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 […]

Tony Day’s not walking away from his actions

The outrage and frustration from family members is understandable. Tony Day is accused of killing two innocent people and the maximum punishment he will receive under the law is nominal by comparison. But Tucumcari District Judge Albert Mitchell acted responsibly and humanely with his ruling last week that Day should be sentenced as a juvenile. […]

Newspaper needs some tweaking

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher It has been two weeks and David Stevens and I have been getting questions about the direction of the newspaper. Where did the state, national, and international coverage go? Where did the editorial go? I have seen posts on Facebook where some of the ideas are lame. Why would they do […]

Smaller BAH raises, higher drug co-pays gain steam

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal 2015 defense money bill that fully supports the Senate Armed Services Committee’s earlier embrace of key military compensation curbs sought by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Both committees have rejected proposals to restructure TRICARE dramatically by consolidating plan options and by raising fees.  They also reject a […]

Student loans should be weighed on risk

There was a time when people had the quaint notion that borrowing money was done with the understanding you would have to pay it back, with interest, whether for a car, a house, a vacation or college. But a New York Federal Reserve Bank report calls into question whether many people made that mental check […]

Tour aspirations quickly unraveled

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist On the strength of our epic six-minute-plus debut single, “20 Years Since I’ve Seen You,” I had hoped to be touring with The High Plains Hippies. The group’s genesis began in the bicycle aisle of Portales’ Wal-Mart (where, as requested by lawmen, I was purchasing a 32-inch bike to replace […]

Finds on our back roads amazing

By Tom McDonald State columnist Travel the back roads of New Mexico and it’s amazing what you can find. Last week my daughter Maya and I took a day trip to the northeastern tip of New Mexico, for a meeting I had in Clayton. Then we returned to our hometown of Las Vegas by way […]

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 […]