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 […]

Sloan: Something to be said for humor

My book-of-the-month summary for July is “Funny Letters from Famous People,” edited by Charles Osgood. Excerpts: • President Dwight Eisenhower wrote his wife from Germany: “George Patton is going to drive me to drink. He misses more opportunities to keep his mouth shut than anyone I know.” • Author/photographer Lewis Carroll missed an appointment with […]

Given budget numbers, state needs a plan

While New Mexicans depend on their leaders to remain cool, calm and collected in a crisis, when oil and gas prices drop to the point that the state burns through $400 million in cash reserves in one budget year and takes those reserves down to just $63 million, it’s time for a serious family discussion […]

McManigal: Free market works despite laws

I try to assume everyone is generally decent until they prove otherwise. If they weren’t, society would be impossible; government or no government. Good people don’t need to be governed, bad people can’t be, and smart bad people become government. Look for problems, and you’ll find them. If you treat people as you want to […]

Render: Twists, turns at Dem convention

The first few days at the Democratic Convention were interesting to say the least. Prior to gaveling the convention into order, some Bernie Sanders delegates marched outside the hall to demonstrate their support for their candidate and their dislike for Hillary Clinton. Indeed, you would have thought Republicans had infiltrated the ranks because some demonstrators […]

All schools in state should be accountable

It is baffling that Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto is calling for a moratorium on new charter schools. After all, he is the legal counsel for one of the top-ranked schools in the state and knows charter innovation can deliver great results to students and taxpayers alike. While Ivey-Soto says he is just trying to slow charter […]

McDonald: No changing minds of most voters

Maybe it began with the rise of Fox News. There, conservative people found a different spin on the news, more suitable to their tastes and opinions. Or perhaps it was the rise of Rush Limbaugh, whose conservative rants were full of arrogance and hyperbole — a welcome relief from the liberal spinsters who monopolized the […]

Sloan: Many surprises at Enchanted Circle

With some Texans and my foster dog, Chance, I recently visited New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle of Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. At the Taos Pueblo, where multi-storied adobe buildings date back 1,000 years, an angry yellowjacket attacked my Cowboys shirt. On Taos’ hilly streets, we ran across a violence-awareness craft fair […]