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 […]

Baxter: Bathroom first, business later

Russ normally would not have kept the heifer he called "The Pirate" but, he did. It was one of those chilly 5:30 spring mornings in southeast Idaho. He decided to make a quick heifer-check before he got his youngest kid on the school bus at 6:30. Russ slipped into his handy fashion farm wear (sweat […]

My Turn: Top of the charts can be deadly

I've always dreamed about penning a Top 40 hit, although reaching the charts has been a curse for many younger than me. Greg Arama, bassist for The Amboy Dukes ("Journey to the Center of the Mind"), was killed in a 1979 motorcycle accident at 29. Lefty Baker, guitarist for Spanky and our Gang ("Like to […]

Guest column: Everyone’s job to report abuse

As the Penn State sexual assault allegations came and went, I was encouraged multiple times to write a letter in support of sexual assault survivors here. However, I did not see much parallel between the Penn State community and our own and was unsure of how to make things relate. Obviously, I have changed my […]

Gun laws won’t stop killers

Once again, the inevitable results of "gun control" have claimed more innocent lives. And, once again, those whom the majority of the media fawn over have begun their ritual blood dance; blaming everything and everyone but the shooter for the killings. Predictably they are calling for more violations of the fundamental right to own and […]

My Turn – July 27

I've heard a few people I know say they were disappointed in the new Spider-Man movie, which I cannot understand or relate to. Let me break it down as to why this new movie was a major improvement for those of us who are die hard Spider-Man comic book fans. Yes, I am such a […]

My Turn – July 26

On my bookshelf I have a small softbound volume called New Mexico Handbook, written in 1989 by Stephen Metzger. While it's a fairly useful reference book, I've kept it for a single quirky paragraph that straddles pages 222 and 223, about the drive from Lovington to Portales. "Imagine a gorgeous waterfall plummeting 500 feet off […]

Gay marriage arguments awkward

So, the Muppets aren't eating at Chick-fil-A anymore? That was my reaction Monday, when I read the Jim Henson Company cut its ties with Chick-fil-A, with whom it had partnered with this month to release make-your-own-puppet kits as the toy given with kids' meals. Companies sever ties every day, but this one got national attention […]

Their view: Legislation aims to curb predatory lending

Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and two other senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic Lending Act. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to enforce already-existing rules to protect consumers from predatory loans. "Too often, families who […]