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 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    March 28, 2017 

Be a nosy neighbor this nesting season

A piece of string here and there, clumps of hair fallen from the dog as it sheds its winter coat, threads of dry grass, dabs of mud — quietly they are taken to a place tucked discreetly away from...

 

Trump should grow up, focus on country

Fake news or real? Does our president know the difference? On Monday, after President Donald Trump pooh-poohed the notion that his campaign or his associates might have colluded with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 26, 2017

Thoreau gives some sage advice

My book-of-the-month summary for March is “Thoreau On Man & Nature” (Arthur Volkman, Peter Pauper Press, 1960). Here are excerpts, edited for conciseness, from the 61-page volume of Henry David...

 
 By Rob Langrell    Voices    March 26, 2017

Vegas+March Madness=dream

For even the casual basketball fan, you know March Madness descended upon us last week. The first two rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament have become an amazing spectacle. It’s...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 26, 2017

'Flap Jack King' an inspiration

Bill Jones was a terrific athlete, he had a green thumb, he was a whiz with numbers, and he was an agent for social change. But he didn't like calling attention to himself. "Let me tell you a story," said Billy Jones Jr., one of his two sons. "I...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 24, 2017

Intelligence, wisdom vastly different things

Big differences exist between intellectual knowledge and wisdom. We may be intellectually advanced and have a myriad of information but the difference in having intellectual knowledge and having...

 

What we say says a lot about what's in our hearts

If, like most folks, you deal with email and its accompanying blessings and cursings, you know that the first step after you open your inbox is to obliterate 90 percent of it by clearing out a ton of...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 24, 2017

Come have some fun at the Ag Expo

As I’m sure we’ve covered before, a good reason to get off the tractor and go somewhere is always appreciated — and the most rare is that sort of opportunity when it isn’t due to something...

 

Dance teams sparkle with skill, enthusiasm

Not long ago, Clovis Municipal Schools’ well-known Wildcadettes and middle school dance teams dazzled audiences once again. Showcased in “A Night of Spectacular Dance” at Clovis High School,...

 

State grieves with Cannon for lost airmen

In New Mexico we celebrate — and often take for granted — our U.S. military forces. We turn out en masse for parades and fireworks displays. We jealously guard the budgets of our national labs, Air Force bases and Army missile range. We glance...

 
 By Rube Render    Voices    March 22, 2017

Looks like Clinton dynasty is dead

I have written before that when Hillary lost the presidential election, the Clintons lost their raison d’etre. Cracks began showing in the Clinton Foundation when they informed the New York...

 

I'll never support government dystopia

Utopia isn’t an option. Even if you had the power to set up society the way you think it should be, reality would step in and make your Utopia imperfect. Expect the unexpected and remember it’s...

 

U.S. attorney owed gratitude for job well done

U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez tendered his resignation on March 10, ending 34 months of admirable service as our district’s top federal prosecutor. He was one of 46 U.S. attorneys around the country U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked to...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 19, 2017

All comes down to 'basic freedom'

TUCUMCARI — Keith Hayes just wants to be left alone. After all, he's not bothering anybody. He understands some people view his property as unkempt and unsightly, but when you're in the concrete...

 
 By Rob Langrell    Voices    March 19, 2017

Crash photo led to 'What's news?' debate

As publisher, I’m ultimately responsible for all aspects of the newspaper. That includes making decisions that will sometimes upset people. It’s unfortunate and I certainly don’t take any pleasu...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 19, 2017

Constitution basics should be taught

Dolores Penrod, retired director of Portales’ Community Services Center, told me about a local high school student who was recently chastised for not standing and saying the Pledge of Allegiance....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 19, 2017

Some things just rub me the wrong way

I must be getting more cynical as I age, because it takes me less time to find something in society that rubs me the wrong way. Here are a few things I scanned this week: • I had zero plans to see “Beauty and the Beast” before I heard a charact...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 17, 2017

There is a time for loading

Spring is here. Don’t argue temperatures with me. There have been enough warm days and enough windy days to officially call it. And if that isn’t enough evidence for you, the kicker is that it is...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 17, 2017

Security, fulfillment don't come from material possessions

I read an article on how being a minimalist can add lasting satisfaction to one’s life. The author claimed that being a minimalist is keeping those possessions most dear to us and then eliminating...

 

Distractions have a way of upending you

When I was a little lad, my family and I spent some evenings doing what families now almost never do: We rode bicycles together. I know it’s hard to believe, and it gets harder. We even on regular...

 

Signs of spring reasons to hope after fire, drought

Two good things happened this week. I spotted a blooming Easter daisy and, while walking in a pink chalky sunrise, I heard prairie chickens. Spring on the High Plains is not without its challenges —...

 

Government web of socialist programs

Frequently, people see a problem and demand government step in to solve it, without noticing government is the cause of the problem in the first place. Adding more government to a problem is like...

 
 By Rube Render    Voices    March 15, 2017

Wire tapping info came from media

On Feb. 19, the New York Times published a story that began, “American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a...

 

NM legislation working to block the sunshine

It’s ironic that the state Legislature is considering several anti-open government bills during Sunshine Week. That’s the national initiative spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors to educate about the importance of open government...

 

Any secrets in government a bad idea

Recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of this state, that all...

 

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