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Don’t take our freedoms for granted

July 4, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

A couple of months ago, a reader sent an email to me requesting that the newspaper stop using the term “illegal immigrants” and instead use the words “undocumented immigrant.” I’m not sure if it was a reaction to the series of stories we did on Central Americans who were detained over a period of about [&hellip...

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The latest chapter in civil rights in the US

July 3, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Americans have seen a lot of civil rights advancements over the past half-century, with a launching point for other causes coming out of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s. That’s when some inalienable rights for African Americans...

Charleston’s tragedy, nation’s wound

July 2, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

In the wake of the murders at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, details are sinking in — and with them, the recognition that racism lives, breathes and festers, even as we dream that it is a thing of the past. A man just 21 — looking more like a...

A waterlogged nation fails to learn from its repeated floods

July 1, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

In 2011, as a wall of water was surging down the Missouri River toward St. Louis, engineer Matt Hunn was keeping an eye on the rolling flood from his Corps of Engineers office in downtown St. Louis. At the time, this page was urging changes to river policy in...

‘Chasing the pitch black’ at Carlsbad Caverns

June 21, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

From left, Dianne Joop, NCKRI education director; Valerie Gohlke, NPS public affairs specialist; Maddy Hayden, reporter at Carlsbad Current-Argus; and Suzanna Hernandez, NCKRI advancement director. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)   You could say this column...

Thoughts on the role of fatherhood for 2015

June 20, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Over the past half century, fatherhood has been changing all across America. Used to be, Dad was the head of the household, the master of his domain, king of his castle. Nowadays, pop culture has turned the old man into the clueless one in the family. You...

We truly live in the Land of Enchantment

June 13, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

 Not far from Cloudcroft in the Lincoln National Forest is a tiny community called Weed. It’s not named after a particular “pharmaceutical” plant that’s gotten a lot of attention in the newspaper lately. Rather, it is named after W.H. Weed, a New...

Taxing philosophies of state’s political parties

June 12, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Clearly, there are ideological differences between conservatives and liberals — but not always. On the issue of taxes, it’s a mixed bag. Rhetorically, national Republicans love to cry out for fewer taxes while Democrats prefer to look the other way when a...

Stay on guard from identity thieves

June 6, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

In most cases, a determined thief is a successful thief, and the digital age has opened a whole new arena for thieves to practice their cunning. In addition to stolen and forged checks, identity theft and fraud have become regular occurrences. Thieves have...

Senate has a chance to re-balance security and liberty

June 5, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

One measure of how deeply embedded the domestic surveillance apparatus has become since the 9/11 terrorist attacks is that the government’s authorization to vacuum up Americans’ communication data expired at midnight Sunday — although it may well be...