McDonald: Expression masters a special group

You know what they say. What goes around comes around. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if that ain’t true. I’ve picked up a lot of old sayings through the years, and the older I get the more I recite them. At least, I quote the ones I’ve […]

Colleges must change business model to thrive

Faced with economic reality, New Mexico State University is making a smart move — away from seeking more public dollars and toward working with the private sector. Amid a financial crunch created in part by falling enrollment and declining tax and royalty revenues to state coffers from oil and gas, NMSU president Garrey Carruthers announced […]

Sloan: Introverts embody quiet strength

My book-of-the-month summary for December is “The Introvert Advantage” by Marti Olsen Laney. With extroverts outnumbering introverts 3-to-1 (although most of us have characteristics of both), the book helps introverts recognize and capitalize on their strengths. Laney says socializing was confusing. She enjoyed people, but dreaded going out. Even when enjoying herself, she was anxious […]

Wilson: Welcome to the real world, kids

There’s one good way to get me to do almost anything: CTC. Not Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but good guess. In the words of former NBA player and unknowing philosopher Rasheed Wallace, “ As far as the CTC goes, it’s a business and you can’t put your personal feelings before that … That’s what the CTC […]

Americans need bipartisan fixes from lawmakers

For all his money, one would think Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could afford a copy of the U.S. Constitution. And if he’s too busy to read it, maybe he could pay somebody to read it to him. And explain some of the key points. Because this reality show host narcissist turned threat to multicultural […]

McManigal: I will not enable the anti-gunners

Interesting times, indeed. The New York Times recently went on record — on its front page — calling for a civil war. The president, many politicians, and celebrities are jumping on the civil war bandwagon, too. They would deny doing so, but they would be lying. If they honestly believe they aren’t asking for a […]

Render: Defend second amendment like first

Tom McDonald’s column in Wednesday’s Clovis News Journal noted that, “Mass shootings in the U.S. are an everyday occurrence these days, done by and against fellow Americans.” To bolster this claim, McDonald cites the Washington Post story of 121 shooting incidents over the last 50 years in which four or more people were killed. For […]

NM sports legends lived inspired lives

It might just be an urban legend, but the theory that deaths come in threes — especially deaths of those we idolize — was borne out for New Mexico sports fans in recent weeks. First, legendary University of New Mexico basketball player and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Mel Daniels. Then former world light […]

McDonald: No state immune to mass shootings

As a nation, we’ve got an epidemic on our hands. But instead of addressing it in ways that would actually be productive, we pray for the dead, argue over what to do and brace ourselves for the next round of random violence. Mass shootings in the U.S. are an everyday occurrence these days, done by […]

Pot patient card should suffice for border patrol

In theory, law enforcement should be implemented in a fair, across-the-board manner. In practice in southern New Mexico, it has made state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients legal victims of their geography. Get your medical pot prescription filled in Albuquerque or Santa Fe and, unless you are a very bad and very unlucky driver, you won’t encounter […]

Sloan: I was a hero in my own disaster

I was possibly a Thanksgiving hero in Lubbock when I helped put out a fire threatening an apartment complex. The only caveat potentially tainting my heroism is I caused the fire. While visiting friends — including the masters of a lethargic, narcissistic, black labrador I am babysitting indefinitely — I went shopping for a last-minute […]

Wilson: Sports fans mix of loyalty, lunacy

I tuned in for only the final minute of Monday Night Football, with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens tied at 20. First play, interception for the Browns at midfield. “Cleveland should have this,” I thought, with 50 seconds left and two timeouts. But wait, they’re the Cleveland Browns. Quarterback wastes 20 seconds calling the […]

Common sense alcohol laws long past due

Where in the world does it make sense to demand a 71-year-old prove he is over 21 before selling him a beer? Not even in New Mexico — though that is the standard practice of serving and selling alcohol here. As attorney Joel Jacobsen pointed out in a recent newspaper column, state statute 60-7B-5 “actually […]

McManigal: Laws are unnecessary, ineffective

If I had to come up with a short description of what differentiates libertarians from the rest of society, I might say while most worry about “what if,” libertarians focus on “what is.” Those who believe in government, laws, and the state worry about “what if.” What if there were no stop signs? What if […]

Render: Gun deaths should never be normal

My Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “normal” as usual or ordinary; not strange; according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule or principle; conforming to a type, standard or regular pattern. The Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shootings resulted in the death of three people and the wounding of nine others. President Obama issued the following […]

Selfish cyclists should sing different tune

“The music falling in where it is wanted, and stopping where it is not wanted, The cheerful voice of the public road, the gay fresh sentiment of the road.” — From a “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman When beloved American poet Walt Whitman espoused the enchantment of the open road in his […]

Roswell politics like South I know

In a way, my connections to the West are more real than my Southern roots would suggest. I’m certainly no native to New Mexico, though I’ve lived here more than 10 years now. I was born and raised in Arkansas, a southern state with a western tinge — especially in Fort Smith, where I survived […]

Freeing last chimps humane, ethical

This month, the National Institutes of Health announced it will retire the last colony of government-owned chimpanzees being held for biomedical research, including 20 that were subjected to decades of invasive, nonproductive testing at an Alamogordo research facility. This week, as our nation celebrates the holiday season, there is no better symbol of humanity, of […]

Sloan: ‘The World’s Gone Crazy’ indeed

During last weekend’s Friends of the Public Library book sale in Portales, I bought 97 books (including 59 children’s books I am donating to a first grade, and four DVD movies) for $7. For my November book-of-the-month summary, I’ve selected one: “The World’s Gone Crazy” by the Bathroom Readers’ Institute. Here are a few lowlights: […]

Wilson: Picked out some shorts for you

Column creation this week felt like Black Friday shopping. Everything I thought about was either too big or too small. Either that, or it was something I knew you wouldn’t like. Or there was a better version online. So I decided to go with stocking stuffers, not long enough for columns but too long to […]