Editorial: Random violence historic in number of victims

Eastern New Mexico has seen its share of random acts of violence against innocent people through the years. Many remember Ola Temple, 80, of Clovis who answered her door to a stranger on Jan. 31, 1986. She was raped and murdered just before her house was set on fire. But we cannot remember any examples […]

We don’t forget, but we do forgive

Eastern New Mexico residents are a hearty breed of independent, headstrong people loyal to each other. That trait shows through regardless of politics — most of the time. However, we saw that link tested before Tuesday's primary election. It nearly broke for Republican friends and neighbors. The last two months were especially nasty for the […]

Editorial: Be cautious when using fire outdoors

New Mexico's wildfire season already is living up to its billing as another one to dread. Picture an inferno larger than the largest city in New Mexico. At more than 266 square miles — 80 square miles larger than Albuquerque — you have the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila National Forest. It is the largest […]

Editorial: Boxer Tapia’s struggles, victories will be remembered

Champion. Celebrity. Big-hearted. Troubled. Addict. Every life is filled with victories, complications and contradictions, and so was the life of Albuquerque native Johnny Tapia. But Tapia's life was bigger than most, as reflected in the coverage of his death by the major news and sporting media and celebrity gossip sources from around the world. The […]

Editorial: Cost of war in Afghanistan not justified

The recent NATO summit provided confirmation of what many Americans have suspected for some time regarding the war in Afghanistan: It is coming to an end with an outcome much less desirable than what had been promised when the first troops arrived a decade ago. The "surge" of 2010 was not a game changer. The […]

Editorial: Travel vouchers more dangerous than Perry’s gun?

G ov. Rick Perry's habit of carrying a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun while jogging would be useful information to anyone contemplating doing him harm. Perry hasn't been shy about letting the world know this important detail. The spending of tax money on his travel security detail has been judged an entirely different matter — by Perry, […]

Editorial: Republicans misunderstand Limbaugh’s fame

There is no doubt Rush Limbaugh is a famous Missourian. As the controversial ultra-conservative host of a radio program that caters to a right-wing perspective, Limbaugh has carved his niche as one of the dominant Republican pundits of his generation. Given Missouri has something called the "Hall of Famous Missourians" in the Missouri State Capitol […]

Editorial: Community snapshot cool idea

Portales-area residents are revved up about getting together at 6 p.m. Thursday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The purpose is to have their picture taken — a community snapshot, complete with various modes of transportation, commemorating New Mexico's centennial. What a cool idea. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said the inspiration comes […]

Editorial: No danger evident, no reason to ban taxpayer from PRC

It was encouraging this week to see that most of New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission disagreed with its chairman, Pat Lyons of Clovis, who wanted to ban a man from attending and speaking to the group. Martin de la Garza often gives rambling, long-winded, accusatory testimony at PRC meetings. He was fired in 2009 for […]

B.B. Lees still collecting honors for sporting life

If we tried to put a face to Eastern New Mexico University athletics, it would look a lot like B.B. Lees. No individual in the school's history has brought more prestige and respect. Lees, 81, has battled serious health issues the past four years, but we caught him leaving his Portales home on his way […]