Reader reaction

We asked our Facebook followers, “What’s something every teen should know?” Some responses: • Savannah Borquez: Learn about building credit. • Laurie Birch Kennedy: The choices you make today will affect you tomorrow. • Resa Ann McCard: How to change a tire. • Sabryna J. Duran: Think twice. Babies aren’t easy to take care of. […]

Local papers vital to community

By Tom McDonald State columnist Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, New Mexico, I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism. It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes […]

Candidates’ shift in less taxation encouraging

Today, April 15, is the day everybody hates the IRS — everybody, that is, who has waited until today or just before to grudgingly send in their tax forms and checks. Those who received refunds, however, have probably already spent them, many thinking they are bonus checks. What those who send and those who receive […]

VA wait times should already have improved

Despite a new — and supposedly better — treatment plan, this patient has shown little improvement. It’s been a year since revelations of long waits for medical treatment at the nation’s Veterans Affairs medical facilities — and attempts to hide the problem — rocked the nation. In some cases veterans died while waiting to be […]

Living good life is best revenge

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Here are more divorce stories from female readers: • “I had to raise my boys without child support (it doesn’t matter what the courts say). For 15 years I balanced two to three jobs, made their games between work schedules, and kept up with their homework. “There was no time […]

Every step helps fill water bucket

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I have to admit, there have been some interesting ideas recently on ways the public can conserve water, including purchasing low-flow toilets. You know me by now; I love to look at numbers and different ways to interpret them. Did you know, according to a 2010 report by the New Mexico […]

Banana peel toss not representative of New Mexico

Santa Fe is known for many things — but being known as a place where an audience member throws a banana peel at an African-American comic is not an image we welcome. Yet that’s the story that shot around the nation, and even the world, after Christian Englander, 30, pulled the peel from his back […]

Capitalism made hemp, pot illegal

By Tom McDonald State columnist One of the perks to having a column that runs in papers around the state is the feedback, especially through emails, that I receive from readers. Sometimes it surprises me what people get passionate about. Not long ago I wrote about some of the bills that passed New Mexico’s most […]

Act of kindness in restaurant an Easter treat

Easter is a day for reflection and for celebration. What better way to celebrate this Christian holiday than to follow Jesus’ example of helping others. Bovina’s Deena Leuea told us about such an experience she witnessed an Easter ago and we wanted to share: After church last Easter, my husband and I went to eat […]

Divorce mourned much like death

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Behind only the death of a loved one, divorce is life’s most traumatic experience. On Facebook I recently asked female readers to share their experiences. Twenty (and counting) responded. Over the coming weeks I will share excerpts: • “It was the hardest decision of my life, especially after 31 years. […]

Plenty of water can be converted

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I love statistics; simply love them. We reported from an Associated Press story that the Ute Lake pipeline would funnel more than 5.3 billion gallons of water each year from the Ute Reservoir to Clovis, Portales, Cannon, and other smaller communities. We have reported before that the more than 150 miles […]

McDonald’s chicken decision a health boon

As goes McDonald’s, so goes the rest of the fast-food world? At least we hope that will be the case when it comes to McDonald’s recently announced policy to start using only chicken raised without medically important antibiotics. This commitment will help reduce the overuse of antibiotics in meat. That, in turn, is a public […]

Legislature got a little accomplished

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s no secret this year’s legislative session was pathetically unproductive; on the day of adjournment, lawmakers couldn’t even pass the capital outlay bill. But it was an Albuquerque Journal report by Dan Boyd that quantified it: Of 1,365 bills introduced, only 191 made it to the governor’s desk for signing. […]

Prevention still best flu fighter

It’s officially spring, but one of winter’s unpleasant features remains with us: It’s still flu season. The New Mexico Department of Health advises that influenza B is still making the rounds, but that influenza A, the predominant form, is still actively circulating, too. Strains don’t matter to the sufferer. Flu is flu. It’s miserable and […]

Words to live by, other anecdotes

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for March is “Words to Live By.” Edited by William Nichols, the 1947 work contains essays of wisdom by the famous and obscure. Here are excerpts: • “The quickest way to correct the other fellow’s attitude is to correct your own.”— King Vidor • “Trouble creates a […]

Bullying won’t stop overnight

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Wikipedia defines bullying as “the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.” One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination […]

Martinez needs to work with Dems

By Tom McDonald State columnist Susana Martinez had better figure out how to work with Democrats or she’s going to go down in state history as an ineffectual governor. Sure, she can and does point to a number of accomplishments during her first term — balancing the state budget during tough times, creating a simplified […]

Stopping theft by authority enhances rights

While New Mexico legislators wasted tax funds on pointless bickering for 60 days instead of legislating for the most part, they did pass one bill unanimously that actually enhances personal rights and liberties. That was a bill that stops police from taking a person’s property or other assets before that person has been convicted of […]

Government transparency hits new low

Amid Sunshine Week, no less, the Obama administration hit a new low for open government and transparency. On Tuesday, the White House announced its Office of Administration will be considered exempt from complying with Freedom of Information Act requests. The administration says the action reflects a court ruling made before Obama took office in which […]

Drinking problem not moral failing

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist “Mary,” a 50ish High Plains native who is now a businesswoman in a city, recently agreed to discuss her battle with alcoholism. Her first exposure to alcohol was at 5, visiting her grandfather on a West Texas farm while he sipped beer. Her first drink was with 10th-grade friends. By […]