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 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...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 3, 2019

Personal emergency prep critical

Never before have I needed my emergency preparations twice in so short a time. For the second time in just over two weeks, I’m glad I make a point to prepare for the unexpected. First, it was the...

 

McManigal: Awareness often first step towards liberty

People are often their own worst enemies. They listen to those they should ignore or laugh at while they ignore (or laugh at) those they should listen to. It’s always been the same. Harriet Tubman,...

 

Windstorm reminder to be ready

How much did you enjoy our recent “shingle apocalypse” brought on by the little wind storm? Probably about as much as I did. I even went out and took a walk in it. I love the feel of gravel...

 

You can't have civil rights both ways

It’s interesting to me how many people want their own rights respected, while also wanting other people’s rights to be violated. People who want their rights as gun owners respected often...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    March 6, 2019

None obligated to obey bad laws

While I appreciate when governments express support for natural human rights, I wonder if they really understand the rights they claim to support. Roosevelt County was recently declared a “Second...

 

Don't make politician your leader

It was once a common theme in science fiction humor for a flying saucer to land in front of witnesses, with little green men coming out to say: “Take us to your leader.” If this happened to you,...

 

Courts have institutionalized revenge

I’ll never understand how the output of the government’s court system passes for “justice.” If you ever find justice in a courtroom it will be a fluke; an accident. Justice doesn’t require...

 

There's no 'one-size-fits-all' for living

How much of what you want government to do is based on your emotions? On your feelings about what you wish other people would do or believe they should do, and your willingness to use government viole...

 

Market always superior to government

Last week, a local business delivered to my home — even though I didn’t ask and it wasn’t expected. Just to be nice and to make a good impression. And it worked. This reminded me of the...

 

There's no way to know everything

It’s a bitter pill to swallow, and one many people can’t accept, but you and I can never know everything. This means if you want to act politically, you’ll come from a place of ignorance whether...

 

'Deep state' isn't what you think

You’ve probably been hearing about the “deep state” recently, with some pundits saying it’s a danger and others saying it doesn’t even exist. It’s real, but it’s not the conspiracy...

 

Time to break government addiction

When an addict’s supply is cut off, it’s usually an agonizing journey through withdrawal to the other side of the addiction; where the poison finally loosens its grip on the person, giving him a...

 

Let others make their mistakes

One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do is let people make their own mistakes. Whether you’re seeing your child about to make a mistake, or seeing other people making pointless and...

 

Social events no place for politics

In spite of how libertarianism is often portrayed, it’s not a middle ground between conservatism and progressivism. It’s not even on the scale with those positions. But during social gatherings...

 

Opinion: Looking back, hoping for liberty

Here we go, wrapping up another year. While there’s still the possibility of something significant happening in the final days of December, there’s an even better chance nothing significant will...

 

Opinion: Solar shouldn't be forced on city

I’m in favor of solar energy. I’m not in favor of city commissions spending money on it, or on anything else. The news that the Clovis city commissioners want to spend your money for land on...

 

Opinion: Politics doesn't improve your life

Occasionally I’m asked what I write about. It’s a hard question to answer. Some would say I write about politics, but this isn’t quite right. I don’t care about politics. I want to encourage p...

 

Opinion: Some still awaiting return of liberty

For decades I’ve had my doubts about whether America is still the land of the free. With rules and enforcers everywhere you look, it doesn’t seem so. I’ve been wrong. Most Americans are free...

 

Opinion: Free market means individual choice

I love the free market. The market, liberated from government rules, subject only to the choices of individuals. One of my choices is to not shop on major holidays. If I knew for certain the store...

 

Opinion: I'll keep my loopholes, thank you

In those moments when my skepticism falters, the recent midterm elections threaten to give me a little hope. It doesn’t last long. A Congress divided between Republicans and Democrats brings the...

 

Opinion: Concealed carry key to safety for all

I want you to be safe. I hope you don't do things to endanger yourself and others, and I want you prepared — everywhere you go — in case someone else means you harm. In the past couple of weeks...

 

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