Viewpoint: State asks teachers to help refine new evaluation system

The New Mexico Public Education Department doesn’t dispute that the new teacher evaluation system is a work in progress, and that it’s a system that needs informed feedback to improve and refine its results. That’s important, because a few weeks after the second round of teacher evaluations have been released, there’s a lot of legitimate […]

Robert Arrowsmith: FIFA’s $110 million take just a drop in the bucket

Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher I know how I will go crazy. It will be because of numbers. The FIFA — Federation International Football Association — raid this week brought about some of the largest charges of racketeering in the history of sport: $110 million over a period of 24 years.I think I have said that […]

View Point: Issuing the police extreme military gear unnecessary

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is finally standing down on its handouts of battle swag to local police departments. That’s good for taxpayers and even better for communities that don’t need to be military zones. Which New Mexico has arguably become. In April 2014, Journal Washington Bureau reporter Michael Coleman found that DHS and […]

Efficient or not, Uncle Sam will come for you

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher In case you missed it last week, Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices […]

Observing Memorial Day, for the right reasons

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The barbecue grills were fired up, families gathered, area lakes were packed with visitors and in some areas graduations were held all because of those who served, those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those brave men and women who continue to fight for our right, liberties and freedom […]

View Point: Vote for Pierce’s induction to Hall of Fame deserved

The mission statement for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City says it “interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences of adults and children.” If it’s cowboys and educators they’re looking for, Clovis’ B.J. Pierce would be a worthy choice […]

Thomas Garcia: Living in an age of reason, or so I think

I was speaking with a friend a week ago about how nice it would be to simply go back in time to the days when life was simpler. We talked about the only terrorists were the “Reds” (Russians); people were polite, saying “please,” “thank you, sir and ma’am.” What’s more, 35 cents bought you a […]

Robert Arrowsmith: Volunteer shortage needs resolution

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher You hear it everywhere you go. Just about every community organization or entity that has an event is facing the same problem. The issue in question is the lack of volunteers. The question becomes: What is causing an individual to not want to volunteer? This appears to be a multi-faceted […]

Thomas Garcia: Hard to stomach the news these days

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist This may seem a bit cliché, but lately I’ve had to ask, “Can’t we all just get along?” and “Is there any good news on TV these days?” It seems every time I watch the news, browse media and social media websites and even listen to the radio, there is […]

Robert Arrowsmith: It’s television — get over it

To all of you who feel like you were duped, misled, cheated out of the $100 you spent on the fight last weekend, I have this to say: It’s television. This has been going on since the beginning of television, ever since the big scandal involving the game shows in the 1950s. If you are […]