Antitrust laws hamstring development

On antitrust, the U.S. government seems stuck in the Model T era. It just doesn’t understand that, in this age of Apple, Google, Facebook and thousands of lightning-fast digital companies, it’s practically impossible to build a monopoly. That’s why the Justice Department was so wrong in thwarting AT&T’s attempted $39 billion purchase of cellphone competitor […]

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

Letter to the editor: Marriage laws protect morality

Regarding Russell Anglin’s Jan. 12 column on gay marriage that a constitutional amendment defined marriage in the traditional sense was contrary to “our freedom as individuals,” and an attempt to “legislate morality” and create a “second-class citizenry”: I respectfully disagree. Morality is the basis of all legislation and law; whether it is the codified condemnation […]

12-30 Letter to the Editor

Laws regulate society Regarding your Dec. 9 editorial “Private sector holds key to more jobs:” The writer says government does not have a clue of how the economy works and its policies keeps small business from creating jobs. This ideology says markets are always right and need no controls. The article’s final paragraph reads, “reduce […]

Using clotheslines a matter of opinion

An item in a recent edition of The New York Times caught the eye and caused a momentary pause. In some areas of our country, hanging clothes on clotheslines in the yards has been outlawed. Some communities simply wrote those lines out of existence and would not permit their use. Some realtors even reported the […]

Tougher laws proposed for underage drinking

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Chelle Delaney The tragic drowning of a 12-year-old has Tucumcari taking a hard look at underage drinking laws. A local attorney presented a proposal to the Tucumcari City Commission Thursday aimed at preventing tragedies like the drowning death of 12-year-old Augustine “Augie” Montiel in 2006. Alcohol contributed to the boy’s death, according to his mother. […]

Will our new code have enough green

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The city of Tucumcari has hired a consultant to help it revise the city’s ordinances regarding development. That’s a good idea –  because those ordinances can have a lot to do with what Tucumcari can become. The city has good spaces – good bones. It also appears that the […]

8/3 Community Notes

Tucumcari police patrol traffic safety The Tucumcari Police Department will be conducting speed enforcement patrols Sunday through Aug. 14, as well as Aug. 21, 22, and 27-31 at all times of the day, according to Police Chief Larry Ham. During these times, officers will be out enforcing DWI laws. The First Street construction zone will […]

Minister defines equality in God’s eyes

By Rev. Jim Witcher “Equal” is defined as: 1. Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another. 2. Mathematics. Being the same or identical to in value. 3.a. Having the same privileges, status, or rights: equal before the law. Many of you know me as Jim Witcher Minister. Others know me as Trooper Witcher […]