In search of ponies: Marijuana or pills, be careful with medication

It's funny enough, all right. Staggering and woozy, a dog's legs may each go in different directions, or, afraid to challenge the suddenly accelerated rotation of the planet, it may become a pooch puddle, trying to melt into the floor and hoping it will stop. Others turn in clumsy circles or imitate living bobble heads. […]

McGee: Doing nothing requires planning

The Lady of the House and I had a difference of opinion as to what one does while on vacation. We recently took a few days off and visited the Gulf Coast. I had visions of lying around doing nothing, maybe flipping through the pages of a good book. The Lady of the House had […]

Black unemployment figures puzzling

A couple of weeks ago, Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson, speaking at The National Press Club, said the nation "would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent." Black unemployment has been double that of white Americans for more than 50 years. The black youth unemployment rate is more than 40 percent nationally. […]

Radical lawyer unworthy of mercy

The jihadists' favorite American lawyer, Lynne Stewart, reportedly has stage-4 breast cancer. Her radical friends want her freed from jail. There's only one decent response to the criminal-coddling demand: No, hell, no. The way the bleeding hearts tell it, this harmless grandma got thrown in the slammer by Big Bad Bush merely because she was […]

Division over backlog, VA leadership

With the backlog of compensation claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs having ballooned in recent years, one would expect major veterans' service organizations to be among VA's harshest critics. If so, they would join a rising chorus. Recently network news programs have turned cameras and commentary on the mountain of 598,000 overdue claim decisions, […]

Untold story better after you tell it

Despite working at a relatively small newspaper, I've had the opportunity to interview many people I'd have otherwise never had the chance to meet. The list so far includes musician Chubby Checker, comedian Carlos Mencia, former baseball executive and World Series ring-holder Pat Gillick, a Pro-Bowl quarterback, two attorneys general, three governors, and seven members […]

Losing the same-sex marriage battle

Same-sex marriage is probably inevitable in America whatever the Supreme Court decides. That's because the public is clearly leaning that way. That the Court is even being asked to impose a sweeping social change on the nation is illustrative of another lost battle — the idea that the Supreme Court is not a super-legislature and […]

Released from the bondage of hate

A few words on the death of Elwin Wilson. He passed last month in a South Carolina hospital at age 76. Wilson had endured heart and lung problems and had suffered a recent bout with the flu. There is little reason you would know his name, but as a young man, Wilson made a virtual […]

Enforcing Alford buyout terms strictly business

The fact the University of New Mexico is playing hardball when it comes to buyout terms regarding former men's basketball coach Steve Alford should give taxpayers and fans of a strong offense something to cheer about. Because this isn't about payback for Alford hurting Lobos' feelings by deciding to coach at UCLA instead of in […]

Obama administration, ‘Big Business’, in our way

Paul Gessing, president of the limited government think tank Rio Grande Foundation, is convinced natural gas could revolutionize New Mexico's economy — if the Obama administration will get out of the way. Here are snippets from a recent column: New Mexico is among the nation's leading producers of natural gas. It has seen incredible growth […]

New system brings options, uniformity

New Mexico's eight universities and 17 community college/branch campuses are full of high school graduates taking remedial coursework. But starting with the class of 2014, those numbers should start declining. That's because for the first time students will have to prove they are competent in math, reading, writing, science and social studies before they can […]

Denying equal rights is real issue

Those opposing equal rights for others inevitably find themselves on the wrong side of history. No one is more heterosexually macho than me, but I can think of no legitimate reason to deny gays the same rights I take for granted. A local letter-writer recently criticized politicians who opposed gay marriage, then changed their minds. […]

In the orchard of life, joy abounds

Maybe it's because they're young and a bit timid. Maybe it's because they were watching the apricot tree foolishly bloom early in March, only to be bitten hard. Whatever the reason, my little pear trees held onto their buds, and finally decided to put on their frilly and beautiful show last week. There are several […]

In search of ponies: Cats have ability to help; choice another matter

It's hard to imagine them being capable of acts of heroism. First and foremost, even though they do come in larger sizes — tubby being the most likely — domestic cats just aren't powerhouses. Sure they're great at getting themselves out of harm's way, slinking through tight spaces, landing on their feet and climbing out […]

McGee: Magic box 1, Grant 0

A vacation in Florida a couple of weeks ago gave The Lady of the House and I the opportunity to catch up on watching movies. Being out-of-towners we rented our DVDs from the red vending machine called "Red Box" inside the Southern Supermarket. We have a few of these contraptions sprinkled around here on the […]

Evolving pretense of objectivity

File this in the overflowing cabinet labeled: No Wonder the Mainstream Media Is Dying. On Tuesday, The Associated Press announced it is banishing the phrase "illegal immigrant" from its famous stylebook. The world's largest newsgathering outlet now advises reporters that "illegal" will "only refer to an action, not a person." AP directs writers not to […]

Laws do no determine right and wrong

Should "wrong" be illegal? Telling lies is generally acknowledged to be wrong, so should it be illegal to tell your wife she doesn't look fat in that dress when she does? Should it be illegal to tell kids Santa Claus visits them? When you criminalize everything you make it all subject to ridicule and increase […]

Insights into multicultural lunacy

Professor Craig Frisby is on the faculty of University of Missouri's Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology. His most recent book is "Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Minority Students." It's a 662-page textbook covering a range of topics from multiculturalism and home and family influences to student testing and school discipline. There's no way […]

Death dilemma: Where does the body go?

The Lady of the House and I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago with son and grandson in tow. Our first day on the road ended with a stay at a motel in east Texas. Somewhere in the middle of the night I was awakened by absolute quiet: No gentle sounds of slumber […]

Nature may have final say on human elephant conflict

Most often, they strike under cover of darkness, ripping crops from the fields, toppling and smashing buildings and crushing anyone who gets in their way. Sometimes their anger grows and they break ranks, targeting and murdering their human enemy on sight. They are intelligent enough to overcome most any obstacle set to deter them, even […]