Fourth of July overwhelming for family pets

The rockets’ red glare overhead is a delight every Fourth of July — Americans love their fireworks. However, to household pets, the noise and light from such displays can be overwhelming, and sometimes, deadly. It doesn’t take much, though, to help dogs get through the Fourth of July festivities safely. Veterinarians say today — July […]

McManigal: Bullies employ sleight of hand tricks

If you enjoy watching people flailing around over different ways to control each other, the past couple of weeks has probably been entertaining for you. I’m talking about the conflicting reactions coming from Terribly Sincere People over a spate of recent events. It would be comedy gold if people didn’t take these silly things so […]

Render: Constitution meant to be followed

Early in the history of our country, the framers of the Constitution took the position that unless that document specifically authorized Congress to pass proposed legislation, they could not act, even if the legislation served a noble purpose. This situation was illustrated in 1794 when Congress wished to provide funding to French refugees from the […]

Marriage an individual right, not a debate for public eye

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage hasn’t changed anyone’s way of thinking. The religious right still believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Trumpeters of equal rights still believe gay couples deserve to be treated the same as heterosexual couples. The only thing that changed is the law, which no […]

McDonald: Social stigmas changing in today’s world

Americans have seen a lot of civil rights advancements over the past half-century, with a launching point for other causes coming with the modern-day Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s. That’s when some inalienable rights for African Americans finally took hold, especially but not exclusively in the South, where I was born and […]

Government limiting free speech on plates

A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling declares specialized license plates are a form of government speech. That may make life easier for state officials dealing with potentially controversial license requests, but it also appears to dilute individuals’ free-speech rights, as several justices noted in dissent. The Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans sought a special plate […]

Sloan: Tips from book of logic make sense

My book-of-the-month summary for June is “Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking” (2004 Random House) by D. Q. McInerny. Written for a general audience, the author says logic is about reality and truth. We must value facts — whether they mesh with what we wish to be true. Here are selected thoughts from the […]

Stevens: God with us when we bury a child

Government has declared same-sex marriage is “legal” across the land. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, depending on your political party preference, is also legal, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. And Confederate flags are being pulled from some government buildings because they offend some folks. A South Carolina maniac reminded us all why. Meanwhile […]

God is on our side … when we have to bury a child

Government has declared same-sex marriage is “legal” across the land. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, depending on your political party preference, is also legal, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. And Confederate flags are being pulled from some government buildings because they offend some folks. A South Carolina maniac reminded us all why. Meanwhile […]

Still much work to be done to erase racism

Racial hatred reared its ugly head again last week when nine churchgoers were slaughtered during a Bible study in a historic South Carolina house of God. The unspeakable tragedy left Americans reeling in disbelief that this depth of hatred still boils beneath the surface of a society that many believe is making significant progress against […]

McManigal: Not in best interest to be disarmed

Once again, a group of disarmed people has fallen victim to a killer. Peaceful, friendly people attending church, while convinced by “authority” to be sitting ducks, welcomed the killer into their midst and were gunned down. Words can’t convey the evil of that premeditated act. The blood dancing monsters of the various “gun control” groups, […]

Render: Iran’s leader seems up to no good

If anyone is trying to connect the dots in the Middle East these days, they need to either be some kind of master spy or watch TV news and read the papers. The State Department’s latest annual report on terrorism indicates that, “Iran continued to sponsor terrorist groups around the world, principally through its Islamic […]

More jobs needed to offset state’s health care bill

Starting next fiscal year, New Mexico’s budget will take a serious hit thanks to the state’s Medicaid enrollment success. And that means job No. 1 for state lawmakers is to figure out where to come up with an extra $268 million by 2020. Job No. 2 will be how to get more of those covered […]

McDonald: Environmental balance necessary

A lot of critters have been in the news lately. Predators, mainly, as a couple of meetings in recent weeks highlight. One was in the southwestern region of the state, the other up north. People are debating the Mexican gray wolf in and around the Gilas, while others are considering ways to control bears, cougars, […]

Local lawmakers should practice their preaching

Sometimes politicians leave us shaking our heads. Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley on June 2 cast the only vote opposing a $5,000 increase for food benefiting area senior citizens. Ashley said he was concerned about the county’s budget, but also concerned that government has stepped outside its boundaries. “The Scripture doesn’t say for the government […]

Arrowsmith: LeBron James poor example of leader

We saw it in the 1980s when Magic Johnson decided he didn’t want to play for Paul Westhead and before you knew it Pat Riley was the coach. So yes, we have known for decades that the star player will get the treatment before a throw-away coach. But LeBron James took it to a new […]

Sloan: Plenty of stories to tell about father

Until steel-mill asbestos stilled his breath in 1990 at 71, after four boot-tough years of battling, my carpenter father lived a full life. Known for his bird dogs, fishing where he wanted and entertaining tales, Guy Sloan’s six kids, their significant others, and a rainbow of grandkids and great-grandkids he helped raise, have a book’s […]

Time will tell if ex-DA wants out of politics

His political opponents aren’t believing a word of what he has to say. His supporters never doubt anything he says. Only time will tell us if former District Attorney Matt Chandler wants to reinvent himself. Chandler, the Clovis-Portales DA for 10 years, is among six local attorneys who appeared before a nominating committee this week, […]

McManigal: The lie matters because of politics

The rather disturbed president of the Spokane, Washington, NAACP chapter is exposed as a liar by her parents, and it makes national news and causes an uproar. Why does her lie matter to anyone outside her club? Race only matters to racists. Worse lies are told every day by people using those lies to harm […]

Render: Photo ID reasonable for right to vote

Because it’s the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign, we are hearing once again that, “Today Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting.” This charge leveled by Hillary Clinton at Texas Southern University is ridiculous at best and bizarre when one examines what prompts the charge. Democrats in […]