FDA responsible for stopping drug monopolies

The common practice has been that after a pharmaceutical drug’s patent has expired, its cost would go down as generic versions became available. But that no longer seems to be the routine. For instance, The Associated Press reports that research published in the medical journal, JAMA Dermatology, found that the prices customers paid for brand […]

McDonald: Trump-Sanders ticket revolutionary

Last week, on the night of Super Tuesday, one of my brothers who lives in Memphis, Tennessee called me up to talk about the presidential primaries. The conversation turned lively in a hurry as we went from politics to talk of the “revolutions” now underway in our nation. Let me begin by telling you about […]

UNM weapon policy should be made clear

Is allowing college students and staff to carry stun guns on campus a good idea? University of New Mexico officials are considering a no answer. On the drafting table is a policy that would prohibit them. But this week, neither the campus police department nor the university’s policy office could say exactly what the current […]

Sloan: Thank electricity for easier lives

No one invented electricity. According to Universe.com, for more than 2,000 years it was discovered and harnessed in incremental steps. Benjamin Franklin’s 1752 key-on-a-kite experiment only established the connection between lightning and electricity. Around 600 BC, the Greeks discovered rubbing fur on amber (fossilized tree resin) caused static electricity. In the 1930s, archaeologists discovered ancient […]

Cantwell: So, I underestimated freak show

His call was inevitable. Barney from New Jersey is both my friend and my nemesis. He thinks little of New Mexico or my journalistic efforts. He is a big fan of Donald Trump. “Hi, Barney, how’s the kiddos?” I chirped. “ The kiddos left the house 30 years ago,” he growled. “You know why I […]

Nice that city leader gets fair government

Ladona Clayton has only been playing politics for a few weeks now, and she’s apparently not familiar with the clawing and biting techniques usually associated with this nasty game. The rookie has been liking her opponents’ comments and videos on Facebook, she’s been focusing on issues and — gasp! — she’s even open to compromise […]

Liberty, like muscle, needs exercise

Last weekend I went to Palo Duro Canyon to recharge. I wandered through the brush, over the hills, along the creek, exploring whatever caught my eye. It’s something I don’t do nearly as often as I need to. The next day I could tell I had been using muscles I don’t normally use. Sometimes discomfort […]

GOP elites are painted into corner

I have stated repeatedly and publicly that I am not a campaign shill for Donald Trump. What follows is reality as I see it for the upcoming election. When Trump entered the current presidential campaign, rumors began to circulate that if he lost the primary vote Trump would initiate a third-party campaign. This scenario would […]

Same standard should apply to all officers

The New Mexico State Police has been investigating the recent U.S. Marshals Service predawn raid that went bad and left a man dead. But its account doesn’t square with the account given by the dead man’s family. This is one case where lapel camera footage would have come in handy. Did the wrong guy — […]

McDonald: Municipal elections big deal to us

This week the national news may be focused on Super Tuesday, but here in New Mexico it’s the municipal elections that are making local headlines, with races being decided in cities and towns across the state. And since about half of all New Mexicans live in municipalities of fewer than 30,000 people, these local elections […]

Sloan: Let life, liberty, happiness reign

My book-of-the-month summary for February is a 1906 copy of “The World’s Famous Orations,” edited by William Jennings Bryan. The 272-page hardback (Funk and Wagnalls) fits in my back pocket. Excerpts: “May (our) country become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror, but of wisdom, of peace, and of liberty, upon which […]

Wilson: Nice trophy … how’d you get it?

“I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I’m good at everything.” — Demetri Martin, “These Are Jokes.” I’ve reached an age where most friends don’t post their activities online, but those of their kids. One recent weekend, a high school friend posted a photo of her adorable daughter, and […]

More important things than voter ID deserving of anger

Of all the things to get mad about this crazy season, we can’t think of anything more irrelevant than the proposal to require photo identification to vote in municipal elections. Liberals and conservatives are equally passionate — and loud — about the issue Clovis voters will decide on Tuesday. But when the verbal wars are […]

McManigal: Not buying religion of government

The Declaration of Independence says “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…” How’s that working for you? […]

Render: Rose quartz still pink to me

Henry Ford is said to have remarked about his Model T Ford, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” As a young lad growing up in Iowa and Nebraska, cars were red, green, white, black, brown, gray and, if you wanted to be real […]

Opinion: Ranchvale closing fiscally responsible for school board

Clovis Municipal Schools’ decision this week to close Ranchvale Elementary School was not difficult. Just sad. Costs to repair a deteriorating facility were estimated in the millions of dollars, and the district has nearly 1,000 empty seats in other nearby schools. So CMS board members unanimously made the fiscally responsible decision to shutter the 61-year-old […]

SNAP changes will likely push small stores out

Should the federal government require clothing retailers, especially those that cater to low-income consumers, to carry bamboo fabric goods because they are environmentally sustainable and thus better for everyone? Well, no. Not only would that level of meddling presume government bureaucrats know the local marketplace better than the business owners who live and operate in […]

McDonald: Good-government bill will be back

One of the many bills to fall by the wayside in the just-past legislative session was House Bill 307, which would have reformed the way New Mexico funds its public works projects. It was a good-government proposal. It would have served the public interest better than what’s in place now. It would have replaced politics […]

Sloan: No chance I could be the big dog

Given the opportunity to participate in a presidential debate, my closing statement might sink my chances: My fellow Americans, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Partiers, Christians, televangelists and you three fraudulent voters, I ask for your support. Although I lack presidential looks, height and answers to insolvable problems other candidates pretend to have to unite our un-unitable […]

Wilson: Obama should choose judge, period

Kevin Wilson

As Barack Obama celebrated his inauguration in 2009, 15 Republicans met at D.C.’s Caucus Room steakhouse. As detailed in Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,” meeting participants planned united, unyielding opposition to Obama, his appointees and his policies. They never realized Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell’s […]