Not fair for IRS to abandon those who need help

The Internal Revenue Service “administers the nation’s tax laws and collects the revenue that funds the government,” according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Budget in Brief for fiscal 2015. To do that, the IRS has a budget of almost $13 billion and 92,690 full-time employees. And yet there’s more than a 50-50 shot […]

Author: American mindset threatens cultural freedoms

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for January is “The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves,” by Curtis White. He says we have forgotten how to think for ourselves and this mindset threatens America’s intellectual and cultural freedoms. According to White, the “Middle Mind” thrives in unquestioned mediocrity. All we ask […]

Perceptions, stigmas hard to shake

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Yes, this is going to be another rant. I am not trying to appear condescending, but I realize it comes across that way sometimes. And like anything else, until you meet and get to know the person, you are basically living with your own perception. Quickly … Name the members of […]

Like him or not, Tijerina important part of our history

Like him or not — and there is no shortage of people who were on both sides of the spectrum — Reies Lopez Tijerina was an iconic figure in New Mexico who raised awareness to a national level of many issues unique to the state, especially concerns facing some of its native Hispanic residents. Tijerina […]

I hope I’m wrong, and they are, too

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Doom and gloom. It comes at you from every direction, but relax: The doomsayers are probably wrong about almost everything. I don’t believe primitive barbarians will take over the world in the name of their religion. Sure, they want to; they just can’t. I don’t believe Anthropogenic Global Climate Change […]

Small number of Muslims still big

By Rube Render Local columnist Two details appear to remain constant in the discussion about workplace violence where the perpetrators shout “Allah Akbar” while killing defenseless victims as happened at Fort Hood several years ago and just recently in Paris at the offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. One is the number of non-Muslims […]

K-12 programs best place to put education dollars

Remember how it worked out when the federal government decided every American — no matter their income or level of financial responsibility — should be able to own a home? We’re still picking up the pieces — make that boarding up the windows — eight years after the subprime mortgage crisis devastated the nation’s and […]

New year inspires ‘out there’ predictions

By Tom McDonald State columnist A futurist I’m not, but like most people, I do like to gaze into the unknown from time to time, even if it is an exercise in uncertainty. So in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d throw out a few predictions, starting with a couple of obvious […]

Movie “Selma” misrepresents historical facts

Deliberate deception shouldn’t win awards. The movie “Selma” has received both criticism and praise for its dramatization of events surrounding the civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery in 1965. On Thursday, it was nominated for two Academy awards, best picture and best song, but was snubbed for best director. That’s not surprising, given […]

Elderly deserve honor for great roles in real life

By Wendell Sloan Local columnist My younger self apologizes to every elderly person I did not properly appreciate. Naively, I categorized them as being different. When I saw them driving, working in yards or shopping, I largely ignored them without comprehending their difficult journey — buttressed by pride in what they had accomplished with the […]

One word changes entire message

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m on the road from Portales to Clovis and on the radio the chorus “Why you gotta be so rude I’m gonna marry you anyway” from the song “Marry that Girl” by Magic! is playing. And I am thinking who in their right mind is going to dance to a song […]

XL oil pipeline move to energy independence

Enjoy the low prices at the pump while they last, because the price of gasoline will rise again when the price of oil does. And it will at some point. Amid a glut of oil and despite pressure primarily from Saudi Arabia to dampen U.S. exploration and output, the U.S. is poised to become a […]

Right to control a powerful delusion

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Almost all areas of political contention are invented and imaginary. Those areas of life shouldn’t be subjected to laws, majority opinion, or anyone’s control. There are only two things subject to control: aggression and violations of private property. Those don’t need any response beyond self defense. No one needs to […]

TV undercuts intent of briefings

By Rube Render Local columnist Former White House Assistant Press Secretary Reid Cherlin, writing in the New Republic issue of July 2013, examines the question of whether or not to “End the White House Press Briefing.” As to the job of White House press secretary, Cherlin notes that if there were a Hippocratic Oath for […]

Reappointing ousted judge right choice

Gov. Susana Martinez had a difficult choice to make last week when she reappointed Albert Mitchell to the 10th Judicial District judge’s seat. We think she made the right call. Mitchell was ousted in November, receiving just 50 percent of the retention vote. He needed 57 percent to keep his job. He then applied for […]

This legislative session one to keep up with

By Tom McDonald State columnist This will be a year for laws governing jobs. If you’re a blue-collar worker, this will be a good time to start keeping up with the activities of the New Mexico Legislature. It convenes Jan. 20 for a 60-day session and two measures — related to “right to work” and […]

Need to get going with ed secretary confirmation vote

It’s about time. Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen says this year’s legislative agenda should include a long overdue bit of business — bringing the nomination of Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera up for a confirmation vote. “We just need to get on with it,” said Papen, a Democrat from Las Cruces. “Hopefully we can […]

All good works have great value

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist With approximately 600 other souls, I rang in New Year’s Eve in the Pathway of Life Church in Dallas. By my estimate, about 60 percent were African-American, 20 percent Hispanic and 20 percent Anglo, with a smattering of other ethnicities. Casual dress dominated — with the only necktie being worn […]

Snow a lesson about community

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Oh what a fun week it has been, starting with the snowstorm of the past weekend. Before I begin I do want to thank everyone for their patience as we worked our way through the weekend. I myself had to get out in it a couple of times to get our […]

Commission wrong to seek repayment

Imagine applying for a job as a widget security officer. Three company executives think you’re ideal for the position, one disagrees and one can’t decide. So majority rules, you get the job and the widget company pays you $27,000 for the work. Then there’s a shakeup at widget headquarters and the company’s new bosses decide […]