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 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 8, 2020 

Socialistic policies only worsen economy

I appreciate those who are making a heroic effort to keep the economy running; putting their health and lives on the line for our benefit. They are trying to make sure food and supplies are available...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: 'Papers, please' now our reality

I’m not happy with the petty tyrants who have done away with any pretense of respecting the rights of Americans. They are using this pandemic as an excuse to twist the police state tighter around ou...

 

Government more deadly virus

Do you know what I’d rather not think about? The coronavirus panic. Do you know what it seems no one, including me, is thinking about? Anything other than the coronapocalypse. People think about...

 

Keep healthy habits, help others

How will you spend your time now that civilization has been canceled by executive command? Is it time to brush up on your stone-age skills? This would be a good time to familiarize yourself with the...

 

Don't need rescue from everything

I’m surprised at how seriously people are taking the coronavirus. I’m even more surprised at how many believe government can save them from it, or that it’s even government’s job to do so....

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    March 4, 2020

Glad someone finally said 'enough'

As much as I appreciate sheriffs who refuse to enforce the latest blatant violation of the Constitution — so-called “red flag” legislation — I wonder where their courage to not do the wrong...

 

Panic not a good survival strategy

Here comes Coronavirus; the threat of the month. How scared are you? How scared should I be? I’m not scared or even worried. When Coronavirus hit the news I did some research on it at some...

 

Gun rights decent political X-ray

Whether or not you vote or otherwise pay attention to politicians, do you wish you had a way to see inside their minds to know what they think of you? Libertarian science fiction and nonfiction...

 

No one policy good for everyone

Did you enjoy our recent winter storm? I did, but I know a lot of people didn’t. Most people are not fans of cold and snow. I don’t like temperatures over 85 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if...

 

'Red flag' laws violate human rights

New Mexico politicians are hopping on the “red flag law” bandwagon; scheming to commit wrong in the name of imagined “safety.” Red-flag legislation is all the rage, politically. I don’t...

 

Being forced to help not helping

I want you to hunger for liberty; to crave the freedom to do everything you have a right to do, even if you choose to not do it all. I want you to want liberty as much as I want it. I also want you to...

 

Good to occasionally consider 'what if'

Everyone would be smart to consider “what if?” — especially where their beliefs and assumptions are concerned. While it’s not healthy to dwell on it until the thought paralyzes you, “what if...

 

Don't scare kids with political fears

I remember the panic I felt about tornado warnings as a child. It didn’t matter whether my family was in danger; I wasn’t informed enough to know whether we were. I didn’t understand that worry...

 

Not a fan of artificial divisions

I’m not a fan of the trend on social media to create artificial divisions to pit people against each other. A recent example is the condescending remark “OK boomer.” This phrase is commonly...

 

Going to work on doing what I should

Happy new year and happy new decade. I know, it doesn’t really mean anything to say it’s a “new year” or a “new decade” since it’s arbitrary, but it feels significant — partly because...

 

Hope for peaceful liberty on Earth

Peace on Earth. While it sounds like a wonderful ambition — and under the right conditions, it would be nice — not all peace is good. A cemetery is peaceful. No one is more peaceful than the...

 

Banish politics for the holidays

The holiday season is the main time of year when traditions come alive. Everywhere you look, someone’s tradition will be on display; from house decorations, to clothing, to food and music. These...

 

Offering you the gift of liberty

There’s one Christmas gift I’d love to give you: the gift of liberty. The freedom to do everything you have a right to do. It’s a gift bigger than you can imagine. Alas, it’s not possible to...

 

Still a sentimental fan of holidays

It’s the holiday season. This is the time of year when people can celebrate — or not — however they like. It’s also when those who feel they are better than you and assume the moral authority...

 

Plenty to be grateful for every year

How can Thanksgiving Day be here again? Has it really been a year? Yes, it has, and this means it’s time again to remind myself of the things I’m grateful for on this Gratitude Day. You’d...

 

Political animosity will only increase

Are you concerned over how divisive politics has become? Do you notice the growing intolerance for opposing opinions? Do you wish everyone could go back to a time when there was civil debate and...

 

Principled better than wishy-washy

A common criticism of libertarians is that we are wrapped up in principles; in absolutes. We are called “purists” as if this is a bad thing, yet the opposite of “pure” is “contaminated....

 

Take the time to pick up trash

I’m always in favor of cleaning up litter, so Clovis’ semi-annual Trek for Trash last weekend seems like a good idea. A useful task made into a party. An even better idea is to not wait until some...

 

Can you afford the water ransom?

A tax increase for Clovis’ near-mythical water project has been recommended. This illustrates one danger of allowing government to control access to water. To propose a tax is to admit failure. They...

 

Legislation, laws not the same thing

How much do you respect and obey laws? How much should you? I suppose that depends on what you mean by “laws.” Most people confuse legislation for laws. Laws were discovered — usually thousands...

 

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