Open house hopefully sign of things to come

Over the weekend, I believe there was a cosmic symbolism between the Cannon Air Force Base air show and all the pouring rain. Here’s what I mean. Many of us were awakened early Saturday morning to the crackle of lightning, the roar of thunder, and rain drops pelting our roof tops. I was happy. Rain […]

Free-speech prayer ruling comes with cost

The Supreme Court says public prayer before city council meetings is OK. That’s got to be a victory in the culture wars. But, will people who are deeply religious be happy with the notion of prayer as a form of free speech? The subject of prayer before governmental meetings wouldn’t be contentious except for one […]

No headline here — silence is golden

There are few members of the American Civil Liberty Union in the conservative communities this column appears. They might well conduct their meetings in a phone booth. (Note to younger readers: “Phone booth” is an ancient call box invented in 1889. It was a glass-enclosed contraption just wide enough and tall enough for your grandpa […]

Fabricating quotes hurts credibility

Most of us love the freedom of speech we enjoy in the United States — unless we disagree with those exercising it. If we do not slander others, we can say whatever we want and the worst that can happen is we get attacked with words. (There are exceptions, of course, like being too outspoken […]

Viewpoint: West fire has lessons for everybody

In retrospect, we often come to understand   that many tragedies could have been prevented if only certain procedures had been followed or a few safety devices had been in place beforehand. We gain clarity by looking back, but the clarity is wasted if it doesn’t lead to a meaningful attempt to prevent a similar tragedy […]

McManigal: Politicians irrelevant, unnecessary

Many people are terribly obsessed over what a tiny minority of rather unimportant and silly people are doing. It would be funny if it didn’t waste so much life. So much time and space is taken up by the news media discussing them, and so much time is spent by individuals debating which one is […]

McDonald: Contamination deserves discussion

A couple of reports related to Superfund sites in northwestern New Mexico caught my attention last week, in part because of a trip I took to the Navajo Nation and its governmental center, Window Rock, Ariz., where the Navajo Times is headquartered. The Times had a front-page story on contaminated groundwater as a result of […]

Proposal would create largest free-trade area

If there were ever a way devised to promote economic growth, add jobs, expand markets, promote common interests and avert traditional wars without costing taxpayers a penny or adding to budget deficits, the United States should be first in line to embrace it. Senators, are you listening? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposal born […]

Quote teaches us valuable lesson

Paris Gray isn’t an irresponsible student.   She’s her senior class’ vice president. She didn’t drink and drive and kill somebody. She’s involved in Students Against Drunk Driving and other organizations. Still, the Atlanta student came close this week to being barred from speaking at her high school graduation, because of a yearbook quote. Gray’s yearbook […]

Retirement concepts ‘hybrid’ plan

By Tom Philpott Military Update Current military members and retirees are to be “grandfathered” from any retirement changes that the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommends to Congress next February. Current force members shouldn’t let that dampen their interest in the work of the commission or its final recommendations, because any retirement reforms proposed […]