Military still sacrificing lives in Afghanistan

The nation’s preoccupation with preventing terrorist attacks at home and fighting Islamic State aggressions in Syria and Iraq may have pushed the service of many members of the U.S. military into the background. But these men and women should not be forgotten. The combat death of Washington National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock, who […]

McManigal: You’re libertarian or you’re not

Libertarianism is filled with wolves in sheep’s clothing. People with anti-liberty ideals, when they share some pro-liberty ideals with libertarians, believe we share all their ideals. We don’t. In fact, their anti-liberty “values” are disgusting. I know there are also those who claim to be “conservative” or “liberal” who can’t meet the minimum measure to […]

Render: No good end to Real ID dilemma

Mark Twain once remarked, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” He should have added “sanity” to the list, particularly when the New Mexico Legislature is in session. Our elected officials are once again battling their way through the minefield of driver’s licenses for “immigrants without legal status” […]

Smart to allow ride-sharing in state

Gov. Susana Martinez wants ride-booking businesses like Uber and Lyft to be welcome in New Mexico. “New Mexico should usher in a 21st-century economy, not reject it,” Martinez said recently. Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, is sponsoring House Bill 168, which would allow ride-booking companies to operate in the state. Since they showed up here in […]

McDonald: Ethics bill needs your voice to pass

Perhaps this will be the year when we actually get some decent ethical standards in place for state officials. It’s a long-running issue that seems to resurface every time someone gets in trouble, but for various political and provincial reasons, nothing ever gets through the state legislature. This year, however, one proposal might actually make […]

People for strict construction ’til it’s inconvenient

Presidential candidates should not have to fret about where their parents were born. Imagine President Ted Cruz moving into the White House with First Lady Heidi Cruz and their two daughters under a cloud of doubt about the legitimacy of his election. A new Monmouth University poll finds one-third of Republican voters and voters who […]

Sloan: Just in case you were wondering…

My book-of-the-month summary for January is “How Did They Do That” (Quill, 1984, 332 pages) by Caroline Sutton. The book’s topics range from movies to parachutes to lollipops to hot dogs to hangovers. Samples: • “Heaven’s Gate,” the 1980 box office disaster by Michael Cimino, was budgeted at $11.6 million but would have had to […]

Wilson: Final spot on Generals job for me

The great news Wednesday? The Harlem Globetrotters called our office. The bad news? It wasn’t for me. An otherwise boring afternoon found me speaking to a very pleasant representative of the team that finished just ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers as the funniest basketball team in the world. The Globetrotters win out because they’re trying […]

Constitutional convention risky path to tread

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for a constitutional convention has come under some scrutiny. This is as it should be, because it is an idea that puts a bulls-eye on the Bill of Rights. The nation has had only one constitutional convention in its history — in 1787. There are good reasons why there has […]

McManigal: No One great choice for president

Donald Trump is making elections funny again. I’m not usually interested in watching elections or the hysterics leading up to them. I see sincere but silly people trying to convince me that the bowl of sewage they dipped from the cesspool is more delicious, or at least less toxic, than the bowl of sewage some […]

Render: Hillary, history repeating themselves

The “Today in History” column in the Clovis News Journal for Jan. 26 noted, “In 1998, President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.’” On Jan. 27 that year, Hillary Clinton went on NBC’s “The Today […]

Disabled, rape victim bills need quick passage

New Mexico lawmakers have two bills to consider this short budgetary session that are designed to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents: rape victims and developmentally disabled adults. Both bills have been vetted, making it through much of the 2015 Legislature. Both need to make it to the governor’s desk this year. Racheal’s […]

McDonald: Child poverty missing from agenda

Perhaps the harshest and most valid criticism of Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State speech wasn’t so much for what she said as what she didn’t say. She made no mention of child poverty in New Mexico. It’s so relevant to this state’s future that it’s hard to fathom the omission — especially what […]

Defending player safety, long-term health right call

Concussions are “the bogey-man blanket they’re throwing in sports now.” — Peter Nieto, Rio Rancho father who fought state protocol that benches concussed players for a week, in a Washington Post interview One wonders if the family of Cleveland High running back Shawn Nieto saw “Concussion” over the holiday school break. The film stars Will […]

Sloan: Sorry, promises didn’t work out

Apparently, divine destiny was a fickle mistress in winning the $1.5 billion lottery. Since I had secretly promised to donate half my winnings to cure road rage, I was sure a higher power had anointed me to win. Picking numbers based on a smoky algorithm I vaguely remember from playing “Stairway to Heaven” backward in […]

Wilson: Lawmakers can’t define journalists

A few years ago, I bought a fedora. In the approximate six weeks it took me to realize I don’t like wearing fedoras, the running joke was me as a 1920s journalist, minus the cigar and accordion-lens camera. To further the joke, I used a Sharpie to write, “PRESS,” on an index card and forgot […]

Sad for religion to attack state to make point

For five years, a Catholic community health organization has tried to get the Legislature to dip into the Land Grant Permanent Fund beyond a prudent level with vague promises of investing the money in “high-quality early childhood programs.” For five years, lawmakers’ fiscal pragmatism has prevailed over emotional pleas. So now, Catholic Health Initiatives St. […]

McManigal: ‘I don’t know’ makes flimsy cover

“I don’t know” can be one of the smartest things you ever say. At least, when you honestly don’t know. Whenever possible, it should be followed up with finding out what it was you didn’t know. Once you discover a gap in your knowledge, how can you be content to leave it unfilled? “I don’t […]

Render: Thank God for our military folks

Details surrounding the capture of two U.S. Navy Riverine Command Boats near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf remain uncertain at best. Vice President Joe Biden’s statement to “CBS This Morning” that no apology to Iran was made rang hollow in the face of a televised comment made by Navy Lt. David Nartker. While on […]

Tobacco tax proposal should be approved

Sinking oil and gas prices have lawmakers scrambling for revenue sources to augment state coffers. Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, has trained his eye on one of the so-called “sin taxes” — a tax on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, also has a bill that would tax e-cigarettes. Morales’ legislation to increase […]