McDonald: State’s festivals best part of summer

All around New Mexico, we love our festivals. I suppose that’s true all over the world, but here in the Land of Enchantment, we have more than our share of unique events. And summertime is the season a whole lot of them come out of the woodwork. The space I have would do no justice […]

Lifting crude oil ban would help in many ways

With one action, the U.S. Congress could reduce the nation’s trade deficit, grow U.S. jobs, increase revenue and assure more U.S. influence across the world. But because of Congressional inaction, an export ban remains in place 40-plus years later. The ban was enacted by Congress following the 1973 Arab oil embargo. That embargo created a […]

Sloan: Earth history facts not so trivial

My book-of-the-month summary for May is Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything.” Its 544 pages cover everything from the Big Bang to civilization’s rise. Here are some highlights: • Pluto is barely one-fifty-thousandth of the way to the edge of the solar system. • Of Earth’s space by volume, 99.5 percent is off […]

Arrowsmith: FIFA take just a drop in the bucket

I know how I will go crazy. It will be because of numbers. I think I have said that before, and if I have said it, then I must be on my way. The FIFA — Federation International Football Association — raid this week brought about some of the largest charges of racketeering in the […]

Hunting officials right to wait for new numbers

This is one anniversary the state’s official mammal would fear if it knew it was under way — the every-four-year review of the Bear and Cougar Rule. Public hearings are being held around the state on a proposal that could increase the bear kill limit, currently set at 640 each year, and expand areas where […]

McManigal: Self defense a primary human right

Kent McManigal

If someone is violating your personal rights — through aggression or by violating your property — you have the right to stop them. Nothing, no justifications or excuses, can abolish or alter your right to defense of self or property. The right of defense is the primary human right; all others come from that one. […]

Render: Local editor’s ethics higher than ABC

Over the years I have written any number of letters to the editor and guest columns for the Clovis News Journal, but I had no idea what writing a weekly column would entail. My meeting with the editor prior to starting was enlightening to say the least. We went over some ground rules and then […]

Sloan: What’s in a name? I say destiny

With commencements, dust and ethanol co-mingling in the fragrant High Plains air, it’s time for another speculation about the impact names have on graduates’ Destiny. In potential couplings, will: • Ace-Ventura bond over Jim Carrey movies? • Moore-Bacon have cholesterol problems? • Poore-Sap declare bankruptcy caused by Flye-by-Knight contractors? • Rather-Grim’s union be mirthless? • […]

Arrowsmith: Efficient or not, Uncle Sam will come for you

In case you missed it last week, Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how […]

Seniors, make sure college ends up more than just debt

High school senior Ronald Nelson is known to be smart. The Tennessee senior was accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. At Houston High School in Memphis, Nelson had a 4.58 weighted GPA, has taken 15 Advanced Placement courses and garnered a 2,260 out of 2,400 on his SAT and a 34 out of 36 […]

Render: Middle East policy wrongheaded

Is it possible for the Middle East to become any more of a basket case than it is now? If you asked that question last week the answer was yes. From Yemen to Syria and points in between, open conflict rages. Our naive secretary of state tells Reuters that the pending nuclear deal with Iran […]

McManigal: Alcohol laws do little to protect

Recently there was a situation near Farwell that stirred up a lot of residents. I doubt the backlash is finished. The reaction reminds me of my cats watching a bird through the window — lots of chattering and gnashing of teeth. The situation involved young people, a school board member, an after-prom party, and alcohol. […]

Charters show they belong in education system

Once again, New Mexico charter schools are at the top of the class, demonstrating why there is pent-up demand from families for this successful alternative public education model. A U.S. News and World Report ranking of the best U.S. high schools lists three Albuquerque charters at the top of the 12 New Mexico schools that […]

Accountable providers giving more to patients

Remember when that $3 million behavioral health audit was so shocking it had to be kept secret from the public that paid for it? And when the targeted 15 agencies lost their Medicaid funding and were reportedly on the brink of shutting down and leaving their tens of thousands of vulnerable New Mexico clients adrift? […]

McDonald: Differences are way of life here

In recent months, I’ve found myself living and working in three different communities. Very different, but with one standout similarity. I’m talking about Las Vegas, Taos and Roswell, three New Mexico municipalities with their own unique identities. I moved to the Land of Enchantment in 2004, ran the Las Vegas Optic for eight years and […]

Local B.J. Pierce worthy of cowboy Hall of Fame

The mission statement for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City says it “interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences of adults and children.” If it’s cowboys and educators they’re looking for, Clovis’ B.J. Pierce would be a worthy choice […]

Let the potshots at liberals begin

National online publication “24/7 Wall St.” recently listed Curry County as the most Republican in New Mexico at 67.9 percent in the 2012 election — with Roosevelt County on its tail at 67.7 percent. This makes me optimistic about locally crowdfunding a guntry club called “High Plains Fantasies.” We will make residents’ fantasies come true […]

Arrowsmith: Volunteer shortage needs resolution

You hear it everywhere you go. Just about every community organization or entity that has an event is facing the same problem. The issue in question is the lack of volunteers. The reason for lack of volunteers varies. For some organizations, such as day care, or ambulance service, the issue for a potential volunteer may […]

Sundance/IAIA team-up good for Native actors

Repercussions from the walkout by Native actors who were extras on an Adam Sandler movie filming in New Mexico aren’t over. While making “The Ridiculous 6,” a made-for-Netflix send-off of “The Magnificent Seven,” the broad attempts at humor proved offensive to some in the cast. Rather than continue to act in a film that showed […]

McManigal: Laws are just opinions of bullies

If you were sitting alone in your own home, would you seek permission to read one of your books? Or to write one? Would you be concerned with whether you are allowed to scratch an itch? Would you wonder if you need a license to watch TV? Don’t laugh — TV licensing is a reality […]