Partisan election requirements should be ended

If Lady Justice is supposed to be blind to all who come before her, then she shouldn’t be subjected to politics. Unfortunately, partisan politics is part of the game in winning a seat on the bench in New Mexico. Judicial races today draw intense political interest — even to the point of a political party […]

Voting turnout dismal everywhere

By Tom McDonald State columnist I thought I’d seen it all — paying attention to the news after so many years will do that to you. Politics becomes so predictable, advocacy so redundant, today’s story so much like yesterday’s. The news, like history, tends to repeat itself. But last week I read a story in […]

Unspeakable that dogfighting continues today

Unspeakable. The discovery in Valencia County of the mutilated bodies of four dogs suspected of having been used as bait to train fighting dogs is sickening. They were dumped outside the Conejo Collection Station in Los Lunas. Two severely injured dogs were found wandering nearby; only one survived. While it’s hard to know how widespread […]

Chances for compassion abound

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Thank you to my Louisiana sister-in-law, LaRue Love Sloan, for posting Maria Popova’s “Brain Pickings” blog reviewing Karen Armstrong’s “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” Armstrong, 70, writes, “Compassion … asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse to inflict that pain […]

Time to negotiate tourism setup

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher After a meeting with Department of Tourism representatives last week, it became apparent to me that there is not really a desire to reopen the Texico visitors’ center. But I might be wrong. The Department of Tourism reported that it costs $90,000 per year to maintain the visitors’ center. It was […]

Governor’s palace deserves National Treasure honor

The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe has been declared a National Treasure. Of course, that’s after 400 years of existence, serving as the seat of government for the Spanish, Mexican and U.S. leaders. For a brief time in 1861, even the Confederate States of America directed affairs from the Palace. With the designation […]

Have to adjust to survive in papers

By Tom McDonald State columnist The other day, someone I’m very close to made the comment that I was just a little late to my chosen profession. That may be true, but it doesn’t mean I’d rather be doing something else. You see, I’m a newspaperman. I’m part of an industry that seems to have […]

Roch proposal benefits state’s sober workers

If employees show up to work drunk or high, then get hurt or worse, should they or their survivors still get 90 percent of the workers’ compensation benefits to which they normally would be entitled? Because right now in New Mexico they can and do, even if there is no question the impaired state is […]

Friends free Fluffy the white rabbit

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist This is an original children’s story for your youngsters: Fluffy was a huge white rabbit as big as a kangaroo. He lived in a golden meadow, with a carrot patch in the middle, with his friends: black birds, blue butterflies, brown bears, gray gooses, green grasshoppers, orange orangutans, pink panthers, […]

MainStreet responsible for results

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher An open letter to New Mexico MainStreet: As much as I dislike saying this, you put yourself in this position. For those of you that do not know, this week the Legislature is recommending $250,000 less for the state MainStreet program; if passed, that will result in the elimination of key […]

I went to Rome and got two black eyes … and a gold medal

By Audra Brown Local columnist January is a big month. The start of a new year, lots of erased dates, and an extra column from me squeezed in. Wow, I just realized that I’ve been writing this column for six months. Dadgum! It just seems like yesterday that I awkwardly introduced myself to all ya’ll. […]

Obama should reduce spending to pay down debt

President Barack O’Robin Hood spoke to the American people Tuesday and promised everything short of maid service. In his last two years, the president will take from the rich and give to the poor — if the Republicans will let him. To fund free college, a tripling of child-care support, tax benefits for a select […]

Obama not ready to find compromises

By Tom McDonald State columnist Remember the sign that James Carville, then a strategist for Bill Clinton in his 1992 run for the presidency, put up at campaign headquarters? “It’s the economy, stupid” was the simple message he posted, so campaign workers would stay on message — and, indeed, they did. Back then, President George […]

Not fair for IRS to abandon those who need help

The Internal Revenue Service “administers the nation’s tax laws and collects the revenue that funds the government,” according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Budget in Brief for fiscal 2015. To do that, the IRS has a budget of almost $13 billion and 92,690 full-time employees. And yet there’s more than a 50-50 shot […]

Author: American mindset threatens cultural freedoms

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for January is “The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves,” by Curtis White. He says we have forgotten how to think for ourselves and this mindset threatens America’s intellectual and cultural freedoms. According to White, the “Middle Mind” thrives in unquestioned mediocrity. All we ask […]

Perceptions, stigmas hard to shake

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Yes, this is going to be another rant. I am not trying to appear condescending, but I realize it comes across that way sometimes. And like anything else, until you meet and get to know the person, you are basically living with your own perception. Quickly … Name the members of […]

K-12 programs best place to put education dollars

Remember how it worked out when the federal government decided every American — no matter their income or level of financial responsibility — should be able to own a home? We’re still picking up the pieces — make that boarding up the windows — eight years after the subprime mortgage crisis devastated the nation’s and […]

New year inspires ‘out there’ predictions

By Tom McDonald State columnist A futurist I’m not, but like most people, I do like to gaze into the unknown from time to time, even if it is an exercise in uncertainty. So in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d throw out a few predictions, starting with a couple of obvious […]

Movie “Selma” misrepresents historical facts

Deliberate deception shouldn’t win awards. The movie “Selma” has received both criticism and praise for its dramatization of events surrounding the civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery in 1965. On Thursday, it was nominated for two Academy awards, best picture and best song, but was snubbed for best director. That’s not surprising, given […]

Elderly deserve honor for great roles in real life

By Wendell Sloan Local columnist My younger self apologizes to every elderly person I did not properly appreciate. Naively, I categorized them as being different. When I saw them driving, working in yards or shopping, I largely ignored them without comprehending their difficult journey — buttressed by pride in what they had accomplished with the […]