Feds should investigate their internal conduct

American taxpayers — especially those who reside in the Land of Enchantment — deserve to know if the ends justify the means for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. As in: Ignoring rules and getting a reformed crack addict back on the pipe is OK if it means busting his dealer. Granted, Aaron Romero says in his […]

Often wondered about being black

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Having often wondered what it’s like being black, I asked nephew-in-law Tony Meeking while recently staying with him and my niece Carol in Mesquite, a Dallas suburb. Tony, born in 1962 in Ruston, Louisiana, said, “You have to develop thick skin.” The mixed-race couple, married 28 years with two sons […]

Independent center decides elections

By Tom McDonald State columnist People don’t listen like they used to, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the world of politics. I’ve heard it said that we’re now in an era in which Americans can go through their entire day plugged in to the media and hearing only that which supports their […]

Letter to the editor — Grateful to great people of Clovis, Portales

A few weeks back my wife and I visited the Blackwater Draw Museum and archaeological sites. We pulled in to a Recreational Vehicle park to spend a couple of days in your area. As we were setting up our RV, we encountered some problems. The next morning we located a welding and repair shop. We […]

VA actions continue making things worse

Plagued with a huge backlog of disability benefit claims for years, the Department of Veterans Affairs responded by approving tens of thousands of claims without knowing whether they were valid. With the nation reeling from a litany of VA abuses, the bureaucrats appear to have been rubber-stamping unreviewed claims in what could be seen as […]

Tolerating government not a virtue

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Tolerance is sold to us as some sort of virtue when it’s nothing of the sort. It’s simply putting up with something, or someone, you hate. I don’t want or need any government, but how much could I tolerate? I could tolerate a government that coordinates the construction and maintenance […]

Codes could use some limitations

By Rube Render Local columnist Depending on where you go to look it up, the United States Code contains more than 50,000 pages. Considering that the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd Frank Financial Act each contain more than 1,000 pages, the above number seems low. To get some idea of the size involved, the […]

Abuse, waste in government programs high

Whether intentional (i.e. fraudulent), the result of sloppy bookkeeping or almost certainly a combination of the two, $100 billion a year in improper government payouts over five years adds up. In 2013, federal agencies made $106 billion in improper payments — $97 billion in overpayments and $9 billion in underpayments — to recipients of government […]

Tips that may help to attract volunteers

Robert Arrowsmith

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher On Tuesday, I shared some thoughts about why our country has a lack of volunteers. Here are ideas for solving some of those problems right here in eastern New Mexico: • A central portal, database or website for regional volunteerism: This has come up in several discussions. Instead of the every-man-for-himself approach […]

Mood not joyous for most despite economic uptick

No wonder there is joy on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones industrial average has traded above 17,000 for the first time. On Main Street, however, the mood is not yet joyous. Issued on the stock market’s last trading day before the Fourth of July, a stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report calmed worries about the economic […]