A day in the life of the ‘Desperate Six’

Don McAlavy Back in the summer of 1922, there existed in Clovis a gang of young boys called the “Desperate Six.” The gang got started when four eighth-grade boys asked two third-grade boys to join them. This is Travis Anthony’s report: “We felt highly honored to be in a gang with ‘big boys,’” Anthony said. […]

America must assume risk or pay more

Walter Williams For most of our history, we followed the British system of common law, including laws dealing with tort liability. This heritage has been attacked by courts and plaintiff attorneys so much that it is barely recognizable. One such doctrine of tort liability is the assumption-of-risk doctrine. Simply put, the assumption-of-risk doctrine holds that […]

Area residents find ways around cigarette tax

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Eric Butler Teenagers were the target when New Mexico lawmakers decided to add a 70-cent-a-pack tax on cigarettes. The extra cost, they reasoned, would help prevent cash-poor kids from taking up the habit. When the tax went into effect on July 1, adult smokers in eastern New Mexico also felt the price pinch. But many […]

Local businesses cited in tobacco sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the […]

Anti-obesity movement going too far

By Walter Williams Oreo cookies should be banned from sale to children in California. That’s according to Stephen Joseph, who filed a lawsuit against Nabisco last month in California’s Marin County Superior Court. Oreo cookies contain trans fat, an ingredient that makes the cookies crisp and their filling creamy. Joseph says that trans fat is […]