Tesla gamble worth payout

By Tom McDonald State columnist It happens all the time. A manufacturer starts looking around the country for a place to locate a new plant and the states fall all over themselves to accommodate them in every way possible. Sometimes deals are made on the down-low, away from any media attention. Other times the company […]

Right decision made on welfare use restrictions

More than 16,600 New Mexico households depend on the federalTemporary Assistance for Needy Families program to make ends meet. Not, it should be clear, to place a bet, have a beer or get a lap dance. And so the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez has done in 2014 what Congress mandated in 2012, what the state […]

Liberty maximizes prosperity

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Many times I have been asked some variation of the question, “I don’t understand; what is it you want?” Well, what is it most humans want? I think most of us want health, safety, and prosperity — let’s call this combination “happiness” — for ourselves and our loved ones. I […]

Letter to the editor: Smiley Gallegos deserves better

I am appalled at the gossip and negative reaction the prosecution of the housing authority case has brought to the media front. Time is no excuse for not prosecuting Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos and the others accused of crimes in this case. You can bet your bottom dollar that if the office of the attorney general […]

Former Harvey House deserves preservation

Amid so much gloomy economic news for New Mexico, it’s encouraging to  hear that the sale of La Castaqeda Hotel in Las Vegas has been finalized. The classic 1898 hotel, once home to a Teddy Roosevelt Roughrider reunion, former Harvey House and location of movies from Red Dawn to Speechless, deserves preservation. Buyer Allan Affeldt […]

Too bad life doesn’t include takebacks

Kevin Wilson

By Kevin Wilson Columnist A Monday free. A list full of errands. Then a text. Scrabble games happening at noon. Looks like that just became Tuesday’s errand list. I love Scrabble. Did you know it was International Scrabble Day on Sunday? The people who told me knew, but they chose Monday because the facility wasn’t […]

Budget status threatens readiness

By Tom Philpott Military Update Military leaders lead. Politicians can lead too, of course, but usually not before sticking a wet finger in the wind to learn how political winds blow. The contrast was evident last Wednesday as top enlisted leaders delivered a kind of suck-it-up-and-punch-us message to a group of nervous senators. The armed […]

State employment system in need of major update

Would you wait 78 days for a job with the state of New Mexico? More importantly, could you? According to various news reports, almost half of Americans have more credit-card debt than emergency savings, more than three-fourths live paycheck to paycheck and 28 percent have no emergency savings. So unless you are fortunate enough to […]

No winners in state housing authority case

After four long years, the public still didn’t get its day in court and three people accused of corruption in a high profile case involving low-income housing money never really got the chance to clear their names. In December, the former head of the now-defunct Region III Housing Authority, Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, pleaded no contest […]

Nuclear stockpile maintenance deserves full attention

A highly critical audit of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex does not invite confidence in the agency’s ability to maintain our nuclear stockpile reliably. The Department of Energy’s Inspector General report on National Nuclear Security Administration’s facilities — including Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories — details just how lax official record-keeping has been. It’s […]