Editorial: Health care costs vital to national economic health

What a coincidence that just a week after the Nov. 6 election a Washington think tank described as an idea factory for President Barack Obama presented a plan for significant federal budget savings through cuts in Medicare. The pre-election rhetoric from the White House was all about fighting tooth and nail against Republicans planning to […]

Editorial: Smooth better, even on roads less traveled

While we limited-government proponents believe individuals are negatively impacted by Big Brother on many fronts, even many libertarians recognize there is a role for government in completing some necessary projects. Count us among the less-government advocates applauding taxpayer-funded road construction scheduled to begin in 2014 between Prince and Norris Streets on U.S 60-70-84 in Clovis. […]

Editorial: America needs to rebuild its workforce

As if the United States needed another reminder it has not been educating tomorrow's workforce today. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch story, as well as the most recent "60 Minutes" broadcast, focused on the country's lack of skilled manufacturing workers. Despite an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent and more than 20 million Americans either out of […]

Legalization of marijuana bears watching

Colorado and Washington made history on Election Day when their citizens voted to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. The temptation for wordplay is high (we're allowed one), but the time for pot jokes is over. These successful legalization efforts mark a turning point in our nation's War on Drugs, and how we react […]

Much needed reformation tax change difficult

Voters in California, in the midst of a multi-billion budget deficit, voted last week to hike the income tax rate on income earners who make more than $250,000 a year. President Barack Obama is once again calling for higher tax rates for people who make more than $250,000 as part of a package of tax […]

Serving others routine duty for veterans

Living facts surround and embody Veterans Day across America today. This visible network makes up the ranks of our families and our neighbors' families. They join many of us in visiting the graves of veterans across this land on this day. And they are the women and men we work with, go to school and […]

Editorial: Eating more produce important, organic or not

Yet another group has weighed in on organic fruits and vegetables. The American Academy of Pediatrics said pesticide-free food doesn't translate to healthier people. An earlier study by Stanford University said eating organic food reduces exposure to pesticides, but "the amount measured in conventionally grown produce was within safety limits." All sides can agree that […]

Comprehensive immigration reform needed

The immigration policies of Canada, Australia and New Zealand vs. those of the United States epitomize the difference between taking a proactive stance and taking a page from a crisis-management manual. Because Canada, Australia and New Zealand have developed strategic plans to recruit highly educated, skilled workers. Meanwhile, the United States continues to struggle with […]

New UNM budget worth consideration

It only makes sense that in an institution of higher learning, money should work smarter. Because that money is becoming harder to find. Government budgets are constricting, tuition costs are expanding and lottery scholarship dollars are shrinking. Yet universities are still expected to keep turning out graduates prepared to make the state and national economies […]

Interning young people could help our future

Jim Clifton, CEO of the Gallup polling organization, believes young people possess the entrepreneurial energy to get the nation going again. However, they need a sound education, and the key to better classroom performance rests with some business experience, such as internships. "There is an enormous amount of economic start-up energy in our kids, enough […]

Feeding needy our responsibility

Residents and businesses of Curry and Roosevelt counties continue to show selflessness in helping the needy, most recently with a successful food-raising effort to "Stuff Nancy's Truck." They pitched in over a 10-day period in late October to donate 8,000 pounds of food and $557 to fill the new 24-foot truck of the Food Bank […]

Editorial: Nancy’s Truck helps feed people in need

Residents and businesses of Curry and Roosevelt counties continue to show selflessness in helping the needy, most recently with a successful food-raising effort to "Stuff Nancy's Truck." They pitched in over a 10-day period in late October to donate 8,000 pounds of food and $557 to fill the new 24-foot truck of the Food Bank […]

Editorial: Agriculture education sees rise in women

When someone talks about farms, the image that comes to mind is a guy on a tractor or in a barn, maybe being helped by his sons. Time to get a new picture. A recent report shows the number of females enrolled in agricultural programs at colleges surpasses that of males nationwide. Those women will […]

Burglary needs to be redefined and tweaked

For a crime to be a "burglary" it comes down to one word: "entry." What a victim may think was a burglary, by law in some cases turns out not to be. And perpetrators who don't actually enter a vehicle — like Abdul Muqqdin who allegedly punched a hole in a gas tank to steal […]

Obama’s visit to city worth unpaid bill

The howling was predictable and partisan at the news that Springfield, Ill., officials were no longer actively seeking to get President Barack Obama's campaign to pay a four-year-old, $55,500 bill for police protection and other expenses. Obama was in town on a very hot August day in 2008 to announce he had chosen then-Delaware Sen. […]

Sequestration is a dangerous game to play

One thing all sides appear to agree on is that sequestration, like the use of nuclear weapons, was never supposed to happen. The word sequestration entered today's popular lexicon during the summer of 2011 in the midst of budget battles between Congress and the White House. A so-called congressional supercommittee that couldn't agree on a […]

Obama shows arrogance in recent debates

Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president of Family Research Council Action, offered a recent column on last week's final presidential debate. Here's a snippet: President Obama and Mitt Romney had another heated exchange during their final debate. They disagreed, cited facts and anecdotes and challenged one another. They also conveyed certain unspoken messages. The president came […]

Land owners right to protect property sacred

Eleanor Fairchild recently spent a night in jail. The 78-year-old grandmother was arrested after she stood with "eco-anarchists" against the Keystone XL pipeline's construction in East Texas. Fairchild's contribution to eco-anarchy? Trespassing — on a piece of her own farm a Texas court condemned at pipeline builder TransCanada's request. The Keystone pipeline controversy has attracted […]

Mississippi’s infant mortality has many roots

Mississippi health professionals met recently in Jackson, Miss., to discuss how the state can solve one of its most vexing problems: an infant mortality rate that is 50 percent higher than the national average. Good luck to them. Hopefully their talks included an honest assessment of the situation, which is that a greater percentage of […]

Voters getting little info about candidates

It's startling how much the presidential candidates talk and how little they say. Whether because of the candidates' weaknesses or a flawed political system, voters are getting precious little information from either candidate about how he would run the country. President Barack Obama has few details on how he would improve the economy. Does he […]