Sloan: I could pull off being president

Whether it’s Clinton’s email server, Trump’s huge hands, Johnson’s Alpo/Aleppo brain-freeze or Stein’s chug-a-mug name, voters seem disgruntled with Tuesday’s choices. With strictly altruistic motives — like getting out of Portales — I offer myself as a write-in alternative. Win or lose, I promise not to call my opponents’ supporters “stupid” unless they post memes […]

Wilson: Taking last chance to say go vote

There was a time when I never thought I’d say this, but this is the last time I’m penning a column before the 2016 election. I have thoughts on what will happen based on the data, but Tuesday is about the people. Some things will surprise me, but I don’t think anything’s off the table. […]

Fashion police don’t belong at voting polls

Are the PC police fashion police as well? Apparently they are, in the tiny town of Bulverde, Texas, 30 minutes north of San Antonio. Brett Bartlett Mauthe arrived to vote wearing a hat supporting Donald Trump and a “basket of deplorables” T-shirt — a reference to Hillary Clinton’s remarks that half of Trump’s supporters were […]

McManigal: Dependence on state an addiction

Sometimes it seems we live in a culture of dependency. Some people are dependent on drugs, while others are dependent on prohibition. Some people are dependent on other people; some are dependent on distractions — electronic or otherwise. And more and more people today are dependent on government. Being dependent is the opposite of being […]

Render: GOP vote will ensure honest press

The National Enquirer broke the story that former U.S. Sen. and Democratic Party vice presidential candidate John Edwards was having an extramarital affair in late 2007. When a CBS journalist was asked about the allegations on a radio talk show he replied, “I believe that’s a story that we will be avoiding, because it appears […]

Sloan: One discovery leads to another

My book-of-the-month summary for October is James Burke’s “The Pinball Effect (How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible)” (Back Bay Books, 1996, 310 pages). The book connects the historical dots between how discoveries in one area lead to unrelated discoveries and inventions years later–often in another part of the world — resulting in modern […]

Wilson: Not your sign? Then leave it alone

On a Sunday drive I saw a familiar campaign sign with an unfamiliar accent of paint. It had a presidential candidate’s name, and right above was spray-painted a four-letter word suggesting disapproval with said candidate. You’ve probably guessed the sign in question was for Donald Trump, but it wasn’t a hard guess. We live in […]

Negativity may surround, but civility remains

The presidential election has been a major stressor this year. The thing is, if you get away from the television screen — and away from many of our political leaders — you’re quickly reminded of the fundamental goodness of Americans. While the election and the rest of the news blare near-constant negativity at us, it’s […]

Eval data helps students improve in proficiency

There’s something about fall that brings fire to New Mexico — roasting chile, burning Old Man Gloom, torching El Kookooee, and tossing your teacher work eval into the flames. And while the first three celebrate the bounty of our land and the prospects of a better year ahead, the last is a depressingly familiar stage-managed […]

McManigal: No reason to fear liberty

Real liberty can be scary. It feels safer to hand your responsibilities to someone else. Don’t educate your children; hand them over to be schooled instead. Don’t protect yourself and your property; live as a distracted lamb and let the police protect you. Don’t watch yourself and your surroundings as you drive; depend on checkpoints, […]

Render: Justice should stand for everyone

There is much talk that statements made by Donald Trump threaten to upend a basic pillar of American democracy. There is one pillar of American democracy under attack this year, and that pillar asserts that we are a nation of laws and not a nation of men. All Americans are equal before the law. In […]

Time for more talks about legalizing pot

It’s time to have the conversation. Should New Mexico legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 and over? An Albuquerque Journal Poll, which surveyed 501 likely New Mexico voters in late September, found that 61 percent said yes, it’s time, and 34 percent said no, it’s not. The other 5 percent […]

Sloan: Character important, not things

Random thoughts: The elephant in the locker room after noon-time basketball is banter with my buddies about women. For example, they’ll ask why I let a woman post me up, and I’ll confess it was because she was stronger. We also banter about uncalled fouls on shots we would have made, shoe bargains, my monotone […]

Wilson: Talking about suicide never easy

I haven’t thought much about my friend Will Windley over the last 12 years, and I know I should think about him more. This week, it was hard not to. It was February of 2004 when Will took his life. He had lost custody of his child, and the mother planned to move out of […]

Partisan attack should be met with intolerance

Democracy was firebombed last weekend in North Carolina. The competition of ideas was burned, vigorous debate was charred, free speech was defaced. The news that a North Carolina Republican headquarters had been torched was sickening and disheartening — not just for Republicans, but for all Americans who understand our country thrives in part because we […]

McManigal: Government clubs could work

Why isn’t liberty more popular? Every libertarian eventually ponders this question. The answers they arrive at vary. Some are negative — people are lazy, cowardly, don’t want responsibility, and are addicted to theft and bullying. Some are slightly nicer — people don’t understand liberty because they have been indoctrinated against it, or they don’t realize […]

Render: Trump’s analysis of Hillary right

Marcel Lazar Lehel is a Romanian computer hacker who uses the pseudonym, “Guccifer.” Guccifer is responsible for any number of hacks against targeted celebrities. One of his more memorable hacks was long time Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal, who some have called a political assassin. Guccifer is presently serving time in a federal prison. “Guccifer 2.0” […]

Sloan: Trump not guilty of convictions

I don’t anticipate voting for Trump or him winning, but I doubt he would be the 2016 version of Hitler or Caligula or the demise of democracy (admittedly, a low bar). In fact, I think his supporters would be sorely disappointed. My impression is he has no firm convictions — religious or otherwise. In his […]

Heinrich: Clean energy helps economy, climate

This month, New Mexicans gathered to sign a 180-foot, 23,000-pound wind turbine blade in front of the Curry County Courthouse. This gigantic blade will join two others on a tower that will be part of the Grady Wind Energy Center, one of three new wind energy projects in the county, which will produce approximately 500 […]

The purpose of government bears repeating

We’ve written this editorial before, many times, actually, so please excuse the repetition, but we think it is important: We don’t endorse political candidates. That’s primarily because we seldom see any who reflect our core values of limited government. Those seeking office on Nov. 8 are mostly well-intentioned people. Their hearts are in the right […]