Strange Obama missed ISIS threat

By Rube Render Local columnist Tommy Vietor, who rose from van driver during the Obama campaign to National Security Council spokesman, once remarked that President Obama preferred to have the Presidential Daily Briefing delivered to him at his residence each morning rather than having the information briefed to him. Obama did not need face-to-face briefings […]

Forest Service restrictions unnecessary

Talk about bureaucracy run amok. The U.S. Forest Service wants to tighten restrictions on how filmmakers and photographers can cover events in wilderness areas — going so far as to require permits before companies can take a photograph or video. Originally, the Forest Service had said the rule would apply to all members of the […]

Perception affects economic reality

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Oxford defines perception as the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. Through this process we gain information about properties and elements of the environment that are critical to our survival. It includes the five senses: touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing. It also includes a […]

SpaceX testing deal bodes well for New Mexico

New Mexico may have lost out on Tesla’s $5 billion battery plant, but its link to launching Americans into space again from U.S. soil grew stronger with NASA’s selection of Boeing and SpaceX to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX, another enterprise of Tesla’s daddy, billionaire Elon Musk, has a contract with New […]

Most life may be better without us

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist For readers who barely have time for 300-word columns, I will provide a book-of-the-month summary from my bookshelves. My first selection is “The Web of Life” by John A. Storer. The 1953 book, retailing for 50 cents (bought for 10 cents at the Portales Public Library sale), is timeless. “The […]

Society needs to redefine manhood

By Tom McDonald State columnist Thanks, NFL, for sparking a worthy national conversation. When it comes to the issue of domestic violence, you’ve given us a wealth of examples about how not to behave. Of course, it’s more important to talk about how such violence hits us at home, in our local communities, but it’s […]

Vegetarian lunch option sensible choice

This just in as the latest example that, yes, anything and everything is up forpartisan and, often, unscientific attacks. School districts around the country are starting to keep meat off the school lunch menu one day a week. Meatless Monday, as the initiative is called, grew out of a larger movement to reduce meat consumption […]

Many confused about libertarians

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Often, in the national media, I see items that show just how confused most people are over what is Libertarian and what isn’t. Liberals confuse Libertarians for conservatives; especially of the tea party variety. Conservatives confuse Libertarians for liberals. No one seems to understand why those are both wrong. It […]

Duran correct on two major issues

By Rube Render Local columnist The interview with Secretary of State Dianna Duran in Sunday’s Clovis News Journal contained two major issues. The first was the issue of nonbinding questions on ballots, which she opposes, and the second was her position on voter ID. Both of these questions deserve closer scrutiny than they received. When […]

If U.S. doesn’t defeat terrorism, no one else will

About that “peace dividend.” The escalating Islamic State’s threat to U.S. citizens and American interests here and abroad may deplete any anticipated dividend before it can go into the nation’s piggy bank. Some of the billions expected to be saved over the next decade from military budget cuts, downsizing forces and getting off a permanent […]

Return on investment important

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I have used this term almost to the point of wearing myself out. And I do believe everyone has a basic understanding of it, though what they believe it is versus what someone else does can often be different. For those that do not have money, it is even more critical. […]

Tragic situation handled with grace

What happened to Timothy Cole should never happen to anyone. He was an innocent man sentenced to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and died behind bars. The unveiling of a 13-foot-tall bronze statue of Cole by the city of Lubbock and the Innocence Project of Texas in an area to be dedicated as […]

NM great place to see stars

By Tom McDonald State columnist Outer space has been in the news a lot lately — and that’s just fine for the likes of New Mexico. Not only were we at the center of a couple of recent international news items, but we enjoy a rich history tied to humanity’s reach for the stars. But […]

Wendel’s list of extended commandments

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist I am fine with The Ten Commandments being posted on taxpayer property — as long as my 11 receive the same treatment. Here are Wendel’s 11 commandments: • Thou shalt have no other gods before me — although I would appreciate receiving recommendations about the ones cool enough to hang […]

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. […]