McDonald: Fatherhood these days hard job

Over the past half century, fatherhood has been changing all across America. Used to be, Dad was the head of the household, the master of his domain, king of his castle. Nowadays, pop culture has turned the old man into the clueless one in the family. You know the routine, don’t you? Mama, fully engaged […]

NM ballplayer shows us all work ethic pays

Proving that it pays to wait for your pitch, Albuquerque Academy grad Alex Bregman didn’t sign to play professional baseball when he was drafted out of high school. He went to college instead. And in addition to three years of on-the-field honors, and trying to lead his LSU Tigers to a national championship today, Bregman […]

Sloan: Republicans not for rural whites

Portales resident Geni Flores thinks middle-class rural whites often vote against their own interests. “Back in the 1930s most poor, rural whites had lost their farms and self-sustenance due to the Depression and dust bowl,” Flores said. “These people found relief through FDR’s New Deal. As a result, they became loyal Democrats, and passed that […]

Arrowsmith: Notre Dame brazenly ‘sports first’

My senior year of high school during basketball season, I had fallen asleep during a test in one of my advanced placement classes. We got home after midnight from a road game, and I tried to study that night until almost 3. The teacher’s response was to let me know I should have just mentioned […]

Administration not transparent as it portrays

“This is the most transparent administration in history.” — President Barack Obama, February 2013 If you define transparency the way the president does — that “every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to […]

McDonald: Tax debate between parties a toss up

Clearly, there are ideological differences between conservatives and liberals — but not always. On the issue of taxes, it’s a mixed bag. Rhetorically, national Republicans love to cry out for fewer taxes while Democrats prefer to look the other way when a tax gets raised. That’s because the GOP touts itself as pro-business and anti-big […]

More attention needs focused on pregnancies

If a New Mexico teenager gets pregnant, she is less likely to finish high school, get and hold a job or attain economic stability. There are exceptions, but having a baby, or babies, generally makes life tougher for a teen. Plus, her child will be more likely to live in poverty, start out behind in […]

Sloan: Leaflet failed to answer question

After a recent noon-time basketball session in Greyhound Arena with assorted townspeople and students in which we older guys once again prevailed, I described to dominating Portales post Jody Bailey a visitation I’d received the Saturday before. After three hours photographing shoes for my traditional and now semi-famous “The Shoes of Graduation” (supplemented this year […]

Arrowsmith: You don’t have to know everything

Two people are having a conversation. Person A makes a point on something he has experienced personally. Person B responds to the Person A comment by saying it is not true. Person B does not know why it is not true, but just knows that what Person A is saying is false. Person A then […]

Schools should help PED revise evaluation system

The New Mexico Public Education Department doesn’t dispute that the new teacher evaluation system is a work in progress, and that it’s a system that needs informed feedback to improve and refine its results. That’s important, because a few weeks after the second round of teacher evaluations have been released, there’s a lot of legitimate […]

McDonald: State’s festivals best part of summer

All around New Mexico, we love our festivals. I suppose that’s true all over the world, but here in the Land of Enchantment, we have more than our share of unique events. And summertime is the season a whole lot of them come out of the woodwork. The space I have would do no justice […]

Lifting crude oil ban would help in so many ways

With one action, the U.S. Congress could reduce the nation’s trade deficit, grow U.S. jobs, increase revenue and assure more U.S. influence across the world. But because of Congressional inaction, an export ban remains in place 40-plus years later. The ban was enacted by Congress following the 1973 Arab oil embargo. That embargo created a […]

Sloan: Earth history facts not so trivial

My book-of-the-month summary for May is Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything.” Its 544 pages cover everything from the Big Bang to civilization’s rise. Here are some highlights: • Pluto is barely one-fifty-thousandth of the way to the edge of the solar system. • Of Earth’s space by volume, 99.5 percent is off […]

Arrowsmith: FIFA take just a drop in the bucket

I know how I will go crazy. It will be because of numbers. I think I have said that before, and if I have said it, then I must be on my way. The FIFA — Federation International Football Association — raid this week brought about some of the largest charges of racketeering in the […]

Sloan: What’s in a name? I say destiny

With commencements, dust and ethanol co-mingling in the fragrant High Plains air, it’s time for another speculation about the impact names have on graduates’ Destiny. In potential couplings, will: • Ace-Ventura bond over Jim Carrey movies? • Moore-Bacon have cholesterol problems? • Poore-Sap declare bankruptcy caused by Flye-by-Knight contractors? • Rather-Grim’s union be mirthless? • […]

Arrowsmith: Efficient or not, Uncle Sam will come for you

In case you missed it last week, Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how […]

Seniors, make sure college ends up more than just debt

High school senior Ronald Nelson is known to be smart. The Tennessee senior was accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. At Houston High School in Memphis, Nelson had a 4.58 weighted GPA, has taken 15 Advanced Placement courses and garnered a 2,260 out of 2,400 on his SAT and a 34 out of 36 […]

Accountable providers giving more to patients

Remember when that $3 million behavioral health audit was so shocking it had to be kept secret from the public that paid for it? And when the targeted 15 agencies lost their Medicaid funding and were reportedly on the brink of shutting down and leaving their tens of thousands of vulnerable New Mexico clients adrift? […]

McDonald: Differences way of life here

In recent months, I’ve found myself living and working in three different communities. Very different, but with one standout similarity. I’m talking about Las Vegas, Taos and Roswell, three New Mexico municipalities with their own unique identities. I moved to the Land of Enchantment in 2004, ran the Las Vegas Optic for eight years and […]

Local B.J. Pierce worthy of cowboy Hall of Fame

The mission statement for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City says it “interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences of adults and children.” If it’s cowboys and educators they’re looking for, Clovis’ B.J. Pierce would be a worthy choice […]