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 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: More in common than you think

Even when we seem to disagree, we have more in common than you might think. I probably want many of the same things you want. I have no respect for those who violate private... — Updated 7/20/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Legislative damage takes time to undo

Why are legislative messes so quick to be made but so slow to be removed once in place? After they are shown to move society further from the goal used to justify them, they should... — Updated 7/13/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Don't tolerate vandals, vandalism

The article in last week’s paper about the problem of restroom vandalism in Clovis city parks struck a chord with me. I’ve seen the results myself. I realize the people who... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Government wrong tool for society

You are smart enough to know a hammer is the wrong tool for driving a screw. Yes, It can work in an emergency, but it isn’t best and can cause future problems. Either use a... — Updated 6/29/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: You're only responsible for yourself

You are responsible for yourself. No one else can be as responsible for yourself as you are, nor can you ever be completely responsible for anyone but yourself. Please do your best... — Updated 6/22/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Look toward cryptocurrency's future

It seems nearly everyone is talking about Bitcoin and Dogecoin, as well as the thousands of other cryptocurrencies, these days. Cryptocurrency is seen as a tool for financial... — Updated 6/15/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Liberty is among self-evident truths

Many times over the years people have demanded proof that liberty is better than the alternative. Sometimes the detail being questioned changes — maybe it’s the concept of... — Updated 6/8/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Drug abuse stupid but prohibition evil

It’s normal to focus more on things that matter to us personally. It’s harder to care about everything else. I’m most vocal about the liberty I see being attacked the... — Updated 6/1/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Arguments for government work against it

Any argument against the idea of having a free society — one free of political government — also works against the idea of having such a government holding society down. The... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Government should have less control

If you’re going to tolerate politicians, and a political government for them to operate in, what should they be allowed to do? Not much. Their ability to control anyone should... — Updated 5/18/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Glad I have as much choice as I do

It's good to have choices. The continuing COVID-19 overreactions of New Mexico's politicians mean I've spent much less time and money in New Mexico than I would have normally. Why... — Updated 5/11/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Won't sacrifice liberty for worst of us

There will always be some members of the population set on killing each other over petty squabbles and imagined slights. Nothing you and I can do will ever change this; nothing gove... — Updated 5/4/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Time to right marijuana wrongs

Once New Mexico’s marijuana rules have changed, everyone with marijuana charges on their record should get a clean slate. At least where marijuana is concerned. Then they need to... — Updated 4/27/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Government owes business apology

After this past year, government owes business an apology. Not just empty words, but a meaningful apology. An immediate suspension of all taxation on any economic activity whatsoeve... — Updated 4/20/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: NM fumbled on legal marijuana

Leave it to government to fumble a chance to do the right thing. New Mexico has finally decided to legalize cannabis. This could have been a win for liberty, but they did it wrong.... — Updated 4/6/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Rebel, but make it responsible

This past year has been hard on liberty. It started with world-wide government overreaction to a pandemic. This was still going strong when some focus shifted to choosing a... — Updated 3/30/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Never give anything to government

It is disappointing to read that the Bill Dalley windmill collection — which had been entrusted to the Roosevelt County government — is being split up. Let this be a lesson: if... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Gun owners' rights in danger

Congress has begun another epic crime spree: it is passing new anti-gun legislation and plotting more in the near future. If any of this legislation passes, President Biden will... — Updated 3/16/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: You'll always offend someone

The Righteous and Holy Arbiters of What is Acceptable now seek to cancel Dr. Seuss. This may be my final last straw with “cancel culture.” Yes, some of Dr. Seuss’ illustration... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: 'Law enforcement' not what we have

A couple of local sheriffs claim to be concerned that new legislation makes “law enforcement” (sic) the enemy. If so, they don’t understand the nature of legislation.... — Updated 3/2/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Start getting prepared for emergencies

I thought the past year had taught people to be prepared and less dependent on rescue by others. It seems I was wrong. This has been quite the year for “preppers.” Just one... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Politicians responsible for much loss

It’s so nice of New Mexico’s political overlords to allow businesses to re-open a bit — until they change their minds again. We should gather in the frozen fields and sing... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Share what you think is important

When something is important to you, you want to share it. If other people don’t understand it, you want to explain it to them. You usually want others to like and understand it... — Updated 2/9/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Politics not a good look on anyone

Politics has a strange effect on people. I’m stunned at how many people can’t let go of Donald Trump. They cling to him like a life raft in an ocean of uncertainty. I’m not... — Updated 2/2/2021

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Can do without Biden's 'unity'

John Brennan, an ex-CIA director from Obama’s administration, claims the federal government is targeting “religious extremists,” conservatives, and libertarians for extra... — Updated 1/26/2021

 

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