Editorial: Drivers’ education adapting to today’s problems

The older people get, the more they come to appreciate the need to adapt. If you're someone born during the baby boom years after World War II, chances are you know that better than most. You remember the days before color TV, remote controls, cable TV, VCRs, home entertainment systems and a whole host of […]

Editorial: Supreme Court ruling does not fix immigration

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona immigration law, and life as we know it continued. Both sides claimed victory in what amounts to a ruling that changes parts of the controversial law but leaves the nation no closer to an effective strategy to address immigration. While the high court ruling primarily centered on […]

Editorial: Media coverage of missing girl tough call

O ur newspapers received some harsh criticism for failing to provide coverage of a teenage girl who's been missing from her Clovis home since June 7. A few readers posted comments on social media sites claiming we did not report on the story because we did not "care about the child," and that "unless it […]

New Mexico deserves transparent government

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been a loud and proud supporter of government transparency. That's why we're surprised to hear she's been in the middle of recent media reports questioning her actions related to public records. First it was revealed the governor and other high-ranking administration officials discussed state business using email accounts connected […]

Editorial: Defendants pay high price after criminal trials

Those cleared in court shouldn't be wiped out defending themselves. The idea behind our trial-by-jury system is that if you're innocent of the charges against you, you should go free. By free, most people would mean free to go back to your life the way it was before. But as recent comments by Robert Blagojevich, […]

Editorial: Military must take mental health seriously

A disturbing spike in active-duty military suicides, which puts 2012 on pace to set an all-time record, demands a swift and coordinated response from the Pentagon. So far this year, even as the war in Iraq has wound down, the number of U.S. service members taking their own lives has averaged almost one a day […]

Editorial: Military suicides costing more lives than war

A disturbing spike in active-duty military suicides, which puts 2012 on pace to set an all-time record, demands a swift and coordinated response from the Pentagon. So far this year, even as the war in Iraq has wound down, the number of U.S. service members taking their own lives has averaged almost one a day […]

Editorial: Random violence historic in number of victims

Eastern New Mexico has seen its share of random acts of violence against innocent people through the years. Many remember Ola Temple, 80, of Clovis who answered her door to a stranger on Jan. 31, 1986. She was raped and murdered just before her house was set on fire. But we cannot remember any examples […]

We don’t forget, but we do forgive

Eastern New Mexico residents are a hearty breed of independent, headstrong people loyal to each other. That trait shows through regardless of politics — most of the time. However, we saw that link tested before Tuesday's primary election. It nearly broke for Republican friends and neighbors. The last two months were especially nasty for the […]

Editorial: Be cautious when using fire outdoors

New Mexico's wildfire season already is living up to its billing as another one to dread. Picture an inferno larger than the largest city in New Mexico. At more than 266 square miles — 80 square miles larger than Albuquerque — you have the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila National Forest. It is the largest […]

Editorial: Boxer Tapia’s struggles, victories will be remembered

Champion. Celebrity. Big-hearted. Troubled. Addict. Every life is filled with victories, complications and contradictions, and so was the life of Albuquerque native Johnny Tapia. But Tapia's life was bigger than most, as reflected in the coverage of his death by the major news and sporting media and celebrity gossip sources from around the world. The […]

Editorial: Cost of war in Afghanistan not justified

The recent NATO summit provided confirmation of what many Americans have suspected for some time regarding the war in Afghanistan: It is coming to an end with an outcome much less desirable than what had been promised when the first troops arrived a decade ago. The "surge" of 2010 was not a game changer. The […]

Editorial: Travel vouchers more dangerous than Perry’s gun?

G ov. Rick Perry's habit of carrying a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun while jogging would be useful information to anyone contemplating doing him harm. Perry hasn't been shy about letting the world know this important detail. The spending of tax money on his travel security detail has been judged an entirely different matter — by Perry, […]

Editorial: Republicans misunderstand Limbaugh’s fame

There is no doubt Rush Limbaugh is a famous Missourian. As the controversial ultra-conservative host of a radio program that caters to a right-wing perspective, Limbaugh has carved his niche as one of the dominant Republican pundits of his generation. Given Missouri has something called the "Hall of Famous Missourians" in the Missouri State Capitol […]

Editorial: Community snapshot cool idea

Portales-area residents are revved up about getting together at 6 p.m. Thursday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The purpose is to have their picture taken — a community snapshot, complete with various modes of transportation, commemorating New Mexico's centennial. What a cool idea. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said the inspiration comes […]

Editorial: No danger evident, no reason to ban taxpayer from PRC

It was encouraging this week to see that most of New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission disagreed with its chairman, Pat Lyons of Clovis, who wanted to ban a man from attending and speaking to the group. Martin de la Garza often gives rambling, long-winded, accusatory testimony at PRC meetings. He was fired in 2009 for […]

B.B. Lees still collecting honors for sporting life

If we tried to put a face to Eastern New Mexico University athletics, it would look a lot like B.B. Lees. No individual in the school's history has brought more prestige and respect. Lees, 81, has battled serious health issues the past four years, but we caught him leaving his Portales home on his way […]

Editorial: Visa proposal could bring talent to nation

Each year, Washington awards visas to immigrants who bring skills and qualifications prized by high-tech companies. This is an eminently sensible policy, since highly trained immigrants add greatly to the nation's stock of human capital and as a group, they have a high propensity to start companies of their own. That creates more jobs for […]

Editorial: Public officials make too many deals in private

They say the words, claiming "transparency" and "the public's right to know" are priorities. But too many public officials are conducting public business in private. They call it "executive session," the part of the public meeting when city councilors or county commissioners say some magic words and then sneak off into a private room where […]

Editorial: Take moment to remember pilot’s heroics

In an age when remotely piloted aircraft are the hot topic, we welcomed this week's reminder to air travelers and their families that pilots on board commercial aircraft can mean the difference in surviving crises. We are not talking about the miraculous Hudson River landing in New York City in 2009, where US Airways Capt. […]