Wilson: Safety, trust demands accountability

Picture a city of about 35,000, or just picture Clovis. Imagine this Clovis, for 15 years, experiences a fatal shooting every month. We know the shooter every time. Most shootings had witnesses, and some are on video, yet nobody goes to jail and only three are ever charged. Do you feel safe in this alternate […]

Poor judgment casts shadow on Hillary’s case

A White House spokesman tells us U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch “certainly understands that investigations should be conducted free of political interference and consistent with the facts.” One thing the attorney general apparently does not understand is the old maxim that “if it smells bad, it stinks.” Because spending 30 minutes chatting with the husband […]

McDonald: Martinez shouldn’t endorse Trump

Gov. Susana Martinez is in a precarious position, and soon enough she’ll have to take a stand on the question of Donald Trump. As chair of the Republican Governors Association and the nation’s first and only Hispanic female governor, her endorsement would mean a lot to the presumptive Republican nominee. But he’s done nothing to […]

Sloan: PTSD claims another ‘Nam casualty

Last Monday was National PTSD Awareness Day. A reader, 69, told me he has experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since being in Vietnam at 20. Secretly suffering from PTSD while waiting 40 years to seek treatment, the disorder has taken its toll: run-ins with the law, war flashbacks, failed marriages … Upon returning to his […]

Wilson: Independence Day came early for me

Monday is July 4, and July 4 is Independence Day. But Friday was July 1, and July 1 wasn’t a bad Independence Day on its own. I’d planned for the last few months to try to have my car loan paid off ahead of its original February closing date. A principal payment here and there, […]

Commissioners in Curry still acting like babies

The reasons behind the public censure of Curry County Commissioner Chet Spear have been kept secret since the action took place on June 16. But a public records request may have turned up a clue: It seems our childish county leaders don’t want Spear playing on their swing set. On June 17, the Clovis News […]

U.S. does little to keep track of immigrants

Maybe Michael Steven Sandford, a would-be assassin from Britain, doesn’t fit the stereotype of an illegal immigrant. But he actually is fairly typical and he does illustrate another reason America needs comprehensive immigration reform. Sandford was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, this month at a Donald Trump rally and is facing charges in an alleged […]

McDonald: State’s sacrificed much for nation

Around the corner is Independence Day, a holiday in which we celebrate the birth of these United States. Here in New Mexico, we have the history, heritage and diversity to do it up right. At first, sundry Native American tribes shared this harsh and enchanting landscape, but they were eventually overpowered and “assimilated” into the […]

Wildlife, human interaction needs careful balance

The marathon runner played dead. The mama bear ended up dead for real in her native wilderness habitat. Who was at fault? The runner? Organizers of the event in the Valles Caldera National Preserve? The U.S. National Park Service, which gave permission for the race? Or the bear that lived there tending to her three […]

Sloan: ‘Brief History’ can’t be summarized

My book-of-the-month summary for June is “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. Impossible to summarize in 300-plus words, here are selected passages: • “We give little thought to the machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life possible, to the gravity that glues us to an Earth that would otherwise send us spinning […]

Wilson: A few more grammar pitfalls to avoid

Two weeks prior, I wrote a column about writing pitfalls to avoid. To my extreme frustration, I forgot a few. Also, readers supplied me with enough encouragement, and some of their own faux pas, to inspire a Part II. Many of these are built around the phrase, “If I had more time, I’d have written […]

Drug proposal deserves serious consideration

Many Americans are experiencing a new pain at the pharmacy cash register due to skyrocketing medication costs. For many seniors and others on fixed incomes, that financial pain level is 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. Spending for Medicare’s outpatient prescription program grew by nearly 60 percent from 2007 through 2014, from $46 […]

McDonald: State deals sweet for film makers

My older daughter tells a great story about how she met Jeff Bridges and didn’t even know it. She was a teenager at the time, working at a local bookstore in “the original” Las Vegas (New Mexico) when he came in to the store. She said she was decorating an Easter egg for an upcoming […]

Remember our flag waves for freedom, equality

The Rainbow Pride flag has long been a symbol for the gay community. Over the last couple of days, its symbolism has expanded as one of unity not just for those Americans, but for Americans of varied backgrounds who together mourn the senseless murders inflicted by a terrorist-inspired American in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub catering […]

McDonald: Rights are for all, including LGBT

Sex is always a topic that gets attention, but lately it’s been getting attention in some disturbing ways. Transgender rights, sexual assaults on college campuses, and Internet pornography have all been in the news lately — and while they’re unrelated in the way in which they’ve made news, they all have one thing in common: […]

City shooting itself in the foot with range plan

Clovis city commissioners on Thursday are expected to discuss the pros and cons of a taxpayer-funded shooting range being established at Ned Houk Park. We think it’s time government got out of the entertainment business. Promoters say the proposed 720-acre range would feature 100-yard and 200-yard rifle targets, an area for pistol shooting and skeet […]

Sloan: Life still found in declining towns

Despite amateurish photography skills, I enjoy taking photos of rustic buildings in rural areas. While recently chauffeuring a teacher to the small West Texas towns of Morton, Muleshoe, Lazbuddie, Dimmitt, Wilson and Meadow for interviews for elementary positions, I killed time by snapping photos of old houses. I assumed the dilapidated structures — with missing […]

No such thing as a grammar Nazi

Little can rattle me faster than a word, or piece of punctuation, used incorrectly. As an editor, it’s part of my job to stop them so they don’t rattle you wonderful readers. But why stop at my desk? Here are a handful of pitfalls, mostly linguistic, with some definitions and personal rules added: • Regarding […]

The smaller our government, the better for us all

We don’t endorse political candidates, primarily because we seldom see any who reflect our core values of limited government. Those seeking office in Tuesday’s primaries across the state are mostly well-intentioned people. Their hearts are in the right place, but we can’t identify even one we could recommend whose intentions are to make government smaller […]

Sloan: It was just a freak accident, really

My book-of-the-month summary for May is “Super Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The authors reveal unintended economic consequences of policies and often sub-conscious behaviors. Excerpts: • Title IX had an unintended consequence on the number of female college head coaches. Before the law, 90 percent of college women’s sports had female head coaches. […]