Life goes on despite worldly ‘troubles’

There was interesting news on the Albuquerque TV station on March 1. It was in reference to a letter sent to the Clovis News Journal concerning the paper’s Valentine’s Day (front page) article. Apparently it glorified the romance of two men, as it was presented. I didn’t see the article but feel obligated to make […]

Letter to the Editor: Bring ‘three Rs’ back to schools

Regarding recent reports in the Clovis News Journal: • Keith Ingram wrote about standardized school testing and I fully agree with his questions about the reason for and to what end. The students are passing the tests, making the teachers and school look good, and going out the door with zero to enter the word […]

GOP should sign on with updated Voting Rights Act

For anyone who believes protests don’t matter, the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma across the Edmund Pettus Bridge is a reminder how powerful the voice of the people can be when citizens join to fight injustice. Because of civil rights protests, both in Alabama and across the country, the nation passed the Voting […]

Lawmakers much like rabid hyenas

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Why does so much news revolve around the individuals who call themselves government? It’s because they impose themselves in our lives. They make it necessary to know, in self defense, what they are up to. Through their actions they are a real and present danger to your life, liberty, pursuit […]

Email scandal won’t stop Hillary

By Rube Render Local columnist The list of embarrassing incidents he learned about from news reports grew by one when President Barack Obama told CBS News correspondent Bill Plante on Saturday that he found out about the Hillary Clinton email situation that way. Several days later, White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest was forced to […]

Time government left us, time alone

We may never get back that hour of sleep we lost over the weekend to usher in daylight saving time if a bill making its way through the New Mexico legislative process is approved. It will be a small sacrifice, however, if it means we don’t have to flip-flop our clocks twice a year for […]

Papers public interest watchdogs

By Tom McDonald State columnist One of my old journalism school textbooks lays out seven “elements of news” that are worth reviewing from time to time. They are: timeliness, conflict, human interest, impact, prominence, proximity and unusualness — news elements that help newspaper editors decide what’s news and what’s not, and what should go on […]

ISC transparency bill deserves serious thought

Several lawmakers want to rein in the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, which has been a lightning rod over a controversial multimillion dollar plan it approved to divert water from the Gila River. The project has spawned a tug of war between environmentalists and others who fear the river and its wildlife will be harmed, […]

Speech impediment a dream killer

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Understandably, the subject of today’s column requested anonymity. I will call him “Frustrated.” The High Plains resident said in his 50-plus years he has confided his secret to only a handful of trusted friends (finally including me). Since childhood, he has coped with a speech impediment — enduring ridicule from […]

‘Twitter muscles’ flexed over PARCC

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher And so the hot topic last week was the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing that was going on in school districts. Hundreds of protests, many kids being opted out by their parents, etc., etc. Several times I heard that if you don’t pass the test […]

Some jobs know no season

There are a lot of jobs that are just not fun to do in the winter cold. There are a lot of jobs that are just about impossible to do in the freezing weather. There are also jobs that are just the thing that I want to be doing in the months between spring and […]

Letter to the Editor: No-volunteer Army should be in consideration

Maybe we should consider a no-volunteer Army. I spent three years of my career working in Israel managing an organization within a multinational electronics corporation. During the years I lived in Israel, over 80 percent of citizens old enough to vote actually voted. In the U.S., the number during that same time frame was 52 […]

Letter to the Editor: Local newspaper provides ‘public service’ to community

Regarding the March 1 letter to the editor, “Newspaper no longer shares values of residents:” I was chuckling all through the whole story thinking how many times I’ve wanted to quit subscribing to your newspaper; the main reason being, I believe the paper does cater to the GOP crowd — especially the main editor’s page […]

State better off with no solitary horror stories

Throwing people into the “hole” can be inhumane, and it can be costly to the taxpayers. A misdemeanor DWI charge landed Jerome Gonzales in the Otero County lockup in 2012. Roughly two months later he was diagnosed as psychotic as a result of his stint in solitary confinement, according to his attorney. In essence, “he […]

Only government wins in election

By Kent McManigal Local columnist I’m sure you’ve seen the “Peanuts” cartoons where Lucy holds the football for Charlie Brown to kick, promising him she won’t pull it away this time. This time he’ll kick it. But every time she pulls the football away at the last instant and poor Charlie Brown lands flat on […]

Education should stay at state level

By Rube Render Local columnist The federally mandated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests are creating major confrontations between students and educators in New Mexico from Santa Fe to Las Cruces and probably in many other places across the state. All students beginning at the third-grade level are required to […]

Legislature no place for peeves, personal issues

In every legislative session you can count on two kinds of time-wasting bills — those that make things illegal that are already crimes and those that address legislators’ personal pet peeves. There are at least two examples of the first kind of bill before the New Mexico Legislature. One would make child prostitution a felony, […]

SB 323 not in public’s interest

By Tom McDonald State columnist Seems a good time to revisit Think New Mexico’s legislative push to bring some transparency into our state when it comes to health care costs and treatments. You may recall this nonpartisan think tank’s latest report, released last fall, about the need to give health care consumers access to the […]

Songs, suits and successes

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Homer Tankersley pictured with his wife, Doris. The two have been a musical duo since the day they met.

Homer Tankersley may be one of Clovis’s best-known treasures. He’s worked with Norman Petty, sang in gospel groups all around the world and has settled down with his 54 year-old business on Main Street in Downtown Clovis. Tankersley, a Dallas native, opens up about his music and fashion careers, and gives away the secret to […]

Moving election date to March good for state

From the standpoint of raising New Mexico’s profile in the selection of presidential candidates, tabling a bill to move up the state’s primary elections from June to March was the wrong move. If the goal is to hold down voter turnout for state and local candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries, keeping the status […]