Marriage an individual right, not debate for public eye

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage hasn’t changed anyone’s way of thinking. The religious right still believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Trumpeters of equal rights still believe gay couples deserve to be treated the same as heterosexual couples. The only thing that changed is the law, which no […]

McDonald: Social stigmas changing in today’s world

Americans have seen a lot of civil rights advancements over the past half-century, with a launching point for other causes coming with the modern-day Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s. That’s when some inalienable rights for African Americans finally took hold, especially but not exclusively in the South, where I was born and […]

Stevens: God is on our side … when we have to bury a child

Government has declared same-sex marriage is “legal” across the land. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, depending on your political party preference, is also legal, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. And Confederate flags are being pulled from some government buildings because they offend some folks. A South Carolina maniac reminded us all why. Meanwhile […]

Government limiting free speech on plates

A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling declares specialized license plates are a form of government speech. That may make life easier for state officials dealing with potentially controversial license requests, but it also appears to dilute individuals’ free-speech rights, as several justices noted in dissent. The Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans sought a special plate […]

Sloan: Tips from book of logic make sense

My book-of-the-month summary for June is “Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking” (2004 Random House) by D. Q. McInerny. Written for a general audience, the author says logic is about reality and truth. We must value facts — whether they mesh with what we wish to be true. Here are selected thoughts from the […]

More jobs needed to offset state’s health care bill

Starting next fiscal year, New Mexico’s budget will take a serious hit thanks to the state’s Medicaid enrollment success. And that means job No. 1 for state lawmakers is to figure out where to come up with an extra $268 million by 2020. Job No. 2 will be how to get more of those covered […]

McDonald: Environmental balance necessary

A lot of critters have been in the news lately. Predators, mainly, as a couple of meetings in recent weeks highlight. One was in the southwestern region of the state, the other up north. People are debating the Mexican gray wolf in and around the Gilas, while others are considering ways to control bears, cougars, […]

Local lawmakers should practice their preaching

Sometimes politicians leave us shaking our heads. Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley on June 2 cast the only vote opposing a $5,000 increase for food benefiting area senior citizens. Ashley said he was concerned about the county’s budget, but also concerned that government has stepped outside its boundaries. “The Scripture doesn’t say for the government […]

Sloan: Plenty of stories to tell about father

Until steel-mill asbestos stilled his breath in 1990 at 71, after four boot-tough years of battling, my carpenter father lived a full life. Known for his bird dogs, fishing where he wanted and entertaining tales, Guy Sloan’s six kids, their significant others, and a rainbow of grandkids and great-grandkids he helped raise, have a book’s […]

Arrowsmith: LeBron James poor example of leader

We saw it in the 1980s when Magic Johnson decided he didn’t want to play for Paul Westhead and before you knew it Pat Riley was the coach. So yes, we have known for decades that the star player will get the treatment before a throw-away coach. But LeBron James took it to a new […]

Disability fraud stripping Social Security clean

The Social Security disability program is set to go broke in October 2016 — in large part because, for a decade, benefits being paid out have outstripped payroll taxes being paid in. But it certainly doesn’t help that the agency is shelling out billions in fraudulent payments. A 10-year study by the Social Security Administration’s […]

McDonald: Fatherhood these days hard job

Over the past half century, fatherhood has been changing all across America. Used to be, Dad was the head of the household, the master of his domain, king of his castle. Nowadays, pop culture has turned the old man into the clueless one in the family. You know the routine, don’t you? Mama, fully engaged […]

NM ballplayer shows us all work ethic pays

Proving that it pays to wait for your pitch, Albuquerque Academy grad Alex Bregman didn’t sign to play professional baseball when he was drafted out of high school. He went to college instead. And in addition to three years of on-the-field honors, and trying to lead his LSU Tigers to a national championship today, Bregman […]

Sloan: Republicans not for rural whites

Portales resident Geni Flores thinks middle-class rural whites often vote against their own interests. “Back in the 1930s most poor, rural whites had lost their farms and self-sustenance due to the Depression and dust bowl,” Flores said. “These people found relief through FDR’s New Deal. As a result, they became loyal Democrats, and passed that […]

Arrowsmith: Notre Dame brazenly ‘sports first’

My senior year of high school during basketball season, I had fallen asleep during a test in one of my advanced placement classes. We got home after midnight from a road game, and I tried to study that night until almost 3. The teacher’s response was to let me know I should have just mentioned […]

Administration not transparent as it portrays

“This is the most transparent administration in history.” — President Barack Obama, February 2013 If you define transparency the way the president does — that “every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to […]

McDonald: Tax debate between parties a toss up

Clearly, there are ideological differences between conservatives and liberals — but not always. On the issue of taxes, it’s a mixed bag. Rhetorically, national Republicans love to cry out for fewer taxes while Democrats prefer to look the other way when a tax gets raised. That’s because the GOP touts itself as pro-business and anti-big […]

More attention needs focused on pregnancies

If a New Mexico teenager gets pregnant, she is less likely to finish high school, get and hold a job or attain economic stability. There are exceptions, but having a baby, or babies, generally makes life tougher for a teen. Plus, her child will be more likely to live in poverty, start out behind in […]

Sloan: Leaflet failed to answer question

After a recent noon-time basketball session in Greyhound Arena with assorted townspeople and students in which we older guys once again prevailed, I described to dominating Portales post Jody Bailey a visitation I’d received the Saturday before. After three hours photographing shoes for my traditional and now semi-famous “The Shoes of Graduation” (supplemented this year […]

Arrowsmith: You don’t have to know everything

Two people are having a conversation. Person A makes a point on something he has experienced personally. Person B responds to the Person A comment by saying it is not true. Person B does not know why it is not true, but just knows that what Person A is saying is false. Person A then […]