Wooing Tesla laying foundation for the future

Call it a tale of two tweets. First, the bad news that New Mexico continues to bleed jobs. Retweeted NM Telegram (NMTelegram): “NM only state in the region to lose jobs in 12 months ending on Jan 31.” Then, a happier perspective: Retweeted Susana Martinez 2016 (ReadyForSusana): “Did you know Governor Martinez cut the business […]

People right to be heated on stove rules

A wood stove regulation proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency is generating a heated response from rural residents. Burning wood to heat a home is nothing new — it’s been going on for, oh, thousands of years. Many residents prefer wood because it’s an affordable, available and reliable source of fuel. The EPA isn’t proposing […]

McCaskill bill ignores danger to military victims of sexual assault

The U.S. Senate has spoken — and it was a discouraging word for victims of sexual assault in the military. Earlier this month, the Senate blocked a key measure by requiring 60 votes to get to a floor vote. It received 55. The best of the two bills addressing the role of military commanders in […]

Is fixing defects at start unethical?

In a New York Times blog, Karen Weintraub discussed 13-year-old Alana Saarinen having three biological parents. Sharon and Paul Saarinen provided the egg and sperm, and another woman contributed genes to Alana’s mitochondria — tiny power plants fueling cells. “Mitochondria are minute organelles inside living cells, floating apart from the nucleus in the cytoplasm,” Weintraub […]

Government violating lives is politics

Kent McManigal

I confess: I’m not very interested in politics. So I’m not going to waste much time or effort petitioning government’s representatives and enforcers to respect my life, liberty, and property. Perhaps it’s necessary, as self preservation, to know what politicians are up to. It would also be necessary to know what a wild boar was […]

U.S. cannot afford to let down its guard

“The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.” — Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower   Dwight D. Eisenhower may have been the last president who truly understood the role of the military in America. He warned against a military-industrial complex, yet also […]

New SAT practical, won’t penalize guessing

That millstone around high school students’ necks — the college-admission behemoth known as the SAT — is changing. College Board officials announced last week that the test so many high school juniors fear will be fundamentally different starting in 2016. With changes ranging from the selection of vocabulary words to optional essays to the elimination […]

Celebrate your right to know

Kathi Bearden
Guest columnist

March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government.  No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability. I care about Sunshine Week both as a citizen and as a former newspaper employee/publisher for 22 years.  We relied heavily […]

Even campaigns are bigger in Texas

Wendel Sloan

After incessant primary commercials, golf buddy and former High Plains broadcaster John Kirby, now in Texas, posted, “Whew! I can sleep soundly tonight. “All the Texas candidates, from both parties, reminded me over and over they are good conservative Christians! I shall rest easy!” Clovis and Portales were also inundated with the spots. For the November […]

State’s pot policy needs more transparency

The state Department of Health is planning to address a shortage in the medical marijuana supply. It plans to increase the number of producers from the current 23 to as many as 35, as well as boost the number of plants each can grow, adding 300 seedlings to the 150 plants now allowed. That growth […]

Bureaucracy violates your rights

Legalized? Decriminalized? Why? Most things wrongly made illegal should instead be ignored, which is difficult for those infected with the lust to control. They are not proper areas of governance under any circumstances. Even under the most well-meaning situations, “there ought to be a law” is misguided. No new law is necessary; the laws that […]

Taxes from pot sales incentive to legalize

So far, the experiment to legalize marijuana in Colorado has to be making New Mexico lawmakers, always on the lookout for new money, more than a little jealous. Just more than a month into the experiment, Colorado expects to earn $184 million in taxes from the legal marijuana market over the first 18 months of […]

1st Amendment applies to all — even bigots


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. If anyone is wondering whether it should be legal for a business owner to discriminate against gay people, or black people or short people, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution settles the dispute quickly. Just base your claim […]

Why no droning on about drones?

Ned Cantwell

Were you surprised the 2014 New Mexico legislative session dragged to a finish without one word about killing drones? I know I was. Legislators talked on and on and on. They continued a three-year debate on education policy, an argument that continues to ignore the reality no system on earth will work unless early childhood […]

Gerrymanders appear here to stay

Wendel Sloan

“Gerrymander” comes from an 1812 attempt by Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry to gain political advantage by contorting a district into a salamander shape. According to Doc Elder, local history professor and radio personality, 34 state legislatures control the drawing of congressional districts. Other states vary, or only have one representative. “Power can be either concentrated […]

Post-game handshake provides perspective

The University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team is having a great season under the leadership of new head coach Craig Neal. The talent and drive of this year’s team was certainly on display in its victory last weekend against the then-No. 6 ranked San Diego State Aztecs. The celebration of an impressive Lobo […]

Worst-case scenarios being spread as fact

Jake Swafford

The decision on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a “threatened” species will be made by the end of March, so time to influence the opinion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is running out. Agencies across the range of the species are working hard to create as much habitat as […]

Proprietors should choose who they serve

Kent McManigal

Arizona has been debating a new law that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay people. This is another case of a law being inflicted because of a misguided past law. Does a business owner already have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason? Yes. No matter what any law […]

Canada owed answer on pipeline

President Obama told the National Governors Association this week that his long-awaited decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could come in a couple of months. The $5.3 billion pipeline — first proposed in 2008 — would cross the border from Canada, connect with existing pipelines in the Midwest, and eventually move about 800,000 barrels a […]

In-flight cell phone usage should be airlines’ call

Why would Congress jump into the debate over whether people should be able to talk on their cellphones while flying on airplanes? The answer is obvious: political pandering while avoiding some of the real issues the people we send to Washington should deal with. Like the fact the country is headed for financial disaster. A […]