All students should know every choice has a consequence

When you get down to it, who needs to be able to read or do math at grade level, really? Who needs a high school diploma? Certainly not anyone who wants nothing more than to apply for Medicaid. Or Legal Aid. Or a payday loan. An estimated one in three New Mexicans is so financially […]

Required vaccination brings red flag

By Kent McManigal Local columnist I know of a lot of people who are very vocal against vaccinations. They have their reasons, although I am less than convinced. I rarely believe in “one size fits all” solutions. This can make me unpopular with both sides. I would say I am generally in favor of vaccinations […]

Hope Supreme Court doesn’t cave

By Rube Render Local columnist According to Wikipedia, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was approved and became effective in 1780. It remains the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the world. In a similar vein, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is the oldest continuously functioning appellate court in the Americas. In […]

Better LPC solutions found closer to home

Federal overreach hurts everyone. The Edward Snowden affair showed us how far government has gone in gathering information on all of us, endangering privacy. Because of misguided federal “No Child Left Behind” policies, teachers teach tests, and children are learning only how to pick from five options to black out a choice. Nowhere is federal […]

Drilling issues not going anywhere

By Tom McDonald State columnist Regulating oil and gas drilling in the state has taken some of interesting turns of late, and very different directions. Over the past few months, two developments in northern New Mexico occurred that could actually shift the approach local governments take in regulating the industry. The infamous Mora County ban […]

Few realize how we affect others

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for February is “A Book of Reasons” by John Vernon (non-fiction, copyright 1999). After his older brother, Paul, passes away in destitute squalor, each item in his meager estate elicits historical ruminations, memories and questions by Vernon. Paul’s notebooks and diaries showed dreams, introspection and even inventions. […]

We found you, and we’re coming

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher And so step No. 1 is under way. We have found someone who is stealing our newspapers out of the rack, and then delivering them to people. I do not know for sure at this point, but I guess that those receiving newspapers from this guy are probably paying him. But […]

Local newspaper should reflect all in our community

Our newspaper upset a few people on Valentine’s Day with a story about area relationships that included a gay couple. As of Friday, seven readers had canceled their subscriptions and others had threatened to do the same because of the report. Most quoted Scripture, a few spewed vile epithets, all stated or suggested that gay […]

Government has no place in free market

Nobody wants to come out in support of storefront lenders who prey on desperate people by charging exorbitant interest rates on loans. But we were glad to see a Senate committee reject a bill Wednesday that would have capped interest rates on “payday” loans at 36 percent. It’s simply not government’s place to interfere with […]

War against ISIL smacks of ‘Nam

By Rube Render Local columnist When President Obama tells the American public that ISIL is on the defensive and will be destroyed, ISIL isn’t getting the word. It has recently captured the town of al-Baghadai in Anbar Province, Iraq. The al-Asad Air Base is just a few miles from al-Baghadai and happens to be a […]

Letter to the Editor — Thank commission for higher costs

By now, I’m sure everyone in Curry County has noticed that, since the first of the year, they are paying more for their goods and services. I would like to remind them who they can “thank” for this increase — specifically Curry County Commissioners Wendell Bostwick, Frank Blackburn, Tim Ashley and Ben McDaniel. In fact, […]

Viewpoint: Transparency always best choice for New Mexico

While we’re always ready to see more sunshine from our state government, we’re doubly glad when we can cast new light on deals that mysteriously take money out of our state, especially the money we contribute as taxpayers. A bi-partisan bill proposed to the New Mexico Legislature would require copies of each state contract, including […]

President cut off from political, economic reality

As the economy shows renewed signs of life, it’s hard to fathom how President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion budget can be a good thing for the country. If it indicates anything, it’s that the president is disconnected from both economic reality and the new political reality in Washington. How else to explain proposing $75 billion […]

Partial truths told against Obama

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist A fellow High Plains conservative recently re-posted: “I know some of you are Democratic, and love Obama, but this is for Christians and Jews.” The post said in 2009 Obama canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer: “However, Sept. 25, 2009, a National Day of Prayer for Muslims was […]

My belief in God about faith, love

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I have been asked, often because I am not the most obvious about my beliefs, on how I stand on God. My own mother has questioned my faith, how much I go to church, my practices, etc., etc. Others in the community want to know exactly how religious I am. So […]

It seems IRS has forgotten who’s the boss

If you’re late with your taxes, you will face penalties. If you don’t pay them at all, the Internal Revenue Service will come after you. But if you can’t find one of the forms you need, then what? You’re on your own. One New Mexico businessman said a staffer at his local IRS office told […]

Few things subject to outside control

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Life is like an ice cream parlor — except instead of 21 flavors, the choices are nearly infinite. Or, they would be if others would stop demanding you choose only from the limited options they decided to allow you; ignoring all other possibilities. You are told you may only choose […]

Others will step up for right to vote

Rube Render Local columnist Voting in the United States is the constitutional birthright of every citizen who meets minimum qualifications. The passage of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1971 lowered the age requirement from 21 years to 18. I was on active duty at the time, serving overseas, and the general consensus […]

Partisan election requirements should be ended

If Lady Justice is supposed to be blind to all who come before her, then she shouldn’t be subjected to politics. Unfortunately, partisan politics is part of the game in winning a seat on the bench in New Mexico. Judicial races today draw intense political interest — even to the point of a political party […]

Voting turnout dismal everywhere

By Tom McDonald State columnist I thought I’d seen it all — paying attention to the news after so many years will do that to you. Politics becomes so predictable, advocacy so redundant, today’s story so much like yesterday’s. The news, like history, tends to repeat itself. But last week I read a story in […]