Same standard should apply to all officers

The New Mexico State Police has been investigating the recent U.S. Marshals Service predawn raid that went bad and left a man dead. But its account doesn’t square with the account given by the dead man’s family. This is one case where lapel camera footage would have come in handy. Did the wrong guy — […]

McDonald: Municipal elections big deal to us

This week the national news may be focused on Super Tuesday, but here in New Mexico it’s the municipal elections that are making local headlines, with races being decided in cities and towns across the state. And since about half of all New Mexicans live in municipalities of fewer than 30,000 people, these local elections […]

Sloan: Let life, liberty, happiness reign

My book-of-the-month summary for February is a 1906 copy of “The World’s Famous Orations,” edited by William Jennings Bryan. The 272-page hardback (Funk and Wagnalls) fits in my back pocket. Excerpts: “May (our) country become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror, but of wisdom, of peace, and of liberty, upon which […]

Wilson: Nice trophy … how’d you get it?

“I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I’m good at everything.” — Demetri Martin, “These Are Jokes.” I’ve reached an age where most friends don’t post their activities online, but those of their kids. One recent weekend, a high school friend posted a photo of her adorable daughter, and […]

More important things than voter ID deserving of anger

Of all the things to get mad about this crazy season, we can’t think of anything more irrelevant than the proposal to require photo identification to vote in municipal elections. Liberals and conservatives are equally passionate — and loud — about the issue Clovis voters will decide on Tuesday. But when the verbal wars are […]

McManigal: Not buying religion of government

The Declaration of Independence says “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…” How’s that working for you? […]

Render: Rose quartz still pink to me

Henry Ford is said to have remarked about his Model T Ford, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” As a young lad growing up in Iowa and Nebraska, cars were red, green, white, black, brown, gray and, if you wanted to be real […]

Opinion: Ranchvale closing fiscally responsible for school board

Clovis Municipal Schools’ decision this week to close Ranchvale Elementary School was not difficult. Just sad. Costs to repair a deteriorating facility were estimated in the millions of dollars, and the district has nearly 1,000 empty seats in other nearby schools. So CMS board members unanimously made the fiscally responsible decision to shutter the 61-year-old […]

SNAP changes will likely push small stores out

Should the federal government require clothing retailers, especially those that cater to low-income consumers, to carry bamboo fabric goods because they are environmentally sustainable and thus better for everyone? Well, no. Not only would that level of meddling presume government bureaucrats know the local marketplace better than the business owners who live and operate in […]

McDonald: Good-government bill will be back

One of the many bills to fall by the wayside in the just-past legislative session was House Bill 307, which would have reformed the way New Mexico funds its public works projects. It was a good-government proposal. It would have served the public interest better than what’s in place now. It would have replaced politics […]

Sloan: No chance I could be the big dog

Given the opportunity to participate in a presidential debate, my closing statement might sink my chances: My fellow Americans, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Partiers, Christians, televangelists and you three fraudulent voters, I ask for your support. Although I lack presidential looks, height and answers to insolvable problems other candidates pretend to have to unite our un-unitable […]

Wilson: Obama should choose judge, period

Kevin Wilson

As Barack Obama celebrated his inauguration in 2009, 15 Republicans met at D.C.’s Caucus Room steakhouse. As detailed in Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,” meeting participants planned united, unyielding opposition to Obama, his appointees and his policies. They never realized Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell’s […]

Someone should turn on lights for Curry politics

They’ve laughed in the face of government transparency so many times it’s hardly news anymore. But we feel obligated to point out the latest secrets Curry County commissioners are sharing with one another anyway. Some day, we’re sure, one of them will feel such shame for their actions they will stand up and force the […]

Sad to see ethics committee bill gutted, pulled

State Rep. Jim Dines, R-Albuquerque, long a champion of transparency in government, did the unusual but ethical thing Tuesday — he pulled his ethics commission joint resolution from consideration in the Senate Rules Committee because protectors of the status quo gutted the transparency elements it contained. Pulling it took courage and common sense. Because why […]

McManigal: Recent protests missed right target

The past couple of years have seen various protests against out-of-control government employees and agencies. Earlier it was the “Black lives matter” protests of deadly police encounters; more recently, ranchers protesting abuse by the Bureau of Land Management. These protests miss the mark — sometimes tragically. Rule number one: When you protest, make sure you […]

Render: Putin could have dirt on Clinton

There are two cyber security issues in the headlines today, both of which can leave thoughtful citizens scratching their heads. A U.S. magistrate has ordered Apple Corp. to assist the FBI in gaining access to information in the employer provided iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. The FBI is seeking any information that can […]

Taxpayers out $90K for Duran’s political stunt

“This culture of corruption that has given all New Mexicans a black eye is unacceptable.” — Former Secretary of State Dianna Duran, 2011 Now who has the black eye and, in addition to a felony plea deal, will likely cost taxpayers more than $90,000 for that political pandering? Duran made the statement in announcing her […]

McDonald: Behavior health issue clouded

Last week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he had cleared 10 providers of behavioral health care services of any criminal wrongdoing. Both politically and legally, this latest announcement gives new legs to an issue that took root more than two years ago and shows no signs of going away anytime soon. First, let’s recall […]

Sloan: Perfect, peaceful world a fantasy

“If tomorrow, everybody under the sun Was happy just to live as one No borders, no battles to be won But if tomorrow everybody was your friend Happiness would never end Lord, don’t you wish it was true.” —John Fogerty Please indulge me this one week to fantasize about creating my own sickeningly saccharine universe. […]

Wilson: I keep talking, but ball don’t lie

Eastern New Mexico Univeristy started its season off right Tuesday. The artists formerly known as the Zias grabbed a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, the first to open a season in the program’s 20-year history. But the game was not without mistakes by the umpires and me. With a Greyhound on first early […]