• N.M. Dems out of excuses now

    Trey Gowdy, the Republican Congressman for South Carolina, did some stumping for presidential candidate Marco Rubio during the lead-up to the 2016 caucuses and primaries.

    It was a standard side of his schtick to talk about how Republican his state had become, joking about how South Carolina was so close to running out of formidable Democrat candidates to run against, and had turned all their energy against each other, preferring to point fingers and show hostility for, well, every other member of the state GOP, rather than breed unity. He said it was human nature.

  • Sponsor names like ‘TaxSlayer’ are modern realities

    One group of college football fans is always disappointed with the result of a bowl game, such as the TaxSlayer.com Bowl.

    However, fans across the country seem to be disappointed with the sheer number of bowl games, and/or the silly sponsored names of each game.

    Corporate sponsorship isn’t new, though the information age makes it seem like there are more of these types of partnerships than there used to be. Some of the names sound ridiculous on their own, and even more incredulous when paired with a college football game or another event.

  • Let’s go over a few policies

    Newspaper columns are used for many things: To voice viewpoints, encourage or discourage specific actions and to make announcements.

    Some editors and editorial boards also use columns to explain and clarify policy. That’s what we’ll do here: let’s talk about obituaries, as some recent questions have arisen.

    Death of loved ones is never an easy subject to discuss, much less bring up. When family or a close friend dies, it’s usually a traumatic event in the lives of at least dozens of people.

  • Don’t misrepresent yourself

    Mired in Brett Kavanaugh’s recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings were disputes about incidents and characterizations about what the man had done decades ago, and how he conducted himself.

    The hearings became as much about whether Kavanaugh was telling the truth as it was about the facts of his life.

  • One size doesn’t fit all K-12 districts

    There is little debate as to how important literacy is within the first few grades of elementary school. There is plenty of debate, however, about how much help those young students need and what the best ways are to have literate fourth-graders.

  • No more Tang or microwavable sausage

    In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, we learned about all sorts of food conveniences, like microwavable sausage and Tang. We need to give those up.

    Many of us are in no position to stand on some moral high ground (or compost heap) and claim superiority to others, eating only organic berries and organic twigs (from organic trees).

  • Colorado’s weed celebration won’t be duplicated

    It would be great if New Mexico, or any other state, could experience the same windfall and sense of progressive righteousness that seem to have befallen Colorado in the wake of the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana. However, it isn’t going to happen the same way.

  • Luna still has time —but not much

    It’s impossible to paint Luna Community College with giant brush stroke — even if the paint were to be made up of the combination of both the honey dripping off of a sopaipilla and some spoiled salsa from the back of the refrigerator.

  • Why’s a free press important?

    If the best disinfectant is sunshine, it’s important to remember that preventive medicine is just as effective as curing diseases.

    A free press doesn’t simply exist to help weed out corrupt or ill-intentioned people and practices from our government and the business world. It’s also the watchdog that helps shape the way business is conducted and the degree of honesty and number of rules followed — simply by being present and asking questions.

  • Sleepwalking Gen-Xers still contribute

    Demographers generally regard Americans and other western-hemisphere dwellers born between 1965 and 1985 as Generation X.

    Perhaps this is because there is an X where this is supposed to be data about contributions from that generation, or meaningful learning that took place for those people.

    As it turns out, many of the people in that generation were asleep at the wheel.