Shame that we aren’t protected from hackers

When you shop at a big box retailer or provide your personal information at the doctor’s office, you want to feel assured that your credit card numbers, bank account passwords or Social Security numbers aren’t going to be hacked and used to empty your checking account or to steal your identity. But if that happens, […]

Prohibition still has lessons to teach

By Kent McManigal Local columnist If government is a good idea — which I doubt — it is being done backward. Currently, the way it works is a law is passed, then enforced, in an attempt to change people’s behavior. If some behavior weren’t being targeted for change, no one would even dream up a […]

Abortion bill more worthy of efforts

By Rube Render Local columnist In a recent edition of the “Journal of Medical Ethics” two Oxford University medical ethicists argue that “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.” […]

McDonald’s chicken decision a health boon

As goes McDonald’s, so goes the rest of the fast-food world? At least we hope that will be the case when it comes to McDonald’s recently announced policy to start using only chicken raised without medically important antibiotics. This commitment will help reduce the overuse of antibiotics in meat. That, in turn, is a public […]

Legislature got a little accomplished

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s no secret this year’s legislative session was pathetically unproductive; on the day of adjournment, lawmakers couldn’t even pass the capital outlay bill. But it was an Albuquerque Journal report by Dan Boyd that quantified it: Of 1,365 bills introduced, only 191 made it to the governor’s desk for signing. […]

Prevention still best flu fighter

It’s officially spring, but one of winter’s unpleasant features remains with us: It’s still flu season. The New Mexico Department of Health advises that influenza B is still making the rounds, but that influenza A, the predominant form, is still actively circulating, too. Strains don’t matter to the sufferer. Flu is flu. It’s miserable and […]

Words to live by, other anecdotes

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for March is “Words to Live By.” Edited by William Nichols, the 1947 work contains essays of wisdom by the famous and obscure. Here are excerpts: • “The quickest way to correct the other fellow’s attitude is to correct your own.”— King Vidor • “Trouble creates a […]

Bullying won’t stop overnight

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Wikipedia defines bullying as “the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.” One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination […]

Senator Munoz owes apologies across the board

A lot of games were being played in Santa Fe this month, one of them along the lines of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Sen. George Munoz, a Democrat from Gallup, apparently thought it was OK to place undue influence on a University of New Mexico regent nominee to do his bidding in exchange for his […]

Government actions not surprising

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Are you shocked when the “most transparent administration in history” turns out to be the most blatantly secretive, passing new laws to hide behind while going after whistleblowers with religious zeal? How about when a president who talks a good freedom game enthusiastically signs the anti-American “Patriot Act?” Does it […]

Press spokespersons in bad spot

By Rube Render Local columnist Pity the official press spokespersons for both the White House and the U.S. Department of State. White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest was faced with reporters asking pointed questions about the deteriorating situation in Yemen, and State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki faced difficult questioning on the relationship we have with […]

Martinez needs to work with Dems

By Tom McDonald State columnist Susana Martinez had better figure out how to work with Democrats or she’s going to go down in state history as an ineffectual governor. Sure, she can and does point to a number of accomplishments during her first term — balancing the state budget during tough times, creating a simplified […]

Stopping theft by authority enhances rights

While New Mexico legislators wasted tax funds on pointless bickering for 60 days instead of legislating for the most part, they did pass one bill unanimously that actually enhances personal rights and liberties. That was a bill that stops police from taking a person’s property or other assets before that person has been convicted of […]

Government transparency hits new low

Amid Sunshine Week, no less, the Obama administration hit a new low for open government and transparency. On Tuesday, the White House announced its Office of Administration will be considered exempt from complying with Freedom of Information Act requests. The administration says the action reflects a court ruling made before Obama took office in which […]

Drinking problem not moral failing

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist “Mary,” a 50ish High Plains native who is now a businesswoman in a city, recently agreed to discuss her battle with alcoholism. Her first exposure to alcohol was at 5, visiting her grandfather on a West Texas farm while he sipped beer. Her first drink was with 10th-grade friends. By […]

Tourism key to bringing in money

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Lately, in an attempt to clear the mind for the night, I have been playing different games on my iPad. Getting involved in enough things and having enough debates, believe it or not, can be tiring. I know I can be strong willed, and I know I can be vocal in […]

Violence only bolsters resolve, solves nothing

It was disheartening — and a little frightening — to hear about an apparent arson on March 7 at the Rio Grande SUN, an Espanola newspaper that more than once has been the target of unhappy readers (or story subjects) for its no-holds-barred brand of community journalism. Now, let’s be clear: Any act of arson […]

Being prepared is common sense

By Kent McManigal Local columnist The water outage in Portales last week should have awakened a few people. From previous experience, I doubt it did. For years, I have advocated preparing for possible problems. No, I’m not a “doomsday prepper” waiting for a magnetic pole shift, the collapse of civilization, or a solar flare burning […]

Categorizing people should stop

By Rube Render Local columnist Many conservatives in this country believe the political left has hi-jacked our education system, particularly when it comes to higher education. As evidence of this belief, they list Bill Ayers, retired from the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, formerly holding the titles of distinguished professor […]

Even regents’ seats are now contentious

Even learning is political these days. Remember when members of a university’s board of regents were supposed to approve budgets, hire (and fire) university presidents and lobby lawmakers and private donors for money? Remember when the people appointed to those jobs were supposed to maybe know a little something about education, or know about managing […]