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 ( 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, […]

Counties doing right thing with immigrant holds

Across the country, local authorities have become increasingly reluctant to detain people arrested on unrelated charges for longer than 48 hours at the request of federal agents to allow time to investigate their immigration status. Some local officials, including in some New Mexico counties, say that honoring the so-called “immigration holds” puts them at risk […]

Life about what you can give

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Although my older sister, Reba, was recently diagnosed with terminal Hodgkins lymphoma, this is a love story. Despite receiving home hospice care, Reba says, “Just because they say I’m going to die, doesn’t mean I have to. I’m going to fight.” She has no bucket list. “I’m a homebody and […]

NM aerospace bigger than Virgin

By Tom McDonald State columnist On Halloween, a nightmare for the commercial space industry occurred. SpaceShipTwo, a craft designed to take people to the edge of space, apparently broke apart, killing one of its pilots and injuring the other. The crash occurred in the Mojave Desert, where Virgin Galactic does its test flights. As tragic […]

Holidays meant for family time, not shopping

Finally, a holiday trend that needs to catch on. Different stores across the country — both local mom-and-pops and national chains — are deciding their employees should stay home on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy family time. Instead of joining the open-for-Christmas-and-let’s-all-start-shopping trend, businesses are beginning to say no to the madness. Black Friday, of course, […]

Drop in oil price affects political scene

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m sure everyone has seen it. The price of gas is declining and frankly declining quickly. Prices are down 20 percent nationally since June. Some forecasters are predicting gas prices will get down to the $2.75 range before winter bumps these prices back up. For most of our generations’ lives, when […]

Deputy shooting should lead to policy reviews

The fatal shooting of a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy, his comrade-in-arms charged with his murder, is too shocking to be absorbed quickly. So many questions. So many what ifs. So many tears to be shed for the victim, the accused shooter, their fellow deputies and most of all, their families, children and their two […]