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The day of my eBay hack attack

December 14, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

I’ve been hacked. On Dec. 2, I got an email from eBay stating that someone had used my account fraudulently. This hacker did me the favor of selling 10 Sony SmartWatches that pair up to a smartphone via Bluetooth for the low, low price of $65 each. What the hacker neglected to do was to [&hellip...

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County officials need to follow city’s lead for more open government

December 6, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

The Chaves County Commissioners will hold a special meeting and a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to consider raising the county’s Gross Receipts Taxes. The commissioners will also discuss lowering the county property tax rates to their lowest levels in...

A simple answer to ‘Dairy Rule’ debate

December 6, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

One of my favorite recurring skits on the original “Saturday Night Live” was Garrett Morris, the show’s first African-American cast member, portraying the make-believe character Chico Escuela, a professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic...

Time for Republicans to move beyond Benghazi

November 30, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says a Benghazi report put together by a Republican panel is “full of crap.” It strikes us that it isn’t the report that’s full of it. Graham has been pushing this bogus issue so long and so hard that he’s filled to the...

Schlock king Corman’s best movie a financial disaster

November 16, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

To any Baby Boomer, the name Roger Corman immediately conjures up memories of low-budget horror movies and sexploitation films like “Women in Cages” and equally violent biker-gang movies such as “The Wild Angels” that starred Peter Fonda and Nancy...

Obama unbowed by midterm setbacks

November 8, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

President Obama awakened Wednesday morning to a seismic shift in the nation’s political landscape. Republicans not only had seized control of the Senate for the first time since 2006, they also had grown their House majority to the highest level since...

50 years later, another Republican ‘time for choosing’

November 8, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

Barry Goldwater went down to a smashing defeat in 1964. But so did the man who beat him — Lyndon Johnson, whose landslide re-election culminated in a near-abdication from the presidency four years later. Johnson’s collapse eerily foreshadowed the...

Election overload is taking its toll

November 2, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

My timing couldn’t have been better when I got cable TV and high-speed Internet installed on Thursday afternoon. After returning from work and shopping Thursday, I channel-surfed through three or four schlocky horror movies before finally watching the news...

Voters should support general obligation bonds

October 29, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

It’s as simple as ABC — Bonds A, B and C, that is. The county’s higher education institutions, libraries and the J.O.Y. Centers all need funding for capital improvement projects. Among the problems that need to be repaired are leaky roofs at both the...

After we vote, don’t forget we still exist

October 27, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

SANTA ROSA — They found us on the map, but what about after the election? Let’s hand it to both of New Mexico’s gubernatorial candidates. Republican incumbent Susana Martinez and Democratic rival Gary King both followed that tricky-to-navigate straight...