Formality has place, but not in this column

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist When the reader response message begins “Mr. Cantwell,” I immediately grab a baseball bat and crouch in a corner. What follows is probably not going to be good. You just know the writer is thinking, “Mr. Cantwell, oh you fool.” This is not a “Mr. Cantwell” type of column. Such […]

Voluntary capitivity part of Olympic experience

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist How many of us, like myself, have been held semi-captive by the Winter Olympics? It is, needless to say, a voluntary captivity. Nobody forces you, or me, or anyone else, to tune in to channel 14 or 4 respectively, entering by virtual reality, or wishful thinking, the world of cross […]

Vigil’s resignation breath of fresh air

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist State Treasurer Robert Vigil resigned his position. We must remember Vigil is innocent until proven guilty. Vigil resigned last week. At that precise moment it felt as if a white dove flew gracefully overhead while a gentle breeze carrying the faint scent of floral spring deodorizer wafted through the New […]

Punctuality eases with passage of time

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Have you heard of the phrase “Chicano time?” It’s not exactly being fashionably late. It’s more like being insensitively late for no good reason or dragging in whenever you feel like it. In my family, we call this rare birth disorder “Nana time.” I was thinking about this matter the […]

Muleshoe’s Lamb triumphed over alcoholism

By Don McAlavy If you tuned into KMUL radio in Muleshoe 25 to 45 years ago, you’d be certain to hear the “Muletrain News” six days a week. You’d hear the gravel-voice, gray-haired station manager Gil Lamb energetically begin his praises of Muleshoe country. Lamb would declare Muleshoe to be a good place to raise […]

New state music czar knows her stuff

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist There is a new czar in town. Actually, a czarette. Her name is Nancy Laflin, and, trust me, she knows her stuff. You are familiar with the attractive Laflin as the KOAT-TV reporter covering the homicide de jour in Albuquerque. You will soon learn to recognize her as the 4,356th […]

Clovis should plan for BRAC, just in case

By Bob Baker: Guest Columnist What will the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process mean to eastern New Mexico? We won’t know until federal officials finalize it all late this year. Of course we’re all hoping Cannon Air Force Base will survive the cuts, maybe even expand as other bases are closed. But is anyone […]

People have rights, not states or governments

by Tibor Machan The bulk of liberals are an inconsistent lot. Take, for example, their support of the pro-choice position in the abortion controversy. These same people are almost uniformly hostile to choice in many other areas. Just ask them if they support choice in developing one’s own property as one likes, or whether one […]

Political tensions run high as election approaches

Letters to the editor • Sign-stealing not going to sway votes Tension levels high as election approaches Angie Baca and her fellow Democrats are actively campaigning for Kerry by putting up signs. The Bush supporters who are stealing or vandalizing her signs are contributing not a whit to Bush’s re-election. If they spent the same […]

Endorsements have a time, place, person

Ned Cantwell A politician’s worst nightmare has to be waking up one morning to the “Today Show” to learn he has just been endorsed by Britney Spears. “I just think Western Clark would do a real good job when he gets to the round office, or whatever you call that thingee,” the gum-popping teen idol […]

Amos on apathy

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the apathetic aphid just the other day boss i ran across a disillusioned young insect annie the apathetic aphid was ambling down […]