Vote for Bond C to help colleges

As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to outline the benefits to the college and university of General Obligation Bond "C" in the Nov. 6 General Election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties. If Bond C passes in the Nov. 6 General […]

Prairie chicken protection needed

Far be it for me to offer political advice, but were I a state Senate candidate I would lay off the prairie chicken. You don't want to mess with lesser prairie chicken, folks. Aubrey Dunn is running for Senate in District 39. He may have stubbed his toe when he criticized state government for spending […]

Restitution could provide justice

Recent and ongoing local events illustrate the folly of imprisonment. The situation is not unique. The same type of events repeat, in limited variation, all across America on a continuous basis. The Stanford Prison Experiment, and subsequent studies that keep confirming it, should demonstrate that you can't give one group of people dominion over another […]

War trauma story affects military

On the stage, seated with a small group of wounded warriors sharing stories of grievous injuries and inspirational recoveries, is an attractive young woman with short and spiked blond hair.When it's her turn to speak, she does so confidently and with a pleasing southern drawl.Tara Dixon introduces herself as an Army Reserve major and a […]

Changes needed to ensure justice

"Justice" is the attempt to take an individual who has been harmed by an act of aggression or property loss and correct the damage; to return the victim to as close to the "pre-victimized condition" as possible. What, then, is "injustice?" It is often simply the lack of justice. This could be injustice through omission […]

Whew! Explosive situation averted

Traffic funnels into the border patrol station off Highway 70, the good guys are waved on to drive into Alamogordo and scattered locales, the suspicious detained. One recent Wednesday, just as we were affirming, yes, we are American citizens, the alarm device in the border patrolman's hands started flashing like a slot machine gone berserk. […]

Aunt’s letters provide perspective

For perspective, I need only read faded, handwritten letters from Aunt Eula. The letters were to my late mother in the months before my aunt, 46, died from suspected tuberculosis on May 21, 1958, in a Galveston, Texas, sanatorium. Here are excerpts: (December, 1957): "My hands and eyes swell until I can't hardly use them. […]

Explosive situation averted

Traffic funnels into the border patrol station off Highway 70, the good guys are waved on to drive into Alamogordo and scattered locales, the suspicious detained. One recent Wednesday, just as we were affirming, yes, we are American citizens, the alarm device in the border patrolman's hands started flashing like a slot machine gone berserk. […]

Their View: Obama’s outrage misplaced

Conservative political columnist Michelle Malkin offers this view of President Obama's reaction to American deaths in Libya: Wazzup, President Obama? You've got room on your schedule to schmooze hip-hop radio DJs, debate Nicki Minaj's rap lyrics and hobnob with big donor celebs Jay-Z and Beyonce. We see your passion on the golf course. We see […]

You are responsible for your choices

In the end, I am only responsible for what I do. I can make sure my kids are raised with my values and principles, but that doesn't guarantee they will follow when they're grown. I can let people know when they are doing the wrong thing, and refuse to go along, but if they have […]

Their View: Reasonable evaluation system is needed

New Mexico needs a better system for evaluating public school teachers, according to New Mexico Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera and Charles Bowyer, executive director of the National Education Association-New Mexico. Here's a snippet from a recent column they've co-authored: When it comes to the teachers of New Mexico, many are so much better than "meets competency." […]

Long-term plan backfires quickly

Rick Reilly did a great piece this past week on Gerry Sandusky. No, not that Jerry Sandusky, which is kind of the whole point of the news piece, which I highly recommend you catch on ESPN's website. There's a Baltimore broadcaster named Gerry Sandusky, who constantly gets hate mail and second looks from people who […]

Military Update: Romney plan could hike costs

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has proposed opening military TRICARE networks of civilian health care providers to veterans who can't get timely mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. TRICARE networks currently exist to provide health care to military personnel and retirees, their families and survivors. Two days after Romney's pledge, President Obama […]

Their view: Insurance safeguards needed for banking businesses

The Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico issued this press release on insurance safeguards. While the banking system and the economic rebound remain fragile in New Mexico and across the nation, policymakers do have a tool they can use to further the progress we've made so far. Continuing to provide full deposit-insurance coverage for […]

Apologizing isn’t easy for some

Neither Republican National Committeeman Pat Rogers nor Bernalillo District Attorney Democrat Kari Brandenburg has the slightest idea of how to issue an apology. You'll note I cite a person from both parties to prove, just like Fox News, I am fair and unbalanced. Perhaps an example of a sincere, heartfelt apology will help Rogers and […]

Paying attention to politics matter of self-defense

Every day, in a variety of places, I write about libertarianism; the politics, or "anti-politics" as the case may be, of liberty. Everything I am is libertarian. That shouldn't scare you; it just means I will not steal from you and I won't use force against you unless it is in self-defense, nor will I […]

Navy program offers career flexibility

From time to time, military members who plan to serve full careers are driven by unforeseen circumstances to leave active duty, perhaps to support the family business at a critical time or to care for an ailing parent. Other careerists, particularly those in high-tempo units or with high-demand skills, want to take break and do […]

Politics, pageantry just don’t mix

Miss Ruidoso, who became Miss New Mexico, who will represent our state in the Miss America Pageant, never lived in Ruidoso, likely never will. With that out of the way, let's sort this all out. Carol Henry, executive director of the Miss New Mexico Pageant, is "boiling mad," as she puts it, at the Albuquerque […]

Laws create excuse for meddling

Even if you could make murder rare by banning or regulating guns and knives, it would still not be right to violate the fundamental right of every human to own and to carry whatever type of weapon we desire, wherever we may go, openly or concealed, without ever asking permission from anyone. Even if ending […]

Democrats’ abortion views worse

Todd Akin would do his party and his country a service by stepping aside. The rest of the campaign will be dominated by this side issue, possibly denying Republicans a key Senate seat. To use the words "legitimate" and "rape" in the same phrase betrays a serious lack of judgment. Only about 1 percent of […]