Schools missed chance to teach lesson

Sometimes kids do things that are just too stupid to have a serious conversation about. But the over-reaction from Clovis’ public school officials regarding the great Smarties candy debate needs to be discussed. For those who don’t read news of the weird, three Clovis middle school students last month were suspended two weeks for allegedly […]

Cowards hide behind screen name

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Over hot chocolate (at least in my cup), I asked Portales coeds Desiree Cooper and Amy Waltner what it’s like being 20-year-old women. “The glass ceiling hanging over me the rest of my life is a constant source of frustration,” said Cooper. “It is disheartening to face income disparity due […]

Oil, gas industry benefits, exploits us

By Tom McDonald State columnist As part of my work, and for pleasure, I read newspapers from all over the state — and two in particular recently stood out. Such different perspectives they have, and by “they” I don’t mean the newspapers’ editors. I’m talking about communities that the Las Vegas Optic and the Lovington […]

Taking time to talk might be best gift

It’s supposed to be the season of ho-ho-ho, sleigh bells jingling and peace on Earth. But not everybody experiences the holidays as a time of cheer. For many, for a variety of reasons, the season of joy is instead the time of holiday blues. They remember losses and grief that have occurred amid carols, decorations, […]

You get what advertising you pay for

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher First, let me preface this by stating this is not an attempt to try to sell any of you advertising. While I would love to have all of your business, this is not what this is meant to be about. Word of mouth on early returns about some of the events […]

The world will be fine without us

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My November book-of-the-month summary is Alan Weisman’s “The World Without Us,” in which he explores what the world will be like after humans. Within a few hundred years residential neighborhoods will return to forests.  The longest-lasting evidence of humans will be plastics, metals and radioactive waste. Future inhabitants will encounter […]

Grateful for NM’s natural wonders

By Tom McDonald State columnist Let’s face it: Thanksgiving traditions are based on an incomplete memory. Maybe the Puritans sat down and ate with Native Americans a time or two, but they actually brought more death and destruction to the tribes they encountered than they did turkey and dressing. But it’s the sentiment, not historic […]

Textbooks should be inclusive, not exclusive

North of the Rio Grande, Juan Cortina is portrayed as a bandit who wreaked havoc on 19th century Tejanos’ efforts to settle the borderlands. Across the river he’s celebrated as a hero, who led a resistance against Tejanos who claimed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which transferred Texas from Mexican to U.S. control, also voided […]

Use extreme adjectives wisely

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher For those of you that came to the open houses in each market over the past two weeks, thank you for stopping by and it was a pleasure to meet you. For those who would still like to stop by and meet me or one of the other department heads, or […]

Balderas already delivering on promises

Attorney General-elect Hector Balderas isn’t wasting any time — his transition website is up and running (balderaselects.com) so that come Jan. 1, the new attorney general will be ready to get to work. Constituents are being invited to send in concerns — that’s important, considering that several of Balderas’ best investigations as state auditor came […]

Politics muddy global warming debate

By Tom McDonald State columnist Seems you can’t even talk about the weather without stirring up some politics these days. You know the conversation: It’s often borne out of an awkward silence between two or more people, when somebody says something like, “Some weather we’re having, huh?” It’s generally a noncontroversial topic of conversation. Until, […]

NM senators wrong to block pipeline project

Pandering to their environmental activist base, 59 Senate Democrats, including Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, have again declared war on American jobs and rejected a boost to the U.S. economy and another step toward energy independence by blocking congressional approval of the $5.3 billion Keystone XL pipeline project. The proposed nearly 1,200-mile pipeline would carry […]

Plenty for which to be thankful

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist During Thanksgiving, which originated with illegal immigrants celebrating fall harvests with Native Americans until the pale-faces wore out their welcome with entitlement claims, I am thankful for friends daring to post: • “If you weren’t shot in the face for calling your president a ‘Marxist Dictator’ — then he’s probably […]

Pay attention to road signs, drivers

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher This past week I have been reintroduced to driving in the south under, let’s just say, less than ideal circumstances. In a word: ugh. I have had one issue for some time going on before the weather of this past week even hit. Too many people do not know how to […]

New invention for rural roads shows promise

New invention for rural roads shows promise Now here is an invention that will improve lives — a product that can help reduce ruts and wear on dirt roads that crisscross this rural state of ours. As The (Santa Fe) New Mexican’s Anne Constable reported last week, former real estate agent Bob Sherwin has worked […]

Hidden intentions not new for Iran

Russia just tilted the table in favor of Iran in negotiations to limit its nuclear capacity in exchange for easing international economic sanctions on the country — as if the mullahs who call the shots in Iran really needed any extra help. As negotiators representing the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council […]

Taekwon-do may be answer to world peace

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Portales resident Steve Blakeley, whom I’ve known since our softball, basketball and tennis competitions began in 1982, thinks etiquette taught in taekwon-do could make the world a kinder, gentler place. Tae (foot or leg) kwon (fist or fight) do (way or discipline), a Korean martial art using kicks, strikes and […]

Politics necessary part of governing

By Tom McDonald State columnist Now that all the noise of the election is over, can we turn our attention back to governing? We’ll soon see how Susana Martinez intends to run things in her second term. She certainly has a different dynamic going for her legislatively, now that the House is under the control […]

One-size-fits-all public education best avoided

Earlier this year, the University of Arkansas released “the largest and most comprehensive research commissioned to date” on the funding disparity between charter schools and traditional public schools. It appears New Mexico’s Legislative Education Study Committee hasn’t read it yet. The study analyzed 81 charter schools in the Land of Enchantment and found in 2011 […]

Ebola’s out of sight, out of mind

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Start spreading the news, I say in my best Frank Sinatra voice. This is a big deal, I say in my best Joe Biden voice. The United States is Ebola-free. What? Nothing? In fairness, you might not have heard about its domestic demise. There are no elections to be won, […]