Obama’s visit to city worth unpaid bill

The howling was predictable and partisan at the news that Springfield, Ill., officials were no longer actively seeking to get President Barack Obama's campaign to pay a four-year-old, $55,500 bill for police protection and other expenses. Obama was in town on a very hot August day in 2008 to announce he had chosen then-Delaware Sen. […]

Land owners right to protect property sacred

Eleanor Fairchild recently spent a night in jail. The 78-year-old grandmother was arrested after she stood with "eco-anarchists" against the Keystone XL pipeline's construction in East Texas. Fairchild's contribution to eco-anarchy? Trespassing — on a piece of her own farm a Texas court condemned at pipeline builder TransCanada's request. The Keystone pipeline controversy has attracted […]

Specter example of way Congress once operated

How would you label a Republican congressman who was opposed to abortion but supported a woman's right to choose? Who didn't favor same-sex marriage but fought against laws banning it? Who voted to limit tax cuts for the rich and to raise the minimum wage for the poor? Who believed immigrants should have a pathway […]

Editorial: Tres Amigas vote welcome resolution

The next step toward the creation of an electrical power connection in eastern New Mexico to better serve all Americans occurred last week when the Clovis City Commission voted 5-0 in favor of issuing $1.65 billion in Industrial Revenue Bonds for the proposed Tres Amigas project. The vote is a good one in that it […]

Editorial: Space flight industry needs liability bill

Wayne Hale understands as well as anyone both the potential for commercial space flight and the obstacles to success. Hale is a former program manager for the space shuttle program. He was shuttle flight director for 40 shuttle missions, and was deputy associate administrator of strategic partnerships in NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate when he […]

Editorial: Immigration fix must address long-, short-term

If you listen carefully, you occasionally will hear a reasoned, calm voice within all of the unreasoned, red-faced shouting so common to national discourse today. Such was the case on Monday night when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke about immigration at the annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce dinner in Iowa. As part of his […]

Editorial: Bond C deserves voter support

Those supporting taxpayer-funded higher education in New Mexico should take a close look at the Bond C question on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. Voters statewide will decide whether to allow the state to issue $120 million in general obligation bonds for capital improvements at New Mexico's universities and colleges. The cost breaks down […]

Editorial: Can we please move to non-NFL referee topics?

Pardon a moment of snarkiness, but let's remember that the Earth didn't move overnight Wednesday when the NFL referees and owners patched things up and ended their petulant little strike. Now can we get back to learning more specific details about what is sure to affect all Americans, like who has the right stuff to […]

Viewpoint – Social media message blurs content of trial

A Facebook posting about a pending case by 2nd Judicial District Judge Samuel Winder illustrates why the court system is right to be concerned about the use of social media by those involved in justice.Winder recently posted comments about a murder trial at which he was presiding. After the jury convicted the defendant, he posted […]

Editorial: PRC should give gas project full attention

On a frigid Feb. 3, 2011, more than 28,000 New Mexico Gas Co. customers lost natural gas service, plunging them into a deep freeze. That was mainly because rolling blackouts in Texas reduced the supply of natural gas that the company had ordered to meet winter demand. And that occurred during a period when some […]