People deserve full details on Bergdahl case

The release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban, in exchange for five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay, raises a number of issues that should be addressed separately. First, it is a good thing that an American soldier who has been held by enemy forces for nearly five years is free. Regardless of […]

Father much cooler, smarter now

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My father, Guy Sloan, died in 1990 at 71. After working around asbestos for 25 years as a carpenter at an east Texas steel mill — an 80-mile round-trip from my hometown of Mt. Vernon — he spent his final years coughing so hard his ribs would break. Otherwise, he […]

Thankful for last talk with my uncle

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Guest columnist My Uncle Dennis — nicknamed Uncle Den — served as a battalion chief for 30 years in the Alameda County fire department in California. My aunt once told me a story about Uncle Den jumping from the roof of a burning building before it caved in. He never talked about […]

State’s education excellence drive should continue

Finally. New Mexico made it to the top of an education ranking. The state’s high school graduation rate increased faster than any other state from 2007 through 2012. That’s excellent news for the state, its students and its schools. But despite boosting its rate of seniors graduating in four years by 15 percentage points over […]

Civilization exists in spite of government

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Power, organization and direction. Many people seem to feel these are good attributes to always be encouraged, but they miss the destructive potential these same qualities possess in many situations. Think of tornadoes, for example. Tornadoes have plenty of power, organization and direction, but are lacking both wisdom and ethics […]

Wind power should never be ignored

By Tom McDonald State columnist Last weekend brought a rash of tornado watches and warnings over the eastern side of New Mexico, and more than a few tornados were reported. No one was killed — which is not only fortunate but typical as well, at least in the Land of Enchantment. I grew up in […]

Walking school bus program great idea

Sometimes old ways can be best. Before the school bus was invented, most children walked to school. Today, in Rhode Island, Missouri, Iowa and other states, children are getting off the bus seats and back on their feet. An adult volunteer leads the students on their walk to class. In some districts, the “walking school […]

Online exchange being considered

By Tom Philpott Military Update Defense officials are weighing a proposal from the director of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to allow the nation’s 22 million honorably discharged veterans, and perhaps an equal number of their family members, to shop online for military exchange products and discounts. Shoppers who use the AAFES website […]

Letter to the editor: Potholes deserve more attention than weeds

Hats off to the community members who volunteered last Wednesday to help clean up Portales MainStreet and the downtown area. We appreciate your efforts. But I really don’t think that the director of Portales MainStreet or the city of Portales realize that Main Street goes past First Street. There are so many pot holes and […]

Illegal youth costly factor to consider in reform

Increasingly young people illegally crossing into the United States over its southern border with Mexico are unescorted by family members. While some are from Mexico, most are from Central America. Some hope to locate relatives or find work. Some are just trying to escape poverty and crime in their home countries. Children includes all border […]