McManigal: No one has right to violate others

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, popular opinion seemed to blame either guns or the murderer’s religion. It’s good neither is subject to popular opinion, because opinion is fickle. You have a right to choose and exercise your own religion, and you have a right to own and to carry any weapon you […]

Render: Gun laws should be non-negotiable

The 1952 western movie “High Noon,” generally considered to be the first adult western, won Gary Cooper a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in the role of Sheriff Will Kane. Three outlaws taking over a western town just didn’t happen that way in real life. There are at least two well-documented incidents that […]

Drug proposal deserves serious consideration

Many Americans are experiencing a new pain at the pharmacy cash register due to skyrocketing medication costs. For many seniors and others on fixed incomes, that financial pain level is 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. Spending for Medicare’s outpatient prescription program grew by nearly 60 percent from 2007 through 2014, from $46 […]

McDonald: State deals sweet for film makers

My older daughter tells a great story about how she met Jeff Bridges and didn’t even know it. She was a teenager at the time, working at a local bookstore in “the original” Las Vegas (New Mexico) when he came in to the store. She said she was decorating an Easter egg for an upcoming […]

UNM on right track to ensure student safety

Investigations into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault involving University of New Mexico students and employees will move at a faster pace. The U.S. Department of Justice released a report earlier this year criticizing what it called sometimes confusing policies at UNM that could discourage students from reporting sex-related offenses. It also criticized UNM […]

McManigal: Anti-gun laws take our protection

As long as people exist, there will be bad people harming others. I realize this is upsetting news — it saddens me, too. The belief that laws will stop bad people is one of the most dangerous delusions ever to take root. Whether in a free society or a police state, bad people will do […]

Render: Obama, Clinton fooled by terrorists

The political correctness coming out of the left, led by the president of the United States and his designated successor, with their predisposition to blame gun owners instead of radical jihadists for mass killings, is making a growing number of Americans crazy. After each terror attack, the president addresses the nation with assurances that America […]

Remember our flag waves for freedom, equality

The Rainbow Pride flag has long been a symbol for the gay community. Over the last couple of days, its symbolism has expanded as one of unity not just for those Americans, but for Americans of varied backgrounds who together mourn the senseless murders inflicted by a terrorist-inspired American in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub catering […]

McDonald: Rights are for all, including LGBT

Sex is always a topic that gets attention, but lately it’s been getting attention in some disturbing ways. Transgender rights, sexual assaults on college campuses, and Internet pornography have all been in the news lately — and while they’re unrelated in the way in which they’ve made news, they all have one thing in common: […]

City shooting itself in the foot with range plan

Clovis city commissioners on Thursday are expected to discuss the pros and cons of a taxpayer-funded shooting range being established at Ned Houk Park. We think it’s time government got out of the entertainment business. Promoters say the proposed 720-acre range would feature 100-yard and 200-yard rifle targets, an area for pistol shooting and skeet […]

Sloan: Life still found in declining towns

Despite amateurish photography skills, I enjoy taking photos of rustic buildings in rural areas. While recently chauffeuring a teacher to the small West Texas towns of Morton, Muleshoe, Lazbuddie, Dimmitt, Wilson and Meadow for interviews for elementary positions, I killed time by snapping photos of old houses. I assumed the dilapidated structures — with missing […]

Wilson: No such thing as a grammar Nazi

Little can rattle me faster than a word, or piece of punctuation, used incorrectly. As an editor, it’s part of my job to stop them so they don’t rattle you wonderful readers. But why stop at my desk? Here are a handful of pitfalls, mostly linguistic, with some definitions and personal rules added: • Regarding […]

Voters reminded commissioners who’s in charge

Curry County’s primary elections this week should serve as a lesson for anyone and everyone in public office: Do not defy your constituents. We never know exactly why voters choose as they do, but there’s a pretty good chance Tuesday’s results are directly related to the county jail. Three times voters told county officials they […]

McManigal: Government working as designed

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but this seems to be an exceptionally angry presidential election cycle. More than usual, those who hate the candidates are setting the tone, rather than those who support them. Just about everyone who cares passionately for one or the other seems to be behaving like a rabid animal. People don’t simply […]

Render: Trump really running against establishment

This is the fourth and final editorial in my series on the Donald J. Trump phenomena. Today’s topic is the so called “Republican establishment.” The establishment refused to believe that Trump would be the presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 2016. Early on it began to dawn on them that if he lost, Trump […]

The smaller our government, the better for us all

We don’t endorse political candidates, primarily because we seldom see any who reflect our core values of limited government. Those seeking office in Tuesday’s primaries across the state are mostly well-intentioned people. Their hearts are in the right place, but we can’t identify even one we could recommend whose intentions are to make government smaller […]

Sloan: It was just a freak accident, really

My book-of-the-month summary for May is “Super Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The authors reveal unintended economic consequences of policies and often sub-conscious behaviors. Excerpts: • Title IX had an unintended consequence on the number of female college head coaches. Before the law, 90 percent of college women’s sports had female head coaches. […]

Wilson: Great layover location still elusive

Leave it to my dad to note financial disparities of an industry. While overseeing a paint crew for the state government, he was accused of being inefficient with the paint used to mark the roadways. An investigation was launched, with numerous state employees taking three weeks to check his work. At the end, his supervisor […]

Dogfighters should be caged like fighting dogs

Dogfighting is despicable. It is not a sport. Breeding dogs to tear at each other’s throats, training them to fight to the death, keeping them stacked in crates in basements, abusing them in the worst possible ways is the sick blood activity of weak people. An Albuquerque man, Robert Arellano, 62, was arrested last week […]

McDonald: Trump has show, not depth, of Ali

As I think back on Muhammad Ali and his impact on American culture, I’m struck by a couple of comparisons. Specifically, Jack Johnson and Donald Trump come to mind. Ali transcended his professional boxing career by thrusting himself head-first into the struggles of his time. If you remember him in his prime, you know he […]