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 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 11, 2018

Mother left a legacy of faith

My sweet mother is in heaven with her Savior, my daddy, our John Scott and my mother’s mother who died when my mother was just 6 years old. She is also with countless family members, friends and the...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    May 11, 2018

Psycowology: the study of crazy cows

There are jobs that require one to learn to sense the motivations of other human beings. This is difficult, due to the fascinating complexity and flexibility of the human mind. There are some, I’m...

 

Workshop empowers youth to look ahead

A group of over fifty of our middle school students participated in a remarkable event earlier this week called, “Envisioning Your Future.” This program is an extension of the many activities...

 

'Only two things' to flint knapping

In the time it takes most people to eat lunch, Portales flint knapper Tommy Heflin can pick up a chunk of obsidian, chip away at it with homemade tools, and turn it into a perfect arrowhead with...

 

Keeping coal plants viable only makes sense

Over the past decade, a revolution in the U.S. gas industry has clouded the outlook for coal in the production of electricity. Coal’s share of the nation’s power supply has tumbled from more than 50 percent to 30 percent today. But don’t count...

 

Child's prostitution only latest in string of failures

Think of the literary character Fagin in “Oliver Twist” — an adult who forces children to live in squalor, commit crimes for him and take beatings. Now consider the case of a 7-year-old Albuquerque girl who the New Mexico Attorney General’s...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 9, 2018

Government not designed to help

How can anyone watch every form of government fail, over 5,000-plus years of history, and still have faith it can work if done right; if the right constitution is enacted; if the right people are...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    May 8, 2018

Take steps to keep pets insect-free

Poor darlings, with their dense fur, proximity to the ground and penchant for laying in dirt and thick grass. They just can’t help it; they’re magnets for trouble. Nothing rings the dinner bell...

 

Navajo Nation's come long way since Long Walk

The Navajo Nation is commemorating an important milestone this year, the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of 1868 and the return of the Diné people to their ancestral homeland. From 1863 through 1866, more than 11,500 Navajos were marched to Bosque...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    May 6, 2018

Don't put prejudices into actions

With the rare exception of using song titles a little too salty for Sunday newspaper reader sensibilities — in which case he gently suggests an effective alternative — my editor has never reined m...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    May 6, 2018

The Dad lives on in stories, memories

The silence is deafening. We lost my dad, Tom Dobson, on April 11. He was 80 years old, and filled with the same impish spirit that day, just like he was for his entire time on earth. He was ready. We...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    May 4, 2018

Greener pastures may not be better

When it comes to the particular challenges that nature places in the path of a not unsuccessful agricultural enterprise on the high desert, I’ve got a decent expertise. But there are places that...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 4, 2018

Thankful for parents' model of faith

King David wrote: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119: 105) I know that is true because my parents modeled that for me during my childhood. Church was a huge part of...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    May 4, 2018

God holds all of time, no matter what future holds

Good morning. Forgive me for even considering such, but I almost planted an exclamation point at the end of “morning.” It is indeed morning as I write. I’ve eased into light, speech, and a...

 

Taking learning out of the classroom

On a recent visit to Gattis Middle School, I stopped off in the library for an errand. While there I saw a young man working and talking with students in the back of the library. The back of the...

 
 By Betty Williamson    Voices    May 3, 2018

Military spouse finds need, shows up

Melanie Patrick is a woman on a mission. Actually, make that several missions. And she’s working hard to encourage more of us to get involved. Patrick moved to eastern New Mexico a year ago from...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 2, 2018

Anti-Trump posturing gets old

How can anyone ever be disappointed in a president? It shows unrealistic expectations. Don’t people realize that getting to the top of the political heap takes a certain kind of person, and it’s...

 

Criminals who've paid their debts to society deserve right to vote

Nothing is as offensive to democracy as an abuse of political power for which there appears to be no remedy, even under the Constitution. That’s the indefensible situation in Florida today under a federal appeals court ruling in favor of Gov. Rick...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    May 1, 2018

Hard-luck shelter pets still need homes

With rows of eyes staring longingly from behind wire gates and a deafening chorus of barking and cries that reverberate off concrete floors, few places are as tough to visit as an animal shelter. It...

 

Citizens are all responsible for firearm safety

Criminals got their hands on more than 1,000 guns in Albuquerque over the past 20 months, and that is truly alarming. They didn’t do it by robbing a gun shop or breaking into a sporting goods store in the middle of the night, hauling away a cache...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 29, 2018

Baby-faces have it made in studies

Checked out from the Portales Public Library, my book-of-the-month summary for April is “The Tell: The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are” by Matthew Hertenstein (2013, Basic...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    April 29, 2018

Morissette-ing has reached the office

We’re seeing plenty of reboots these days. Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four get a new series every decade. “Roseanne” is back on ABC, and “Double Dare” is coming back to Nickelodeon. Why are we seeing so many? In some cases, like those... Full story

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 27, 2018

It ain't always sunny outside

There doesn’t seem to be enough room or attention in the human mind, generally speaking, to store each and every experience that has been lived over the years. It’s inevitably interesting to find...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 27, 2018

Jesus source of strength and comfort

Memories of my childhood days and Sunday nights in the old church at 8th and Hinkle are still vivid in my mind. It could be a daunting place at night after Sunday night services and all were gone. On...

 

God's mercies are 'new every morning'

Third bird. That’s the term author Daniel Pink uses in his book, When, for folks who aren’t by nature larks (morning people) or owls (night people). Having taken the analysis he recommends for...

 

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