Progress will be lost with another war

Try as he might, President Obama has been unable to untangle the United States from the mess in the Middle East. Now, with a new terrorist group growing ever-fiercer and more dangerous, the president told the nation Wednesday night that Americans must act, with their allies, to stop the fundamentalists who are bent on destroying […]

Let the hyperbole, overkill begin

By Tom McDonald State columnist Now begins Election 2014. All the noise you’ve heard so far was just the warmup. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill. Still, it’s an important election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney […]

Obama shouldn’t act alone on immigration

P resident Barack Obama’s reversal on reforming immigration by executive action has heads reeling. He stood in the Rose Garden on June 30 and promised to take action by the end of summer to reform the immigration process. The rush of children migrating to the United States from Central America had heightened the sense of […]

Keep good rules; chuck the rest

Contrary to what many seem to believe, libertarians are not against rules. In fact, they are defined by adherence to one rule in particular: the zero aggression principle. It simply states: “No human being has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, nor to advocate or delegate its initiation.” This […]

Political surtax sounds fair

After serving as the U.S. representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district since 2001 and as majority leader since Jan. 3, 2011, Republican Eric Cantor was upset in his bid for re-election. Cantor lost the Republican primary in June to Dave Brat, an economics professor at Randolph–Macon College. The loss created a disturbance, not only in […]

No more excuses for looking other way

The most disturbing comment in the wake of Ray Rice’s firing did not come from the National Football League players’ union. Astonishingly, it came from the woman who runs a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The Baltimore Ravens on Monday cut the running back, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely because he punched Janay […]

Dogs provide more accurate reflection

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher If you want to truly know what an individual is about, I have stated that you do not see the reflection of that person in their kids, but in their dog. The dog takes the brunt good and bad of their owner, and does not have the same level of outside […]

Skinny dipping issue offers chance to teach

T he “Most Likely to Skinny Dip” award presented in the Portales High School yearbook a few weeks ago was controversial only in extreme circles. Anyone worried about our children’s morality being reflected in those pages needs a reality check. And a hobby. But the incident has raised an issue dear to our hearts, one […]

Added accountability helps football safety

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s happening in stadiums all over the country. Football is America’s most popular sport. It’s my favorite sport, too, but that doesn’t mean I can turn a blind eye to the severe health consequences that can happen to those who participate. I played for a while, in my much, much […]

Taking the road more traveled

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Leslie “Wildfire” Radford, a 1997 Muleshoe High School graduate, is living my fantasy — exchanging an education career for trucking down the highway. A 2001 graduate from college in Portales, Radford taught first through sixth grades in Texas schools — until becoming fed up. “The parents and administration don’t support […]

Communication should be first option in dispute

One point that was mentioned but deserves more attention in discussions of the recent Ferguson, Mo., police-citizen clashes is the use of tear gas on civilians. As many people realize, the use of tear gas is banned in wartime use as result of the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1933. Yet nations across the globe use […]

Five things to know about liberty

By Kent McManigal Local columnist I see newspaper articles regularly offering five things to know about a person, an object, or a job that might interest readers. Apparently nothing is as poorly understood as liberty — which is strange in a country supposedly founded to give regular people the best shot at achieving liberty. Perhaps […]

Indecisiveness won’t build coalition

By Rube Render Local columnist John Kerry’s opinion piece in the Aug. 29 New York Times states, “With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries.” Secretary of State Kerry goes on: “Next week, on […]

Letter to the editor: Hard to see end of era

It is so sad when a landmark such as Stansell’s Market decides it is time to close their doors. I understand the brothers need to think of themselves and their health, and after so many years of working six days a week, it is time for them to retire and enjoy the rest of their […]

Link between first, last on state lists clear

There’s clear correlation between New Mexico ranking at the bottom of some lists and first in others. Because when you are No. 1 in teen births, it makes sense that you are dead last in education performance? (2014 Quality Counts Report) Or 49th in overall children’s well being? (2014 National Kids Count Data Book) Or […]

Staying clear of politics getting hard

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher You put a frog in water and gradually bring the water to a boil, it will remain. You put a frog in water and heat it right away, it will jump right out. Metaphoric economics at its best. Water prices jumping at a rate nearly the equivalent of another water payment. […]

Border, customs not as nimble as need to be

The U.S.-Mexico border is about 1,933 miles long and, to patrol that border, more than 18,000 agents are assigned to nine sectors. When an immigration hot spot breaks out, as it has in South Texas, the agency’s response is as sluggish as the muddy Rio Grande that defines a long stretch of the border. The […]

Reading gives me such a rush

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist When I occasionally turn off the TV and computer and open a book, a strange jolt surges through my brain. Granted, there are no opera-singing cats, graphics comparing Hillary to Hitler, or a bachelor making out with 25 women on 25 first dates, but the endorphin rush makes electronic entertainment […]

State needs some free enterprise

By Tome McDonald State columnist Blue collar, white collar, it doesn’t matter. They’re both collars. I’m referring, of course, to the workplace, where so many of us are little more than dogs on a leash, going only as far as our masters will let us, digging holes in the yard to bury the bones they […]

PRC short on transparency, accountability

If you were a public servant entrusted with ensuring that New Mexico utilities and ratepayers get a fair deal, and you found out that instead of investigating a whistleblower’s allegations of Internet porn surfing at your place of employment your staff investigated the whistleblower, then tucked the investigation away in a horse trailer, then was […]