Letter to the editor: Lack of basic human decency appalling

This newspaper has recently highlighted questionable actions by a public servant, Clovis police Officer Brent Aguilar. Unsurprisingly, the events in August have caused a stir within the community. Additionally, this officer had a similar incident occur six months prior. The circumstances differ slightly, but his actions in both share similarities. As stated in an editorial […]

NM government breaks public’s trust once again

In 2003, the New Mexico Legislature adopted the Voter Action Act, providing for public financing of campaigns for the powerful Public Regulation Commission. It was intended to improve PRC elections by offering candidates the option of funding their campaigns with public money rather than soliciting and accepting contributions from some of the same corporate interests […]

Statism no way to deal with people

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Walking down a lonely trail, with no one else around, do your politics matter? Even to yourself? When shipwrecked on a deserted island, or sitting alone in your house, it doesn’t matter how you believe you should relate to other people. Politics is hypothetical in isolation. Once you add one […]

President’s comments real idiocy

By Rube Render Local columnist When I was a child it was common for local officials to quarantine families for any number of diseases. Among these were mumps, measles, chicken pox and that most dreaded of all childhood killers, polio. Swimming pools were closed in August as a precaution and no one questioned the ability […]

Idiocy greater threat to US than Ebola

It sounds so sensible. Ebola is a deadly disease. Unchecked, it could cause disaster in the United States, just as it is doing in Africa. So, to be sensible, quarantine those health workers who have been taking care of Ebola patients in Africa. A 21-day quarantine, while tough for the non-symptomatic patient, just makes sense. […]

Looking from a credibility standpoint

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher As I was taking my Saturday afternoon shower, disappointingly watching what I thought was my next layer of tan rapidly go down the drain due to the fact it was dirt from mowing, it got me thinking about a couple of things. } • I have to admit this took me 30 […]

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Nobel committee chooses novel route to peace

In awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the selection committee reached across a tired and bitter divide. It split the honor between a Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai, and an Indian activist, 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi. The winners’ homelands have been in conflict since 1947, when partition created two separate nations. Tensions continue today, particularly in the […]

Think New Mexico can fix health care

By Tom McDonald State columnist There are two things in particular that I like about Think New Mexico: It’s nonpartisan and it’s pragmatic. Both are reasons why this homegrown think tank is so effective. From getting the sales tax lifted off food to making full-day kindergarten accessible to all New Mexico children, whenever this 15-year-old […]

Solutions: How to fight rudeness

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for October is “The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude” by P. M. Forni. Here is the Wendel’s Notes version: • Rude behavior directed at you is not about you. In responding, do not demean or act self-righteous. • Cool off before responding. Express […]

Render: Getting shafted nothing personal, but not correct

The other day a friend of mine who served as an infantry platoon leader with the 1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam asked me what I thought about the president sending military personnel into West Africa where the Ebola virus is rampant. After a short pause and without waiting for my reply he blurted, “If I […]

Free society can survive just fine

“But who will build the roads?” Not only does this question come up anytime someone discusses eliminating government altogether, it comes up when anyone discusses cutting it back as an example of “essential” minimal government. What is it about roads that they can’t exist without government? Governments don’t build roads. They hire contractors to do […]

Understanding Ebola key to dealing with fears

It’s been said quite a bit, but undoubtedly   it’s not been said enough: The hysteria  surrounding Ebola is far worse than the reach of the disease — at least for now and most likely forever. The possibility of an Ebola epidemic should be taken seriously, without a doubt. The Center for Disease Control and health […]

Oklahoma’s governor wrong on system basics

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up several cases about same-sex marriage. The justices let stand rulings that say states have no basis to deny marriage to gay couples. Anyone who has followed the debate could predict what opponents would say in response. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s statement was typical: “The […]

You may not want to know the details

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher An interesting question came to mind over the weekend as I was asked to approve an editorial. It seems three entities run by the city of Clovis — the zoo, the Civic Center and the golf course — lost nearly a million dollars combined in the last fiscal year. The question […]

Thoughts from a nonagenarian

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Retired Portales math professor Vern Witten, 90, and I recently spent an afternoon chatting about him knowing his multiplication tables by second grade … his “mathematical proof of God” … “busing” to his Missouri high school in a pickup bed for $3 per month … being a 92-pound high school valedictorian […]

‘Better’ best defined by community

By Tom McDonald State columnist A story came out recently in my hometown newspaper to which I think people who live in other small towns and cities around New Mexico might relate. The Las Vegas Optic reported in its Oct. 10 edition on findings from a city-sanctioned study of residents’ purchasing habits. By tracking credit […]

City’s losses worth pondering before voting

Last week we learned Clovis’ Civic Center continues to lose money, perhaps more than usual, according to figures provided by the city’s finance director. LeighAnn Melancon tells us the Civic Center lost $95,625 in the first quarter of this fiscal year. That’s $66,362 more than it lost in the first quarter of the last fiscal […]

More research needed before trying solutions

“There was an old lady who swallowed the cow to catch the dog, She swallowed the dog to catch the cat, She swallowed the cat to catch the bird, She swallowed the bird to catch the spider, She swallowed the spider to catch the fly; I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…” In New […]

Liberty doesn’t require you to vote

By Kent McManigal Local columnist The great national distraction is approaching. Yes, election day is just around the corner. Campaign signs are popping up in yards and in unclaimed “public” spaces, touting this or that politician or government financing scheme. People mistake this fervor for “doing something.” I am told to choose between Fascistic Socialist […]

State lottery much like illegal racket

By Rube Render Local columnist Wikipedia explains that the numbers game or numbers racket involved an illegal lottery played mostly in poor neighborhoods where a gambler attempts to pick three digits that will match those that will be published the following day. As an example, the number could be the last three digits of the […]