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 […]

Render: Delegates run show at convention

After the Republican primaries on Tuesday, political pundits, analysts and gurus of any and all persuasions are examining the possibility of a contested national convention. Opinions range from never happen, to a distinct possibility, to lead-pipe cinch that the convention will be contested. Donald Trump, the leader in the delegate count, said in an interview […]

Right to demand accountability for mine spill

T he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it was all an accident when its team breached the Gold King Mine and spilled 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River. It says the water quality returned to normal just weeks after wastewater laden with more than 880,000 pounds of metals hit the river […]

McDonald: Capital expenditure needs reform

March 9 was a deadline for Gov. Susana Martinez. That was her last day to either sign into law measures passed in the recently adjourned legislative session or kill them off with a veto. According to, 101 bills were passed during the session that ended a month ago. Among the meatier measures to make […]

Sloan: I’d be cheap alternative to Trump

Although I’d rather spend election season on the sidelines (where I spent most of my high school career), if Republicans can’t find anyone to out-trump Trump, for a few pesos I am willing to throw my sombrero in the ring. Here are my ideas to woo away Trump’s storm-troopers. • After tearing up the Iranian […]

Williams: Sunshine should be high priority

Closed-door budget talks and a failed effort to create a transparent ethics commission largely shaded the recent New Mexico legislative session from sunlight, but 2016 did see two incremental victories for transparency. Sunshine Week is today through Saturday. The Sunshine Week campaign works nationwide to celebrate transparency and emphasize the value of open government. Here […]