Sloan: Volunteering a good experience

Inspired by Portales resident Elliott Stollar’s three-plus years of volunteering, I have been spending time on Sundays visiting and playing games with the residents of Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. My most notable contribution has been adding Scrabble to their dominoes and Skip-Bo card game. When I began a couple of months ago, I […]

Wilson: Movie-going solo perfectly OK

No doubt, the list is much longer. But there are two qualities I’ve inherited from my dad. First, I’m the worst person to shop for because I buy what I can afford and convince myself I don’t need what I can’t afford. The family learned to buy gift cards a long time ago. Second, I […]

Judges should explain recusal from Griego case

It’s curious that seven district court judges would take a pass on hearing the criminal case against a former northern New Mexico state senator — and all but one did so without stating a reason for bailing. Judges in the Santa Fe-based 1st Judicial District who recused themselves from former Democratic state Sen. Phil Griego’s […]

McManigal: Liberty much like buffet choices

Buffets are nice. You get to choose what you like from all the glorious possibilities offered, picking and choosing your favorites. If you see something you find disgusting, skip it and move on to the next item. No single buffet can possibly offer everything, but no one can tell the buffets what to offer. Consider […]

Render: Automation already taking over

I graduated from high school when I was 17 years old and started work at the then-minimum wage of $1.25 an hour. The furnished room I rented cost $8 a week and the bathroom was down the hall. In the 21st century, where all things can be fixed by government fiat, California has moved to […]

Graduates who earn recognition should get honor

“When everyone’s super, no one will be.” — The Incredibles That line from Pixar’s animated movie about a villain who plans to sell his inventions so superheroes are obsolete is a reflection on society, where all too often everyone gets a ribbon and average is celebrated. It’s a mentality that hasn’t been present in Rio […]

McDonald: We should be safe on this side of line

There aren’t a lot of people living in the southwestern corner of the state that borders Arizona and Mexico, known as New Mexico’s Bootheel. But that didn’t stop hundreds of area residents from finding their way to Animas earlier this month for a meeting about border security. Area newspapers reported that more than 600 people […]

Wendel Sloan: Lessons of health in March reading

My book-summary-of-the-month for March is “How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter” (Knopf, 1994) by Dr. Sherwin Nuland (1930-2014). Excerpts: • Deterioration of the coronary arteries leads to half of the deaths in the United States. • Each cigarette, pat of butter, slice of meat, and increment of hypertension contributes to the deterioration. • Cancer […]

Kevin Wilson: Can I eat like a celebrity?

The news of another eatery coming to eastern New Mexico was met with a range of emotions, from, “Best day ever,” to indifferent shrugs. The spectrum was inspired when we found out the Chipotle Mexican Grill franchise is looking at opening a Clovis location in the third quarter of 2016. For those who haven’t been […]

Opinion: Jesus’ story greatest ever told

For Christians, Easter is the celebration of a risen savior. Despite all our differences — from our positions on abortion and gay rights to our feelings about alcohol consumption or the legalization of marijuana — most Christians can at least agree on what Easter represents: Hope. You don’t even have to be a Christian to […]

Lab evaluations critical to protect national security

Either the National Nuclear Security Administration is running really late in completing performance evaluations of national weapons contractors or it is stonewalling in releasing them. Neither possibility is good. In past years, annual evaluations were made public in January. The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, and in the past the government has been […]

McManigal: More government not the answer

Want to mess up something? Stir a bit of government into the mix. Want to destroy it beyond all hope of repair? Try to fix the resulting mess with even more government. We’ve seen this happen with health care in America. And with education, security, transportation, justice, the economy, addiction, crime, and every other area […]

Render: Government fails on security front

The latest terror atrocity committed against western civilization occurred in Belgium this week. More than 30 people died and more than 200 more were injured. In addition to this news, Congressman Devin Nunes, R-California, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, raises the issue that American citizens may have been specifically targeted in […]

Time to repair Supreme Court vacancy process

It is sad but true that the appointment of justices to the U.S. Supreme Court has become little more than an exercise in partisan politics in a bitterly divided nation. The reality is that justices are appointed not for their legal expertise and fair-minded approach to the law, but in hopes they will execute a […]

McDonald: Diverse economy best for oil towns

If you’ve never driven through the oil patch of southeastern New Mexico, I recommend you do so. It’s not what your average tourist would call a scenic drive, but it will leave you impressed nevertheless. In Lea and Eddy counties in particular, you can see miles and miles of pump jacks decorating the scrub lands. […]

Public deserves answers about escape details

New Mexicans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that prison escapees Lionel Clah, 29, and Joseph Cruz, 32, are back in custody after leading law enforcement on a multi-day hunt. Cruz is serving a life sentence for beating a man to death, and Clah got 30 years on various charges in connection with the […]

Sloan: Living in state of disenchantment

Last week, I made my first visit to Ruidoso since 2004. The scenery had not changed, but I had. The forested mountains were as high, the cabins as secluded, and the shops dotting the undulating streets as charmingly eclectic. But the enchantment had dimmed. While strolling among families and spring breakers, I wondered how many […]

Wilson: Senate not ‘letting voters decide’

Author Upton Sinclair once noted, “It is difficult to make a man understand something, when his salary depends on him not understanding it.” And that’s where we are, four weeks after the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. During a Republican presidential debate later that night, candidates argued President Obama should ignore his […]

Phone case about justice, not tech company’s edge

Authorities need a court order for a wiretap to listen in on your phone conversations. They need a judge to sign off on a warrant to search your house. So why should searching your cellphone be any different, if the judicial process has been followed? Apple Inc. and the federal government are battling over accessing […]

McManigal: Power in courtroom belongs to you

Picture yourself on a jury, realizing that even though the defendant broke the law, the law is wrong. Must you obey the judge’s commands to consider only whether the law was broken? Or can you do more? Actually you can, and should, do more. You have hundreds of years of legal history behind you, empowering […]