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National Opinion

June 15, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Presidential campaign Americans won’t vote for president for almost five months, but we already seem to be in the thick of the presidential campaign. Attack ads denigrating Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are rolling out on television and the web, fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars in “super PAC” money unleashed by the 2010 [&hellip...

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World Opinion

June 9, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee It had to come to an end sometime. After days of pomp and pageantry, of waving flags and rousing music, the boats have been moored, the ceremonial uniforms set aside and the bunting taken down. The Diamond Jubilee is over, and we...

National Opinion

June 8, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Congressional pensions Determining how much is too much in the way of pension benefits for former members of Congress is an impossible task given the variables involved. Some leave as millionaires, some with middling assets. Some may have achieved more than...

Space race goes commercial

June 7, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Chin up, space buffs. Stop mourning the end of America’s shuttle program and start celebrating the beginning of the next great adventure — a for-profit space race led by young entrepreneurs who want to hurl rockets skyward more efficiently than the...

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...

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...