My turn: Turning 80 changes nothing

Unless an irate reader shortens it, I should have a few years left before I reach the recent milestone of Portales resident Web Smartnick. At least I thought that turning 80 was a milestone. "I never thought about reaching 80, until it happened. It was not much different from the others, except I realized I […]

Fear not, take control of your life

I was talking to a really nice guy recently who said he doesn't agree with a lot of what I write. That's understandable. It happens all the time. But what bothered me, and frankly left me without a response at the time, is that he referred to the world as "terrifying." Is the world "terrifying?" […]

Sequestration needs to be stopped

Members of Congress are more interested in winning re-election in November than in removing before then the budget "sequestration" knife that threatens to lop 10 percent off 2,500 defense programs starting Jan. 2. That was the signal that lawmakers sent at a House Armed Services Committee hearing this month where the White House budget director […]

Fried sandwich nod to our heritage

They don't overwhelm my day, but a lot of random thoughts never leave my mind: Had the NCAA handled Melky Cabrera's failed drug test on behalf of Major League Baseball, would it follow precedent by vacating the National League's All-Star Game win, but not award the American League the victory and give us the first […]

Decisions not made at end of day

"Focus on New Mexico" host Gene Grant hasn't a clue. The KNME-TV weekly discussion of all things New Mexico features experts in the subject de jour and smart questions from regular and guest panelists. Among the regulars are former House Republican Whip Dan Foley and New Mexico Law Review editor Sophie Martin. Moderator Grant lets […]

Their view: State must take lead in promoting job growth

Sam Bregman of Grass Roots New Mexico urges Gov. Susanna Martinez to focus on issues, not career. What is Gov. Martinez doing? Where are the jobs and where is the leadership she promised with the private sector and federal government to generate good paying, long term jobs? They're not in Tampa, site of the Republican […]

My turn: Facebook attacks reveal hypocrisy

Scrolling though Facebook is like slogging through a third-world battleground. Rabid dogmatics attack their "enemies" with uninhibited slander and stereotypes. Faked images abound of politicians not placing their hand-over-heart during the National Anthem, wearing flag pins upside down, practicing "unpatriotic" religions or using drugs in "private"… Yet, after I research the hoaxes and post the […]

Their view: Veterans’ stories need to be told

Rebecca Adling, an Air Force wife, writes a weekly column in Cannon Connections, our weekly military publication. Here is her latest effort: A while back, I read a book that stuck with me. It was the almost unbelievable story of Louis Zamperini called "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption." His […]

No one represents you in election

It is amusing to watch the election promoters trying to make the anointed presidential candidates look different from one another. Especially when it means they are now promoting a candidate they had vigorously opposed mere months ago. Every time election season oozes across the landscape I feel sorry for voters; especially in a case where […]

Your gift of blood can save lives

It was three Fridays ago, and I was just pulling up at the Clovis Civic Center. I'd been there numerous times before … for an empty building, for a full building, and all points between. This morning was a lot closer to the empty designation as I made my way to the manned table. I […]

Bill compensates Lejeune families

President Obama signed a bipartisan bill last week that, for the first time, offers veterans and family members government-funded hospitalization and medical services for 15 specific ailments presumed linked to drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C., over 31 years, ending in 1987. The bill has several controversial features including a mandate that the Department […]

Time for Romney to release returns

Scurrilous would be a step up for Harry Reid. If he were a Republican … you know the drill. The word "McCarthyite" would be on everyone's lips and the thoroughly contemptible accusation — based (ha!) on an anonymous "investor" who supposedly phoned Reid — would be the story of the day. Reid's fetid slander, and […]

No loopholes in libertarianism

It's usually nice when you run across something that confirms what you already thought to be true. However, "nice" doesn't really get you anywhere if you care about truth. The best way to find out whether or not something is true is to try as hard as you can to disprove it. Therefore I keep […]

Surplus created in health care costs

The Defense Department's push to phase in substantial TRICARE fee increases for military retirees came under fresh attack from Congress and military associations last week after officials conceded an unexpected "downward spike" in TRICARE cost growth tied to private sector health care. Robert Hale, the DoD comptroller, held a press conference Thursday morning to defend […]

Their view: Home is where the Air Force Sends Us

Rebecca Adling, an Air Force wife, writes a weekly column in Cannon Connections, our weekly military publication. Here is her latest effort: A few years back, while stationed in Germany, a young mother and her family moved into our neighborhood. Her husband was thrilled at the chance to learn a new job, but she was […]

Column: Gun laws won’t prevent deaths

Wouldn't stronger laws or more strict enforcement stop people from killing the innocent with guns? For the life of me I can't figure out why it's supposedly worse to be murdered with a gun than with a knife, a brick or a car, but let's skip that part. The truth of the matter is that […]

Veteran programs falling short

House committees on armed services and veterans affairs held a joint hearing last week to review details of President Obama's plan to improve the Transition Assistance Program for separating and retiring military members, with a kind of five-to-seven-day "reverse boot camp" available by late 2013 to smooth transition to civilian life and employment. But lawmakers […]

Everybody loves train wreck

Tennessee tycoon Jimmy Haslam III is interested in buying the Cleveland Browns. Normally, a rich guy trying to buy a pro football is a news item without snap. But there aren't many instances where the guy is a rival owner, who claims high loyalty. About the time word of Haslam's interest to buy the Browns […]

My Turn – July 31

I'm hearing it. I don't hear it often enough lately, but this afternoon I'm hearing it. It's that wonderful sound of raindrops hitting my skylight. I sit here typing, but I don't want to make too much noise with the keys. Rosemary Clooney is softly singing "I'm in the mood for love" … but the […]

Disclosure rules hurt competition

New financial disclosure requirements for companies that produce not only oil and natural gas but also hard-rock minerals will soon be made public by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The rules will cover payments such as taxes, royalties, and license fees that U.S. companies make to foreign governments. Financial disclosure is required under a […]