Specter example of way Congress once operated

How would you label a Republican congressman who was opposed to abortion but supported a woman's right to choose? Who didn't favor same-sex marriage but fought against laws banning it? Who voted to limit tax cuts for the rich and to raise the minimum wage for the poor? Who believed immigrants should have a pathway […]

Local voters should ignore conspiracies

Election season is full of conspiracies, but wary voters shouldn't be fooled. For all our enlightenment in this information age, conspiracy theories permeate American life, especially politics. Some of us will embrace such theories because they very conveniently rubber-stamp suspicions or biases we have, even when evidence is clearly lacking. One recent example of this: […]

Editorial: Tres Amigas vote welcome resolution

The next step toward the creation of an electrical power connection in eastern New Mexico to better serve all Americans occurred last week when the Clovis City Commission voted 5-0 in favor of issuing $1.65 billion in Industrial Revenue Bonds for the proposed Tres Amigas project. The vote is a good one in that it […]

Editorial: Space flight industry needs liability bill

Wayne Hale understands as well as anyone both the potential for commercial space flight and the obstacles to success. Hale is a former program manager for the space shuttle program. He was shuttle flight director for 40 shuttle missions, and was deputy associate administrator of strategic partnerships in NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate when he […]

Editorial: ICE agreement positive move for meatpackers

J BS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials took a positive step last week when they agreed to work together to ensure the meatpacking giant's U.S. workforce stays legal. The move comes more than half a decade after a raid on the meatpacking plant in north Greeley netted 262 suspected illegal workers. The dramatic raid […]

Editorial: Immigration fix must address long-, short-term

If you listen carefully, you occasionally will hear a reasoned, calm voice within all of the unreasoned, red-faced shouting so common to national discourse today. Such was the case on Monday night when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke about immigration at the annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce dinner in Iowa. As part of his […]

Postal Service partnership tilts competition

Downtown retailers across the nation face yet another competitive hurdle thanks to a new deal penned by the United States Postal Service. No, not the good folks at our local post offices; this threat comes straight out of Washington D.C. The Postal Regulatory Commission recently approved a multimillion-dollar deal granting deep discounts to Valassis, one […]

Editorial: Bond C deserves voter support

Those supporting taxpayer-funded higher education in New Mexico should take a close look at the Bond C question on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. Voters statewide will decide whether to allow the state to issue $120 million in general obligation bonds for capital improvements at New Mexico's universities and colleges. The cost breaks down […]

Pain-killing drug in need of regulation

A mericans are understandably inclined to believe the medicines prescribed for them are approved and provided under the safety regulations of the federal Food and Drug Administration. And in most instances, that's true. But as the current multistate outbreak of 105 meningitis cases and eight deaths (half of the latter in Tennessee) linked to spinal […]

Gas prices in California pretty scary

When you hit the local gas pumps and see the price bouncing around $3.50 a gallon, you can be thankful for one thing. You don't live in California. On Friday, the cost of a gallon of gas in the Golden State seemed to be approaching the price of actual gold with prices in the $4.50-$4.65 […]

Tragedies, power plan spotlight region and deserve reflection

Several times a year there are news weeks like this past one. They are filled with multiple news events of a magnitude that few people associate with this sparsely populated area of New Mexico. And they deserve a moment's reflection: A notorious child killer was finally recaptured Thursday after four years on the run. Now […]

Editorial: Voter fraud not an issue in New Mexico

One of the few issues to be laid to rest this campaign season is voter fraud. Fears, mostly on the right, that noncitizens might be voting, manifested in voter identification bills here and across the nation. Bearing the voter-fraud torch was Secretary of State Dianna Duran, who proceeded to botch the effort. She announced early […]

Editorial: Cyberbullies show hatred in schools

S chool officials promise disciplinary action if any Clovis Municipal Schools students are involved. Police are investigating possible criminal acts. We hope any adults responsible for the "Their Hand" Facebook page will be publicly identified as cowards and forced to answer for their despicable actions. For those not familiar, and don't want to wade through […]

Editorial: Can we please move to non-NFL referee topics?

Pardon a moment of snarkiness, but let's remember that the Earth didn't move overnight Wednesday when the NFL referees and owners patched things up and ended their petulant little strike. Now can we get back to learning more specific details about what is sure to affect all Americans, like who has the right stuff to […]

New Mexico students need improvement

The good news? A much more diverse group of students is taking college entrance exams. The bad news? More than half of them tanked. That's true nationally and in New Mexico. And it does not bode well for an educated and prepared workforce to turn this economy around, much less make it sustainable. It is […]

Viewpoint – Social media message blurs content of trial

A Facebook posting about a pending case by 2nd Judicial District Judge Samuel Winder illustrates why the court system is right to be concerned about the use of social media by those involved in justice.Winder recently posted comments about a murder trial at which he was presiding. After the jury convicted the defendant, he posted […]

Interlock device remains part of crime system

Drugs or alcohol. Impairment is all the same to the New Mexico Court of Appeals where interlocks are concerned. As it should be. New Mexico's second highest state court says if you are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs you don't get out of having to install an ignition interlock device on your […]

Editorial: Commissioner should put end to grudge match

Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard has been accused of creating a "hostile work environment" for County Manager Lance Pyle. Strong evidence supporting that accusation surfaced during Tuesday's County Commission meeting. For more than 10 minutes, Stoddard, who again attended the commission meeting via phone conference, questioned Pyle about how he spends his work day and […]

New Mexicans can take pride in donor rate

Here's a list New Mexico can be proud to almost top: the one where its licensed drivers have outpaced all but five other states in registering to save/improve the lives of others. The state has been recognized as sixth in the nation for its efforts in 2010 to get driver's license applicants to register as […]

Editorial: New commander makes history at White Sands

RUIDOSO — Every time White Sands Missile Range welcomes a new commander, it means another talented, smart and accomplished leader is joining our community. And this time there is an historic aspect as well. Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, who took command of White Sands Missile Range last week, is the first woman, and first African-American, […]