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Teachers need respect, living wage

I am inspired to respond to the statewide challenge issued by a small group of powerful people in Albuquerque (with no teachers among them) who asked: What (other than one-time bonuses to a very small number of teachers) can be done to reward...

 

Pats ready to make it two in a row

The two weeks of hype is just about over. The dust settles on Super Bowl LII — that's 52, for you non-Romans — this afternoon when the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles do battle for...

 

Souperbowl a work of the heart

Are you ready for the … Souperbowl? Souperbowl of Caring had a humble beginning, back in 1990 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Under the guidance of a seminary...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    February 2, 2018

Where's that spork when I need one?

Utensils are easy to take for granted. The next time you find yourself a little lacking in that department due to a flimsy plastic piece of silverware, when a mutant recombination of utensil concepts...

 

Forgiveness is not optional

The Apostle Peter once came to Jesus with a question: “Lord, how often do I have to forgive?” (Matthew 18:21). “Lord,” he seems to be saying, “I’m a reasonable man. I want to do the right...

 

Lasting happiness follows contentment

Are we a happy people? Some studies indicate that less than half of all Americans consider themselves happy. A Harris Poll was taken in 2017 and only 33 percent of the Americans surveyed said they wer...

 

Always room for one more

From long before I was born, Sunday was a day to gather the relatives together for a big meal around my grandparents’ table. Our best old family photos show my aunts, uncles, and cousins, seated...

 

Schools add more STEAM, STEM to curriculum

Today’s schools across America are incorporating more STEM into the classroom curriculum and are even adding an additional category, STEAM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and...

 

Libertarianism means respect

I am not libertarian because I expect to get anything from it. Well, that’s not completely true. I should say I am not libertarian because I expect to get anything from you because of it. I don’t... Full story

 

Local lawmakers pulling heist that rivals state lore

“The Great Taos Bank Robbery” is a gem of an essay by the late Tony Hillerman, who captured the essence of New Mexico in that and many other essays and novels. Sadly, he could have had a field day writing about the bait-and-switch repeal in 2005...

 

There are reasons your dog will even eat that

While humans may refer to their dogs as fur babies, it’s undeniable they have some distinctly non-human habits — very thorough tongue bathes, social derriere sniffing, and perhaps the worst of all...

 

Stopping service animal monkey business sensible

Dogs, cats, turkeys, pigs, rabbits, hamsters, marmots, even iguanas? No, you haven’t wandered into a zoo or a pet shop. This is an airline cabin, and those aren’t pets; they’re emotional support animals. If you have the bad luck to be seated...

 

Bet you didn't know that...

My book-of-the month summary for January is “The Handy Science Answer Book” (Visible Ink Press, 1994, 523 pages). Compiled by the Science and Technology Department of the Carnegie Library of...

 

Another different day at the office

One of the things I always tell people about my job is that every day is different. It sounds like a cliche, and fine — sometimes it is. But for the most part it’s true. I wished that wasn’t the case Friday, as afternoon slowly turned into...

 

Put your efforts toward what's worthwhile

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, historian and short story writer said: “We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” Nowhere are these words truer than when thinking about the...

 

So this panda walks into a cafe ...

One of the most delightful (“filled with delight”) books that I’ve ever been given (thank you, Betty Little) is the “Runaway #1 British Bestseller” ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves,’ by author...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 26, 2018

What I heard is not what they meant

There are known to be stories of kids overhearing things that they shouldn’t from their parental figures. Such accounts vary from sad, to hilarious in their misinterpretations, to all spots in...

 

Librarian gets 'summer vacation' of a lifetime

If teachers get to write “what I did on my summer vacation” essays, Portales High School Librarian Heather Christensen will have a winner come August. She is one of 12 educators (six high school...

 

CYFD has to do better job caring for its charges

In large bureaucracies, things can slip through the cracks. But that absolutely cannot include 11-month-old babies. And yet it does. It is once again glaringly apparent that in New Mexico some children do not fare well within a system that is...

 

Valuing collective above all unsustainable

Like most people, I enjoy fiction; books, movies, and television programs. Fiction can be entertaining, educational, and inspiring as long as you don’t confuse it with reality. As a child I loved... Full story

 

Take care with essential oils around pets

With the touch of a button and a couple drops of oil, a large space can quickly be infused with the refreshing scents of citrus or soothing herbs — a steady stream of fresh, clean fragrance to...

 

Accidental alert shows system review crucial

Imagine learning that you have only minutes to live. That was the challenge posed by an irate Hawaii resident for whom the notion wasn’t a conceptual exercise, but a terrifying reality. A million and a half Americans in the Aloha State were scared...

 

Dolores 'was an incredible woman'

Dolores Penrod, 88, composed part of her own recent memorial at the Portales Cemetery. Read by retired professor Bob Taylor, Penrod — June 10, 1929-Dec. 11, 2017 — wrote in the third person:...

 

FDA hindrance to life-saving tech

The Food and Drug Administration is hardly a flashy agency. News releases about drug approvals and genetic testing don’t get quite as much fanfare as NASA’s latest mission or the Pentagon’s...

 

A little perspective, please; it's not that cold

Monday morning was so cold the cows were milked for ice cream. Coffee was being sold on a stick. Politicians had their hands in their own pockets, and they stopped blowing hot air. A guy chipped a...

 

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