Their view: Capital outlay necessary tool for improvements

State Reps. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, Bob Wooley, R-Roswell and Dennis Roch, R-Texico, have announced some of the capital outlay projects receiving funding in Roosevelt County: Here's a snippet from their press release: It is time once again for the state Legislature to make decisions on providing capital outlay funding for projects to improve our communities. […]

Military update: Leaders call sequester cuts ‘mindless’

The Joint Chiefs are breathing a bit easier after the House voted last week to fund the government through September, and included a 2013 defense appropriations bill that would give the armed services more money and budget flexibility to ease the threat of a wartime readiness crisis. House passage of the bill, HR 933, also […]

Want to secede? Hope you succeed

Petitioners in every state want to secede. They love our country, but not the way we elect presidents. I don't blame them. Who wants a secret basketball-playing Muslim from Kenya, who wants to use the United Nations to impose sharia law, to win by fooling 65.9 million welfare-dependent socialists (and a few college-educated, wine-sipping, pot-smoking, […]

Biggest pest: Government-owned property

Clovis' Poison Pellet Program for prairie dogs shows some of the flaws with "public" property, and with the sad state of property rights in general. Some people, me included, really appreciate prairie dogs for their historical significance to the region, and for their vital niche in the ecosystem. Wildlife of any sort is a valuable […]

Military Update: Civilian furloughs expected to hit hard

The Obama administration pared back its plan to develop a single integrated electronic health record system for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs due to shrinking defense budgets and rising costs. If the single system were built "from scratch," as planned, it would cost up to $12 billion, double the estimate given to Congress […]

Not a libertarian? You’re not free

So, you're still not a libertarian? Why not? Let's get beyond misguided religious excuses, justifications regarding "fairness" and overblown, irrational fears. What all these excuses boil down to — as reasons why you can't embrace libertarianism — is wanting to feel OK with having someone available to hurt other people who are not harming you. […]

Local burger choice worth sharing

It was a dark and stormy night … followed by a bright and stormy day, with a blizzard that summoned Alice Cooper and belted out, "Schools … out … for … Monday." I was set to go into the office, where hot chocolate and coffee were already available, but I needed more. The restaurant had […]

On reflection, Grandma’s advice spotty

Do you ever think of your relatives, you know, those who have "gone on to glory"? I thought about my father's parents the other day. A few weeks ago their 100th anniversary passed on by. They were married Christmas Day, 1912. She was a cigarette-smoking, Bible-quoting, stern yet fun Virginia mountain girl and he was […]

Dog doesn’t deserve brunt of day’s frustration

It's easy to kick the dog; in fact they almost seem to ask for it, eagerly adopting the role of living shadow and always sticking their noses in, wanted or not. In fact, animals in general provide ample opportunity to vent frustrations and sometimes even a convenient excuse to channel hostility. Admit it, after a […]

More laws will not save any lives

In the weeks after the Sandy Hook massacre, the standard reactions that always follow such a tragedy cropped up everywhere, with a new emphasis on the specter of "mental illness." Surprise! Mentally ill people are responsible for mass murders. What can be done about that? Even more "taxes" to force us to pay to treat […]