McCaskill bill ignores danger to military victims of sexual assault

The U.S. Senate has spoken — and it was a discouraging word for victims of sexual assault in the military. Earlier this month, the Senate blocked a key measure by requiring 60 votes to get to a floor vote. It received 55. The best of the two bills addressing the role of military commanders in […]

Is fixing defects at start unethical?

In a New York Times blog, Karen Weintraub discussed 13-year-old Alana Saarinen having three biological parents. Sharon and Paul Saarinen provided the egg and sperm, and another woman contributed genes to Alana’s mitochondria — tiny power plants fueling cells. “Mitochondria are minute organelles inside living cells, floating apart from the nucleus in the cytoplasm,” Weintraub […]

Government violating lives is politics

Kent McManigal

I confess: I’m not very interested in politics. So I’m not going to waste much time or effort petitioning government’s representatives and enforcers to respect my life, liberty, and property. Perhaps it’s necessary, as self preservation, to know what politicians are up to. It would also be necessary to know what a wild boar was […]

U.S. cannot afford to let down its guard

“The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.” — Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower   Dwight D. Eisenhower may have been the last president who truly understood the role of the military in America. He warned against a military-industrial complex, yet also […]

New SAT practical, won’t penalize guessing

That millstone around high school students’ necks — the college-admission behemoth known as the SAT — is changing. College Board officials announced last week that the test so many high school juniors fear will be fundamentally different starting in 2016. With changes ranging from the selection of vocabulary words to optional essays to the elimination […]

Celebrate your right to know

Kathi Bearden
Guest columnist

March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government.  No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability. I care about Sunshine Week both as a citizen and as a former newspaper employee/publisher for 22 years.  We relied heavily […]

Even campaigns are bigger in Texas

Wendel Sloan

After incessant primary commercials, golf buddy and former High Plains broadcaster John Kirby, now in Texas, posted, “Whew! I can sleep soundly tonight. “All the Texas candidates, from both parties, reminded me over and over they are good conservative Christians! I shall rest easy!” Clovis and Portales were also inundated with the spots. For the November […]

State’s pot policy needs more transparency

The state Department of Health is planning to address a shortage in the medical marijuana supply. It plans to increase the number of producers from the current 23 to as many as 35, as well as boost the number of plants each can grow, adding 300 seedlings to the 150 plants now allowed. That growth […]

Bureaucracy violates your rights

Legalized? Decriminalized? Why? Most things wrongly made illegal should instead be ignored, which is difficult for those infected with the lust to control. They are not proper areas of governance under any circumstances. Even under the most well-meaning situations, “there ought to be a law” is misguided. No new law is necessary; the laws that […]

Taxes from pot sales incentive to legalize

So far, the experiment to legalize marijuana in Colorado has to be making New Mexico lawmakers, always on the lookout for new money, more than a little jealous. Just more than a month into the experiment, Colorado expects to earn $184 million in taxes from the legal marijuana market over the first 18 months of […]