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 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

 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

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Government needs your compliance

No matter how you feel about them, U.S. presidents are both too powerful and figureheads without any real power. It seems contradictory, but it’s true. A president has the power... — Updated 1/19/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Let Jan. 6 events be wakeup call

Are you prepared enough? No, you aren’t. Neither am I. It’s a trick question. There is no such thing as being prepared enough. Recent events in Washington, D.C. — the... — Updated 1/12/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Earth isn't flat and government isn't good

Have you ever run into someone who believes the Earth is flat? I was shocked to discover such people exist. Many of them also believe the moon is a hologram, gravity doesn’t... — Updated 1/5/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Up to you to make 2021 better

Was the year 2020 not to your liking? Do you want 2021 to be better? Then make it better. It’s mostly up to you. There will be things beyond your control, but you can choose how... — Updated 12/29/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Is vaccine really worth celebrating?

As soon as a COVID-19 vaccine was announced, the debate began over who should get it first. To me, the answer was obvious: Give it to the politicians first. They want to be called... — Updated 12/22/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Gun control doesn't stop shooters

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Lubbock for a while. Before heading home I stopped by a Lubbock Walmart so I could grab a few items without being herded like a cow through a chute.... — Updated 12/15/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Take back your own responsibility

Like it or not, everyone has the responsibility to make their own decisions. If they decide to wear a mask because they believe it will keep them (or others) safe, they are free to... — Updated 12/8/2020


McManigal: Feeling a little extra freedom lately

Did you just feel a little breeze of extra freedom? I felt it. Why would I feel a bit freer than I did a couple of months ago? How could this happen? It’s mental freedom. Freedom from caring what government does or says.... — Updated 12/1/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Rights don't depend on politicians

If there is one message I’d most like to share with you during these times — and for this Thanksgiving — it’s that your rights don’t depend on the opinions of... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Government has too much power

One thing that has been demonstrated beyond any doubt by both the pandemic and the recent presidential election is that government has too much power over our lives. If government... — Updated 11/17/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Little difference between candidates

I was wrong. I was sure Donald Trump would win easily, in spite of years of political and personal attacks from his various opponents. I knew there was “Anyone but Trump... — Updated 11/10/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Make nice with your neighbors

With the election now behind us, you need to find a way to live with the neighbors who supported a different candidate than you did. The neighbor who had a sign in the yard... — Updated 11/3/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Gridlock best election outcome

What do you expect to happen after Donald Trump’s election victory? I expect outrage, shock, and denial from the national mainstream media and others who pretended Joe Biden was... — Updated 10/27/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

McManigal: Costs are worth living in liberty

The continuing hysteria over COVID-19 reminds me of the website warning of the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). The website correctly points out that DHMO is found in all our... — Updated 10/20/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Every four years, the same old thing

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in an infinite presidential time loop? Every four years I watch it repeat, but no one else seems to notice. Like the movie Groundhog Day, where... — Updated 10/13/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Extremists should keep politics to selves

Of all the political ideas I’m puzzled by — which is all of them — the ideas of White Supremacy and White Nationalism are among the most bizarre. To imagine you’re better... — Updated 10/6/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Tolerance, approval different things

Few people understand the difference between tolerating a behavior and endorsing or approving of it. There are things I don’t approve of but don’t have the right to stop others... — Updated 9/29/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Consider stocking up for election

Stocking up on food and supplies before the worst part of the forced shutdowns could turn out to have been good practice for what may be coming after the presidential election.... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Stay consistent with your beliefs

I wish people were more consistent. Many people in this country say they are for smaller, or “limited” government. Most change their minds as soon as they think of something... — Updated 9/15/2020


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