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Slippery slope steepens

June 6, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

When the health police began to seriously target cigarette smokers a few years back, many wondered what might be next. Now we know: Mountain Dew, Pepsi and sweet tea, for goodness sakes. Yes, “The New York Times” reported on Thursday that New York City plans a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and [&hellip...

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Endorsements

June 3, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Heinrich for U.S. Senate (Democrat) In the contest between U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas we are presented with two candidates who are already holding important elected positions. This demonstrates their potential for serving in...

Endorsements

June 2, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Hamill for state Senate (Republican) The common theme in the race between farmer Cliff Pirtle and Roswell Fire Chief Chad Hamill is the belief that it’s time for some new blood in the seat held by Democrat Tim Jennings for more than three decades. While...

Endorsements

June 1, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Corn for County Commission (Republican) If ever there was an example of how candidates should behave during a campaign, it would be the contest between Robert Corn and Mike Kakuska. These men have stuck to promoting their qualifications rather than engaging...

Religious freedom vs Obamacare

May 31, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

More than 40 Catholic individuals, dioceses and universities have sued the Obama administration to prevent trampling of their First Amendment right to practice religion by forcing them to pay for abortifacients, sterilizations, contraception, devices and...

Public lands

May 30, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Wilderness areas are important. We should have as many as the country can afford without shutting down so much production that our country’s ability to extract reasonable quantities of trees and minerals from federal land is not unreasonably impeded by...

Police drones

May 29, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Big Brother is watching you more closely than ever — and soon, perhaps, with drones. The pilotless aircraft that the U.S. government has used to spy on (and kill) insurgents in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere were approved by the Federal Aviation...

Memorial Day

May 27, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

On Monday we will pay tribute to the men and women who have answered our nation’s call to arms and shouldered the responsibility of safeguarding the freedoms enjoyed by us all. We will honor those who gave their lives in the service of their country. In a...

World Opinion

May 26, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

NATO support for Afghanistan In agreeing to provide substantial, ongoing help to Afghanistan after the last NATO-led forces, including our own, leave at the end of 2014, Julia Gillard is on the right track. Her pledge of $300 million to the $4.1 billion fund...

National Opinion

May 25, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

FDA and a home HIV test Here are three sobering statistics about health, life and death to contemplate. In the United States, 619,000 people have died of AIDS in the past 30 years. Worldwide, the death toll surpasses 30 million. And contrary to conservative...