Letter to the editor: Austerity will only make things worse

We are constantly being bombarded by the need for cutting government spending, which is being pushed by a group referred to by a prominent economist as “Very Important People.” Their dire predictions have time and again proven to be wrong. The current fiscal situation is being used to pursue the ever-present goal of conservatives: elimination […]

All-volunteer force far superior to compulsory military service

July marks the 40th anniversary of the end of compulsory military service for young American men. The Defense Department ended the draft in 1973, creating an all-volunteer Army along with the rest of the armed forces. How has that worked? Well, the United States has strengthened its position as the world’s pre-eminent military power. Let’s […]

Getting involved in Syria fight wrong path

The next Middle East conflict, Syria, into which the United States is about to inject itself, is fraught with peril. It is difficult to justify joining this fight. At issue is President Obama’s decision to arm the rebels fighting the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. While the decision purportedly would involve small arms and, […]

Graduates, take time to ponder the long road ahead

An open letter to the class of 2013: Your day has arrived. You're taking another big step on your life's journey. You've walked across a stage, received a piece of paper with some engraved letterhead from the educational institution you've attended for what used to seem like forever. Finally that goal can be checked off. […]

Justice Department’s intrusion demands explanation

The U.S. Justice Department appears to have crossed a bright line that shields one of the cherished tenets of the nation's Constitution that the agency's top officers take an oath to protect and defend. This dangerous intrusion cannot be allowed to stand. It's been revealed that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months worth of […]

Lopez statue great idea, with private dollars

Government should spend public money on projects that benefit the public — not on monuments honoring iconic sports figures. We're not sure what our Legislature was thinking when it allocated $150,000 to build a statue honoring golf legend Nancy Lopez in her hometown of Roswell. We're glad Gov. Susana Martinez was thinking, and watching out […]

Good to see Tucumcari back in racetrack race

New Mexico's racing commission is scheduled to meet April 25 and, once again, begin seeking applications for a racetrack and casino. We're glad to see Tucumcari will re-enter the race it first entered more than five years ago. A group of investors representing La Mesa Racetrack and Casino in Raton won the commission's favor when […]

Letter to the editor: Obamacare only bad for special interests

The constant pitch you hear from conservative publications, talk shows and columnists: Obamacare is bad. The reason: There is a well funded and organized group that benefits billions from the status quo. The various "think tanks" were set up for the purpose of promoting their ideology that maintains their flow of wealth and power. Facts […]

TSA finally coming to its senses

You're getting ready to board a plane at an airport in, say, Lubbock or Amarillo. An agent asks you to empty your pockets into a plastic tray. The contents include a pocket knife you've been carrying since Grandpa gave it to you when you were a youngster. Hey, no problem, the agent says. You can […]

Our viewpoint: Eco-devo secrecy a bad idea

State Rep. Anna Crook surely hasn't been hit with a case of amnesia. However, she has introduced a bad piece of legislation that suggests she's forgotten a significant government foul-up in her hometown of Clovis. Crook, a Republican, introduced House Bill 592 to the Legislature, which would exempt activity related to economic development entities from […]