McDonald: Teachers need freedom to teach

It’s back-to-school time and, oh, the memories. I remember being a little kid and looking forward to the return with a mixture of dread and excitement. Dread because the summer was freedom and it was coming to an end; excitement because every new school year was a chance to become just a little more grown […]

Sloan: Taking a shot at vegetarianism

With a young vegan role-modeling new tricks about plants making her more mature and benevolent than an old hound, on May 5 I said cherrio to Paleo. Competitive about everything from outlasting strangers in saunas to solar-powering my noggin (sometimes in a close shave) more reflectively than fellow Neanderthals to hooping with farm-to-market kids on […]

Wilson: Thanks for your participation

If you’re reading this, congratulations. You’re participating in my column. Just be careful, because people are trying to tell you recognizing participation is the worst thing in the world. Even … dun dun dun … abuse. Recently, NFL star James Harrison — penalized numerous times by the NFL for illegal hits — posted on Instagram […]

Auditor, PRC did well fixing lawsuit, email

Two wrongs don’t make a right. And both State Auditor Tim Keller and the Public Regulation Commission deserve credit for fixing two problems instead of compounding them with defensive tactics or rhetoric. The PRC wisely abandoned a lawsuit it had filed asking a state district judge to prevent the Santa Fe New Mexican from publishing […]

Tuve mejor de ambas culturas en vinilo

Cuando se trata de sonido de vanguardia, el vinilo tiene los mejores recuerdos, si estamos hablando de rock n’ roll o música tejana. Hoy día tenemos sonido nítido y digital al alcance de la mano. pero no hay nada como la aguja de la antigüedad y los sonidos de los discos de vinilo de los […]

Game and Fish needs land use middle ground

New Mexico’s 8 million acres of trust lands are certainly worth more than 2 cents an acre to the state’s hunters and anglers. Likewise, the many services the Department of Game and Fish provides on those lands — wildlife management, law enforcement etc. — are worth something as well. So it is incumbent upon the […]

McDonald: Some old habits should never die

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in August 2013 and has been updated. Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us. That occurred to me when I had some questions about my […]

Public against nightmare Iran nuclear deal

Amid rising concerns about the proposed Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration is struggling in its efforts to drum up support for it and demonizing those who dare oppose it. The discourse has taken a nasty turn on several fronts — Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei vows “to defy American policies in the region,” Iranian […]

Sloan: Pastor gives insight to big church

I am not religious, but support whatever motivates social good. The pastor of a small church in the Clovis/Portales area thinks larger churches sometimes forget their mission. “Pastor” told me they become so preoccupied with “saving souls” they forget their mission of being a community of grace and compassion — not the “Me and Jesus […]

Wilson: Still appreciate shooting with film

On the advice of a friend, I added the romantic yet implausible “Elizabethtown” to my Netflix queue, figuring I’d see what my friend loved about it. As I discovered while staying up into the early morning hours watching it, the movie made a big deal about last looks and how important they could be. On […]

Evaluations now as they should be

It took two rounds of evaluations and lots of listening sessions, but the New Mexico Public Education Department has changed its protocol for rating new teachers, as well as for those who teach subjects not covered by standardized tests. And despite the union line that it creates an unfair two-tier system — “a shell game” […]

McDonald: Nice to wave goodbye to drought

Seems New Mexico’s drought is over. Let the flooding begin. The drought actually began to noticeably subside a couple of years ago, and has now disappeared altogether in nearly all of the eastern side of New Mexico. The U.S. Drought Monitor, which was covered in blood red (the color used for exceptional drought) just a […]

New donations to foundation no coincidence

If you believe in coincidence, that would explain the flood of new donations so far this year from powerful and politically connected people to the Clinton Foundation just as Hillary Rodham Clinton is ramping up her presidential campaign. An Associated Press analysis of donors for the first half of this year shows those increasing their […]

Sloan: Shouldn’t call the fuzz on this one

Editor’s Note: Dear Cuzins is written by cousins Chef Juandel, The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy and Bootlegger Sloan. While attending a funeral in east Texas, an apparent garage-sale-veteran pilfered my lawnmower from my carport. If they’d mow my yard once a month, I wouldn’t mind. Thankfully, they left my 32-inch bicycle. Should I contact the fuzz? […]

Wilson: This heat makes me wonder

When it gets hot like this, I find I can barely hold a solid thought in my head. But, I can wonder: • As the cashier rang up my lunch a few days ago, he made the friendly chit-chat, “How’s your day so far?” Not having much conversation ready, I answered honestly. “Hot. Your air […]

Letters to the editor — Aug. 5

Chandler not suitable for judgeship Do our elected leaders truly have the citizens’ best interests at heart when they make the decisions that affect our lives? One automatically assumes they are making decisions based on the needs and desires of the constituency that they represent. I doubt Gov. Susana Martinez even knew the names of […]

Faithful will still gather to pray despite bombing

The notion that churchgoers, gathered together in a place of peace, would have their Sunday worship shattered by a bomb blast is unthinkable. Yet on Sunday, two churches in Las Cruces faced such a violation. The FBI is investigating, and little is known about why bombs were placed by the churches. Thankfully, no one was […]

McDonald: Local partisan politics ineffective

Sometimes I edit myself too tightly. Last week’s column, on how party politics plays itself out in some of the smaller cities around the state, is one example. I meant to expound on my point that partisan politics is often ineffective in local decision-making, but I pulled up short. As a result, I was criticized […]

Sloan: Be there for those who have lost

Recently, I drove 1,200 miles round-trip to the funeral of the 85-year-old father of three sibling friends from high school. I admired their hard-working father and his wonderful late wife, but did not know him particularly well. So why did I go? Because when my mother died in 2010, his oldest daughter went above and […]

Wilson: Cream soda underrated, Trump isn’t

I’ve got a friend visiting in a few weeks for his job. We’ve known each other around 15 years, and I’m guessing our distance is the only way we’ve remained friends. We have different upbringings, political beliefs, etc., and the things we agree on boil down to: The problem isn’t gay marriage; the problem is […]