Preserving openess in government for the people

By Robert B. Trapp, guest columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week Sunday through next Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and […]

Candidate close-up: Lafferty

By James Lafferty: Guest columnist In the next 30 days, five individuals will be working to earn your confidence. The candidates will be communicating their desire to represent you on the city commission. As a district five candidate with 15 years city government experience, I would like to take this opportunity to express my view […]

2/1 Notable notes

Tax help available Low-income people can get TAXHELP now through April 17 from a program offered by Eastern Plains Community Action Agency, according to a release from the organization. TAXHELP is available from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the release said, asking people bring their […]

1/28 Editorial

When the Founding Fathers set up our system of government, they didn’t intend for states to be the poor cousins of the federal government. Rather, they were to be independent entities, with the federal government acting as their agent when dealing with other nations or as the arbiter of disputes between states. The attraction of […]

1/21 Editorial

Another year, another stab at re-writing the Endangered Species Act. Last year, the House of Representatives actually managed to pass a bill containing some promising provisions, including one requiring that compensation be paid to people whose property values are diminished by a federal listing. Now the action moves to the U.S. Senate — the graveyard […]

1/14 Editorial

The decision by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay not to attempt to keep that position — though he still claims he will be vindicated soon of the campaign-finance violations with which he has been charged in Texas — has opened up a race to fill that post. It should be an occasion for a […]

11/26 Editorial

This week marked the 127th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Freedom Communications, Raymond Cyrus Hoiles. Freedom is the parent company of 70 daily and weekly newspapers across the nation, including the Quay County Sun and eight television stations. It is the nation’s 13th largest newspaper and broadcast company. The Irvine, California-based company […]

10/8 Editorial

It’s not exactly news that President George W. Bush has pursued policies that are far from the ideals of limited, constitutional government that we endorse on the editorial pages. But the president’s performance at his Rose Garden news conference Tuesday was unimpressive even by our rather low expectations. Asked about the potential avian flu pandemic, […]

10/1 Editorial

What would you do if government agents showed up at your door and demanded highly personal information about you and your housemates, and threatened you with up to $5,000 in fines if you didn’t answer or provided incorrect information? It’s an interesting dilemma, and one that American citizens should not have to face if they […]

9/17 Quay personality

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Who: Delfino Garcia This Tucumcari native is a retired rancher and farmer who could also be known as the commodities man. What does that mean: Garcia is joined by his wife and 12-18 volunteers every month to hand out the government commodities to people in need. Claim to fame: A purely volunteer position that takes […]