Wind power should never be ignored

By Tom McDonald State columnist Last weekend brought a rash of tornado watches and warnings over the eastern side of New Mexico, and more than a few tornados were reported. No one was killed — which is not only fortunate but typical as well, at least in the Land of Enchantment. I grew up in […]

Walking school bus program great idea

Sometimes old ways can be best. Before the school bus was invented, most children walked to school. Today, in Rhode Island, Missouri, Iowa and other states, children are getting off the bus seats and back on their feet. An adult volunteer leads the students on their walk to class. In some districts, the “walking school […]

Online exchange being considered

By Tom Philpott Military Update Defense officials are weighing a proposal from the director of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to allow the nation’s 22 million honorably discharged veterans, and perhaps an equal number of their family members, to shop online for military exchange products and discounts. Shoppers who use the AAFES website […]

Letter to the editor: Potholes deserve more attention than weeds

Hats off to the community members who volunteered last Wednesday to help clean up Portales MainStreet and the downtown area. We appreciate your efforts. But I really don’t think that the director of Portales MainStreet or the city of Portales realize that Main Street goes past First Street. There are so many pot holes and […]

Illegal youth costly factor to consider in reform

Increasingly young people illegally crossing into the United States over its southern border with Mexico are unescorted by family members. While some are from Mexico, most are from Central America. Some hope to locate relatives or find work. Some are just trying to escape poverty and crime in their home countries. Children includes all border […]

It’s cliche, but everyone has a story

By Wendell Sloan Local columnist It is a cliché, but — patronizing stereotypes to the contrary — everyone has a story. I have known Matt Hillsman, 78, since his 1986 arrival on the High Plains from Connecticut to pursue a master’s in archaeology — joining son Ian in college. “It’s nice you are here,” Ian […]

Enjoy your political power now

By Ned Cantwell State columnist A lot of us more seasoned New Mexicans, i.e., old people, have had a bellyful of you young folks who think you run the world. Well, you don’t. Look no further than state politics. Just days ago there was a primary election. If its turnout mirrored history, citizens over 50 […]

Everyone should have a say in who wins

Curry County’s new sheriff was not selected by a majority of residents or even a majority of voters. Wesley Waller was the overwhelmingly choice of only those registered to vote as Republicans who participated in the 2014 primary election. He has no opponent in November, unless a minority candidate signs up for a miracle run […]

Ideals didn’t change, Americans did

By Kent McManigal Local columnist How did the ideals America was founded upon — even if they were always imperfectly implemented — become so misunderstood and reviled by the majority of Americans? How did these principles become “radical,” “extreme,” and frightening? Or even “terrorism?” How did false safety and socialistic collectivism become the default position […]

Small business loans good use of tax dollars

In this political high season, if you ask the average New Mexico voter or politician what the state’s economy needs, jobs, as well as support for existing small businesses, will be high on all the short lists. But ask them for specifics on how to achieve either, and you’ll be lucky to get much beyond […]