I don’t understand the animosity

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Thank you to hometown friend and world-class fisherman Mike Parnell for sharing IssueHawk.com’s article “Christian Radio Host: Ebola Could Cleanse U.S. of Sluts, Atheists, Gays” about Florida Christian radio host Rick Wiles. Although I don’t understand Rev. Wiles’ animosity toward gays and Atheists, I am confident they can defend themselves. […]

Diversity at heart of good music

By Tom McDonald State columnist “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras Math, it’s been said, is the language of the universe. But when it comes to the human experience, music is the tie that binds. Several years ago in a visit […]

City officials wrong to leave public in dark

The evaluation — or was it an attempted assassination? — of Joe Thomas is finally over. We’re glad about that anyway. Clovis’ city manager still has the job he’s held since 2004, and taxpayers still don’t know what all the secret discussions were about. City commissioners met behind closed doors four times between July 3 […]

Self control highest responsibility

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Liberty, responsibility, and happiness are intimately entwined. Liberty is the freedom to do absolutely anything that doesn’t violate anyone else’s identical and equal liberty. It really is that simple; it’s how responsible people behave. Living by liberty can lead to happiness if you’re not careful. Some disturbed people aren’t content […]

Tax solution is to change the law

By Rube Render Local columnist In 2008, vice presidential candidate Joe Biden commented that paying more taxes was the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. Real patriots should be clamoring for tax increases on themselves and their friends rather than demanding tax cuts like those counterfeit patriots who formed the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) […]

Independent voters deserve to vote in primaries

It’s rare in New Mexico when Democrats and Republicans see eye-to-eye on an issue. So it’s refreshing to see Republican Gov. Susana Martinez support a reasonable plan put forth by two Democrats, Sen. Bill O’Neill and Rep. Emily Kane, that would open up party primaries to independent voters. O’Neill and Kane plan to introduce legislation […]

I’m OK with being called visionary

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher A few things to know about me: I am about the most even keel person you will ever meet. I hate the use of extreme adjectives. I hate them for one simple reason, and that is I do not believe anyone can back them up. I do not believe anyone is […]

Minimal effort small price to pay to get benefits

Some food stamp recipients will once again have to make a personal effort if they want to keep receiving public assistance. That’s because the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is returning to pre-recession requirements for many eligible adults. Able-bodied adults who do not have children will have to either work 20 hours a week, be in […]

Facebook conspiracies predictable

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist After two Americans were flown home for the first Ebola treatment on U.S. soil after catching the virus while working with patients in Liberia, predictable Facebook conspiracy theories emerged. An entertaining sampling: • “Ebola was bioengineered by the U.S. Department of Defense.” • “The anti-Exceptionalist President Barack Obama is bringing […]

Planning for invaders good idea

By Tom McDonald State columnist In a recent Time magazine article titled “Space Invaders,” senior writer Bryan Walsh reported on how foreign insects, fish and animals are invading the U.S. in alarming numbers. They are upsetting the environmental balance of entire regions and, in several instances, disrupting their economies as well. In the report, several […]

Happiness possible in police state

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Perfect happiness may not be possible as a permanent condition in life, but you can still experience moments of perfect happiness if you know where, and how, to look. It can happen even while government works to steal happiness right out of your pocket and regulate or criminalize the bits […]

People should pick a side to vote

By Rube Render Local columnist During the years I have been tracking voter registrations in Curry County, Republican registrations have been increasing slowly, Democrat registrations have been decreasing slowly and Declined To State (DTS) registrations have been increasing at a faster rate. Across New Mexico from the mid 1980s until today, Republican registrations have remained […]

Clovis mourns loss of two men worth emulating

David Stevens: Staff photo
Foxy Drive In was closed on Thursday in honor of its founder.

Together, they gave us two centuries worth of good examples to follow. Individually, they inspired us to be better people. Clovis is a sadder place today with this month’s deaths of Herbert Bergstrom and A.C. Bryant. Bergstrom, a minister for more than 70 years in churches at Ranchvale, Clovis and Portales, died Aug. 1 in […]

Immunizations save lives, keep kids healthy

Global health activists continue to make strides against diseases that kill in the developing world. Few tools are more essential than vaccination drives, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates are saving the lives of 2 million to 3 million people a year around the globe. Yet, in the United States, more educated […]

Tech time can be put to good use

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher We know the statistics. According to Kids Count Data Center, New Mexico’s overall rank: 49th. Economic well being: 49th. Education rank: 49th. Health rank: 49th. Family and community rank: 49th According to teacherportal.com, teacher salary comfort score: 37th. Average teacher salary rank: 39th. Starting teacher salary rank: 38th. While the average […]

Certainty of death allows perspective

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My father, who died at 71, told me he was not afraid to die. My mother, who died at 92,, told me she wished “it would hurry up and get here.” I enjoy life, but know it is ephemeral. I have had close calls — cars skidding out of control, […]

Martinez seems obstinate on issue

By Tom McDonald State columnist If there’s an issue out there that could slow Gov. Susana Martinez’s cakewalk into a second term, it might just be the behavioral health issue. The issue surfaced a year ago when, after an audit alleged Medicaid overbilling and possible fraud to the tune of about $34 million, the Martinez […]

Dry the new normal here in Southwest

If persistent drought and high temperatures aren’t enough to make New Mexicans wonder how a changing climate will impact the state, a new study on groundwater in the Southwest should be setting off alarm bells. NASA and the University of California, Irvine, found that drought and well pumping are draining groundwater in the Colorado River […]

Property standards another control

By Kent McManigal Local columnist One topic being raised in almost all the communities in this area is that of keeping your property to particular standards, which other people prefer, under threat of government action. Maybe it concerns weeds, junk, prairie dogs, or public property for which you have been assigned responsibility. People are being […]

Berkley should try this with food

By Rube Render Local columnist Last month, the Berkley, California City Council voted to require medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkley to provide free pot to low-income and homeless people. You can’t make this stuff up. Google it yourself. The ordinance would require the pot dispensaries donate 2 percent of the amount of cannabis they sell […]