If U.S. doesn’t defeat terrorism, no one else will

About that “peace dividend.” The escalating Islamic State’s threat to U.S. citizens and American interests here and abroad may deplete any anticipated dividend before it can go into the nation’s piggy bank. Some of the billions expected to be saved over the next decade from military budget cuts, downsizing forces and getting off a permanent […]

Return on investment important

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I have used this term almost to the point of wearing myself out. And I do believe everyone has a basic understanding of it, though what they believe it is versus what someone else does can often be different. For those that do not have money, it is even more critical. […]

Tragic situation handled with grace

What happened to Timothy Cole should never happen to anyone. He was an innocent man sentenced to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and died behind bars. The unveiling of a 13-foot-tall bronze statue of Cole by the city of Lubbock and the Innocence Project of Texas in an area to be dedicated as […]

NM great place to see stars

By Tom McDonald State columnist Outer space has been in the news a lot lately — and that’s just fine for the likes of New Mexico. Not only were we at the center of a couple of recent international news items, but we enjoy a rich history tied to humanity’s reach for the stars. But […]

Wendel’s list of extended commandments

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist I am fine with The Ten Commandments being posted on taxpayer property — as long as my 11 receive the same treatment. Here are Wendel’s 11 commandments: • Thou shalt have no other gods before me — although I would appreciate receiving recommendations about the ones cool enough to hang […]

Federal agencies can’t justify overspending

This federal government boondoggle falls into the “you would never do this with your own money” category. If you’ve ever been to former copper mining town Ajo, Arizona, population 3,300, you know it’s not a high-dollar real estate market. In fact, the average price of a home in the hamlet about 40 miles north of […]

Progress stifled by pride and ego

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher There are an awful lot of grudges around here. I had seen and heard it before, and now that I am publisher they have come out even more. No, I will not go into the specifics of them out of respect to those that have talked to me in confidence, or […]

Libertarians adhere to one rule

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Contrary to what many seem to believe, libertarians are not against rules. In fact, they are defined by adherence to one rule in particular: the zero aggression principle. It simply states: “No human being has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, nor to advocate […]

The whiners should run for president

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist How I got on one email distribution list of High Plains luminaries is a mysterious honor. One recent missive was titled “Best description of Obama ever written.” The email reprinted an essay from Jack Wheeler, “a brilliant man who was the author of Reagan’s strategy to break the back of […]

Progress will be lost with another war

Try as he might, President Obama has been unable to untangle the United States from the mess in the Middle East. Now, with a new terrorist group growing ever-fiercer and more dangerous, the president told the nation Wednesday night that Americans must act, with their allies, to stop the fundamentalists who are bent on destroying […]

Let the hyperbole, overkill begin

By Tom McDonald State columnist Now begins Election 2014. All the noise you’ve heard so far was just the warmup. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill. Still, it’s an important election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney […]

Dogs provide more accurate reflection

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher If you want to truly know what an individual is about, I have stated that you do not see the reflection of that person in their kids, but in their dog. The dog takes the brunt good and bad of their owner, and does not have the same level of outside […]

No more excuses for looking the other way

The most disturbing comment in the wake of Ray Rice’s firing did not come from the National Football League players’ union. Astonishingly, it came from the woman who runs a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The Baltimore Ravens on Monday cut the running back, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely because he punched Janay […]

Skinny dipping issue offers chance to teach

The “Most Likely to Skinny Dip” award presented in the Portales High School yearbook a few weeks ago was controversial only in extreme circles. Anyone worried about our children’s morality being reflected in those pages needs a reality check. And a hobby. But the incident has raised an issue dear to our hearts, one that […]

Taking the road more traveled

Leslie “Wildfire” Radford, a 1997 Muleshoe High School graduate, is living my fantasy — exchanging an education career for trucking down the highway. A 2001 graduate from college in Portales, Radford taught first through sixth grades in Texas schools — until becoming fed up. “The parents and administration don’t support teachers,” said the former high […]

Parenting, coaching must be team effort

It’s happening in stadiums all over the country. Football is America’s most popular sport. It’s my favorite sport, too, but that doesn’t mean I can turn a blind eye to the severe health consequences that can happen to those who participate. I played for a while, in my much, much younger years, though I wasn’t […]

Link between first, last on state lists clear

There’s clear correlation between New Mexico ranking at the bottom of some lists and first in others. Because when you are No. 1 in teen births, it makes sense that you are dead last in education performance? (2014 Quality Counts Report) Or 49th in overall children’s well being? (2014 National Kids Count Data Book) Or […]

Staying clear of politics getting hard

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher You put a frog in water and gradually bring the water to a boil, it will remain. You put a frog in water and heat it right away, it will jump right out. Metaphoric economics at its best. Water prices jumping at a rate nearly the equivalent of another water payment. […]

Border, customs not as nimble as need to be

The U.S.-Mexico border is about 1,933 miles long and, to patrol that border, more than 18,000 agents are assigned to nine sectors. When an immigration hot spot breaks out, as it has in South Texas, the agency’s response is as sluggish as the muddy Rio Grande that defines a long stretch of the border. The […]

Reading gives me such a rush

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist When I occasionally turn off the TV and computer and open a book, a strange jolt surges through my brain. Granted, there are no opera-singing cats, graphics comparing Hillary to Hitler, or a bachelor making out with 25 women on 25 first dates, but the endorphin rush makes electronic entertainment […]