Intentions of city officials perplexing

Concerning the March 8 article headlined "Watchdog: City letter inappropropriate." Was it Ignorance, greed or sucking up to the governor? I don't know and I don't care. But I am getting a little tired of officials, including law enforcement, going along party lines and refusing to crack down on gun laws. I don't own a […]

Insights into multicultural lunacy

Professor Craig Frisby is on the faculty of University of Missouri's Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology. His most recent book is "Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Minority Students." It's a 662-page textbook covering a range of topics from multiculturalism and home and family influences to student testing and school discipline. There's no way […]

Public safety should be high priority

Only in New Mexico, a state entering its 12th year of drought and experiencing conditions so dry it's too dangerous to conduct many controlled burns, could the Legislature take a proposed fireworks ban sponsored by a firefighter and amend it once, substitute it twice, and then let it die in committee. Get ready for one […]

Lobos’ hope dashed again, future uncertian

Pity the poor fans of University of New Mexico basketball. First, the euphoria of winning the Mountain West Conference season and tournament, then the No. 3 seed, whispers of Final Four possibilities, all ending with a humiliating loss to Harvard in their first NCAA tournament game. At least, though, the Lobos had next year — […]

Smoking cessation drugs available

Smoking cessation drugs now are available at no charge through the TRICARE Mail Order Program for service members, military family members and retirees under age 65 who want to kick this unhealthy habit. The free cessation drugs finally are available almost five years after Congress ordered them. The free medicines are part of a wider […]

Blurry line between rights and priviledges

Regarding thieves, killers and other criminals in our local jail: These people should not have comfortable living situations with three meals a day while sitting on their butts. Why don't we, as Roosevelt County taxpayers, make these bums work and make them stay in tents with barbed wire? As a Republican and a voter, why […]

Unavoidable adventures in jury duty

Recent headlines hard to swallow

It's a deeply felt conviction among liberals that they are the caring party. It's not too much to say that liberals are quite confident that they are nicer, more moral people than conservatives. It must require truly titanic powers of denial for the "moral" and "compassionate" party to maintain its position on abortion — a […]

Gun violence disturbingly familiar

Jonylah Watkins died on a Tuesday. She was with her father, who was sitting in a minivan in Chicago on the night of March 11 when someone opened fire. Doctors worked 17 hours trying to repair what a bullet had done to her body, but to no avail. She died the next morning. Her funeral […]

Meeting notice extension helps rural residents

Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico lawmakers have taken a major step to increase public awareness and participation in government meetings across the state. Martinez signed HB 21, sponsored by Rep. James E. Smith, R-Sandia Park, and Sen. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, which passed each chamber unanimously. It increases the required notice of a public […]