State still has abysmal DWI conviction mark

Despite tougher DWI laws and initiatives enacted over the past decade or so, we still have drivers eluding the long arm of the law. Repeatedly. Take the case of Celestino Centeno, arrested recently on his 13th DWI after he backed out of a driveway and slammed into a curb. Centeno denied drinking but had “alcohol […]

Liberty frees from control situations

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Why would anyone want liberty? It requires responsibility,, after all. It removes most of your opportunities to whine and blame everyone else when things go wrong. It leads to minding your own business. Where’s the fun in that? Well, there are benefits. What is liberty? According to Thomas Jefferson, “Rightful […]

Paid political consultants causing rift

By Rube Render Local columnist If you follow politics at all you have probably heard that the tea party wing of the Republican Party is either alive and surging or is for all intents and purposes dead in the water. Eric Cantor’s primary loss in the Virginia primary proved the tea party was in ascendance […]

Medical pot program too easily abused

There were legitimate concerns with some of the Department of Health’s proposed revisions of its medical marijuana rules — a hefty new fee that had yet to be justified chief among them. But rather than reconsider why users — presumably some of the state’s most medically vulnerable individuals — should have to fork over an […]

Main Street project has run its course

Robert Arrowsmith

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I took a walk around Main Street last week as I normally like to walk to meetings and walking-distance locations whenever possible, and saw and photographed the pots and their lack of flowers. First of all to those that have kept their planters up, kudos, they look beautiful. You clearly have […]

Private care for veterans challenging

By Tom Philpott Military Update The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground. After four weeks, House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences […]

Letter to the editor: Joe Thomas asset as city manager

From reports in the Clovis News Journal, it appears the performance of City Manager Joe Thomas is being reviewed. I have had the opportunity to work with Thomas in a variety of situations. For over 20 years, I have served on various city committees including Public Works, Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Local Growth […]

Feds should investigate their internal conduct

American taxpayers — especially those who reside in the Land of Enchantment — deserve to know if the ends justify the means for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. As in: Ignoring rules and getting a reformed crack addict back on the pipe is OK if it means busting his dealer. Granted, Aaron Romero says in his […]

Often wondered about being black

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Having often wondered what it’s like being black, I asked nephew-in-law Tony Meeking while recently staying with him and my niece Carol in Mesquite, a Dallas suburb. Tony, born in 1962 in Ruston, Louisiana, said, “You have to develop thick skin.” The mixed-race couple, married 28 years with two sons […]

Independent center decides elections

By Tom McDonald State columnist People don’t listen like they used to, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the world of politics. I’ve heard it said that we’re now in an era in which Americans can go through their entire day plugged in to the media and hearing only that which supports their […]