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 […]

McDonald: Political correctness not so easy

It may not be wise, but let’s talk about political correctness. Actually, it’s politically smart to bring up PC these days. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and others have been openly critical of language that seeks to sanitize modern America, and a lot of Republican voters love them for it. Conservatives see PC all […]

Material science good investment for our economy

After making just two investments worth $12 million in two independent venture funds in two years — when at least $60 million was available — the State Investment Council is sharpening its focus on new ventures. That vision is especially important in a state suffering from a severe case of economic myopia, where nine of […]

Sloan: Circumstances our main differences

Although cheesy, a graphic I saw has it about right: “If you see everyone as a soul instead of a face, you will treat them better.” Politicians score points by grouping masses of individuals into shadowy bogeymen, appealing to their followers’ fears and prejudices. Of course, we have to be vigilant against radicals wanting to […]

Wilson: Powerball dreams bring ideas to light

Kevin Wilson

We had a pretty good idea we weren’t winning the Powerball jackpot, since the odds were around 291,999,999 in 292,000,000 our ticket wouldn’t match. But we weren’t completely sure. With that in mind, my friend Drake and I went into what we’d do with a $1.5 billion prize, and where others had gone wrong. First […]

Voters who don’t claim party still disenfranchised

Consider it a glass-is-kind-of-half-full situation. While it is a welcome development that New Mexicans can now register to vote online, they still have to register with a major political party to be eligible to cast a ballot in a primary election. So as the Land of Enchantment takes its voter registration into the digital age […]

McDonald: Don’t expect much from session

So here we are, at the onset of another legislative session. It’s one of the short ones, 30 days, and it’s at the front end of an election year, so it probably won’t be an overly productive one. Sure, a budget will be passed, since that’s essentially required by state law. But I’m not optimistic […]

Dream of place for hurt kids should happen

Having a centralized, accessible and homey place for families and children who need assistance from the state makes sense. Especially for children suspected of being abused or neglected. A frightened child taken from a dangerous situation shouldn’t have to bed down on an office couch. The state Children, Youth and Families Department is trying to […]

Sloan: Life seems important to everyone

My winter break included encountering a variety of nature’s forces and people. • In Waco, I saw the homeless man I wrote about a couple of years ago who loved the freedom of his lifestyle. He now lives in a subsidized ghetto — and seems to feel superior to homeless friends. • In a motel […]

Wilson: Betting on ridiculous winnings

Anybody who knows me needs no lesson on how much I disagree with some of the other columnists we have in our fine publications. But I do find common ground every so often. There are several times I’m tempted to pen a response to, say, a Kent McManigal column. But I give up before I […]

Thanks to those who worked through storm

This winter has brought some remarkable weather to New Mexico in the form of some noticeable snowstorms. The Goliath blizzard that hit eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle on Dec. 26 brought 8 to 12 inches of snow, but also sustained winds of 40 mph, which produced drifts that touched rooftops. The state definitely […]

McDonald: New year starts with predictions

Let’s pull out my nonexistent crystal ball and take a look at what’s in store for the state of New Mexico in the year about to unfold. All predictions are based on scientific data, keen observation, brilliant insights and my own roll of the dice — which guarantee accuracy in my predictions, except when they […]

Taxi, ride-share rules not court’s job to sort out

According to its website, the online ride-sharing service Uber is operating in 17 cities in Central and South America; 30 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 79 in Asia Pacific; and 189 in North America. Yet New Mexico hasn’t been able to come up with a system to regulate it, so it’s been operating […]

Sloan: Story of a liberal named Wendel

There was a Texan named Wendel Who folks didn’t know was a liberal When he rolled in with the tumbleweeds To work on the High Plains. When they found out they called him a jerk (Sometimes even worse) for not sharing their creed. It disappointed them so That someone from the Lone Star State Wasn’t […]

Wilson: Best wishes on ‘gonna do’ list

We all have resolutions. Eat healthier. Work out more. Be nicer to people online and in person. Pass up the temptation to blurt out, “Good, you need to,” when people tell you their resolutions. But Dec. 31 can be a pretty good day unto itself, because you can worry about the “gonna do” tomorrow and […]

Luminarias vs. Farolitos great Christmas debate

If New Mexico has a state question (red or green?) perhaps it’s time to establish a state controversy. Not mandated by the Legislature, but played out in conversations, whether face to face by the fireplace or on Twitter or Facebook. Our nominee, the perennial battle across New Mexico each Christmas season — farolito vs. luminaria. […]

McDonald: Experiences much better than gifts

Editor’s note: The original version of this column was published in 2012 in the Las Vegas Optic. It’s being distributed with permission and has been updated for 2015. In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. Perhaps it makes me a little out of the ordinary, because I don’t remember […]

Poor governing culprit of nuke waste site woes

Getting the shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant back to full operation anytime in the near future looks dubious, with missed deadlines attributable to the usual culprits — ineptness and bungling. Operations at WIPP, the nation’s only underground repository for mixed radioactive waste from Cold War-era nuclear weapons work, have been curtailed and the site closed […]

Sloan: Dear friends, it’s been a tough one

Wendel’s Christmas newsletter: • January — I went skiing in Ruidoso for the first time since the Cold War. My skill had not gone downhill, but the Texans had. Overheard: “W” was the best president since Harrison Ford; Trump has the smoking gun Obama used in a Kenyan training camp; Ted Cruz invented cruise missiles. […]