Sloan: Too much outrage over rituals

I may as well chime in on NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting during the National Anthem. If nothing else, he sparked robust discussion about the First Amendment. The National Anthem’s third verse extols killing slaves who escaped their masters to fight with the British during the Revolutionary War: “No refuge could save the hireling and […]

Wilson: ‘Tommy Boy’ remains Oscar-worthy

Life provides us with great, unanswered questions daily. Why are we here? How is it I use the same ingredients and instructions, and still cook food that isn’t as good as when my parents make it? Why do left turners cut into another driver’s lane when the intersection provides all the turning area they need? […]

System must take violence more seriously

One takeaway from the incomprehensibly tragic death of 10-year-old Victoria Martens is that the state’s agencies and systems don’t take domestic violence against women and children seriously enough. Victoria was raped, strangled and stabbed before her body was dismembered and burned, allegedly at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend and his cousin, Jessica Kelley, while […]

Render: Smoke clouding foundation fire

I’ll say it again. In today’s politics, optics is everything. That is the reason why conflict-of-interest laws and regulations generally include the phrase “or an appearance of conflict of interest.” Politicians try to avoid the appearance by using the excuse of there’s a lot of smoke but no fire or there is no smoking gun […]

McManigal: Government real outlaw in crises

Recently, in Belarus, smugglers took a neglected gravel road and fixed it. They made it better for their own purposes, while helping others in the process. Just what were these black-market villains smuggling on their newly improved road? Drugs? Weapons? Slaves? Not exactly. They were smuggling fruits and vegetables. In another show of outlawry, the […]

School should monitor students, staff better

It’s reasonable to expect that school personnel assigned to monitor students should be doing just that, not monitoring their personal cellphones. A lawsuit filed against Rio Rancho Public Schools and several officials at V. Sue Cleveland High School alleges teachers and a coach were paying attention to their phones instead of the students one day […]

McDonald: Vote pacts may ease voting fears

Here we are, about 10 weeks from Election Day, a good time to assess the race for the presidency. Hillary Clinton has been riding a solid lead in the polls for weeks now, since the party conventions in July, and that’s pushed Donald Trump to shake up his campaign staff and to stay on script. […]

Trump’s call on Clinton hits close to mark

Hillary Clinton has steadfastly maintained she kept the Clinton Foundation at arm’s length during her tenure as secretary of state to avoid conflicts of interest. Republican Donald Trump has routinely scoffed at her explanation, saying Mrs. Clinton fostered a “pay to play” system, calling it a “scam” in which the Clintons traded access to the […]

Sloan: Some things on Earth that matter

My book-of-the-month summary for August is “Structure of Matter” (Time/Life). • One million atoms stacked on top of each other is as thick as one sheet of paper. However, hydrogen atoms are 1,000 times smaller than radioactive francium ones. • A golf ball is as many times larger than an atom as the Earth is […]

Wilson: We all paid for Gershon’s candy

Steve Gershon walked into a Stripes on Jan. 11 because it seemed like a nice night for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. That snack had Gershon in district court Tuesday, because it also seemed like a nice night to bring his gun with him. At magistrate and district levels, the former Curry County Commission candidate said […]

NASA study of methane cloud worth attention

A new NASA-led study has found 25 primary sources of a 2,500-square-mile cloud of methane half the size of Delaware that hangs over the Four Corners and can be seen from space. In fact, satellite images of it in 2014 prompted the study. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, joined by researchers from the California Institute of […]

McManigal: Need for government crazy idea

Of all the crazy ideas humans have come up with over the centuries, one of the most destructive is the idea that government — or more accurately, the state — is necessary. What gives people this idea? What makes them believe that without the state society would collapse? The 12-plus years of indoctrination by employees […]

Render: Trump knows about job creation

Hillary Clinton would have you believe that she managed to escape her early public service experience with little accumulated wealth and indeed left the White House “dead broke.” How she managed to amass a fortune of several hundreds of millions of dollars remains a mystery unless you delve into the Clinton Foundation or the Clinton […]

Martinez right to want budget negotiations

When you’re $700 million in the red, something’s got to give. Will it be pay cuts or fewer jobs for public employees? Less money for education, possibly meaning fewer teachers and larger class sizes? What about sidelining road improvements and senior centers? Or slashing social programs? How about cuts to economic development and business recruitment? […]

McDonald: State’s future not in fossil fuels

Susana Martinez must hate having to call the Legislature into session. The Republican governor doesn’t have much of a record of success there, largely because of an obstinate Senate and its Democratic majority. But thanks to an inability or unwillingness to resolve matters in the last regular session, Martinez must now call her second special […]

Public should see Albuquerque police reviews

The city of Albuquerque has taken another positive step in the police reform process by emulating best practices regarding reviews of law enforcement use of force. APD’s Critical Incident Review Team, or CIRT, is modeled after a similar program at the Las Vegas, Nevada, Metropolitan Police Department and is already tackling everything from the use […]

Sloan: Happenings at every vacation stop

This concludes my three-part travelogue about my recent Texas vacation. Mt. Pleasant • In a clearance store, I passed on steeply discounted mismatched Nike sandals — size 6 (left) and size 8 (right). • A friend, arguing with a cashier at a liquidating Hastings that their “Cash Only” sign was too small to notice, got […]

Stevens: Many lessons in Art Ferro drama

In our last episode — published April 10 under the headline “Put your sleuthing skills to the test” — a Clovis man was returning a car to a friend. Another man happened to arrive about the same time, interested in purchasing a motorcycle. It was 2 a.m., but Art Ferro was still awake, eating a […]

Letters to the editor — Aug. 21

Trump’s business abilities what we need these days The Rio Grande Foundation’s Paul Gessing, in his July 23 column, encouraged fiscal conservatives to vote for Gary Johnson because he is frugal. He could not be more wrong. Gessing pointed to Johnson’s frugal spending record. Frugality doesn’t always reveal a fiscal conservative. A couch potato might […]

Constantopolous: Coal sector needs advanced tech

Guest columnist These days, bipartisan support in Congress for a coal bill of any kind is rare. Which is why the Senate leadership’s support of a measure that would boost incentives for the development of a technology that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal combustion is so noteworthy. The technology is sequestration. This involves […]