Like cockroaches, meth issue will never go away

In the same sense that we sometimes wonder why Mother Nature gave the world cockroaches, it's also normal to question why we have methamphetamine. Cockroaches certainly are among the filthiest, most prolific pests in the insect world. Meth occupies a parallel spot in the hierarchy of controlled substances. Just as there's hardly anything endearing about […]

Editorial: Drug testing welfare clients inefficient

Starting off the early filings before the upcoming legislative session, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced their support for a bill that would allow drug testing for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and unemployment benefit recipients. We have to ask: What are they smoking? The governor should certainly discourage illegal […]

Editorial: Giving up on America is un-American

It's hard to take seriously the thousands of people who have signed a petition urging Texas to amicably divorce the rest of the union. Even in the fiercely independent Lone Star State, this idea is roadkill. While the signatories are exercising their right to free speech, this idea is just plumb screwy and an odd […]

Editorial: Smooth better, even on roads less traveled

While we limited-government proponents believe individuals are negatively impacted by Big Brother on many fronts, even many libertarians recognize there is a role for government in completing some necessary projects. Count us among the less-government advocates applauding taxpayer-funded road construction scheduled to begin in 2014 between Prince and Norris Streets on U.S 60-70-84 in Clovis. […]

Editorial: America needs to rebuild its workforce

As if the United States needed another reminder it has not been educating tomorrow's workforce today. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch story, as well as the most recent "60 Minutes" broadcast, focused on the country's lack of skilled manufacturing workers. Despite an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent and more than 20 million Americans either out of […]

Fundraising for community pride good idea

Oscar Robinson likes seeing community pride reflected on city water towers around the region. He notices Littlefield's "Wildcats" when he drives to Lubbock, for example, and suspects that Texas town must be united in support of its young people. So count him among supporters for adding a Ram and Greyhound or Zia logo to the […]

Serving others routine duty for veterans

Living facts surround and embody Veterans Day across America today. This visible network makes up the ranks of our families and our neighbors' families. They join many of us in visiting the graves of veterans across this land on this day. And they are the women and men we work with, go to school and […]

Editorial: Eating more produce important, organic or not

Yet another group has weighed in on organic fruits and vegetables. The American Academy of Pediatrics said pesticide-free food doesn't translate to healthier people. An earlier study by Stanford University said eating organic food reduces exposure to pesticides, but "the amount measured in conventionally grown produce was within safety limits." All sides can agree that […]

New UNM budget worth consideration

It only makes sense that in an institution of higher learning, money should work smarter. Because that money is becoming harder to find. Government budgets are constricting, tuition costs are expanding and lottery scholarship dollars are shrinking. Yet universities are still expected to keep turning out graduates prepared to make the state and national economies […]

Editorial: Agriculture education sees rise in women

When someone talks about farms, the image that comes to mind is a guy on a tractor or in a barn, maybe being helped by his sons. Time to get a new picture. A recent report shows the number of females enrolled in agricultural programs at colleges surpasses that of males nationwide. Those women will […]

Obama’s visit to city worth unpaid bill

The howling was predictable and partisan at the news that Springfield, Ill., officials were no longer actively seeking to get President Barack Obama's campaign to pay a four-year-old, $55,500 bill for police protection and other expenses. Obama was in town on a very hot August day in 2008 to announce he had chosen then-Delaware Sen. […]

Land owners right to protect property sacred

Eleanor Fairchild recently spent a night in jail. The 78-year-old grandmother was arrested after she stood with "eco-anarchists" against the Keystone XL pipeline's construction in East Texas. Fairchild's contribution to eco-anarchy? Trespassing — on a piece of her own farm a Texas court condemned at pipeline builder TransCanada's request. The Keystone pipeline controversy has attracted […]

Specter example of way Congress once operated

How would you label a Republican congressman who was opposed to abortion but supported a woman's right to choose? Who didn't favor same-sex marriage but fought against laws banning it? Who voted to limit tax cuts for the rich and to raise the minimum wage for the poor? Who believed immigrants should have a pathway […]

Editorial: Tres Amigas vote welcome resolution

The next step toward the creation of an electrical power connection in eastern New Mexico to better serve all Americans occurred last week when the Clovis City Commission voted 5-0 in favor of issuing $1.65 billion in Industrial Revenue Bonds for the proposed Tres Amigas project. The vote is a good one in that it […]

Editorial: Space flight industry needs liability bill

Wayne Hale understands as well as anyone both the potential for commercial space flight and the obstacles to success. Hale is a former program manager for the space shuttle program. He was shuttle flight director for 40 shuttle missions, and was deputy associate administrator of strategic partnerships in NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate when he […]

Editorial: Immigration fix must address long-, short-term

If you listen carefully, you occasionally will hear a reasoned, calm voice within all of the unreasoned, red-faced shouting so common to national discourse today. Such was the case on Monday night when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke about immigration at the annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce dinner in Iowa. As part of his […]

Editorial: Bond C deserves voter support

Those supporting taxpayer-funded higher education in New Mexico should take a close look at the Bond C question on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. Voters statewide will decide whether to allow the state to issue $120 million in general obligation bonds for capital improvements at New Mexico's universities and colleges. The cost breaks down […]

Editorial: Can we please move to non-NFL referee topics?

Pardon a moment of snarkiness, but let's remember that the Earth didn't move overnight Wednesday when the NFL referees and owners patched things up and ended their petulant little strike. Now can we get back to learning more specific details about what is sure to affect all Americans, like who has the right stuff to […]

Viewpoint – Social media message blurs content of trial

A Facebook posting about a pending case by 2nd Judicial District Judge Samuel Winder illustrates why the court system is right to be concerned about the use of social media by those involved in justice.Winder recently posted comments about a murder trial at which he was presiding. After the jury convicted the defendant, he posted […]

Editorial: PRC should give gas project full attention

On a frigid Feb. 3, 2011, more than 28,000 New Mexico Gas Co. customers lost natural gas service, plunging them into a deep freeze. That was mainly because rolling blackouts in Texas reduced the supply of natural gas that the company had ordered to meet winter demand. And that occurred during a period when some […]