McDonald: Behavioral health issue clouded

Last week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he had cleared 10 providers of behavioral health care services of any criminal wrongdoing. Both politically and legally, this latest announcement gives new legs to an issue that took root more than two years ago and shows no signs of going away anytime soon. First, let’s recall […]

Sloan: Perfect, peaceful world a fantasy

“If tomorrow, everybody under the sun Was happy just to live as one No borders, no battles to be won But if tomorrow everybody was your friend Happiness would never end Lord, don’t you wish it was true.” —John Fogerty Please indulge me this one week to fantasize about creating my own sickeningly saccharine universe. […]

Wilson: I keep talking, but ball don’t lie

Eastern New Mexico Univeristy started its season off right Tuesday. The artists formerly known as the Zias grabbed a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, the first to open a season in the program’s 20-year history. But the game was not without mistakes by the umpires and me. With a Greyhound on first early […]

Most bad laws created with good intentions

The best part about election season — the only part we like — is asking questions that baffle the candidates. Sure. It’s a character flaw. Last week, we asked Clovis City Commission candidates: What laws or ordinances should be repealed? They all responded with silence. Not one candidate, off the top of their head, anyway, […]

Jail, police staff deserve praise for good sense

The woman accused of vandalizing and setting fire to multiple Clovis businesses on Thursday night was released on bond just 24 hours after the nightmare. Her freedom lasted only 36 minutes, however, because, as Interim Police Chief Doug Ford told us, “somebody was just doing their job.” It seems a Curry County jail employee alerted […]

McDonald: Rubio could win New Mexico

We’re four months away from the primary elections in New Mexico — a lifetime in the world of politics. By the time New Mexicans get to vote for their choice in the already-dwindling field of candidates for president, the races will probably be down to two clear front-runners in the Democratic and Republican parties. Chances […]

One-size prison sentences do more harm than good

A one-size-fits-all sentencing policy has swelled the federal prison population to historic highs and is not giving taxpayers a good return on investment in terms of safer communities, reduced costs or better inmate outcomes. That’s the conclusion reached by the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, headed by former Oklahoma U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts. […]

Sloan: Life and other random thoughts

Random thoughts: • I wish I had learned to admire people in their twilight years sooner. Their strength in having made it so far is worthy of incredible respect. They are still living their life, and — no matter how feeble — today is just as important to them as it is to anyone. • […]

Wilson: Super Bowl can still be improved

You might have heard this from fellow columnist Karl Terry already — I think he’s a Denver fan — but it’s time for the (phrasing deleted by the National Football League due to copyright violation). Oh, that’s right, the “S” word and the “B” word together are trademarked by the league. To avoid trademark violations, […]

Smart to allow ride-sharing in state

Gov. Susana Martinez wants ride-booking businesses like Uber and Lyft to be welcome in New Mexico. “New Mexico should usher in a 21st-century economy, not reject it,” Martinez said recently. Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, is sponsoring House Bill 168, which would allow ride-booking companies to operate in the state. Since they showed up here in […]

McDonald: Ethics bill needs your voice to pass

Perhaps this will be the year when we actually get some decent ethical standards in place for state officials. It’s a long-running issue that seems to resurface every time someone gets in trouble, but for various political and provincial reasons, nothing ever gets through the state legislature. This year, however, one proposal might actually make […]

People for strict construction ’til it’s inconvenient

Presidential candidates should not have to fret about where their parents were born. Imagine President Ted Cruz moving into the White House with First Lady Heidi Cruz and their two daughters under a cloud of doubt about the legitimacy of his election. A new Monmouth University poll finds one-third of Republican voters and voters who […]

Sloan: Just in case you were wondering…

My book-of-the-month summary for January is “How Did They Do That” (Quill, 1984, 332 pages) by Caroline Sutton. The book’s topics range from movies to parachutes to lollipops to hot dogs to hangovers. Samples: • “Heaven’s Gate,” the 1980 box office disaster by Michael Cimino, was budgeted at $11.6 million but would have had to […]

Wilson: Final spot on Generals job for me

The great news Wednesday? The Harlem Globetrotters called our office. The bad news? It wasn’t for me. An otherwise boring afternoon found me speaking to a very pleasant representative of the team that finished just ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers as the funniest basketball team in the world. The Globetrotters win out because they’re trying […]

Disabled, rape victim bills need quick passage

New Mexico lawmakers have two bills to consider this short budgetary session that are designed to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents: rape victims and developmentally disabled adults. Both bills have been vetted, making it through much of the 2015 Legislature. Both need to make it to the governor’s desk this year. Racheal’s […]

McDonald: Child poverty missing from agenda

Perhaps the harshest and most valid criticism of Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State speech wasn’t so much for what she said as what she didn’t say. She made no mention of child poverty in New Mexico. It’s so relevant to this state’s future that it’s hard to fathom the omission — especially what […]

Defending player safety, long-term health right call

Concussions are “the bogey-man blanket they’re throwing in sports now.” — Peter Nieto, Rio Rancho father who fought state protocol that benches concussed players for a week, in a Washington Post interview One wonders if the family of Cleveland High running back Shawn Nieto saw “Concussion” over the holiday school break. The film stars Will […]

Sloan: Sorry, promises didn’t work out

Apparently, divine destiny was a fickle mistress in winning the $1.5 billion lottery. Since I had secretly promised to donate half my winnings to cure road rage, I was sure a higher power had anointed me to win. Picking numbers based on a smoky algorithm I vaguely remember from playing “Stairway to Heaven” backward in […]

Wilson: Lawmakers can’t define journalists

A few years ago, I bought a fedora. In the approximate six weeks it took me to realize I don’t like wearing fedoras, the running joke was me as a 1920s journalist, minus the cigar and accordion-lens camera. To further the joke, I used a Sharpie to write, “PRESS,” on an index card and forgot […]

Tobacco tax proposal should be approved

Sinking oil and gas prices have lawmakers scrambling for revenue sources to augment state coffers. Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, has trained his eye on one of the so-called “sin taxes” — a tax on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, also has a bill that would tax e-cigarettes. Morales’ legislation to increase […]