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 […]

State needs some free enterprise

By Tom McDonald State columnist Blue collar, white collar, it doesn’t matter. They’re both collars. I’m referring, of course, to the workplace, where so many of us are little more than dogs on a leash, going only as far as our masters will let us, digging holes in the yard to bury the bones they […]

Ferguson proof military might not always right

Is anyone surprised that armored tanks and assault rifles have escalated rather than eased confrontations between civilians and police officers? So much for free stuff from the government not having a hidden price tag. This just might be the worst re-gifting idea ever. In the wake of days of violence in Ferguson, Mo., after a […]

Conformity puzzling phenomenon

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m sorry, but I have to write about this. It was one of the things I noticed last time I was here, and it is blatantly obvious again, but this time in a different form. What is up with all the white SUVs/Crossovers? Last time I was here everyone had a […]

An informed public a safer, saner public

“To mess around with Ebola is an easy way to die.” — Richard Preston, author of “The Hot Zone” Richard Preston’s 1994 non-fiction thriller, “The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story,” introduced readers world-wide to the terrors of viral hemorrhagic fevers, particularly the Ebola virus. Preston, a New York writer and brother of Santa Fe […]

Many water opinions, few solutions

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Robin Fornoff, this newspaper’s projects editor, reported Ogallala Aquifer levels continue dropping in Curry and Roosevelt counties, with 90 percent of the water being used for agriculture. Gayla Brumfield, chair of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, told me, “The sustainable piece of our water shortage solution is the […]

Lighter footprint can be left behind

By Tom McDonald State columnist Let’s face it; we’ve really messed up the place. Sure, we take out the trash, but we really don’t get rid of it. We just hide it, and then pretend it’s gone. But not everybody’s pretending. Some people actually pay attention to their mark upon the environment and work to […]