Military in Iraq again ironic

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Oh, the irony. I try not to be political in my opinions, and am not going to try to be here, but oh, the irony. We listened for how long to the current administration and the blaming of the former president for what was done in Iraq. Our current president promised […]

Work policies should be set by companies

When you go to urgent care, you should be able to be confident the medical professionals treating you aren’t high. When you drive down the highway, you should expect a truck driver to be sober. A drug-free workplace is what most people expect — including employers. And that’s what Presbyterian Healthcare Services says it is […]

I really don’t understand the animosity

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Thank you to hometown friend and world-class fisherman Mike Parnell for sharing’s article “Christian Radio Host: Ebola Could Cleanse U.S. of Sluts, Atheists, Gays” about Florida Christian radio host Rick Wiles. Although I don’t understand Rev. Wiles’ animosity toward gays and Atheists, I am confident they can defend themselves. […]

Diversity at heart of good music

By Tom McDonald State columnist “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras Math, it’s been said, is the language of the universe. But when it comes to the human experience, music is the tie that binds. Several years ago in a visit […]

I’m OK with being called visionary

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher A few things to know about me: I am about the most even keel person you will ever meet. I hate the use of extreme adjectives. I hate them for one simple reason, and that is I do not believe anyone can back them up. I do not believe anyone is […]

Independent voters deserve primary voice

It’s rare in New Mexico when Democrats and Republicans see eye-to-eye on an issue. So it’s refreshing to see Republican Gov. Susana Martinez support a reasonable plan put forth by two Democrats, Sen. Bill O’Neill and Rep. Emily Kane, that would open up party primaries to independent voters. O’Neill and Kane plan to introduce legislation […]

Minimal effort small price to pay to get benefits

Some food stamp recipients will once again have to make a personal effort if they want to keep receiving public assistance. That’s because the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is returning to pre-recession requirements for many eligible adults. Able-bodied adults who do not have children will have to either work 20 hours a week, be in […]

Facebook conspiracies predictable

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist After two Americans were flown home for the first Ebola treatment on U.S. soil after catching the virus while working with patients in Liberia, predictable Facebook conspiracy theories emerged. An entertaining sampling: • “Ebola was bioengineered by the U.S. Department of Defense.” • “The anti-Exceptionalist President Barack Obama is bringing […]

Planning for invaders good idea

By Tom McDonald State columnist In a recent Time magazine article titled “Space Invaders,” senior writer Bryan Walsh reported on how foreign insects, fish and animals are invading the U.S. in alarming numbers. They are upsetting the environmental balance of entire regions and, in several instances, disrupting their economies as well. In the report, several […]

Immunizations save lives, keep kids healthy

Global health activists continue to make strides against diseases that kill in the developing world. Few tools are more essential than vaccination drives, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates are saving the lives of 2 million to 3 million people a year around the globe. Yet, in the United States, more educated […]

Tech time can be put to good use

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher We know the statistics. According to Kids Count Data Center, New Mexico’s overall rank: 49th. Economic well being: 49th. Education rank: 49th. Health rank: 49th. Family and community rank: 49th According to, teacher salary comfort score: 37th. Average teacher salary rank: 39th. Starting teacher salary rank: 38th. While the average […]

Certainty of death allows perspective

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My father, who died at 71, told me he was not afraid to die. My mother, who died at 92,, told me she wished “it would hurry up and get here.” I enjoy life, but know it is ephemeral. I have had close calls — cars skidding out of control, […]

Martinez seems obstinate on issue

By Tom McDonald State columnist If there’s an issue out there that could slow Gov. Susana Martinez’s cakewalk into a second term, it might just be the behavioral health issue. The issue surfaced a year ago when, after an audit alleged Medicaid overbilling and possible fraud to the tune of about $34 million, the Martinez […]

Reading program worth investment for kids

We don’t always agree with Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. … But when we do, it’s for a good cause. Pyle is leading efforts to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Curry County. The country singer’s project places books in the hands and homes of preschoolers at no charge to their parents or guardians. The […]

Tony Day’s not walking away from his actions

The outrage and frustration from family members is understandable. Tony Day is accused of killing two innocent people and the maximum punishment he will receive under the law is nominal by comparison. But Tucumcari District Judge Albert Mitchell acted responsibly and humanely with his ruling last week that Day should be sentenced as a juvenile. […]

Local paper needs more local content

Robert Arrowsmith

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher It has been two weeks and David Stevens and I have been getting questions about the direction of the newspaper. Where did the state, national, and international coverage go? Where did the editorial go? I have seen posts on Facebook where some of the ideas are lame. Why would they do […]

Student loans should be weighed on risk

There was a time when people had the quaint notion that borrowing money was done with the understanding you would have to pay it back, with interest, whether for a car, a house, a vacation or college. But a New York Federal Reserve Bank report calls into question whether many people made that mental check […]

Aspirations to tour quickly unraveled

Wendel Sloan

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist On the strength of our epic six-minute-plus debut single, “20 Years Since I’ve Seen You,” I had hoped to be touring with The High Plains Hippies. The group’s genesis began in the bicycle aisle of Portales’ Wal-Mart (where, as requested by lawmen, I was purchasing a 32-inch bike to replace […]

Finds on our back roads amazing

By Tom McDonald State columnist Travel the back roads of New Mexico and it’s amazing what you can find. Last week my daughter Maya and I took a day trip to the northeastern tip of New Mexico, for a meeting I had in Clayton. Then we returned to our hometown of Las Vegas by way […]

Medical pot program too easily abused

There were legitimate concerns with some of the Department of Health’s proposed revisions of its medical marijuana rules — a hefty new fee that had yet to be justified chief among them. But rather than reconsider why users — presumably some of the state’s most medically vulnerable individuals — should have to fork over an […]