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Guardianship system needs to ax secrets

There is no shortage of things that need to be fixed in New Mexico’s system of guardianships and conservatorships for people who are declared incapacitated. But without question, the excessive secrecy that shrouds the system ranks high on the list....

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 28, 2017 

'King of the Sidewalk' remembered

MULESHOE — Mike Jones has had plenty of encounters with popular musicians in his 62 years on earth. He’s met George Strait, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire and others, mostly when his Jaycees...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    May 28, 2017 

I think it can still be done at 75

I found my book-of-the-month for May — “29” by Adena Halpern (2010, Simon & Schuster, 267 pages) — last weekend in Lubbock on a $4.95 discount table at the South Plains Mall. Ellie, a...

 
 By Rob Langrell    Voices    May 28, 2017 

Graduation: More than piece of paper

The end of this month has marked an important time in so many young peoples’ lives. That’s right, May is graduation season. Whether it’s of the high school or college variety, graduation can...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    May 28, 2017 

Passing kindergarten no 'Pomp and Circumstance' event

They march in formation, their caps on and gowns flowing. Their parents beam with pride. “Pomp and Circumstance” plays, familiar music to the unfamiliar lyrics, “Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free ...” Time flies. Before you know it,...

 

Pray for the unhappy, but make sure you're not one of them

One In C. S. Lewis’ account of his early life, “Surprised by Joy,” Lewis begins by writing about the two family strains that had come together to give him life. On his father’s side — By...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    May 26, 2017

No time for clock in a barn

There is no clock in the barn. Or, if there is, it’s probably wrong because who remembers to take care of the clock in the barn? There is a reason there is no clock in the barn. The barn is for...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 26, 2017

Teach of our sacrifices by telling their stories

Sadly, I read an article last week in which the author challenged his readers by asserting that patriotism in America is on the decline. And how is that decline manifested? The author claimed that...

 

Delores Penrod a rebel never lacking a cause

In almost 88 years on this planet, Delores Penrod has often been a rebel, but never without a cause. Penrod may be best known in eastern New Mexico for founding the Community Services Center in...

 

Summer activities filling up fast

Why do we always find that each year zooms by faster than the last? Here we are, once again, at the conclusion of a flurry of year-end events and activities, celebrating the accomplishments of Clovis...

 

Mueller right man for Trump investigation

Some sanity was injected into the political hysteria engulfing Washington, D.C., last week when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein selected former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead an investigation into whether the Trump...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 24, 2017

Personal responsibility not that difficult

Responsibility seems to be in short supply these days. It’s an endangered species; unpopular and under-valued. It doesn’t have to be this way. Being responsible isn’t hard. Don’t hurt anyone...

 
 By Rube Render    Voices    May 24, 2017

Let's review 2016 presidential election

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was fond of saying there are known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. It’s time to review some known knowns about the 2016 presidential...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    May 23, 2017

We've still got plenty to learn about our world

Despite the extent to which we’ve scoured and explored the planet we call home, it may be refreshing to know we’re still learning. And yes, there are still plenty of new things under the sun —...

 
 By Rob Langrell    Voices    May 21, 2017

Three decades later, student-teacher bond extended

Constance Williams remembers spending her days learning in Rosa Briseño's second-grade classroom. That was in Pampa, Texas. The calendar showed 1989. Fast forward 28 years. Williams now lives in...

 

'Passing the trash' a big problem in our school system

The recent indictment of Gary Gregor, a former Santa Fe and Española grade-school teacher, has brought his unfortunate professional history around the West back into focus. Now, again, parents and taxpayers in New Mexico — and maybe elsewhere —...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    May 21, 2017

Being ugly carries certain benefits

In “The Benefits of Being Ugly,” Joe Carter wrote: “Ugly people are the majority … appreciated for their personality … and funnier. Ugly is inevitable. If we live long enough we all eventual...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 21, 2017

May may bring twisted weather

Some things you may not want to know about tornadoes and the month of May: • Five of the six deadliest tornadoes in Texas history occurred in the month of May. Two of those killer storms occurred wi...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 19, 2017

Keep God in mind when you go into the world

Graduation season is upon us. Graduation speakers, famous and non-famous alike, use phrases in their graduation speeches like “be yourself,” “go for your dreams,” “think big,” “step out...

 

No genuine beauty is ever wasted or lost in God

Well, here we go again. I’m talking about firing up the lawn machines, mowing, trimming, fertilizing, weed-spraying, weed-eating, weed-picking, and the whole nine yards of yard and lawn care....

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    May 19, 2017

Getting cows for ranch an adventure

What do you need to be a rancher? Land covered in something that the livestock will eat, a well or some way to keep them in water, fences to keep them off the neighbors, a hat to put your feather in...

 

Animal lovers hosting supply drive

If you’re a pet lover in eastern New Mexico, chances are good you’ve heard of Cindy’s Hope for Precious Paws and/or encountered the two women behind it, Cindy Clayton and Wendy Turner. These...

 

Teachers get creative in learning assessment

While there are still traditional end-of-year assessments, many teachers incorporate unusual and creative ways to measure student learning. For example, Jennifer Kelley, veteran French teacher at...

 

Obamacare process had to start somewhere

It was always going to be easier to talk about “repeal and replace” of the ailing Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, than to do it, but House Republicans, at the urging of President Trump, have taken the first major step in that direction —...

 
 By Rube Render    Voices    May 17, 2017

Washington can't have it both ways

One of the few politicians, political operatives, reporters or pundits in Washington, D.C., who has a firm grasp on what it means to serve at the pleasure of the president is former director of the...

 

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