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 […]

State-provided security ridiculous

By Kent McManigal Local columnist People claim government must provide security — by which they usually mean police and military — because security is much too important to leave to the market to provide (which they confuse with leaving it to chance), or to do without. Yet, nothing is more important than air. Being so […]

Degree no substitute for experience

By Rube Render Local columnist Wikipedia tells us gringo is a term “mainly used in Spanish-speaking countries, to refer to an English-speaking foreigner, especially an American person.” The term is often used in a disparaging sense, but in and of itself is not derogatory. In England, “Graduates In Non Graduate Occupations” now refer to themselves […]

Ferguson proof military might not always right

Is anyone surprised that armored tanks and assault rifles have escalated rather than eased confrontations between civilians and police officers? So much for free stuff from the government not having a hidden price tag. This just might be the worst re-gifting idea ever. In the wake of days of violence in Ferguson, Mo., after a […]

Conformity puzzling phenomenon

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m sorry, but I have to write about this. It was one of the things I noticed last time I was here, and it is blatantly obvious again, but this time in a different form. What is up with all the white SUVs/Crossovers? Last time I was here everyone had a […]

An informed public a safer, saner public

“To mess around with Ebola is an easy way to die.” — Richard Preston, author of “The Hot Zone” Richard Preston’s 1994 non-fiction thriller, “The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story,” introduced readers world-wide to the terrors of viral hemorrhagic fevers, particularly the Ebola virus. Preston, a New York writer and brother of Santa Fe […]

Many water opinions, few solutions

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Robin Fornoff, this newspaper’s projects editor, reported Ogallala Aquifer levels continue dropping in Curry and Roosevelt counties, with 90 percent of the water being used for agriculture. Gayla Brumfield, chair of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, told me, “The sustainable piece of our water shortage solution is the […]

Lighter footprint can be left behind

By Tom McDonald State columnist Let’s face it; we’ve really messed up the place. Sure, we take out the trash, but we really don’t get rid of it. We just hide it, and then pretend it’s gone. But not everybody’s pretending. Some people actually pay attention to their mark upon the environment and work to […]

Commissioners not hearing voters’ message

Someone call the police: Robbery in progress. Three times Curry County commissioners asked voters for money to build a new jail and/or add on to the existing one. Voters said no, no and hell no. And so Tuesday, our elected representatives, unanimously sick and tired of asking, announced plans to just take our money — […]

There’s always time to be civil

By Kent McManigal Local columnist It is really easy to misunderstand other people; to misinterpret their words, tone of voice, and actions. That’s why you should be careful about how you react toward anyone. Don’t say or do things that can’t be taken back if you discover you took something wrong. It makes for fictional […]

LA stoops to monetary incentive

By Rube Render Local columnist The number of registered voters in a jurisdiction will vary over any period of time one attempts to examine. In Clovis, the number has varied from as low as the 15,000s to around 18,000. For our purposes, I propose we use 16,500 as the rough number of registered voters in […]