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. […]

Editorial: Obama taking too much credit for Osama raid

Try as we might, we are unable to picture Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman or Dwight D. Eisenhower spiking the ball at the end of World War II. The image of George H.W. Bush doing an end-zone dance in celebration of evicting Iraqi invaders from Kuwait in under 100 hours is equally hard to imagine. […]

Clinton, LBJ mastered art of compromise

Few political observers have compared the 42nd president of the United States with the 36th. But what former President Bill Clinton intoned last week at West Texas A&M University well might have brought back memories of the late President Lyndon Johnson. It is this, quite simply: Rigid ideology must not stop progress on behalf of […]

Editorial: Plenty of blame to go around at Portales PD

Portales Mayor Sharon King sees a review of the Portales Police Department as a "positive thing." Police Chief Jeff Gill contends, "The only issue I've found in this deal was that there was old evidence that needed to be destroyed and wasn't." We don't believe that is a true or complete assessment unless they were […]

Editorial: Republicans can still embrace DREAM Act

After a depressing two years in which Arizona and South Carolina passed draconian anti-immigrant laws — and Republican presidential candidates missed nary an opportunity to back their hardline stances — comes some hope for bipartisan progress. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, one of his party's rising stars, a man thought to be a contender to […]

Editorial: U.S. 70 work long time to do, but worth wait

Reality sets in when road construction folks tell Portales residents to buckle up. The $8.3 million, 18-month project through Portales proper will begin in less than three weeks. On May 14, the sorely needed reconstruction of the timeworn four-lane highway that dissects the community will begin. It will include jackhammers tearing out old concrete in […]

Teens deserve to be informed of options

We know that the only sure defense against teenagers becoming pregnant is abstinence. Steering clear of intercourse also is the only foolproof way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. The Daily Republic printed an Associated Press story noting that teen birth rates have declined again in the United States. According to the report, the 2010 rate […]

Jury holds campaign ad makers accountable

At times it seems nothing could possibly be shocking anymore when it comes to American politics. Sure, it's easy to turn on cable news talk programs and see Rachel Maddow, Ann Coulter, James Carville or Bill O'Reilly work themselves into a lather over something they absolutely can't believe came out of the mouth of a […]

Arrest presents opportunity for justice

No matter who says what in today's world of instant commentary, no one really knows whether George Zimmerman committed a crime Feb. 26, or if he was defending himself when he killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. And no matter whose side is more vocal, the American justice system rightly will decide Zimmerman's fate. Zimmerman, a […]

Editorial: Message behind Easter can inspire us all

The Gospel of Mark tells us three women approached the tomb of Jesus intending to anoint his body with spices. Along the way, they wondered how they might move the large, heavy stone from the tomb's entrance. No worry — on arrival they found the stone had been rolled away. "As they entered the tomb, […]