Forest Service restrictions unnecessary

Talk about bureaucracy run amok. The U.S. Forest Service wants to tighten restrictions on how filmmakers and photographers can cover events in wilderness areas — going so far as to require permits before companies can take a photograph or video. Originally, the Forest Service had said the rule would apply to all members of the […]

Perception affects economic reality

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Oxford defines perception as the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. Through this process we gain information about properties and elements of the environment that are critical to our survival. It includes the five senses: touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing. It also includes a […]

SpaceX testing deal bodes well for New Mexico

New Mexico may have lost out on Tesla’s $5 billion battery plant, but its link to launching Americans into space again from U.S. soil grew stronger with NASA’s selection of Boeing and SpaceX to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX, another enterprise of Tesla’s daddy, billionaire Elon Musk, has a contract with New […]

Most life may be better without us

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist For readers who barely have time for 300-word columns, I will provide a book-of-the-month summary from my bookshelves. My first selection is “The Web of Life” by John A. Storer. The 1953 book, retailing for 50 cents (bought for 10 cents at the Portales Public Library sale), is timeless. “The […]

Society needs to redefine manhood

By Tom McDonald State columnist Thanks, NFL, for sparking a worthy national conversation. When it comes to the issue of domestic violence, you’ve given us a wealth of examples about how not to behave. Of course, it’s more important to talk about how such violence hits us at home, in our local communities, but it’s […]

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 […]