Moving election date to March good for state

From the standpoint of raising New Mexico’s profile in the selection of presidential candidates, tabling a bill to move up the state’s primary elections from June to March was the wrong move. If the goal is to hold down voter turnout for state and local candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries, keeping the status […]

Better LPC solutions found closer to home

Federal overreach hurts everyone. The Edward Snowden affair showed us how far government has gone in gathering information on all of us, endangering privacy. Because of misguided federal “No Child Left Behind” policies, teachers teach tests, and children are learning only how to pick from five options to black out a choice. Nowhere is federal […]

Drilling issues not going anywhere

By Tom McDonald State columnist Regulating oil and gas drilling in the state has taken some of interesting turns of late, and very different directions. Over the past few months, two developments in northern New Mexico occurred that could actually shift the approach local governments take in regulating the industry. The infamous Mora County ban […]

Few realize how we affect others

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for February is “A Book of Reasons” by John Vernon (non-fiction, copyright 1999). After his older brother, Paul, passes away in destitute squalor, each item in his meager estate elicits historical ruminations, memories and questions by Vernon. Paul’s notebooks and diaries showed dreams, introspection and even inventions. […]

We found you, and we’re coming

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher And so step No. 1 is under way. We have found someone who is stealing our newspapers out of the rack, and then delivering them to people. I do not know for sure at this point, but I guess that those receiving newspapers from this guy are probably paying him. But […]

Local newspaper should reflect all in our community

Our newspaper upset a few people on Valentine’s Day with a story about area relationships that included a gay couple. As of Friday, seven readers had canceled their subscriptions and others had threatened to do the same because of the report. Most quoted Scripture, a few spewed vile epithets, all stated or suggested that gay […]

Viewpoint: Transparency always best choice for New Mexico

While we’re always ready to see more sunshine from our state government, we’re doubly glad when we can cast new light on deals that mysteriously take money out of our state, especially the money we contribute as taxpayers. A bi-partisan bill proposed to the New Mexico Legislature would require copies of each state contract, including […]

President cut off from political, economic reality

As the economy shows renewed signs of life, it’s hard to fathom how President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion budget can be a good thing for the country. If it indicates anything, it’s that the president is disconnected from both economic reality and the new political reality in Washington. How else to explain proposing $75 billion […]

Partial truths told against Obama

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist A fellow High Plains conservative recently re-posted: “I know some of you are Democratic, and love Obama, but this is for Christians and Jews.” The post said in 2009 Obama canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer: “However, Sept. 25, 2009, a National Day of Prayer for Muslims was […]

My belief in God about faith, love

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I have been asked, often because I am not the most obvious about my beliefs, on how I stand on God. My own mother has questioned my faith, how much I go to church, my practices, etc., etc. Others in the community want to know exactly how religious I am. So […]

Partisan election requirements should be ended

If Lady Justice is supposed to be blind to all who come before her, then she shouldn’t be subjected to politics. Unfortunately, partisan politics is part of the game in winning a seat on the bench in New Mexico. Judicial races today draw intense political interest — even to the point of a political party […]

Voting turnout dismal everywhere

By Tom McDonald State columnist I thought I’d seen it all — paying attention to the news after so many years will do that to you. Politics becomes so predictable, advocacy so redundant, today’s story so much like yesterday’s. The news, like history, tends to repeat itself. But last week I read a story in […]

Unspeakable that dogfighting continues today

Unspeakable. The discovery in Valencia County of the mutilated bodies of four dogs suspected of having been used as bait to train fighting dogs is sickening. They were dumped outside the Conejo Collection Station in Los Lunas. Two severely injured dogs were found wandering nearby; only one survived. While it’s hard to know how widespread […]

Chances for compassion abound

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Thank you to my Louisiana sister-in-law, LaRue Love Sloan, for posting Maria Popova’s “Brain Pickings” blog reviewing Karen Armstrong’s “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” Armstrong, 70, writes, “Compassion … asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse to inflict that pain […]

Time to negotiate tourism setup

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher After a meeting with Department of Tourism representatives last week, it became apparent to me that there is not really a desire to reopen the Texico visitors’ center. But I might be wrong. The Department of Tourism reported that it costs $90,000 per year to maintain the visitors’ center. It was […]

Governor’s palace deserves National Treasure honor

The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe has been declared a National Treasure. Of course, that’s after 400 years of existence, serving as the seat of government for the Spanish, Mexican and U.S. leaders. For a brief time in 1861, even the Confederate States of America directed affairs from the Palace. With the designation […]

Have to adjust to survive in papers

By Tom McDonald State columnist The other day, someone I’m very close to made the comment that I was just a little late to my chosen profession. That may be true, but it doesn’t mean I’d rather be doing something else. You see, I’m a newspaperman. I’m part of an industry that seems to have […]

Roch proposal benefits state’s sober workers

If employees show up to work drunk or high, then get hurt or worse, should they or their survivors still get 90 percent of the workers’ compensation benefits to which they normally would be entitled? Because right now in New Mexico they can and do, even if there is no question the impaired state is […]

Friends free Fluffy the white rabbit

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist This is an original children’s story for your youngsters: Fluffy was a huge white rabbit as big as a kangaroo. He lived in a golden meadow, with a carrot patch in the middle, with his friends: black birds, blue butterflies, brown bears, gray gooses, green grasshoppers, orange orangutans, pink panthers, […]

MainStreet responsible for results

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher An open letter to New Mexico MainStreet: As much as I dislike saying this, you put yourself in this position. For those of you that do not know, this week the Legislature is recommending $250,000 less for the state MainStreet program; if passed, that will result in the elimination of key […]