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Peaceful power transition an American virtue

On Friday, almost 241 years after our nation declared its independence from Great Britain, the United States of America inaugurated its 45th president. This long-standing, orderly and peaceful transfer of power from arguably the most powerful person...

 

I may disagree, but respect office

I am disappointed in Obama. He was supposed to declare martial law and serve a third term. Until Friday’s inauguration, I expected the military (ours, not Russia’s) to swarm the podium and assume...

 

I don't get some things in sports

I got a call last Sunday from my dad. "Why did Dallas call time out before Green Bay's winning field goal?" I explained to him the process of icing a kicker, meaning you use a time out to make him...

 

'Election' sparks lively debate

There was a mountain of debate last week over recent election results. You could find ranting posts on Facebook, attacks and criticism on Twitter and an abundance of comments and complaints posted...

 

More than one broken heart here

Rabiah Memon is worried about her sister. That’s because Mariah Memon lives a world away, in more ways than one, and fears for her safety. Mariah has stopped going to work because a co-worker who...

 

Letter to the editor: Democrat behavior unAmerican

To say the least, those Democrat senators who refuse to attend the presidential inauguration should be tarred and feathered and run out of town — preferably to a third-world country. For anyone, especially those in such positions, to blatantly...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 20, 2017

The art of punching cows: Part 2

We’re back again to peel back the mysteries of the art of punching cows. The Way of the Poking Stick is the most commonly practiced and is the most easily learned. At its core is the simple concept...

 

Hold fast to the hope we profess

What does it mean to hold on to hope? On one level, we hope that we can make our flight on time. We hope that we can meet that deadline our supervisor at work established. We hope that when we get on...

 

Don't miss 'Black Hats and Pearls'

If your social calendar has an opening on Jan. 27, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better entertainment and a more worthy cause than the “Black Hats and Pearls” dinner and dance fundraiser for...

 

About time for school bond vote

Our school district is fortunate to have enjoyed incredible support from the community of Clovis through so many ways — participation in school activities, volunteering in events, donations of food...

 

Sometimes animal science is a gas

Sometimes preceded by sound, other times completely unannounced, nothing interrupts a quiet evening in front of the television quite like a wafting contribution from the family dog — or for that...

 

Letters to the editor - Jan. 17

Roanhaus retirement marks end of era When an era ends that was part of my life, I have sentimental thoughts that cause me to reflect for days or weeks. Coach Eric Roanhaus’ recent resignation as Clovis High football coach was one such occasion. In... Full story

 

Hoping caution prevails over vengeance with ACA

I have two words of advice for the Republican Congress as it gets ready to perform major surgery on Obamacare: Go slow. Obamacare itself was passed so quickly that even its Democrat sponsors...

 

State's focus should be on student literacy

Set aside for a moment the political posturing and finger-pointing that quickly followed the announcement that just a fraction of New Mexico parents receive written notice when their children can’t read at the appropriate level. Instead, focus on...

 

I once survived a hairy situation

Despite my tax accountant telling me my head qualifies for solar rebates, my body hair once saved my life when I woke up shirtless in the snow while walking home from a casino. When neighbors saw me...

 

Adventure's closer than you think

A 10 a.m. text message came from my buddy, who said she needed to go on an adventure. Is she taking a new job somewhere? Buying a sporty car? Taking up Scientology? Nope; 45 minutes later she tells...

 

Remembering a presidential visit

Preparations began a few days before the big event. "My mother did make my sister and I new little dresses," Terri Berrenberg remembers. "She made them out of feed sacks; chicken-feed sacks. I think...

 

Roosevelt Chamber banquet full of fun, tears, awards

PORTALES — There was laughter. There were tears. There was good food and drink. And, there was a lot of applause — actually a whole lot of hand clapping. That was the night in a nutshell when the...

 

First, have faith in the Good Shepherd

Psalm 23 is one of the most loved Bible passages of all times. My mother thought the 23rd Psalm so important that she introduced my sister and me to that chapter at an early age. On those long rides...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 13, 2017

Art of punching cows: Part 1

Let us look today at some of the flashier disciples of the hidden art of cow-punching known as kow-rate. These are the men and women who confront the livestock directly, they who truly punch the...

 

Some have 'the aroma of Christ'

In his delightful book “Jayber Crow,” author Wendell Berry has one character tell this little tale about another one: “Fraz Berlew was drunk and wandering. He wandered into a saloon down at Harg...

 

The correct answers are...

Thank you, eastern New Mexico lawmakers. I would, indeed, like to make my voice heard and respond to your survey prior to this month’s convening of the state Legislature. Here are the correct...

 

A subscription to the paper is an investment

My relationship with a local newspaper began only a few days after I was born, an event recorded in a yellowed clipping from an old Portales News-Tribune. It announced that Mrs. Jim Williamson...

 

Tweeting can be effective - or lead to chaos

Some of President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets are like nails raking across a chalkboard — to borrow a metaphorical relic. Then again, with the stroke of a tweet, it appears he derailed, at least temporarily, House Republicans’ plan to gut the...

 

Keep an eye out for the unexpected

Life comes at you unexpectedly. Risks are always near — from aggressive people, the weather, or simply from Murphy’s Law. No matter where you are or what you are doing, expect the unexpected, but...

 

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