Espinoza: State needs to be more oil-friendly

Jason Espinoza

Guest columnist It’s now more than two years since Saudi Arabia declared a price war with American shale oil in order to protect its market share of crude-oil production. What’s New Mexico to do when a whole nation goes after a U.S. industry that, on full-tilt, can contribute one-third of your state’s budget revenue? A […]

Jail should be unpleasant, but not torturous

Lt. Stephen Perkins, president of the corrections officers union at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, tells us that jail isn’t a great place. And it’s not meant to be, it’s meant to hold people against their will. But that doesn’t mean it’s a place where guards put a 4-foot-11-inch female inmate in a wrist […]

McManigal: Absurd to say Gadsden flag racist

Recently the Gadsden flag — the yellow “Don’t tread on me” flag that has been around since before the American Revolution — was denounced as racist by the social-justice crowd and other government extremists. How absurd. This is the same silly controversy that surrounded the Confederate flag last year. Sure, most people are probably racist […]

Render: Payment to Iran a ransom, period

Some circumstantial evidence is strong, like when you see a turtle sitting on a fence post; it never occurs to you that the turtle climbed that post. In politics, the optics are everything. For instance if you take 400 million U.S. dollars and convert it into euros, Swiss francs and various other currencies, put it […]

Political quid pro quo still alive in Washington D.C.

Fresh on the heels of emails that showed Democratic National Committee bosses discussing ways to sabotage the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders come new emails that show donors to the Clinton Foundation had a special in with the State Department under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton. Sad, but hardly surprising — and completely in character with the […]

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 […]