Steve Hansen: Remember, always check the facts

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor While browsing statistics compiled by the state Department of Workforce Solutions, I was astonished to see that Quay County’s per-capita income was higher than its median household income, or so I thought. So begins a cautionary tale for the coming nasty political season. The county’s median household income […]

Viewpoint: Peeples and people like her give us hope for next generation

Teachers from across the country this week gathered in Florida for the National Education Association’s Annual Meeting. The inspirational speakers included one of our own, National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples who grew up and still lives in the Texas Panhandle. While the list of problems with public education in America is a long […]

Viewpoint: Government should not be determining our marriage rights

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage hasn’t changed anyone’s way of thinking. The religious right still believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Trumpeters of equal rights still believe gay couples deserve to be treated the same as heterosexual couples. The only thing that changed is the law, which no […]

Robert Arrowsmith: LeBron James poor example of leader

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher We saw it in the 1980s when Magic Johnson decided he didn’t want to play for Paul Westhead and before you knew it Pat Riley was the coach. So yes, we have known for decades that the star player will get the treatment before a throw-away coach. But LeBron James […]

Robert Arrowsmith: Notre Dame brazenly ‘sports first’

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher My senior year of high school during basketball season, I had fallen asleep during a test in one of my advanced placement classes. We got home after midnight from a road game, and I tried to study that night until almost 3. The teacher’s response was to let me know […]

Robert Arrowsmith: It’s OK not to know everything

By Robert Arrowsmith   CMI Publisher Two people are having a conversation. Person A makes a point on something he has experienced personally. Person B responds to the Person A comment by saying it is not true. Person B does not know why it is not true, but just knows that what Person A is […]

Viewpoint: State agencies need to find ways to help curb teen pregnancy

If a New Mexico teenager gets pregnant, she is less likely to finish high school, get and hold a job or attain economic stability. There are exceptions, but having a baby, or babies, generally makes life tougher for a teen. Plus, her child will be more likely to live in poverty, start out behind in […]

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 […]