McDonald: Seeming weakness can be strength

Since the start of a new school year brings new adventures in education, and since reading and writing are essential to a good education, and since there’s a fair number of people who have trouble with reading and writing, I offer up a case study — myself. When I was a kid, I read words […]

State’s poor rankings not ending soon

In a sad parallel to the highs and lows of drug abuse, New Mexico ranks high in teens who use a wide range of illegal substances, high in the negative effects of drug use, and low in everything that can help in deciding that using illegal drugs is the wrong choice. The Centers for Disease […]

Sloan: Hometown mix of old and new

Despite being a gold-medal favorite in the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel competition during the Olympics, I decided to take a break from writing about politics and continue the travelogue about my recent Texas vacation. While visiting my parents’ graves in Mt. Vernon, I saw the nearby memorial for legendary Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith. (I hauled hay for Meredith’s […]

Wilson: Being southpaw easier all the time

I’m working on a holiday. I’m working on MY holiday. This is an outrage. Well, not really. And that’s a good thing. Saturday, for the 89 percent of people who don’t celebrate it, was International Left-Handers Day. I am, have been and will always be a left-hander. I never got my left-handed discount anywhere today, […]

Pedestrians, cyclists need alert drivers

Nathan Barkocy was almost killed in January when a car plowed into him, a cycling teammate and their coach on an Albuquerque street. Seven months later, after intensive rehabilitation and surgery, he struggles with things that used to come easy, such as honors schoolwork, because of the traumatic brain injury he suffered. And he’s lucky […]

McManigal: Using law against someone uncivilized

I can relate when someone gets upset about laws being used against them — especially the phony laws that have nothing to do with protecting life, liberty, or property. To me, this is the height of uncivil behavior. If someone has a problem with me, and goes behind my back instead of bringing the problem […]

Render: Obama well-suited to know unfit

The president of the United States also serves as the titular head of his political party, and our current president is no exception. What is unusual is the unprecedented way Barack Obama has jumped into the political fray. He functions as a political attack dog against the Republican candidate. It is an undeniable fact of […]

Letter to the editor — Aug. 11

Old Glory should only fly half-staff per proper tradition Although the abuse is not surprising, given this administration’s disregard for every tradition, rule or law in this country, I am sick to death of the perpetual flying of the American flag at half-staff every time someone gets shot, there is a terrorist attack in this […]

McDonald: Now is time for Johnson to take spotlight

Gary Johnson’s 15 minutes of fame has finally arrived. The former New Mexico governor and current Libertarian Party candidate for president is getting some attention by the national media as an alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Polls are showing, and have been for some time now, that the majority of Americans don’t like […]

APS/APD overreach enough to cause taxpayer indigestion

Who wins when a middle-school principal, assistant principal and school cop use a state law on interfering with the educational process to handcuff and arrest a seventh-grader who refuses to stop burping in PE? Certainly not the administrators or the police officer, who could have defused the situation but instead ended up looking like incompetents […]

Sloan: Fundraiser makes for great lyrics

While having lunch with Ron Barker and friends at a Mexican restaurant sporting mounted deer heads in my east Texas hometown of Mt. Vernon last week, Barker serenaded us with “Kill a Moose for Jesus.” Legendary for his humor and practical jokes (he brought Vienna sausage, beans, crackers, pudding and a small, red bottled Coke […]

Wilson: Not quite the world’s worst golfer

I knew when I went home to see family, I’d spend a morning caddying for my dad on our town’s nine-hole golf course. My dad thought differently. “Your clubs are in the car,” he said, which was a surprise to me because I’d never owned clubs. “I found a cheap left-handed club set on eBay, […]

Public watchdog needs to have some credibility

Supporters of Curry County Commissioner Chet Spear love his aggressive style of questioning every nickel charged to taxpayers. They also love his attention to detail — the man checks documents for typographical errors — and his overall obsession with his job as an elected official. His critics see a conspiracy theorist in a tinfoil hat […]

Opinion: Public watchdog needs to have some credibility

Supporters of Curry County Commissioner Chet Spear love his aggressive style of questioning every nickel charged to taxpayers. They also love his attention to detail — the man checks documents for typographical errors — and his overall obsession with his job as an elected official. His critics see a conspiracy theorist in a tinfoil hat […]

Render: Dems should review Fonda, treason

If you google “Jane Fonda, Vietnam,” you will find a set of photographs from 1972 that show Fonda on an anti-aircraft gun surrounded by North Vietnam Army (NVA) soldiers. For whatever reason, this was never construed as Fonda giving “aid and comfort to the enemy” and Fonda was never charged with treason. In 1991, Boris […]

Democrat Party not living up to its standards

The Democratic National Committee website tells us: “Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own — that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.” Apparently, that lofty statement doesn’t apply when party bosses need to rig the […]

McManigal: All politics, laws lead to slavery

All politics comes down to slavery; mainstream politics being pro-slavery, regardless of any denials. The “right” and the “left” may quibble over details, and whether you are owned by “society” or “the state” (usually conflating the two), but they never question that you are owned. Under politics, you — life, body, labor, and property — […]

Bataan veterans deserve honor for sacrifices

They are few, and they are in the twilight of their lives. They are survivors of World War II’s battle for Bataan and its infamous Death March. There are 19 veterans of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery who are still alive. They are at least in their mid-90s, and one, Tony Reyna of Taos […]

McDonald: Humanity shines at the Olympics

If ever there’s an event that makes the world seem small, it’s the Summer Olympics. This week it kicks off in Brazil’s Rio de Janiero with more than 10,000 athletes from around the world will compete in 28 different sports and 306 events. According to the Albuquerque Journal, 11 of these athletes have ties to […]

NATO, good guys need to stick together

Donald Trump’s recent declaration that it may be time to abandon the North American Treaty Organization is causing serious international consternation, not only to U.S. diplomats and U.S. allies, but also to members of his own party. And correctly so. Earlier this month, in an interview with the New York Times, Trump was asked if […]