People care more about their wallet

By Tom McDonald State columnist The big news on the energy front this week is about the Obama administration’s plan to reduce carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The intent is to clean up our air in an effort to combat global warming. That’s a critically important issue, especially for […]

Political rhetoric must give way to reality

By Tom Philpott Military Update In shaping a 2015 defense authorization bill, Congress has decided to protect the prized commissary benefit from the most worrisome budget threat to base grocery stores in decades. But military personnel are not likely to escape other key compensation curbs to include a second consecutive annual pay raise cap in […]

Less government means more opportunity

We won’t tell you how to vote on Tuesday. But here are some suggestions for finding candidates who favor less government control of our lives. • If a wanna-be public servant comes to your door and asks for your vote, ask what kind of public service they do now. If the answer is meals-on-wheels or youth […]

In good company if I die on Plains

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist For my final nap, I intend on returning to my east Texas roots. If fate disguised as an irritated reader intervenes and my final breath is on the High Plains, I will be in good company. Since 1982, I have attended funerals of far too many who awed and inspired. […]

Fly, but don’t lose your way home

Tom McDonald

By Tom McDonald State columnist About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye. The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young […]

Taxpayers must be considered in SunZia deal

The Department of Defense is offering up a reasonable compromise that could allow the SunZia electricity transmission line project to proceed while protecting the national security mission at White Sands Missile Range. It’s important that in the end taxpayers are protected, too. The proposed $1.2 billion privately owned 515-mile electricity transmission line would take renewable […]

Restricting liberty leads to tragic results

By Kent McManigal Local columnist As soon as I heard about the Santa Barbara, California, murders I held my breath and waited for the anti-gun advocates to start dancing in the blood — I didn’t need to wait long. Six innocent people died — three of those shot to death. All because one person (who […]

Nature offers sensory symphony

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Cassandra, our two dogs and I drove six hours northwest from Clovis to camp near Lake Isabel in Colorado. We were excited to smell the quaking Aspen and blue spruce trees. Cassandra assumed the temperature would be comfortable in late spring.  And she confirmed this by checking the weather report for […]

Veterans group’s tactics offensive

By Tom Philpott Military Update This month marks 20 years of writing Military Update. I’ve used it three times to editorialize about news events, including President Clinton’s sex scandal while commander in chief and President George W. Bush’s worrisome plan to invade Iraq a month before it happened. This week I do so again to […]

State deserves better teacher evaluation system

Is 99 percent of your workforce effective? Is 99 percent of any workforce effective? Exactly. That’s not necessarily a question of how hard those employees work, or how much they try, or how nice they are. It’s a question of how productive they are and what kind of results they deliver. And now, 102 years […]