Understanding Ebola key to dealing with fears

It’s been said quite a bit, but undoubtedly   it’s not been said enough: The hysteria  surrounding Ebola is far worse than the reach of the disease — at least for now and most likely forever. The possibility of an Ebola epidemic should be taken seriously, without a doubt. The Center for Disease Control and health […]

Oklahoma’s governor wrong on system basics

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up several cases about same-sex marriage. The justices let stand rulings that say states have no basis to deny marriage to gay couples. Anyone who has followed the debate could predict what opponents would say in response. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s statement was typical: “The […]

You may not want to know the details

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher An interesting question came to mind over the weekend as I was asked to approve an editorial. It seems three entities run by the city of Clovis — the zoo, the Civic Center and the golf course — lost nearly a million dollars combined in the last fiscal year. The question […]

Thoughts from a nonagenarian

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Retired Portales math professor Vern Witten, 90, and I recently spent an afternoon chatting about him knowing his multiplication tables by second grade … his “mathematical proof of God” … “busing” to his Missouri high school in a pickup bed for $3 per month … being a 92-pound high school valedictorian […]

‘Better’ best defined by community

By Tom McDonald State columnist A story came out recently in my hometown newspaper to which I think people who live in other small towns and cities around New Mexico might relate. The Las Vegas Optic reported in its Oct. 10 edition on findings from a city-sanctioned study of residents’ purchasing habits. By tracking credit […]

City’s losses worth pondering before voting

Last week we learned Clovis’ Civic Center continues to lose money, perhaps more than usual, according to figures provided by the city’s finance director. LeighAnn Melancon tells us the Civic Center lost $95,625 in the first quarter of this fiscal year. That’s $66,362 more than it lost in the first quarter of the last fiscal […]

More research needed before trying solutions

“There was an old lady who swallowed the cow to catch the dog, She swallowed the dog to catch the cat, She swallowed the cat to catch the bird, She swallowed the bird to catch the spider, She swallowed the spider to catch the fly; I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…” In New […]

Liberty doesn’t require you to vote

By Kent McManigal Local columnist The great national distraction is approaching. Yes, election day is just around the corner. Campaign signs are popping up in yards and in unclaimed “public” spaces, touting this or that politician or government financing scheme. People mistake this fervor for “doing something.” I am told to choose between Fascistic Socialist […]

State lottery much like illegal racket

By Rube Render Local columnist Wikipedia explains that the numbers game or numbers racket involved an illegal lottery played mostly in poor neighborhoods where a gambler attempts to pick three digits that will match those that will be published the following day. As an example, the number could be the last three digits of the […]

Education suits could upend school funding

It’s a shame that school districts have had to file a lawsuit to force the state to fund education adequately. But that’s exactly what is happening. Last week, the Santa Fe Public Schools joined forces with the Gallup-McKinley County and Moriarty-Edgewood districts to claim that current funding levels violate the New Mexico Constitution. The lawsuit […]

Musings from a brain out to lunch

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Some thoughts I had while driving around Monday, wondering why every post office was on lunch break before realizing it was Columbus Day and my brain was on lunch break: • A week ago featured an “all new” episode of “Gotham” on Fox. Sunday featured an “all new” episode of […]

We need more work on opioid control in NM

In the last two years, New Mexico has made strides in reducing drug-overdose deaths — from 521 in 2011 to 449 in 2013. Yet the state still ranks near the top in the nation for these types of deaths. So the fact the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is tightening up how a commonly abused prescription […]

Living with purpose my motivator

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Death is the great democracy. No matter our role, our final bow is followed by the same curtain. A 29-year-old woman with brain cancer has moved to Oregon so she can use lethal medications to “go with dignity” on Nov. 1. A 57-year-old oncologist said after 75 he would refuse […]

NM emergency services not good

By Tom McDonald State columnist New Mexicans should be tired of all the state rankings, since they only seem to show us as the worst, or among the worst, in such issues as poverty, education, child welfare and more. So forgive me when I say, I’ve got one more — emergency services. I ran into […]

House should push the drilling permit bill

While nobody likes higher fees, when those fees go directly to streamline the process that originates them and remove bureaucratic roadblocks, they’re not just easier to take but welcome. Such is the case with a proposed $3,000 increase in permit fees for oil and natural gas drilling. Approved by the U.S. Senate and pending in […]

Health crises work themselves out

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Sometimes it takes me a while to realize when people are seriously concerned over something like the current Ebola scare. I’ve seen enough of these well-publicized health crises fizzle to know they generally work themselves out before much happens. As an American you are nine times more likely to be […]

Too many grads not college ready

By Rube Render Local columnist Reading news reports about statistics concerning higher education makes me crazy. A story in Wednesday’s Clovis News Journal informs us that, according to the Center for Public Education, 79 percent of high school graduates move on to college by their 20th birthday and that number jumps to 88 percent by […]

Time will tell if Affordable Care Act a positive

So much for President Barack Obama’s promise: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Not the case for about 30,000 New Mexicans who on Jan. 1 will lose their individual health insurance plans because the plans don’t meet standards set by the Affordable Care Act. In May, New Mexico Insurance Superintendent John […]

In sync life about trust, knowing

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I have to admit it. I am going to give my props to the radio stations here. To the stations I have my presets on when I am going to and from work, or making stops in town (yes Rooney and Moon, including you) I have to give kudos. Now why […]

Ebola’s bad, but flu actual threat to our health

With the dreaded Ebola virus moving to Texas after having traveled from Africa, people must not let over-the-top cable news channel coverage and Internet-fueled conspiracy theories lead them to panic. Ebola, while a painful, often fatal disease, is not transmitted easily. What’s more, because the health care system is superior in the United States and […]