Police incident could have been easily avoided

The worst thing about Clovis Police Officer Brent Aguilar’s confrontation with a back-seat passenger last month is it all could have been prevented with a little common courtesy. For the half dozen who have not seen the police video, Aguilar made a traffic stop on Aug. 3 in Clovis. While attempting to obtain paperwork from […]

Government stops real solutions

By Kent McManigal Local columnist It is said no man is an island. This seems undeniable, yet libertarians are frequently accused of believing individuals are islands. As if we see humans as isolated and alone, unable to join with others to fix problems that are beyond one person’s ability, unless they form that most persistent […]

Military/political translation lost

By Rube Render Local columnist What follows are some examples of language as it is used in today’s military/political environment. Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan, in a recent letter sent to ISIS leader Ameer Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has requested to “formally and humbly become a citizen of the Islamic State.” Whatever else […]

Federal agencies can’t justify overspending

This federal government boondoggle falls into the “you would never do this with your own money” category. If you’ve ever been to former copper mining town Ajo, Arizona, population 3,300, you know it’s not a high-dollar real estate market. In fact, the average price of a home in the hamlet about 40 miles north of […]

Progress stifled by pride and ego

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher There are an awful lot of grudges around here. I had seen and heard it before, and now that I am publisher they have come out even more. No, I will not go into the specifics of them out of respect to those that have talked to me in confidence, or […]

Small price to pay for electricity

Sandy Fields

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Not in my back yard! Oops, never mind. It is in my back yard. I’m talking about the new electrical substation going up right behind the neighborhoods on the east side of Portales. No way around it. It’s going to be ugly, and it’s going to be in my view. […]

The whiners should run for office

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist How I got on one email distribution list of High Plains luminaries is a mysterious honor. One recent missive was titled “Best description of Obama ever written.” The email reprinted an essay from Jack Wheeler, “a brilliant man who was the author of Reagan’s strategy to break the back of […]

Progress will be lost with another war

Try as he might, President Obama has been unable to untangle the United States from the mess in the Middle East. Now, with a new terrorist group growing ever-fiercer and more dangerous, the president told the nation Wednesday night that Americans must act, with their allies, to stop the fundamentalists who are bent on destroying […]

Let the hyperbole, overkill begin

By Tom McDonald State columnist Now begins Election 2014. All the noise you’ve heard so far was just the warmup. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill. Still, it’s an important election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney […]

Obama shouldn’t act alone on immigration

P resident Barack Obama’s reversal on reforming immigration by executive action has heads reeling. He stood in the Rose Garden on June 30 and promised to take action by the end of summer to reform the immigration process. The rush of children migrating to the United States from Central America had heightened the sense of […]

Keep good rules; chuck the rest

Contrary to what many seem to believe, libertarians are not against rules. In fact, they are defined by adherence to one rule in particular: the zero aggression principle. It simply states: “No human being has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, nor to advocate or delegate its initiation.” This […]

Political surtax sounds fair

After serving as the U.S. representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district since 2001 and as majority leader since Jan. 3, 2011, Republican Eric Cantor was upset in his bid for re-election. Cantor lost the Republican primary in June to Dave Brat, an economics professor at Randolph–Macon College. The loss created a disturbance, not only in […]

No more excuses for looking other way

The most disturbing comment in the wake of Ray Rice’s firing did not come from the National Football League players’ union. Astonishingly, it came from the woman who runs a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The Baltimore Ravens on Monday cut the running back, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely because he punched Janay […]

Dogs provide more accurate reflection

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher If you want to truly know what an individual is about, I have stated that you do not see the reflection of that person in their kids, but in their dog. The dog takes the brunt good and bad of their owner, and does not have the same level of outside […]

Skinny dipping issue offers chance to teach

T he “Most Likely to Skinny Dip” award presented in the Portales High School yearbook a few weeks ago was controversial only in extreme circles. Anyone worried about our children’s morality being reflected in those pages needs a reality check. And a hobby. But the incident has raised an issue dear to our hearts, one […]

Added accountability helps football safety

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s happening in stadiums all over the country. Football is America’s most popular sport. It’s my favorite sport, too, but that doesn’t mean I can turn a blind eye to the severe health consequences that can happen to those who participate. I played for a while, in my much, much […]

Taking the road more traveled

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Leslie “Wildfire” Radford, a 1997 Muleshoe High School graduate, is living my fantasy — exchanging an education career for trucking down the highway. A 2001 graduate from college in Portales, Radford taught first through sixth grades in Texas schools — until becoming fed up. “The parents and administration don’t support […]

Communication should be first option in dispute

One point that was mentioned but deserves more attention in discussions of the recent Ferguson, Mo., police-citizen clashes is the use of tear gas on civilians. As many people realize, the use of tear gas is banned in wartime use as result of the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1933. Yet nations across the globe use […]

Five things to know about liberty

By Kent McManigal Local columnist I see newspaper articles regularly offering five things to know about a person, an object, or a job that might interest readers. Apparently nothing is as poorly understood as liberty — which is strange in a country supposedly founded to give regular people the best shot at achieving liberty. Perhaps […]

Indecisiveness won’t build coalition

By Rube Render Local columnist John Kerry’s opinion piece in the Aug. 29 New York Times states, “With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries.” Secretary of State Kerry goes on: “Next week, on […]