Election shows need for new rules

This election wore me down, and I'm sure it did the same for many of you. In an effort to prevent such an election in the future, here is my submission for The Voter Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2013. It's part policy, part common sense. It may also be carried in the upcoming lame-duck […]

Government should open market

I will probably never understand those who feel the solution to any problem is to get the government to do something about it. Very few things should ever be subject to a vote, and nothing that would violate the rights of the losing side should ever be put to a vote — nor imposed by […]

Trump committed to wasting time

A few weeks ago, Donald Trump said he had a bombshell that had the potential to change the election. Cue the lights, and it was revealed Trump just wanted to offer a $5 million donation to the charity of President Obama's choice, in return for Obama's college and passport records. The bombshell fizzled. But Trump […]

eBenefits speeds up info access

Conceived in the wake of the Walter Reed scandal as a way for wounded warriors and their families to understand and access benefits, the "eBenefits" web portal has become an online gateway of enormous value and convenience to 2 million registered users. That still leaves a pool of 35 million eligible veterans and military community […]

Struggles lie beyond election win

Willie wants to withdraw as VP on our Green Tea Party ticket. It's not that he thinks "The party of common sense that knows it doesn't know" can't win. With our anti-oxidant, pro-equal-rights agenda, he's afraid that we will. Then we'll have to deal with being commanders in chief, target of everyone's self-interest. We support […]

Martinez should toss chief of staff

Stealth journalistic moves have placed in my possession the private memoir journal of Gov. Susana Martinez, the book wherein she records her innermost thoughts. We listen in on the governor when she has a Very Special Visitor. (After another trying day, the governor reclines on fluffy pillows, reflecting on her humble origins guarding El Paso […]

Control stifles economic process

In normal life, people generally see a monopoly as a bad thing. Lack of competition leads to poor services or products and inflated prices. Customer service gets put on the back burner because the money will come in regardless. Business monopolies can only exist in collusion with government. Without the protectionism of regulation and red […]

Debt balance needs to be reached

Taxpayer support of base grocery stores this fiscal year would fall by $130 million, or 9.4 percent, if Congress fails to reach a debt-reduction deal by Jan. 2. That's the deadline to avoid arbitrary budget cuts mandated by the sequestration mechanism in last year's Budget Control Act. The Office of Management and Budget delivered that […]

State should stay out of economy

The Clovis cosmetics plant fiasco is a good demonstration of the truth that the best thing government can do, about the economy and everything else, is: nothing. It's a result that it seems anyone who doesn't look at life through the "beer goggles" of government could have seen coming. Judging from comments I saw when […]

State should back virtual charters

The fact that New Mexico's education system is in dire need of reform is not lost on citizens of our state. Recent polling found that 75 percent support the simple act of holding back third graders who can't read. This is good news! People clearly want to see reform — and our children deserve the […]

Military Update: Military looks to keep force quality

Soldiers and Marines have had the most deployments, seen the toughest fighting and suffered the greatest number of U.S. casualties in recent wars. And as with most post-war periods, ground forces also will see their career opportunities tighten faster than for other service branches. The Army plans to shed 60,000 troops, or 11 percent of […]

Staying in band would change life

I have had numerous opportunities to see the Clovis High School band perform, but I rarely got to enjoy it as much as I did Monday night. It's easy to appreciate something when you aren't busy compiling football stats. Though I didn't interact with the kids Monday nearly as much as the adult coaches — […]

Vote for Bond C to help colleges

As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to outline the benefits to the college and university of General Obligation Bond "C" in the Nov. 6 General Election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties. If Bond C passes in the Nov. 6 General […]

Prairie chicken protection needed

Far be it for me to offer political advice, but were I a state Senate candidate I would lay off the prairie chicken. You don't want to mess with lesser prairie chicken, folks. Aubrey Dunn is running for Senate in District 39. He may have stubbed his toe when he criticized state government for spending […]

Restitution could provide justice

Recent and ongoing local events illustrate the folly of imprisonment. The situation is not unique. The same type of events repeat, in limited variation, all across America on a continuous basis. The Stanford Prison Experiment, and subsequent studies that keep confirming it, should demonstrate that you can't give one group of people dominion over another […]

War trauma story affects military

On the stage, seated with a small group of wounded warriors sharing stories of grievous injuries and inspirational recoveries, is an attractive young woman with short and spiked blond hair.When it's her turn to speak, she does so confidently and with a pleasing southern drawl.Tara Dixon introduces herself as an Army Reserve major and a […]

Changes needed to ensure justice

"Justice" is the attempt to take an individual who has been harmed by an act of aggression or property loss and correct the damage; to return the victim to as close to the "pre-victimized condition" as possible. What, then, is "injustice?" It is often simply the lack of justice. This could be injustice through omission […]

Whew! Explosive situation averted

Traffic funnels into the border patrol station off Highway 70, the good guys are waved on to drive into Alamogordo and scattered locales, the suspicious detained. One recent Wednesday, just as we were affirming, yes, we are American citizens, the alarm device in the border patrolman's hands started flashing like a slot machine gone berserk. […]

Aunt’s letters provide perspective

For perspective, I need only read faded, handwritten letters from Aunt Eula. The letters were to my late mother in the months before my aunt, 46, died from suspected tuberculosis on May 21, 1958, in a Galveston, Texas, sanatorium. Here are excerpts: (December, 1957): "My hands and eyes swell until I can't hardly use them. […]

Explosive situation averted

Traffic funnels into the border patrol station off Highway 70, the good guys are waved on to drive into Alamogordo and scattered locales, the suspicious detained. One recent Wednesday, just as we were affirming, yes, we are American citizens, the alarm device in the border patrolman's hands started flashing like a slot machine gone berserk. […]