Movie “Selma” misrepresents historical facts

Deliberate deception shouldn’t win awards. The movie “Selma” has received both criticism and praise for its dramatization of events surrounding the civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery in 1965. On Thursday, it was nominated for two Academy awards, best picture and best song, but was snubbed for best director. That’s not surprising, given […]

Elderly deserve honor for great roles in real life

By Wendell Sloan Local columnist My younger self apologizes to every elderly person I did not properly appreciate. Naively, I categorized them as being different. When I saw them driving, working in yards or shopping, I largely ignored them without comprehending their difficult journey — buttressed by pride in what they had accomplished with the […]

One word changes entire message

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m on the road from Portales to Clovis and on the radio the chorus “Why you gotta be so rude I’m gonna marry you anyway” from the song “Marry that Girl” by Magic! is playing. And I am thinking who in their right mind is going to dance to a song […]

XL oil pipeline move to energy independence

Enjoy the low prices at the pump while they last, because the price of gasoline will rise again when the price of oil does. And it will at some point. Amid a glut of oil and despite pressure primarily from Saudi Arabia to dampen U.S. exploration and output, the U.S. is poised to become a […]

Right to control a powerful delusion

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Almost all areas of political contention are invented and imaginary. Those areas of life shouldn’t be subjected to laws, majority opinion, or anyone’s control. There are only two things subject to control: aggression and violations of private property. Those don’t need any response beyond self defense. No one needs to […]

TV undercuts intent of briefings

By Rube Render Local columnist Former White House Assistant Press Secretary Reid Cherlin, writing in the New Republic issue of July 2013, examines the question of whether or not to “End the White House Press Briefing.” As to the job of White House press secretary, Cherlin notes that if there were a Hippocratic Oath for […]

Reappointing ousted judge right choice

Gov. Susana Martinez had a difficult choice to make last week when she reappointed Albert Mitchell to the 10th Judicial District judge’s seat. We think she made the right call. Mitchell was ousted in November, receiving just 50 percent of the retention vote. He needed 57 percent to keep his job. He then applied for […]

This legislative session one to keep up with

By Tom McDonald State columnist This will be a year for laws governing jobs. If you’re a blue-collar worker, this will be a good time to start keeping up with the activities of the New Mexico Legislature. It convenes Jan. 20 for a 60-day session and two measures — related to “right to work” and […]

Need to get going with ed secretary confirmation vote

It’s about time. Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen says this year’s legislative agenda should include a long overdue bit of business — bringing the nomination of Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera up for a confirmation vote. “We just need to get on with it,” said Papen, a Democrat from Las Cruces. “Hopefully we can […]

All good works have great value

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist With approximately 600 other souls, I rang in New Year’s Eve in the Pathway of Life Church in Dallas. By my estimate, about 60 percent were African-American, 20 percent Hispanic and 20 percent Anglo, with a smattering of other ethnicities. Casual dress dominated — with the only necktie being worn […]

Snow a lesson about community

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Oh what a fun week it has been, starting with the snowstorm of the past weekend. Before I begin I do want to thank everyone for their patience as we worked our way through the weekend. I myself had to get out in it a couple of times to get our […]

Commission wrong to seek repayment

Imagine applying for a job as a widget security officer. Three company executives think you’re ideal for the position, one disagrees and one can’t decide. So majority rules, you get the job and the widget company pays you $27,000 for the work. Then there’s a shakeup at widget headquarters and the company’s new bosses decide […]

Rube Render: Hebdo shooting act of censorship

On Wednesday, gunmen in Paris attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, described as a French satirical weekly newspaper, and killed 12 people, including the editor. The BBC reports that, “Witnesses said they heard the gunmen shouting “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great” in Arabic (“Allahu Akbar”).” Although Presidential Press Secretary Josh […]

Kent McManigal: Push through the pain for liberty

There is a balance to life. I love when my son comes to visit, even though it means I’ll feel sadness when he has to head home again. The joy of his presence is worth the pain of his departure. All of life is a trade-off like this. Don’t allow your desire to avoid pain […]

McDonald: Dog had huge impact over six years

About six years ago, we picked up a shelter dog, named her Ellie and made her our own. A mutt by birth and all dog by disposition, she came into our lives right on time — especially for our older daughter, a teenager at the time who suffered from more than just the angst that […]

Flu shots help more than just recipient

For most people, the flu is inconvenient, causing missed work, depressed energy levels and varying levels of just plain misery. For many, including children and the elderly, the flu can be life-threatening. Whether it threatens your health or just your work week, however, it’s worthwhile to prevent it if you can. That’s why we join […]

Sloan: Ms. Jones says 10 minutes matters

A friend, “Ms. Jones,” who teaches first grade in a lower socio-economic school in a medium-sized city, says parents who read to children 10 minutes a night make a difference in their success. Reading also creates a closeness with their children, while making them value reading. Jones says, “The kids who are read to at […]

Arrowsmith: Is it good, or not so much?

When I am tired, the hamsters in my brain work in bursts. When I am bored, I am tired. Therefore, when I am bored, the hamsters in my brain work in bursts. This is going to be one of those bursts. When I was a kid, I always loved the Christmas Day and New Year’s […]

In pot debate, helping people should win out

Too much energy is being spent rewriting rules for the distribution of medical marijuana in New Mexico. The state Department of Health, rather than devising cumbersome rules that make it harder for patients to get the medicine they need, should streamline the process. While the latest version of rules is an improvement (anything would be) […]

Render: Censorship amnesia spreading

At a Dec. 19 press conference, President Obama made the following comments about Sony Corporation’s decision to cancel the release of the movie “The Interview:” “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” Obama said. “Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out […]