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No good deed goes unpunished

July 27, 2014 • EditorialComments (1)

The Roswell Animal Control Services have come under fire from local and national animal rescue groups since the city put the department under the purview of the Roswell Police Department. As of July 1, the shelter has been euthanizing animals on the eighth day of captivity, per city ordinance. The animal shelter was already in [&hellip...

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Texas still lives on in heart of this ZZ Top fan

July 27, 2014 • Editorial, OpinionComments (0)

When I told my former work mates at The Pampa News that I was moving to Roswell to accept the editor position here, I said that although I would miss them all, I was happy to get away from the relentless Panhandle winds. The one who had lived in Silver City...

Dog advocates have backward priorities

July 20, 2014 • EditorialComments (0)

When I saw a proof of a yet-to-be published newspaper advertisement last week with a big headline, “R.I.P. Fallen Angels,” and little boxes with pictures of faces, at first glance I thought they were the faces of children who had died at the hands...

Hobby Lobby decision affirms religious liberty

July 10, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

Jonathan Rauch had this take after the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow for religious liberty with its Hobby Lobby decision last week. “The bottom line is nobody should hyperventilate about this ruling,” said Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings...

Grass is greener in Roswell than Panhandle

July 5, 2014 • Editorial, OpinionComments Off

You’ve heard the expression a thousand times. The grass is always greener on the other side. Things were going well for me at my editor job in Pampa, Texas, when I saw the ad posted on the Internet for the editor position at the Roswell Daily Record. I got...

New animal rescue policy is sound judgment amid misdirected anger

June 22, 2014 • Editorial, OpinionComments Off

Roswell made national headlines recently when on June 11 a 9-year-old boy was attacked by three pit bull mixes that escaped from a local animal rescue that had adopted the animals from the city’s shelter. Fortunately, the boy’s father, a Roswell police...

Pearce’s plan to localize health services could reform VA

June 15, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

A few weeks ago as I was watching yet another report on the TV news about the unfolding scandal at the Veterans Administration in Phoenix, where a whistleblower has alleged that 40 veterans died while waiting for treatment, I couldn’t help but feel a little...

Risky loose home lending

June 5, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

Congratulations, taxpayers, you’re getting a new house — whether you want it or not. When it comes to the American real estate market, after all, extensive government involvement (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back about 60 percent of new mortgages) means...

Apologies are owed to candidate Arnett

June 1, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

Amy Arnett, mother of Magistrate District 1 candidate Bobby Arnett, wrote in a letter to editor that an apology is owed to her son. But it is not the newspaper that should apologize to her son for publishing an editorial cartoon drawn by Keith Bell that...

Embracing your ‘inner child’ while in the joint

May 25, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

They probably don’t make yoga pants in big enough sizes for some of its newest practitioners. But then again, you don’t get much choice on what you can wear when you’re living at some of New Mexico’s most exclusive “gated” communities. According...