ethics commission largely shaded the recent New Mexico legislative session from sunlight, but 2016 did see two incremental victories for transparency. Sunshine Week is today through Saturday. The Sunshine Week campaign works nationwide to celebrate transparency and emphasize the value of open government. Here […]

FDA responsible for stopping drug monopolies

The common practice has been that after a pharmaceutical drug’s patent has expired, its cost would go down as generic versions became available. But that no longer seems to be the routine. For instance, The Associated Press reports that research published in the medical journal, JAMA Dermatology, found that the prices customers paid for brand […]

McDonald: Trump-Sanders ticket revolutionary

Last week, on the night of Super Tuesday, one of my brothers who lives in Memphis, Tennessee called me up to talk about the presidential primaries. The conversation turned lively in a hurry as we went from politics to talk of the “revolutions” now underway in our nation. Let me begin by telling you about […]

UNM weapon policy should be made clear

Is allowing college students and staff to carry stun guns on campus a good idea? University of New Mexico officials are considering a no answer. On the drafting table is a policy that would prohibit them. But this week, neither the campus police department nor the university’s policy office could say exactly what the current […]

Sloan: Thank electricity for easier lives

No one invented electricity. According to Universe.com, for more than 2,000 years it was discovered and harnessed in incremental steps. Benjamin Franklin’s 1752 key-on-a-kite experiment only established the connection between lightning and electricity. Around 600 BC, the Greeks discovered rubbing fur on amber (fossilized tree resin) caused static electricity. In the 1930s, archaeologists discovered ancient […]

Cantwell: So, I underestimated freak show

His call was inevitable. Barney from New Jersey is both my friend and my nemesis. He thinks little of New Mexico or my journalistic efforts. He is a big fan of Donald Trump. “Hi, Barney, how’s the kiddos?” I chirped. “The kiddos left the house 30 years ago,” he growled. “You know why I am […]

Same standard should apply to all officers

The New Mexico State Police has been investigating the recent U.S. Marshals Service predawn raid that went bad and left a man dead. But its account doesn’t square with the account given by the dead man’s family. This is one case where lapel camera footage would have come in handy. Did the wrong guy — […]

McDonald: Municipal elections big deal to us

This week the national news may be focused on Super Tuesday, but here in New Mexico it’s the municipal elections that are making local headlines, with races being decided in cities and towns across the state. And since about half of all New Mexicans live in municipalities of fewer than 30,000 people, these local elections […]

Sloan: Let life, liberty, happiness reign

My book-of-the-month summary for February is a 1906 copy of “The World’s Famous Orations,” edited by William Jennings Bryan. The 272-page hardback (Funk and Wagnalls) fits in my back pocket. Excerpts: “May (our) country become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror, but of wisdom, of peace, and of liberty, upon which […]

Wilson: Nice trophy … how’d you get it?

“I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I’m good at everything.” — Demetri Martin, “These Are Jokes.” I’ve reached an age where most friends don’t post their activities online, but those of their kids. One recent weekend, a high school friend posted a photo of her adorable daughter, and […]

Native son made great contributions to state, country

Extraordinary people like Miguel Encinias contributed mightily to the legacy of the “Greatest Generation” that lived through the Great Depression and served in World War II. And while younger generations might pooh pooh what they don’t know and never have had to experience, it’s hard to argue with the sacrifice and dedication of people who […]

SNAP changes will likely push small stores out

Should the federal government require clothing retailers, especially those that cater to low-income consumers, to carry bamboo fabric goods because they are environmentally sustainable and thus better for everyone? Well, no. Not only would that level of meddling presume government bureaucrats know the local marketplace better than the business owners who live and operate in […]

McDonald: Good-government bill will be back

One of the many bills to fall by the wayside in the just-past legislative session was House Bill 307, which would have reformed the way New Mexico funds its public works projects. It was a good-government proposal. It would have served the public interest better than what’s in place now. It would have replaced politics […]

Sad to see ethics bill gutted, pulled

State Rep. Jim Dines, R-Albuquerque, long a champion of transparency in government, did the unusual but ethical thing Tuesday — he pulled his ethics commission joint resolution from consideration in the Senate Rules Committee because protectors of the status quo gutted the transparency elements it contained. Pulling it took courage and common sense. Because why […]

Sloan: No chance I could be the big dog

Given the opportunity to participate in a presidential debate, my closing statement might sink my chances: My fellow Americans, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Partiers, Christians, televangelists and you three fraudulent voters, I ask for your support. Although I lack presidential looks, height and answers to insolvable problems other candidates pretend to have to unite our un-unitable […]

Wilson: Obama should choose judge, period

Kevin Wilson

As Barack Obama celebrated his inauguration in 2009, 15 Republicans met at D.C.’s Caucus Room steakhouse. As detailed in Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,” meeting participants planned united, unyielding opposition to Obama, his appointees and his policies. They never realized Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell’s […]

Taxpayers out $90K for Duran’s political stunt

“This culture of corruption that has given all New Mexicans a black eye is unacceptable.” — Former Secretary of State Dianna Duran, 2011 Now who has the black eye and, in addition to a felony plea deal, will likely cost taxpayers more than $90,000 for that political pandering? Duran made the statement in announcing her […]