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A historical look at the noble turkey

As Thursday approaches, minds are turning toward a critter who — stuffed, roasted and decorated — will dominate the holiday and star from the center of the table as eager folks gather round. In a...

 

Public records access best protection for state's mentally ill

We have a two-word response to the dangerously misguided legislation being proposed by state Rep. Gail Chasey that would greatly restrict public access to police videos of people with mental illness. “James Boyd.” Despite Chasey’s...

 

'Bama Senate candidate a nightmare

Outsiders watching Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore waving a pistol at a rally must have thought they were dreaming — or nightmaring. Ignoring past transgressions with his younger pistol, his...

 

Souvenir still tops plaques, awards

Our newspaper did well at the recent New Mexico Press Association/Associated Press Managing Editors convention. I won’t bore you with the award listing, except to tell you it’s nice to be recognized no matter what. On your bad days, you tell your...

 

Counting my blessings this Thanksgiving

I am so grateful this Thanksgiving season. Many times we have blessings in our lives and we just consider them “givens.” “Given” to me has meant ordinary things, everyday things that most of...

 

Plenty of signs the season is changing

Well, it’s official. The holidays are on the way. The calendar says so, of course, but other clues abound. I just spent a day singing Christmas songs for folks at a great Christmas craft bazaar....

 

Ag life a choice for long haul

Agriculture as a livelihood is a long-term life. Trying it out thoroughly is not really an option. You can get a glimpse and a taste by finding a job as a hand for someone already invested. But the...

 

Official believes in lifelong learning

“I firmly believe education is the most honorable profession in the world. It’s the key that allows people to really change their lives, and I like being a part of that.” — Joe Strickland,...

 

Weekend's lined up with great events

Grab a cup of coffee (from a local merchant, of course), your calendar, and a pen. Here are some of the don’t-miss events on tap in our area. • The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce monthly...

 

Worst element of abuse: Many failed to stop it

The pathologist determined the preliminary cause of death to be failure to thrive due to extreme malnutrition. The 6-year-old boy weighed approximately 17 pounds when his father brought him to the hospital on Nov. 3, already deceased. According to...

 

Living within rights grave responsibility

How different the news of recent weeks would be if more people understood their rights and responsibilities. Some say people who care about rights are trying to downplay responsibilities. For anyone...

 

Tell-all reaction has familiar ring

Of all the many “tell all” books I have ever seen advertised, the only one I can think of that comes close to actually “telling all” is Donna Brazile’s “Hacks.” I haven’t read the...

 

Pets can be both cause, solution for allergies

Unfortunately for pets, all too often they — or more specifically their hair and dander — are triggers that can make things miserable for those prone to allergies or respiratory conditions....

 

AG accusations of Presbyterian fraud unfounded

When New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his lawsuit against Presbyterian Healthcare Services in a July 11 news conference, he said the company had “engaged in a 15-year fraudulent enterprise,” had claimed more than $754...

 

Heaven, hell choices of TV enlightenment

Recuperating in Dallas the past week, I broadened my horizons by channel surfing to see what enlightenment I have overlooked with my busy High Plains sports schedule. Like a deja vu thunderbolt of...

 

Color, gender don't matter on Election Day

Historic firsts took place all across the United States last week. As voters in scores of states — but not New Mexico — headed to the polls last Tuesday for the first regularly scheduled Election... Full story

 

'Certified' jail feels a little safer

Congratulations are in order. After enduring one mess followed by another and another for years, the Curry County Adult Detention Center has attained “certified” status. That’s government talk... Full story

 

God's grace comes in second chances

When I think about blessings this thanksgiving season, I realize God’s goodness and grace toward me is more than I deserve. I am most grateful for God’s grace, it given freely by God to me,...

 

Real healing doesn't require trip to the pool

What a surreal sight it must have been. The lame, the blind, the paralyzed, and people suffering from all sorts of diseases. A sad assemblage of hurting humanity, lying, sprawling, crawling, languishing around Jerusalem’s Pool of Bethesda. In the...

 

A different story over again

Writing this column every week starts by picking a thought. There’s, so far, never been a problem coming up with one that provokes at least as much length as this format allows. There is no shortage...

 

Big news in a small town: Carr will be missed

FRIONA - Dana Jameson first met Ron Carr maybe 20 years ago. Her vehicle was on fire. Carr, who worked for the Friona Star newspaper, rushed to the scene so he could take a picture. "I said, 'I...

 

Patriotic vein runs deep in Roosevelt County

As eastern New Mexico gears up to honor its veterans this weekend, Mike Woolley is one person who wonders why remembering those who serve in the military doesn’t happen all year long. He’s in a...

 

Conviction important in teachers

Why does anyone become a teacher? Asking around — from talking to various teachers to combing the internet — a lot of different answers surfaced. Not surprisingly, responses common to all...

 

Remember 'innocent until proven guilty'

The witch hunt swirling around accusations of sexual misconduct and rape in the entertainment industry exposes the worst in people. Both those who may have done wrong, and those excited to join the...

 
 By Rube Render    Voices    November 8, 2017

No one is good at casualty calls

Saturday is Veterans Day. When the flag passes you at the parade, stand and salute or place your right hand over your heart. Thank you. Here’s a thought experiment for you. Since you know a lot of t...

 

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