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 [...]