Independence Day, not Fourth of July weekend

By Rube Render Local columnist Today is Independence Day. It is not the Fourth of July weekend or the Summer Sale Extravaganza. It is Independence Day and commemorates, “Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776.” I expect that sooner or later some far-sighted politician will introduce legislation denoting the first or second Friday of […]

Education officials should follow lead of teacher

Not many people would have the resolve to turn down a $5,000 professional bonus — especially one that rewards and recognizes excellence at a job. But English teacher Francis Hahn of Taos High School said no to the New Mexico Public Education Department, which offered the bonus because his Advanced Placement students did so well […]

Letters to the editor: Proud of Clovis USA

Saturday night, my wife and I hopped on a motorcycle and joined the fun at the revival of “Draggin’ Main.” As we rode up and down, it occurred to me many of the world’s nations should have been there to watch. Right on our little town’s Main Street was an example of what’s right about […]

Praise, criticism part of elected official’s job

Elected officials and the public servants they supervise can get awfully thin skinned. It’s understandable. After all, who wants to listen to speakers rip them from the podium during public meetings, with comments that can range from right on to ridiculous to patently untrue. Yet, in our system, that’s part and parcel of being a […]

Just thought I would mention…

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Here are a few thoughts I’ve been kicking around that don’t really deserve a column of their own, or maybe I can just make the point in too few words. • An editorial in our newspapers last month argued that it’s time for New Mexico to do away with the […]

Roth TSP good for military savers

By Tom Philpott Military Update Military savers are discovering the special advantages a Roth-type Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) provides to them, given that their taxable income is dampened by tax-free allowances and periodic tax-exempt combat tours. The Roth TSP choice only became available in May 2012. TSP account balances so far average only $2,500 for […]

State should note Wisconsin youth offender study

In 1995, the Wisconsin Legislature established a program to study and, ideally, cut recidivism among the toughest of its youthful offenders — those who had committed homicide. Of the group of 200 that was given a year of specially designed therapeutic exercises and games, as well as designated ways to consider the consequences of their actions, not […]

Lawmaker accountability problematic

I’d like to add to Rube Render’s column in Friday’s CNJ. Our commissioners, including Bobby Sandoval, are elected officials. They are elected by the residents in their respective districts and are accountable to them. Their constituents who choose to attend commission meetings are not “spectators.” They are the people who chose to have their commissioner […]

Letter to the Editor — Happy birthday to greatest country

The Mayflower, a ship of 180 tons, set sail from England in 1620. Aboard were 102 souls determined to cross the Atlantic. After 63 stormy days. they landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Before going ashore these first settlers signed a covenant called the “Mayflower Compact” in the belly of the Mayflower ship on Nov. 11, 1620. […]

Cultural diversity still ‘American’

DAN TRUE: Courtesy photo
Dan True with a crop duster plane. True flew crop dusters, an experience he believe helped him become a television weatherman.

By Tom McDonald State columnist When I first came to New Mexico nearly 10 years ago, I had never been to a fiesta. Since then, I’ve been to more than I can count. I wish I could say it’s because I wanted to embrace the culture I had moved into, but really it was because […]