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Clovis schools set good example for public entities

We don’t always agree with local public officials, especially those who favor back-room negotiations over transparency and “majority rules” over what’s right and just. That should come as no surprise as we’ve not been shy about sharing our...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    September 24, 2017 

Kids need to feel life to learn from it

My book-of-the-month summary for September is “Try and Make Me!” (2002, Signet, 242 pages) by Ray Levy and Bill O’Hanlon. Subtitled “Simple Strategies That Turn Off the Tantrums and Create Coo...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    September 24, 2017 

Public relations is not what we do

On Thursday, the Portales Ram boys soccer team defeated Artesia at home 2-1 to end a four-game losing streak. We reported that in Friday’s Eastern New Mexico News. Some readers were disappointed that the report repeatedly mentioned rough play and...

 

Know the rope behind your seat

To list even the common situations where one needs to tie-down, secure, drag, lift, compress, hang, head, or heel something — would be a list too long to post here or to get through in any decent...

 

'I might need that' my guiding philosophy

“I might need that.” Step into my garage, my office, my shed, or my closet, and you’ll quickly discover that those four simple words are the guiding philosophy of most of my life and all of the...

 

Faith must be the engine of obedience

What is the difference in these two terms: “Pharisee” and “publican?” In New Testament times, a Pharisee was one who was a Jew and who firmly, harshly and even unbendingly held to the...

 

Communities depend on local merchants

The announced beginning-of-the-end for the Sears department store in Clovis coincided recently with a search we had in our family for an obscure size of a replacement blade for a cutoff saw. Like...

 

Best good cause up to private donors

CLOVIS — The Clovis Library Victims Memorial Fund has raised more than $30,000 already. Another $10,000 is almost certain to be added when four quarters of beef are awarded via raffle at the Oct.... Full story

 

Gattis library about more than just books

The library at Gattis is more than a place to go to check out books. Librarian Kelly Martin, veteran librarian and certified teacher, brings together the world of technology and creativity. In...

 

Domenici was a true servant of state, country

Pete Domenici was relaxed and waxing philosophical about another time.A time when the United States had won the Cold War, and the old Soviet Union was in dissolution and disarray. But that victory, a triumph for Ronald Reagan over the Kremlin and...

 

Bernie still peddling socialist ideas

The latest Hillary Clinton 500-page study in denial, “What Happened” is out, and according to reviews she once again takes full responsibility for losing the election. Shortly after accepting...

 

Many misunderstand Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit o...

 

Technology raises as many questions as it answers

While technology provides a lot of answers to questions, ironically, it seems to create just as many if not more — and animals are by no means exempt. Ownership and rights issues are matters of inte...

 

Information can promote healing, increase awareness

CLOVIS — On Friday, our newspaper published audio recordings of 911 calls placed to Clovis Police dispatchers during the horrific shootings at our city library on Aug. 28. As one might expect, those calls were emotional and haunting. Readers... Full story

 

You know you're in Texas when...

Random thoughts: I’ve been in Dallas recently helping extended family stretched a bit thin. After escorting a great-nephew to kindergarten and back several days, I am convinced teachers deserve...

 

Gotta be a book in there somewhere

I’ve always wanted to write a book. I’ve written parts of several books, but never an entire book all by myself. I have some ideas: “Just Play Catch with Jay” I was a terrible athlete growing... Full story

 

Wanted: Some good help in Clovis

Finding good help nowadays is seemingly getting tougher and tougher. Now I’m certainly not saying that there aren’t good people out there. To the contrary: I know there are great potential... Full story

 

Reverse jinx works when it breaks right

I don’t want to say something, because I don’t want to jinx this. How many times have you heard that phrase? Maybe you’re making great time on a long drive. Perhaps your team just went up two points with 10 seconds to play. You don’t brag,... Full story

 

All equipment's bigger on the farm

There are at least a couple of systems that you can use to measure things. Standard or metric, depending on where you spend most of your time or which brands of tractors and equipment you use. I’ll...

 

Tech is smart these days, but lacks wisdom

I wish my phones were a little smarter — both the smart phone that lives in my pocket and is too often screwed into my ear, and the landline phone whose cordless babies are strewn all over our...

 

God knows what lies in the vast darkness

Last week I was going through some magazines and pulled out an issue of the “Smithsonian.” It was an April 2013 edition and as I flipped through the pages, I read an article on the vastness of...

 

SmartLab teachers dive into innovative classrooms

Continuing the topic of effectively integrated technology in the Clovis schools, we took a look at our secondary SmartLabs. We’ve had these labs for a number of years at our middle schools, but...

 

Great kids wash for children's cause

While they may not earn an “A” for planning ahead, some compassionate Elida sixth-graders armed with buckets, scrub brushes, and soap collected $627 last week to help battle childhood cancer....

 

Base decision making should be independent

Bad Idea of the Week: Eliminating the presidentially appointed, nine-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission and relying instead on the Department of Defense and General Accounting Office to decide which U.S. military installations will be...

 

Thankfully, Trump's no politician

When you ask a political operative a question, the politico will pause and run that question through some sort of filter in his head prior to answering. If you reach that person by phone, he is apt...

 

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