Pay attention to road signs, drivers

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher This past week I have been reintroduced to driving in the south under, let’s just say, less than ideal circumstances. In a word: ugh. I have had one issue for some time going on before the weather of this past week even hit. Too many people do not know how to […]

New invention for rural roads shows promise

New invention for rural roads shows promise Now here is an invention that will improve lives — a product that can help reduce ruts and wear on dirt roads that crisscross this rural state of ours. As The (Santa Fe) New Mexican’s Anne Constable reported last week, former real estate agent Bob Sherwin has worked […]

Hidden intentions not new for Iran

Russia just tilted the table in favor of Iran in negotiations to limit its nuclear capacity in exchange for easing international economic sanctions on the country — as if the mullahs who call the shots in Iran really needed any extra help. As negotiators representing the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council […]

Taekwon-do may be answer to world peace

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Portales resident Steve Blakeley, whom I’ve known since our softball, basketball and tennis competitions began in 1982, thinks etiquette taught in taekwon-do could make the world a kinder, gentler place. Tae (foot or leg) kwon (fist or fight) do (way or discipline), a Korean martial art using kicks, strikes and […]

Politics necessary part of governing

By Tom McDonald State columnist Now that all the noise of the election is over, can we turn our attention back to governing? We’ll soon see how Susana Martinez intends to run things in her second term. She certainly has a different dynamic going for her legislatively, now that the House is under the control […]

One-size-fits-all public education best avoided

Earlier this year, the University of Arkansas released “the largest and most comprehensive research commissioned to date” on the funding disparity between charter schools and traditional public schools. It appears New Mexico’s Legislative Education Study Committee hasn’t read it yet. The study analyzed 81 charter schools in the Land of Enchantment and found in 2011 […]

Ebola’s out of sight, out of mind

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Start spreading the news, I say in my best Frank Sinatra voice. This is a big deal, I say in my best Joe Biden voice. The United States is Ebola-free. What? Nothing? In fairness, you might not have heard about its domestic demise. There are no elections to be won, […]

Counties doing right thing with immigrant holds

Across the country, local authorities have become increasingly reluctant to detain people arrested on unrelated charges for longer than 48 hours at the request of federal agents to allow time to investigate their immigration status. Some local officials, including in some New Mexico counties, say that honoring the so-called “immigration holds” puts them at risk […]

Life about what you can give

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Although my older sister, Reba, was recently diagnosed with terminal Hodgkins lymphoma, this is a love story. Despite receiving home hospice care, Reba says, “Just because they say I’m going to die, doesn’t mean I have to. I’m going to fight.” She has no bucket list. “I’m a homebody and […]

NM aerospace bigger than Virgin

By Tom McDonald State columnist On Halloween, a nightmare for the commercial space industry occurred. SpaceShipTwo, a craft designed to take people to the edge of space, apparently broke apart, killing one of its pilots and injuring the other. The crash occurred in the Mojave Desert, where Virgin Galactic does its test flights. As tragic […]

Holidays meant for family time, not shopping

Finally, a holiday trend that needs to catch on. Different stores across the country — both local mom-and-pops and national chains — are deciding their employees should stay home on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy family time. Instead of joining the open-for-Christmas-and-let’s-all-start-shopping trend, businesses are beginning to say no to the madness. Black Friday, of course, […]

Drop in oil price affects political scene

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m sure everyone has seen it. The price of gas is declining and frankly declining quickly. Prices are down 20 percent nationally since June. Some forecasters are predicting gas prices will get down to the $2.75 range before winter bumps these prices back up. For most of our generations’ lives, when […]

Deputy shooting should lead to policy reviews

The fatal shooting of a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy, his comrade-in-arms charged with his murder, is too shocking to be absorbed quickly. So many questions. So many what ifs. So many tears to be shed for the victim, the accused shooter, their fellow deputies and most of all, their families, children and their two […]

Fit to be tied by unproofed political mailer

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist One political candidate tells me in a mailer his allegiance is to the “Untied” States of America, while his opponent has no allegiance. If such un-proofed poppycock leaves you fit to be tied, or other races between the cash-flush and the cash-strapped seem cash-ordained, I selflessly offer myself as a […]

We need to fix health care system

By Tom McDonald State columnist All this talk about health care and its costs, brought on by Think New Mexico’s most recent report, got me to thinking about my own experiences with hospitals and their bills — and I’m not alone. Fred Nathan, the think tank’s founder and executive director, says his group has been […]

Idiocy greater threat to US than Ebola

It sounds so sensible. Ebola is a deadly disease. Unchecked, it could cause disaster in the United States, just as it is doing in Africa. So, to be sensible, quarantine those health workers who have been taking care of Ebola patients in Africa. A 21-day quarantine, while tough for the non-symptomatic patient, just makes sense. […]

Looking from a credibility standpoint

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher As I was taking my Saturday afternoon shower, disappointingly watching what I thought was my next layer of tan rapidly go down the drain due to the fact it was dirt from mowing, it got me thinking about a couple of things. • I have to admit this took me 30 years […]

Nobel panel chooses novel route to peace

In awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the selection committee reached across a tired and bitter divide. It split the honor between a Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai, and an Indian activist, 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi. The winners’ homelands have been in conflict since 1947, when partition created two separate nations. Tensions continue today, particularly in the […]

Think New Mexico can fix health care

By Tom McDonald State columnist There are two things in particular that I like about Think New Mexico: It’s nonpartisan and it’s pragmatic. Both are reasons why this homegrown think tank is so effective. From getting the sales tax lifted off food to making full-day kindergarten accessible to all New Mexico children, whenever this 15-year-old […]

Solutions: How to fight rudeness

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for October is “The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude” by P. M. Forni. Here is the Wendel’s Notes version: • Rude behavior directed at you is not about you. In responding, do not demean or act self-righteous. • Cool off before responding. Express […]