Eval data helps students improve in proficiency

There’s something about fall that brings fire to New Mexico — roasting chile, burning Old Man Gloom, torching El Kookooee, and tossing your teacher work eval into the flames. And while the first three celebrate the bounty of our land and the prospects of a better year ahead, the last is a depressingly familiar stage-managed […]

McManigal: No reason to fear liberty

Real liberty can be scary. It feels safer to hand your responsibilities to someone else. Don’t educate your children; hand them over to be schooled instead. Don’t protect yourself and your property; live as a distracted lamb and let the police protect you. Don’t watch yourself and your surroundings as you drive; depend on checkpoints, […]

Render: Justice should stand for everyone

There is much talk that statements made by Donald Trump threaten to upend a basic pillar of American democracy. There is one pillar of American democracy under attack this year, and that pillar asserts that we are a nation of laws and not a nation of men. All Americans are equal before the law. In […]

Time for more talks about legalizing pot

It’s time to have the conversation. Should New Mexico legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 and over? An Albuquerque Journal Poll, which surveyed 501 likely New Mexico voters in late September, found that 61 percent said yes, it’s time, and 34 percent said no, it’s not. The other 5 percent […]

Sloan: Character important, not things

Random thoughts: The elephant in the locker room after noon-time basketball is banter with my buddies about women. For example, they’ll ask why I let a woman post me up, and I’ll confess it was because she was stronger. We also banter about uncalled fouls on shots we would have made, shoe bargains, my monotone […]

Wilson: Talking about suicide never easy

I haven’t thought much about my friend Will Windley over the last 12 years, and I know I should think about him more. This week, it was hard not to. It was February of 2004 when Will took his life. He had lost custody of his child, and the mother planned to move out of […]

Partisan attack should be met with intolerance

Democracy was firebombed last weekend in North Carolina. The competition of ideas was burned, vigorous debate was charred, free speech was defaced. The news that a North Carolina Republican headquarters had been torched was sickening and disheartening — not just for Republicans, but for all Americans who understand our country thrives in part because we […]

McManigal: Government clubs could work

Why isn’t liberty more popular? Every libertarian eventually ponders this question. The answers they arrive at vary. Some are negative — people are lazy, cowardly, don’t want responsibility, and are addicted to theft and bullying. Some are slightly nicer — people don’t understand liberty because they have been indoctrinated against it, or they don’t realize […]

Render: Trump’s analysis of Hillary right

Marcel Lazar Lehel is a Romanian computer hacker who uses the pseudonym, “Guccifer.” Guccifer is responsible for any number of hacks against targeted celebrities. One of his more memorable hacks was long time Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal, who some have called a political assassin. Guccifer is presently serving time in a federal prison. “Guccifer 2.0” […]

Sloan: Trump not guilty of convictions

I don’t anticipate voting for Trump or him winning, but I doubt he would be the 2016 version of Hitler or Caligula or the demise of democracy (admittedly, a low bar). In fact, I think his supporters would be sorely disappointed. My impression is he has no firm convictions — religious or otherwise. In his […]

Heinrich: Clean energy helps economy, climate


This month, New Mexicans gathered to sign a 180-foot, 23,000-pound wind turbine blade in front of the Curry County Courthouse. This gigantic blade will join two others on a tower that will be part of the Grady Wind Energy Center, one of three new wind energy projects in the county, which will produce approximately 500 […]

The purpose of government bears repeating

We’ve written this editorial before, many times, actually, so please excuse the repetition, but we think it is important: We don’t endorse political candidates. That’s primarily because we seldom see any who reflect our core values of limited government. Those seeking office on Nov. 8 are mostly well-intentioned people. Their hearts are in the right […]

US must slow its demand for high-risk drugs

The deaths of at least 20 people in New Mexico who overdosed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl, disguised as oxycodone, underscores New Mexico’s opioid drug problem. The Ruidoso victims illegally purchased what appeared to be 30-milligram pills of oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, but federal agents believe it was fentanyl mixed with a neutral powder. Fentanyl […]

McManigal: Government feeds on your fears

Government officials need you to be afraid. They depend on your fear of crime, including terrorism (and, apparently clowns) to make you believe you need them. This fear causes you to give away your liberty and dignity for the illusion of security they promise. The solutions they offer are designed to feed your fears by […]

Render: Actions speak louder than words

The recent release of a 2005 video has Donald Trump being pilloried for his “disturbing conduct and offensive rhetoric” toward women. In an Albuquerque Journal news item, Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham commented on the issue. Lujan Grisham stated, “This is consistent with the behavior of sexual predators. It’s an assault on women of the […]

Officials must get best deals, in state or not

State Auditor Tim Keller is going over state contracts worth more than $60,000 with a fine-toothed comb, looking for how much money goes to out-of-state businesses instead of to New Mexico companies. From a preliminary review, Keller estimates more than a half billion dollars is at stake and calls the practice one of the state’s […]

Sloan: Downed DJ owes livelihood to art

After getting pummeled in dominoes (as usual) last Sunday by residents in their 90s at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales, I met 41-year-old Lupe Vargas. In May, the graffiti artist fell on concrete from a 10-foot ladder while painting a raccoon-washing-clothes mural for an Amarillo laundromat. Busting his knees and feet, he will remain […]

Wilson: Mendoza Line applies to cereal, life

As my Texas Rangers spent the early portion of the playoffs proving, baseball is a game of failure. Fail six times out of 10, you’re a Hall of Famer. Fail seven times and you’re an above-average hitter. Fail eight, and you’re a bowl of Waffle Crisp in my hands. Does this make no sense whatsoever? […]

Referee abuse driving away needed officials

Do you want to see young athletes be able to compete on the field or in the gym? Then get off the refs’ backs and show some respect. Because without referees, the games can’t go on. And players, parents and fans will be left sitting on the sidelines. And it’s about more than playing. Kids […]

McManigal: Being good is right, even if illegal

What is a good person, and why bother trying to be one? I define a good person as someone who doesn’t intentionally harm innocent people or their property, makes it right when they harm someone by accident, and who does their best, whenever possible, to help those who need it. I can even be talked […]