Letter to the editor — April 26

Media on Christian bashing bandwagon These comments are in response to the editorial by Kevin Wilson, “No hypocrisy served here,” published April 23, 2015. Much of the news media have jumped on the bandwagon of Christian bashing these days, probably not realizing that the ultimate result of this, for any group, can fuel deadly behavior […]

Airline industry full of security red-flag moments

While top airline industry designers convened in Germany this month to float ideas for making the flying experience more imaginative and downright warm and fuzzy, here’s what was happening on the ground and off. Taken from the pages of the past week’s Albuquerque Journal, reality ranged from several hundred airport perimeter breaches to TSA same-sex […]

Bostwick: Prairie chicken fight continues

Wendell Bostwick

In what has become a cast of dozens of litigants, New Mexico counties, conservation districts and livestock organizations continue to push for fair treatment from the federal government in relation to lesser prairie chickens and their habitat. In March 2014 the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” under […]

Sloan: Happiness after divorce a choice

My book-summary-of-the-month for April is Jane Thompson Hasenmuelle’s “Choosing Happiness After Divorce: A Woman’s 52 Week Guide to Living a Positive Life.” Thompson lived in the Clovis/Portales area from 1977-2003, where her children were raised and two still live. As described on Amazon, her book “helps women regain their perspective, adjust to a redefined relationship […]

Upended flag, freedom has consequences

Most rules of etiquette tell us the United States flag should never be displayed upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. According to the Supreme Court, however, punishment for violating this rule is unconstitutional as a violation of free speech, on the federal level. In […]

Politics involved in police behavior

By Tom McDonald State columnist With all the heat that police officers are taking lately, I’m thinking it’s a good time to bring up a related topic — the politics that infiltrates police departments everywhere. Admittedly, my perspective on the inner workings of law enforcement operations is a bit antiquated, since it’s been years since […]

All law officers in field should have cameras on

A video is a convincing piece of evidence. In light of the recent rash of officer-involved shootings across the nation, one thing is clear: Body-worn and dash cameras are essential to modern policing because they provide real-time information. Prior to their increasingly widespread use, determining what really happened depended on what officers, suspects and witnesses […]

Divorce a teacher of hard knocks

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Here is the third installment of divorce stories from female readers: • “It was heartbreaking, and we were devastated, but through the process of divorce we became closer than when married … The hardest part after 12 years is wondering if it was a mistake.” • “My first divorce at […]

There really are things to do here

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I hear it often. I hear it from multiple age groups, in several of our communities. I’m told kids cannot wait to get out of town because of it. Supposedly there is nothing to do here. Every time I hear it, my question in response is: What do you wish was […]

Reader reaction

We asked our Facebook followers, “What’s something every teen should know?” Some responses: • Savannah Borquez: Learn about building credit. • Laurie Birch Kennedy: The choices you make today will affect you tomorrow. • Resa Ann McCard: How to change a tire. • Sabryna J. Duran: Think twice. Babies aren’t easy to take care of. […]

Local papers vital to community

By Tom McDonald State columnist Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, New Mexico, I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism. It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes […]

Candidates’ shift in less taxation encouraging

Today, April 15, is the day everybody hates the IRS — everybody, that is, who has waited until today or just before to grudgingly send in their tax forms and checks. Those who received refunds, however, have probably already spent them, many thinking they are bonus checks. What those who send and those who receive […]

VA wait times should already have improved

Despite a new — and supposedly better — treatment plan, this patient has shown little improvement. It’s been a year since revelations of long waits for medical treatment at the nation’s Veterans Affairs medical facilities — and attempts to hide the problem — rocked the nation. In some cases veterans died while waiting to be […]

Living good life is best revenge

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Here are more divorce stories from female readers: • “I had to raise my boys without child support (it doesn’t matter what the courts say). For 15 years I balanced two to three jobs, made their games between work schedules, and kept up with their homework. “There was no time […]

Every step helps fill water bucket

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I have to admit, there have been some interesting ideas recently on ways the public can conserve water, including purchasing low-flow toilets. You know me by now; I love to look at numbers and different ways to interpret them. Did you know, according to a 2010 report by the New Mexico […]

Banana peel toss not representative of New Mexico

Santa Fe is known for many things — but being known as a place where an audience member throws a banana peel at an African-American comic is not an image we welcome. Yet that’s the story that shot around the nation, and even the world, after Christian Englander, 30, pulled the peel from his back […]

Capitalism made hemp, pot illegal

By Tom McDonald State columnist One of the perks to having a column that runs in papers around the state is the feedback, especially through emails, that I receive from readers. Sometimes it surprises me what people get passionate about. Not long ago I wrote about some of the bills that passed New Mexico’s most […]

Act of kindness in restaurant an Easter treat

Easter is a day for reflection and for celebration. What better way to celebrate this Christian holiday than to follow Jesus’ example of helping others. Bovina’s Deena Leuea told us about such an experience she witnessed an Easter ago and we wanted to share: After church last Easter, my husband and I went to eat […]

Divorce mourned much like death

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Behind only the death of a loved one, divorce is life’s most traumatic experience. On Facebook I recently asked female readers to share their experiences. Twenty (and counting) responded. Over the coming weeks I will share excerpts: • “It was the hardest decision of my life, especially after 31 years. […]

Plenty of water can be converted

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I love statistics; simply love them. We reported from an Associated Press story that the Ute Lake pipeline would funnel more than 5.3 billion gallons of water each year from the Ute Reservoir to Clovis, Portales, Cannon, and other smaller communities. We have reported before that the more than 150 miles […]