Sloan: You can blame the weather for that

My book-of-the-month summary for October is “The Handy Weather Answer Book” by Kevin Hile. As a kid, nothing seemed more boring than weather. Now, nothing is more fascinating. Without weather, we would not exist. Catastrophic weather can bring long-term benefits, lead to mass fatalities, political conflicts, and even determine the outcome of battles and romantic […]

Cantwell: We need a celebrity; just not Trump

I know the rest of New Mexico is pumped as I am about the excitement and intellectual stimulation of the political season. Through the magical medium of television, we join the rest of our countrymen in face to face engagement with America’s finest, one of whom will become president of these United States. How fun […]

New training program hope for our youth

If and when opportunity knocks, young people need to be prepared to seize it, and a new state program should help put them in that position. It’s not news that New Mexico struggles with poverty, low-paying jobs and poor educational outcomes. Our poverty rate is 20.4 percent compared to the national rate of 15.4 percent. […]

McDonald: Presidential outsiders have edge

By the time New Mexico’s preferential primaries roll around on June 7, some 40 other states will have already voted for their party’s candidate. That means there’s a good chance the nation’s Democrats and Republicans will have already decided who their nominees will be, even if it isn’t official until they hold their national conventions […]

Care is wonderful survival strategy

By Steve Hansen Local columnist Maybe I’m old fashioned, or just old, or just selfish, but the whole idea of the “sharing economy” is lost on me. I don’t get Uber, Airbnb, and GoFundMe. To me, the gains do not match the risks. If you pick up a rider on Uber, what’s going to stop […]

Acceptance would be start for GOP

“In a country where a sitting congressman (said) evolution and the Big Bang are ‘lies straight from the pit of hell,’ where the chairman of a Senate environmental panel brought a snowball into the chamber as evidence that climate change is a hoax, where almost one in three citizens can’t name the vice president, it […]

‘Forgotten’ vets get honor they earned, deserve

They were 16 Army soldiers; seven Navy sailors, including one female veteran; three Air Force airmen; and two Marines. Most served during the Vietnam War years. Several are from the Korean War era. They are: Army — Robert Axtell, Kenneth Carnes, Harold Chalupa, Arturo Gavilanes, Norman Grady, Adrian Greene, Glenn Loney Jr., Stanly Minge, Brock […]

Think NM proposal sorely needed

It should be no surprise to any of my regular readers that I’m a big fan of Think New Mexico. It’s important to our state to have a nonpartisan think tank researching quality-of-life issues and pushing for changes, especially in the Legislature, that benefit all New Mexicans instead of a self-interested few. Plus, it has […]

It pays to listen to dad sometimes

New Mexico native Paul Modrich says his father, the local high school biology teacher in Raton, suggested when he was a junior in high school that he “should learn about this DNA stuff.” Modrich took his dad’s advice. On Wednesday he received a surprise email from a colleague congratulating him for being part of a […]

Sloan: Professor: Obama legacy looks promising

In a book titled “Interview with Professor Donald Elder: The Presidents of the United States,” Clovis resident Michael Shaughnessy recently interviewed the Portales resident about the 44 U.S. presidents. As we dripped sweat from noon-time basketball, Elder told me he put his personal opinions aside in answering Shaughnessy’s questions. I find it interesting most of […]

Wilson: Showing friend new movie worth trip

“What’s this? ‘The Iron Giant’ is playing? With two new scenes? Everybody I know is going to want to go see this. We should get at least a dozen people … how will they all fit in the car?” Yes, these are some of the thoughts I had when I saw one of my favorite […]

Detective right for checking warrant status

If a police officer recognizes a convicted criminal, a man who has multiple aliases and convictions, and makes a phone call to see if that person has any outstanding federal warrants, it should go without saying that’s just good police work. Well, unless that man is an undocumented immigrant in a sanctuary city like Santa […]

McDonald: ‘Watchman’ historically insightful

Earlier this year, I wrote about the latest manuscript written by Harper Lee, author of the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I was both excited and anxious about reading “Go Set a Watchman” since one of the central characters, Atticus Finch, reminds me of my own father. I wasn’t too excited about tarnishing the heroic […]

Officials should act to lock down laws for parole

According to the New Mexico Parole Board website, parole “follows a term of incarceration in the Department of Corrections.” It is set for “offenders reaching the end of a prison term.” And it kicks in when an offender is “released from prison.” So how is one David Bologh — a guy who did almost nine […]

Sloan: Drug users need help, not prison

Along with human trafficking, including sexual slavery, drug cartels are among humanity’s most despicable enterprises. The simplest solution to dismantling them would be ending the demand for their products. With such enormous riches at stake, destroying the purveyors and their products is impossible. In my college and Navy hippie days, I experimented with pot and […]

Wilson: Best, worst found on football field

Some of the loudest experiences I’ve ever had in my life have come with covering high school football. • The crash of the cymbals on each high school band’s “Star Spangled Banner.” • The cannon that goes off at Leon Williams Stadium whenever a touchdown is scored. • The megaphone with the siren sound that […]

UNM research vital to state’s health, economy

The University of New Mexico has landed another prestigious grant for medical research, this time in the form of $11.6 million in federal funding spread over five years to find new ways to help people recover from strokes and traumatic brain injuries. The award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences will focus on […]

Francis new life, change for church

You probably know the nation —especially Catholics and the media — were enthralled over Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. last week. Though I’m not Catholic, I admire greatly this pope, who’s upset the status quo of his church, challenged the world’s economic and political powers that be, and shown nothing but love for […]

More children need to get HPV vaccine

In the ongoing life-or-death quest to find a cure for cancer, there are many bright spots. One of them is a vaccine that blocks the viruses that cause up to 70 percent of cervical cancer deaths. So why aren’t more of New Mexico’s adolescents — the target population for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine […]

Sharing tidbits you should know

My book-of-the-month summary for September is “An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned But Probably Didn’t,” (last copyright 2006) by Judy Jones and William Wilson. Here are nuggets from the 700-page work: • Benjamin Franklin had many detractors. His shrewdness, pettiness, hypocrisy and philandering embodied the worst traits of American character, capitalism and […]