Denali name change nothing to go on about

The renaming of a mountain in Alaska is hardly a moment for heated debate. After all, the people in Alaska already call Mount McKinley by its original Athabascan name, Denali. That President Barack Obama announced this week he is restoring the original name is a tribute to the Native peoples of Alaska and to a […]

McManigal: Non-Libertarians cause of trouble

What’s one of the fastest ways to get in serious trouble? By acting in ways libertarians warn against. Can this be right? Aren’t libertarians supposed to be troublemakers who oppose cooperation and generosity? Aren’t they known as rugged individualists who advocate “every man for himself?” Think again. The heart of libertarianism is the principle that […]

Render: President sure isn’t a bronc rider

The University of Tennessee has told its staff and students to stop calling each other “he,” “she,” “him” and “her” — and to start referring to one another with terms like “xe,” “zir” and “xyr” instead. This should come as no surprise to anyone who follows news at any level whatsoever. After all, the government […]

McDonald: Grand jury suggested to fight slayings

There’s a big story in Roswell, with tragic and unfortunate legs. It’s the rash of high-profile homicides that’s gripping this city of 50,000 people. The latest victims, as of this writing, are three people who may have been gunned down while sleeping. Since I came to the Roswell Daily Record in May, we’ve had a […]

Remember county ignored voters to secure upgrades

Right about a year ago, Curry County commissioners decided they were tired of asking taxpayers to fund projects at the jail and the courthouse. More precisely, they were tired of taxpayers rejecting their requests. And so commissioners — like robbers — just told us to stick ’em up. They got away with more than $14 […]

Sloan: Book of month can be inspiring

A popular Internet meme is, “There are 5,000 gods being worshiped by humanity, but don’t worry … only yours is right.” This prefaces my book-of-the-month-summary for August: The Bible. My “Holy Bible: Masonic Red-Letter Edition” was purchased by my grandmother in 1951, given to my mother in 1978, and to me in 1994. I have […]

Wilson: Teaching movies to Lucky 10,000

I rate movies on a simple scale, with “I must spread the word” for the best movies and “I must warn others” for the worst ones. To save myself a little time on reviewing my Netflix rentals, I’ve gotten into the habit of photographing the DVD as it slightly protrudes from its shipping sleeve, and […]

Three friends deserve praise in foiling attack

This is heroism — done with a combination of courage, determination and gut instinct. And it’s a good example for all Americans to study in this age of terror. Three vacationing Americans aboard a fast train hurtling through Belgium on its way to Paris foiled a heavily armed man, preventing a potential terrorist attack on […]

McManigal: Liberty only lost when given up

How well do you think it would work if a bureaucrat in Washington D.C. controlled your thermostat? If they cared to, they could check the current temperature and humidity to decide whether they would turn on your air conditioning or heating. More likely, they’d just guess by region, if they bothered doing anything about your […]

Render: Word is Biden plots for top spot

During the dog days of summer in years preceding a presidential election, the only people paying any attention to politics are the professional or semi-professional operatives who thrive on every newly released poll. Most folks are aware of the straw poll conducted at the Curry County Fair and the fact that the top four in […]

Campus assault study seems right

In what might be one of the greatest undertakings of his storied career, William H. McRaven — best known as the architect of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — is tackling another white whale. He’s out to determine just how serious is the issue of sexual assault on campus. The retired four-star […]

McDonald: Teachers need freedom to teach

It’s back-to-school time and, oh, the memories. I remember being a little kid and looking forward to the return with a mixture of dread and excitement. Dread because the summer was freedom and it was coming to an end; excitement because every new school year was a chance to become just a little more grown […]

Sloan: Taking a shot at vegetarianism

With a young vegan role-modeling new tricks about plants making her more mature and benevolent than an old hound, on May 5 I said cherrio to Paleo. Competitive about everything from outlasting strangers in saunas to solar-powering my noggin (sometimes in a close shave) more reflectively than fellow Neanderthals to hooping with farm-to-market kids on […]

Wilson: Thanks for your participation

If you’re reading this, congratulations. You’re participating in my column. Just be careful, because people are trying to tell you recognizing participation is the worst thing in the world. Even … dun dun dun … abuse. Recently, NFL star James Harrison — penalized numerous times by the NFL for illegal hits — posted on Instagram […]

Senators should rethink backing Iran nuke deal

The Iran nuclear deal was already of questionable value because it unlocked billions of dollars the rogue nation could use to further its terroristic ambitions and allowed such a huge window of time for inspections of suspicious sites that any checks and balances were rendered near meaningless. What happened to inspections “anytime, anywhere?” What happened […]

Auditor, PRC did well fixing lawsuit, email

Two wrongs don’t make a right. And both State Auditor Tim Keller and the Public Regulation Commission deserve credit for fixing two problems instead of compounding them with defensive tactics or rhetoric. The PRC wisely abandoned a lawsuit it had filed asking a state district judge to prevent the Santa Fe New Mexican from publishing […]

McManigal: Good, bad depend on cooperation

Through years of observing people interacting, I have noticed something: People are better and more cooperative than they are given credit. By “better” I mean less likely to intentionally harm others, and more likely to help; even strangers. Yet you and I are fed a constant stream of bad characters who are the exception. The […]

Render: Public impressed with The Donald

All officers of the Republican Party are required, by rule, to remain neutral in any contested primary. As a county chairman, I fall into that category. This does not mean that I don’t have a favorite among the 17-person field running in the Republican primary. It means that I won’t publicly endorse anyone running for […]

Game and Fish needs land use middle ground

New Mexico’s 8 million acres of trust lands are certainly worth more than 2 cents an acre to the state’s hunters and anglers. Likewise, the many services the Department of Game and Fish provides on those lands — wildlife management, law enforcement etc. — are worth something as well. So it is incumbent upon the […]

McDonald: Some old habits should never die

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in August 2013 and has been updated. Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us. That occurred to me when I had some questions about my […]