State-provided security ridiculous

By Kent McManigal Local columnist People claim government must provide security — by which they usually mean police and military — because security is much too important to leave to the market to provide (which they confuse with leaving it to chance), or to do without. Yet, nothing is more important than air. Being so […]

Degree no substitute for experience

By Rube Render Local columnist Wikipedia tells us gringo is a term “mainly used in Spanish-speaking countries, to refer to an English-speaking foreigner, especially an American person.” The term is often used in a disparaging sense, but in and of itself is not derogatory. In England, “Graduates In Non Graduate Occupations” now refer to themselves […]

Ferguson proof military might not always right

Is anyone surprised that armored tanks and assault rifles have escalated rather than eased confrontations between civilians and police officers? So much for free stuff from the government not having a hidden price tag. This just might be the worst re-gifting idea ever. In the wake of days of violence in Ferguson, Mo., after a […]

Conformity puzzling phenomenon

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m sorry, but I have to write about this. It was one of the things I noticed last time I was here, and it is blatantly obvious again, but this time in a different form. What is up with all the white SUVs/Crossovers? Last time I was here everyone had a […]

An informed public a safer, saner public

“To mess around with Ebola is an easy way to die.” — Richard Preston, author of “The Hot Zone” Richard Preston’s 1994 non-fiction thriller, “The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story,” introduced readers world-wide to the terrors of viral hemorrhagic fevers, particularly the Ebola virus. Preston, a New York writer and brother of Santa Fe […]

Many water opinions, few solutions

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Robin Fornoff, this newspaper’s projects editor, reported Ogallala Aquifer levels continue dropping in Curry and Roosevelt counties, with 90 percent of the water being used for agriculture. Gayla Brumfield, chair of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, told me, “The sustainable piece of our water shortage solution is the […]

Lighter footprint can be left behind

By Tom McDonald State columnist Let’s face it; we’ve really messed up the place. Sure, we take out the trash, but we really don’t get rid of it. We just hide it, and then pretend it’s gone. But not everybody’s pretending. Some people actually pay attention to their mark upon the environment and work to […]

Commissioners not hearing voters’ message

Someone call the police: Robbery in progress. Three times Curry County commissioners asked voters for money to build a new jail and/or add on to the existing one. Voters said no, no and hell no. And so Tuesday, our elected representatives, unanimously sick and tired of asking, announced plans to just take our money — […]

There’s always time to be civil

By Kent McManigal Local columnist It is really easy to misunderstand other people; to misinterpret their words, tone of voice, and actions. That’s why you should be careful about how you react toward anyone. Don’t say or do things that can’t be taken back if you discover you took something wrong. It makes for fictional […]

LA stoops to monetary incentive

By Rube Render Local columnist The number of registered voters in a jurisdiction will vary over any period of time one attempts to examine. In Clovis, the number has varied from as low as the 15,000s to around 18,000. For our purposes, I propose we use 16,500 as the rough number of registered voters in […]

Sometimes keeping status quo takes a fight

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s descriptions of the struggle women faced in seeking equality were spoken in a soft, hushed tone of voice. Yet every word was audible as the 81-year-old justice relayed stories forged on the front lines of the struggle for equality. She was addressing a packed audience of 350 people at […]

Military support in Iraq again ironic

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Oh, the irony. I try not to be political in my opinions, and am not going to try to be here, but oh, the irony. We listened for how long to the current administration and the blaming of the former president for what was done in Iraq. Our current president promised […]

Work policies should be set by companies

When you go to urgent care, you should be able to be confident the medical professionals treating you aren’t high. When you drive down the highway, you should expect a truck driver to be sober. A drug-free workplace is what most people expect — including employers. And that’s what Presbyterian Healthcare Services says it is […]

I don’t understand the animosity

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Thank you to hometown friend and world-class fisherman Mike Parnell for sharing’s article “Christian Radio Host: Ebola Could Cleanse U.S. of Sluts, Atheists, Gays” about Florida Christian radio host Rick Wiles. Although I don’t understand Rev. Wiles’ animosity toward gays and Atheists, I am confident they can defend themselves. […]

Diversity at heart of good music

By Tom McDonald State columnist “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras Math, it’s been said, is the language of the universe. But when it comes to the human experience, music is the tie that binds. Several years ago in a visit […]

City officials wrong to leave public in dark

The evaluation — or was it an attempted assassination? — of Joe Thomas is finally over. We’re glad about that anyway. Clovis’ city manager still has the job he’s held since 2004, and taxpayers still don’t know what all the secret discussions were about. City commissioners met behind closed doors four times between July 3 […]

Self control highest responsibility

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Liberty, responsibility, and happiness are intimately entwined. Liberty is the freedom to do absolutely anything that doesn’t violate anyone else’s identical and equal liberty. It really is that simple; it’s how responsible people behave. Living by liberty can lead to happiness if you’re not careful. Some disturbed people aren’t content […]

Tax solution is to change the law

By Rube Render Local columnist In 2008, vice presidential candidate Joe Biden commented that paying more taxes was the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. Real patriots should be clamoring for tax increases on themselves and their friends rather than demanding tax cuts like those counterfeit patriots who formed the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) […]

Independent voters deserve to vote in primaries

It’s rare in New Mexico when Democrats and Republicans see eye-to-eye on an issue. So it’s refreshing to see Republican Gov. Susana Martinez support a reasonable plan put forth by two Democrats, Sen. Bill O’Neill and Rep. Emily Kane, that would open up party primaries to independent voters. O’Neill and Kane plan to introduce legislation […]

I’m OK with being called visionary

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher A few things to know about me: I am about the most even keel person you will ever meet. I hate the use of extreme adjectives. I hate them for one simple reason, and that is I do not believe anyone can back them up. I do not believe anyone is […]