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Don't need law to dislike something

We all have our own likes and dislikes. This means everyone likes some things other people dislike; sometimes the likes and dislikes are passionate and the disagreements get rather heated. There’s...

 

Glad to see space escape government

I admit it: I’ve always been a bit of a space geek. Or, would that be “space nerd?” Whatever the term, I love space flight, and am especially excited to see it beginning to escape the stagnant,...

 

Learn about subject before you talk

The better you understand something, the easier it is to notice when you’re being lied to. Plus, the less likely it is you’ll be fooled by the lies. When I’m watching a movie and I see someone...

 

Learning new things challenges you

Usually, the more I learn about something the more I appreciate it. There have been many times when a friend has introduced me to something I knew next to nothing about; something they were...

 

Anti-gun laws always wrong path

In the wake of the recent mass shootings and the hype surrounding them, people are asking “why?” Simpletons parrot the popular answer: “guns.” Sensible people know there’s no single reason....

 

Opinion pages as diverse as our communities

A half dozen readers contacted the newspaper last week to express outrage at Wednesday’s editorial cartoon. Mostly they said it was racist. Several demanded an apology. One described it as “unacceptable hatred!” I didn’t see it that way. If...

 

Education needs separation from state

Once again we approach that saddest time of the year: when the majority of parents send their kids back to school; back into the local government concentration day-camps. If you’re someone who...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 31, 2019

I try to err on the side of liberty

There are many things I don’t know. There are things I think I know but I get wrong. There are also things people may believe I’m wrong about, but I’m not — a topic for another day. When...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 24, 2019

Politicians shouldn't be so important

President Trump makes people crazy. Or maybe he magnifies the crazy already present in people. It’s like a superpower. His supporters seem desperate to defend and support just about anything he does...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 17, 2019

I prefer consequences to revenge

If your idea of a good time is to vandalize someone’s home, I have no sympathy for you no matter what consequences result. Last year a relative’s home near Clovis was burglarized and cleaned out....

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 10, 2019

Limiting liberty never good for people

There are few things I enjoy more than helping people. In the past few months, I’ve opened a car for a neighbor who locked her keys inside. Twice. I gave a military-style can opener I was carrying...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 3, 2019

Keep American spirit of 1776 alive

America was born in an act of secession. Those future Americans told an overbearing central government — the world’s most powerful empire and military at the time — it was no longer welcome. It...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 26, 2019

Illegitimate laws poison society

One way you can tell laws are not legitimate, ethically or morally, is in the way they vary from place to place. Those of us who live near an arbitrary political line — a state line or a national...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 19, 2019

Market regulated just right amount

I love watching the market work. I don’t call it “the free market” because if it’s not free it’s not a market. Under government rules and regulations what survives is a pale shadow of a...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 12, 2019

Let people find their own solutions

It amazes me how often people create worse problems while trying to solve problems. Most problems can be solved; some probably can’t. Don’t give up trying to solve the hard problems, though. You n...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 5, 2019

See what you can build on your own

There’s a sense of personal accomplishment, of self-worth, when you make something with your own hands through your own efforts. Even if you seek guidance from someone with experience, you’ve...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 29, 2019

Don't force your crutch on others

A few years ago, I was hiking down a trail in Colorado. Exploring trails — and off trails — is probably my favorite activity. After a few hours, I decided I needed to turn around and head back....

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 22, 2019

Preferences provide opportunities

Preferences are a personal thing. Some people prefer dogs while others prefer cats, and some like both species equally. None of these choices is wrong, even if one choice might make more sense or be...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 15, 2019

Let people opt out of 'good ideas'

Would you rather live in a world where it’s normal for people to try to convince each other of something, or a world where it’s acceptable to just give an order and shoot anyone who doesn’t imme...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 8, 2019

We still haven't learned Voltaire's lesson

It’s fascinating how easily people accept something they would otherwise know is wrong when someone they view as an authority figure tells them it’s right. Voltaire observed, in 1765, “Those who...

 
 News    May 5, 2019

Public record - May 5

The following marriage licenses were filed through Thursday at the Curry County Clerk’s Office: Timothy L. Morrison, 40, and Amanda Leann Roach, 40, both of Clovis Domar Stephon Rogers, 23, and Jillian Dionne Nicole McCaskill Davis, 23, both of...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 1, 2019

No one should control others' choices

I’m sure there will be a final answer on the racetrack/casino any month now. Right? Those who support a local racino must see by now how giving government the power — permission from the people ...

 

Laws are creating immigration issue

Imagine you have an antique car in your back yard behind a privacy fence. A neighbor climbs your fence, sees the car, and decides something must be done about it. How he decided your property is his...

 

Gun laws far overstep their bounds

“Validly enacted laws.” This is how New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas deceptively characterizes the new anti-gun laws he wants enforced against you. They aren’t validly enacted. They...

 

Arbitrary legality makes bad laws

Recently, out of curiosity, I scanned the daily jail log for Curry County. I had never done so before and probably won’t do it again. Afterward, I felt guilty and was ashamed of myself. I learned...

 

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