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 By Audra Brown    Voices    July 21, 2017

Be sure to pick the right pickup

We live in a wide land where automobile transportation is not a benefit but a necessity. Rules for dealing with cars are almost as important as ways of dealing with people. And dealing with...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 21, 2017

We are instruments only God can fine-tune

I have been doing some reading in an unusual book. We have some of the “Foxfire” book series on our bookshelves in the den. The books in this group are an accumulation of the people’s ideas,...

 

Jesus loves too much to leave you broken

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” said the servant girl. Peter, standing near the fire, startled, began backtracking. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, and...

 
 By Betty Williamson    Voices    July 20, 2017 

We Love Portales project shares blessings

If someone presses a cup of coffee into your hands this weekend, stops by your business with complimentary doughnuts, or washes your car but flat-out refuses any money for it, you may have...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    July 18, 2017

Sometimes bad things happen

I went to see the pond on Sunday evening. I've been there before, dozens of times, usually with a breakfast burrito, just sitting in the car, enveloped by the serenity, watching the joggers and the...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 18, 2017

Pets, too, need to keep an eye on the pounds

The first hint may be pants that appear to be smaller, though you know they haven’t shrunk. Or maybe one day you realize your seat belt is hidden by pudge. One way or another, humans figure it out...

 

National Guard in good hands with Ken Nava

Brig. Gen. Andy Salas, who headed the New Mexico National Guard from July 2012 until July 8, has left the Guard in good hands with Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointment of Brig. Gen. Ken Nava as adjutant general — the formal title of the person who...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 16, 2017

Visit to Santa Ana always a trip

For the fifth year, I spent the first Friday in July at a scholarship fundraising golf tournament on the Santa Ana Pueblo in Bernalillo, north of Albuquerque. Originally, I only participated because...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    July 16, 2017

Netflix cancellations no surprise

I’ve had four things running through my head this week. None are extensive enough on their own, but each bear mentioning. So mention I shall: • I’ve been watching the Connor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather world tour promoting their upcoming boxing m...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 16, 2017

True silence found in eastern NM

I have recently visited parts of New Mexico that have evaded me in the nine years I have lived here. For the most part, I have concluded most of New Mexico is gloriously diverse in climate and...

 

Letter to the Editor: Stand with me to end bullying

It all started in middle school. I was the kid who stayed to myself, trying to avoid all the mean kids. But that didn’t work. They would pick on me because of my weight or because I didn’t have friends. I started feeling bad about myself. Every...

 

God suffers to one day end all suffering

It is no proof of superior intelligence, but even as a young man I was theoretically sure that I would not always be a young man. As I (rarely) contemplated middle or old age, though they seemed light...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 14, 2017

With Jesus, we never walk alone

It was in Boston several years ago that I first saw a genuine lighthouse. While driving out toward the tip of Cape Cod, we stopped to explore a lighthouse that was open to visitors. Standing on the...

 

'Personnel matter' is criminal matter and our business

A city of Clovis employee was recently arrested, accused of carrying a gun in a Dallas airport. This may or may not be cause for alarm, depending on the details that have not been made public. What’s clearly cause for alarm, however, is the effort...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    July 14, 2017

Friends with pickups most important

Transportation is critical in any walk of life. In order to do much of anything, you need to get to where you are going. Crawling is the method of choice for babies and when the house is on fire and...

 

Two Portales students entertain in musical

Two Portales High School students with a passion for the performing arts have spent many of their waking hours in Lubbock this summer, honing their acting skills in preparation for a musical that...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 12, 2017

Don't believe in gender grab bag

Contrary to enlightened opinion, I believe there are only two genders, male and female — with the occasional rare fluke of nature resulting in what used to be called a hermaphrodite. I don’t... Full story

 
 By Rube Render    Voices    July 12, 2017

One of these is not like the others

According to Wikipedia, “A conflict of interest exists if the circumstances are reasonably believed (on the basis of past experience and objective evidence) to create a risk that a decision may be...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    July 11, 2017

Good time to remember Rito Mendez

The Independence Day effort to save a 12-year-old boy from drowning at Hillcrest Park's pond brings to mind Rito Mendez. Like the emergency responders who rushed to pull Gevion Lewis from the filthy... Full story

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 11, 2017

Pets can't work miracles with health, well-being

Their healing powers and beneficial attributes have been so highly touted in recent years, pets are beginning to earn a reputation as a medicine of sorts. But it turns out, the benefits might say...

 

UNM athletics needs to play by budget rules

Whether by design or happenstance, the University of New Mexico’s Athletic Department — which operates on an annual budget of roughly $33 million, but owes the university about $4.4 million — has not undergone a comprehensive audit by UNM’s...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 9, 2017

College essay as true now as ever

While recently going through a treasure/trash trove of my youthful musings, I ran across an essay written as an 18-year-old lonely freshman in a four-person dorm suite at East Texas State University....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    July 9, 2017

Purgatory box intact for next visit

Every year when I visit my childhood home in Montana, I spend my final few days in the laundry room attempting the impossible — making sure I won’t have laundry to do when I get home. It somehow never happens. I do laundry the day before I leave...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 9, 2017

Look forward to make U.S. better

It will never be 1962 again, but there are some highly placed people who want it to return or have never left that year. Our president, Donald Trump, wants to return manufacturing jobs to the U.S.,...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 7, 2017

Sing and rejoice in God's love

Often during the day I think about the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love for all of us. I stand amazed that he loves me. The Scriptures tell us that God has loved for generations. The...

 

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