Cain presents bold ideas at GOP debates

Tuesday night’s Bloomberg/Washington Post Republican presidential candidate’s debate did little to change the complexion of the GOP primary. It did further distinguish former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and his ideas as deserving of national attention and campaign momentum. It also showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is already running a general election campaign, [...]

Parks professionals to gather in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Nick Ogilvie showcases his artificial landscape work in Clovis. Ogilvie is one of the session speakers for the annual New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association conference. The conference starts Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Benna Sayyed A host of parks and recreation professionals from New Mexico will gather this week at the [...]

Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their [...]

Voters seek leaders who have new ideas

Contenders for the Republican nomination for president would best serve voters in tonight’s debate if they focused on ideas and their own records, rather than anti-Obama rhetoric. This debate could be the most telling thus far because it may be the first to feature Texas Gov. Rick Perry alongside the other candidates, should severe wildfires [...]

Time for TV to channel new ideas

I did some travel recently, but also made plenty of time to watch television I normally avoid when I’m working. Here are some things I picked up, none of them long enough for a full column: • There’s a new game show on NBC called, “It’s Worth What?” The show’s hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. [...]

Family source of ideas

L ife isn’t just one big bowl of cherries for a small town newspaper columnist. Some weeks it just doesn’t pay to hand in your copy. This week could be one of those weeks. Someone once told me to write about what you know and it’ll be easy. Writing about what I know leaves me [...]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still [...]

Grant McGee: Simple best for romance

One of the writers for the paper e-mailed me a few days ago for my thoughts on five romantic places for a date. I got the e-mail at 4 a.m. as I prepared for my day and he desired my input as soon as possible. Out of my sleep-gummed brain came a few ideas, like [...]

Free exchange of ideas remains vital

Freedom New Mexico Freedom of speech and academic freedom prevailed last week when a deeply religious man — some call him a zealot — delivered a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy after an intensive campaign to censor him by government force. Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary spoke at an Air Force Academy prayer [...]

Each individual writes story of one’s life

I could call myself a writer. I am smart enough to know that I cannot write professionally and make a living. But I have been writing since my teen years just as a way to express the emotions, thoughts and ideas of my heart. But think about this: Really, everyone is a writer. A person [...]