Greetings: Wendel’s Christmas newsletter

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Apparently, Christmas newsletters are for bragging. Since my accomplishments have been negligible, mine may not qualify. In January, my great-nephew whipped me in basketball. It was inevitable, but I didn’t expect it to be on a three-foot foam goal after he’d just turned 18 (months). In my defense, he was […]

Wishing all a safe, Merry Christmas

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher When Sony Pictures announced it was canceling the movie “The Interview,” a whole new form of terror and blackmail opened up. In my personal opinion, the premise for the movie looked stupid, and was not a movie I was going to, but that is not the point. What happened represented the […]

New Mexicans win with Valles Caldera transfer

One of New Mexico’s magnificent pieces of public real estate is a winner in legislation President Obama is expected to sign. By extension, New Mexicans are winners, too, gaining more access to the breathtaking Valles Caldera for recreation and economic benefits from increased tourism. Since 2002, the 89,000-acre preserve located inside a volcanic caldera in […]

Caution against techno-thieves bears repeating

’Tis the season to be cautious. We have recently learned about scams designed to extort their victims, thinking they’re securing a vital service, into paying the wrong people. In it, the fraudulent callers tell intended victims their power bill is overdue. Then they threaten to turn off the power if the targeted victims don’t fork […]

Enjoy celebrating your own way

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Maybe I’m sappy, but I love Christmas and the festive atmosphere surrounding it. If you do too, and like for things to come together the way you hope they will, be grateful for voluntary individual actions. Part of the magic of Christmas is its voluntary nature and its decentralization. The […]

Military will use what gets results

By Rube Render Local columnist If you Google Senate Intelligence Committee, you get the following hits: “Senate Committee’s Report on the C.I.A.’s Use of Torture,” “Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture,” and “Here is the CIA Torture Report.” The actual title of the report is “Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the […]

Important WIPP stay closed until good plan made

The New Mexico Environment Department got tough with the feds to the tune of $54 million in civil penalties. And for good reason: a leaky drum of nuclear waste packed for shipment at Los Alamos National Laboratory that contaminated nearly two dozen workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and resulted in closure […]

Depence on fickle oil, gas no fun

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s almost laughable the way Americans just can’t win with gasoline prices. If they go up, it’s money out of our pockets, and if they go down, it’s money out of our investments. Poor folks couldn’t care less about how it affects the financial markets; they’re all for the cheaper […]

Public education improvement focus appropriate

Report cards for teacher colleges? You bet. “Nothing in school matters as much as the quality of teaching our students receive,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said recently. With that in mind, the Obama administration is pushing forward with regulations to require states to issue report cards for their teacher training programs. Under the plan, programs […]

Humor makes point easier to take

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My December book-of-the-month summary is “The Comedy Thesaurus” by Judy Brown, purchased for a quarter at this year’s Portales Public Library sale. The 480-page book’s 3,241 quips and quotations illustrate how humor makes subversive points more palatable. Here is a sampling: • “The KKK adopted a highway. The joke is […]

Tourism generated by advertising

By Tom McDonald State columnist Since moving to New Mexico a decade ago, I’ve had a lot of family and friends come out for a visit, and they’re often quite curious about this land and its people. On such occasions, I like to play tour guide, taking my visitors around to see various historic and […]

If at first you don’t succeed, recount

By Rube Render Local columnist New Mexico has a colorful history of recounting ballots, to say the very least. Stories are told of finding a ballot box in Dona Ana County that caused George Bush to move from leading in the vote count after the polls closed on Election Day to losing the election after […]

Protecting from mistakes misguided

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Human beings will always make mistakes. It would be nice to protect people from mistakes, but that desire is often misguided. You can warn people; some might even listen. Some won’t and you’ll watch as they suffer consequences. Some mistakes will be fatal. That’s reality, and there’s no way you […]

Congress must do all possible to help veterans

When some veterans come home from the war zones, the war often comes back with them. Too often, the war that lingers makes them one more casualty. The suicide rate among veterans is about triple the average rate for the general population, and 22 of our veterans commit suicide every day. Government may not be […]

There’s been enough bashing of Brumfield

And so it continues. Former Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield is taking another public, proverbial bashing from her loud-and-proud political opponents. Once again, City Commissioner Randy Crowder wonders if maybe she should not sit on the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority because she was not elected and she does not work for the city. Crowder […]

Feeling like Christmas after all

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher It has been a mixed bag this past week. I wanted to buy $100 worth of donuts from a store to give to their customers as a goodwill gesture. Yes I saw down-the-road potential, but that was not what this was about directly. Got shot down; didn’t even want to hear […]

Schools missed chance to teach lesson

Sometimes kids do things that are just too stupid to have a serious conversation about. But the over-reaction from Clovis’ public school officials regarding the great Smarties candy debate needs to be discussed. For those who don’t read news of the weird, three Clovis middle school students last month were suspended two weeks for allegedly […]

Cowards hide behind screen name

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Over hot chocolate (at least in my cup), I asked Portales coeds Desiree Cooper and Amy Waltner what it’s like being 20-year-old women. “The glass ceiling hanging over me the rest of my life is a constant source of frustration,” said Cooper. “It is disheartening to face income disparity due […]

Oil, gas industry benefits, exploits us

By Tom McDonald State columnist As part of my work, and for pleasure, I read newspapers from all over the state — and two in particular recently stood out. Such different perspectives they have, and by “they” I don’t mean the newspapers’ editors. I’m talking about communities that the Las Vegas Optic and the Lovington […]

Letter to the Editor: Memory of coach lives with players

Regarding Wednesday’s death of former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Jack Scott: Coach Scott’s first college coaching experience was at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, when I was a junior. He immediately changed the way we had done things. He instilled a spirit and attitude that playing football for him was important. Most of […]