Payments to military may rise

So far, several hundred military members who lost homes to illegal foreclosure actions by big banks and mortgage servicers have received settlements of $116,785 apiece for economic loss and emotional distress. They also have been paid any equity lost plus interest. The number of hefty payments to military members and recently-separated veterans likely will swell […]

Dogs have own way of acclimating to camping trip

T he other weekend we took our dogs with us to the mountains, their first road trip with us. There's Lilly the Aussie mix and Buddy the cocker mix. Lilly is adventuresome and likes to herd things, Buddy likes to stand around with his "dog smile" and wag his tail. When it was time to […]

Return of miller moths best appreciated from porch

During the daylight hours it's easy to forget they exist, but as the sun falls they emerge and in the blink of an eye, they're everywhere. Their shadows flicker by the window and agitate your peripheral vision; they cover the walls, tickle your skin as they pass by and make you think it's snowing in […]

Their view: Celebrity reaction to Dick Clark’s death

Music and television icon Dick Clark died Wednesday at 82. Here are some celebrity reactions, as reported by The Associated Press: "This is a sad day. He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart […]

No justice in Florida teen’s slaying

One recent big national news story where I seem to differ with a lot of libertarians is the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting. I have seen the prevailing voices shift support behind whichever of the two the latest reports seem to vindicate. I continue to support both, and neither. Which is to say I support truth […]

My turn: Festival opportunity to appreciate nature

As surely as the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, we have our own annual migratory milestone in south Roosevelt County. This weekend 100 bird-lovers will flock to Milnesand from seven states and Canada to participate in the 11th High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, highlighted by treks to the leks (breeding grounds) of our native […]

Their view: Buffett rule still makes Main Street sense

Lew Prince, managing partner of an independent music store, Vintage Vinyl, in St. Louis and member of Business for Shared Prosperity, supports the "Buffett Rule." As a music store owner, the Buffett I'm usually concerned with is Jimmy Buffett of Margaritaville. But a bunch of lobbying groups who claim to represent small business are making […]

Study: Military marriages resilient

Despite enormous stress on military families from repeated wartime deployments and long periods living apart, service marriages are showing a level of resilience that social scientists can't yet explain. Military divorce rates have climbed only gradually in recent years and, according to a report in the Journal of Family Issues this month, have not exceeded […]

Buffet rules should be established

Give people a new communication tool, it changes the world. Make it accessible to everybody, and it changes the spelling. We got an example last night, after the Senate defeated the "Buffett Rule." Named after Warren Buffett, it goes on the premise that millionaires can afford to pay higher taxes, and would receive a minimum […]

In search of ponies: Animals never cease to amaze

Every now and then we all need to be wowed and amazed a little, a fact capitalized on by circuses for centuries. But three rings and a tent are not required to have one of those "wow" moments. Instead of glitter and tall hats, red honking noses and flaming hoops, one can always look to […]

McGee: Missing the idealism of youth

A guy came in the bike shop the other day. I asked him where he's from. I like to ask folks where they're from, because it takes my brain on a little trip. Anyway, the guy said he was from Tooele, Utah. Suddenly my mind flashed and I saw a scene from my memory. It […]

My turn: Humor always helps

I can't lie; there are occasionally weeks where I sit down to write this column and I'm stumped. It's a column about entertainment, but I've sometimes spent the entire week working and haven't had free time to catch local events. Sunday brought the chance to be a child again as I enjoyed an Easter potluck […]

Their view: Group hosting Earth Day picnic

The Nature Conservancy sent this press release about Earth Day: The Earth is an amazing planet, and we're taking it out for lunch. The Nature Conservancy is celebrating Earth Day by hosting the second annual Picnic for the Planet and connecting people around the world through the food they love. Host or join a picnic […]

State not necessary for good life

Many of my favorite things to do in and around Clovis are at government-owned locations. Which is kind of sad. I really enjoy the zoo, the library, Goodwin Lake Trails and Oasis State Park, just to name a few things off the top of my head. And, since I pay for them whether I use […]

My turn: Students dig in for community garden

One of my favorite photos from the early years of Eastern New Mexico University shows a couple of young men clinging to a plow being pulled by two energetic (or possibly runaway) horses, tearing past what is now the Administration Building. How fitting that nearly 80 years later the newest student organization at ENMU proposes […]

Their view: Cuts would decimate health care funding

Families USA, a national organization for health care consumers, issued this press release on proposed Medicaid and Meidcare cuts. The budget legislation passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives along partisan lines would decimate health care funding in states across the country, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday. The cuts would […]

Veteran: Fee hike ‘slap in the face’

Older retirees such as Air Force Master Sgt. Floyd Sears, 81, stand shoulder to shoulder with younger generations of retirees in opposing any of the higher fees being proposed for hard earned TRICARE benefits. But Sears also agrees with many retirees of his own generation that there's something especially wrong with the Obama administration's plan […]

No excuse for legislators ignoring law

Granted, the state Campaign Reporting Act isn't beach reading. But taxpayers should be able to trust that the people they have elected to write their laws understand those laws and follow them. And granted, it might be understandable if a legislator in his or her first term wasn't up to speed on the law that […]

Proposed industrial bill frivolous

Imagine we're in next year's Legislature, and a representative suggests the following: Whenever the police arrest you for a crime, they can only keep you for as long as they reimburse you the wages you've lost. Cue the cadre of political strategists, arguing that we're wasting money. Arguing that we're giving people a free pass […]

My turn: Holiday hard to celebrate

Something caused me to be aloof this Easter. I was pretty excited for Sunday to come and when it actually did, I felt indifferent. Saturday night I prepared macaroni and cheese for our Easter potluck. I was trying a recipe from the Food Network hoping it would come out well. Sunday morning I got ready […]