Mission statement makes IRS stalling more unacceptable

If the Internal Revenue Service was auditing you, and you whined that getting all the documentation agents wanted was too hard and would take you years, what do you think the response would be? Exactly. Yet that’s the game IRS chief John Koskinen is playing with the U.S. House Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Apparently, […]

Real issue? Luxury’s too expensive

Ned Cantwell

My friend Barney from New Jersey has a heart of gold and he would sell it by the ounce. He hobbles to the mailbox to get his disability check each month, all the while muttering how the rest of us need to stop complaining about tough times. Barney drives a 1994 Cadillac Eldorado, just slightly […]

Be it peanuts or trees, local passion shows

Goober Gulch was the good news capital of eastern New Mexico last week. Two of our more precious assets — jobs and trees — appear to have been saved. First came news about Portales’ Sunland peanut processing plant, whose operators filed for bankruptcy last year: The facility is so treasured, a couple of major companies […]

Last days deserve best attention

Wendel Sloan

We can argue about politics, patriotism, science, religion, wars, pop stars, sports heroes, marijuana, immigration, gay marriage, guns, healthcare, climate change, parenting, genetic engineering, employment, minimum wage, taxes, education, social programs … What we can’t argue with is at the end of life, none of it matters. In their final years — whether in nursing […]

Government not so great at spying

Maybe Malaysia Airlines’ missing flight 370 will have been found by the time this gets into print. Or maybe various officials are still saying “we know where it is … we just haven’t physically seen it yet.” Either way, I’m pretty sure the news won’t be good for the families of those missing, whenever it […]

Aggie players mistreated by greedy NCAA

According to a report from Kantar Media in AdWeek, March Madness generates $1 billion in advertising dollars a year, making it “the most lucrative postseason advertising juggernaut.” More lucrative than even “the respective pro playoffs and championship series of the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League,” with spots […]

Legislator does not deserve compensation

I t is right, responsible, and also predictable, that a New Mexico legislator who missed the entire 2014 session has returned his per diem and mileage, nearly $5,100, to the state. After all, Rep. Phillip Archuleta, D-Las Cruces, is seeking re-election this year. And so it is perhaps not surprising that Rep. Ernest Chavez, D-Albuquerque, […]

Sunshine Week serves as celebration, warning

Last week was Sunshine Week, usually described as an annual celebration of open government and the public’s right to know what its lawmakers are doing. But in fact, it’s also a warning. As Americans, we pride ourselves on being blessed with a “government of the people,” but we also know that keeping it that way […]

Vocabulary can always be larger

Although the English language has at least half a million words, we still need new ones to express certain nuances. Here are a few suggestions: Miserpated — Being forced to participate in something that makes us miserable. “I miserpated in attending the opera with her.” Fakepathy — Pretending to have empathy. “She showed great fakepathy about […]

Blocking businesses simply irrational

What if I told you that a business was planning to make close to a billion dollar investment in New Mexico? What if I told you this company is a leader of maybe a potential revolution in automobile fueling and technology and it could help our state make the transition to cleaner, more affordable fuel […]