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 By Rube Render    Voices    January 10, 2018

Country much better under Trump

Much has been written about President Trump’s first year. Allow me to add my critique. For starters, we should remember that calls to impeach Donald Trump began prior to his becoming President...

 

Collaboration versus competition in the animal world

As a general rule, collaboration is a human thing that the majority of animals aren’t exactly known for. Sure, there are familial species that work together and situations in which animals hunt toge...

 

Trump shouldn't make Iran promises that he can't keep

It’s entirely appropriate for President Trump to offer support for peaceful protesters in Iran and to demand that the government there respond with restraint. Despite claims by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that they were instigated by...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    January 7, 2018

Scrabble a highlight of 2,000-mile trip

At Christmas, I got what I asked for: a garden omelet and pancakes. An unexpected bonus was a knitted toboggan from a Texas inmate who is almost a relative through a broken romance (not mine). The...

 
 By Paul Gessing    Voices    January 7, 2018

Legislative session prelude to November

With tax reform taken off the agenda by New Mexico’s Democrat legislative leaders, it is clear that the 30-day session will be more about going through the motions and positioning for 2018 than...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    January 7, 2018

Google Master stumped on Marshall Howard

Thursday found me driving an unfamiliar car and going to an unfamiliar place. Fortunately, I had a familiar friend with me and we found a familiar donut shop on the way. My friend and I headed to Slaton, Texas, the hometown of a mutual friend’s...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    January 7, 2018

Baking good for troubled spirit, loss for words

Sometimes, words fail. It’s messy and uncomfortable when the words we generally find so much comfort in fail us … or fail a situation. And at times, there are no words to adequately express how...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    January 5, 2018

God has clear vision of what's ahead

Do you face the New Year with apprehension? By that I mean, do thoughts come into your mind like: What will change for me this year? What difficulties and even losses will my family face? Will I be...

 

God takes us as we are

At first, the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical, but when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only realistic and true, it is...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 5, 2018

Modern wonders make farm day shorter

Prior to the integration of GPS-controlled, self-steering tractor accessories, reading a book was not the best option when spending all day on the tractor. Honestly, it’s not the best idea, even if...

 

Forget resolutions; random kindness my style

It was a phrase reportedly born from doodlings on a restaurant placemat: “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Writer Anne Herbert gets the credit. The place was Sausalito,...

 

New wolf plan good for both sides of fence

It’s doubtful that people with extreme views on either side of the Mexican gray wolf recovery plan will be satisfied, but a recent decision by the state Game Commission to approve the new federal wolf recovery plan strikes a blow for reason and...

 

It's a shame politics not harmless

After almost a year of President Trump, half the country is in an absolute uproar over the ruination of America being caused by the man. Exactly like the other half of the country gnashed its teeth fo...

 
 By Rube Render    Voices    January 3, 2018

Nation once again in sexual hysteria

Let me stipulate that I believe if someone is found guilty of rape or pedophilia they should spend a substantial amount of time in prison. We are a nation of laws and for the most part we hold to the...

 

Letter to the editor - Jan. 2

U.S. no longer model of democracy I thought the United States was a beacon for democracy, a model of fairness for the world to see. But recently, in the United Nations, Nikki Haley threatened other nations and the UN monetarily if they did not vote...

 

Rare treat for bird enthusiasts

There are a lot of reasons bird enthusiasts brave the December cold to count birds every year — to contribute to national understanding of species and populations and to commune with other birders... Full story

 

County work family strives, celebrates together

Editor’s note: Area leaders associated with taxpayer-funded entities were invited to write guest columns summarizing 2017 from their perspectives. Amber Hamilton is Roosevelt County manager. In government, just like in life, there are triumphs and...

 

Expect new year to remind us all of drama of '68

There’s a difference between nostalgia and sober reflection. The arrival of 2018 will bring an unusually powerful cocktail of both: It marks a half-century since 1968, one of the most consequential, dramatic years in American life. No single event...

 

Resolutions: Here today, gone tomorrow

Mark Twain said of New Year resolutions: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. “Yesterday, everybody...

 

Happy to do one thing for you in 2017

A few years ago I needed to do a research project. It didn’t matter what the project was, so long as I had done adequate research to educate others. I decided to choose the voice that few people hear — the director’s commentary track. Go to...

 

Today's a good day to remember Albert Dillon

Albert Dillon was a physician, a surgeon, a popular public speaker, a newspaper owner, a farmer, a public servant and a poet. Clovis has a street named in his family’s honor; it’s parallel to the...

 

Let us be vessels for God's love in 2018

What are your declarations for the new year? Many people call them resolutions, but I say that in each of our minds, many of us will declare that we are going to do things differently for the new...

 

Thank God for shepherds and stargazers

Thank the Lord for shepherds and stargazers. While muckety-mucks in Rome were trying to figure out new and improved ways to shake even more shekels from the pockets of the subjugated populace and furt...

 

Feed the cake; eat it, too

There’s this week between Christmas and New Year’s that just seems to be the strangest sort of time. No matter the work you have to do or the places you have to be, it still seems like time and...

 

Abundance of wildlife found at Muleshoe refuge

On a cold and blustery evening before Christmas, my daughter, four friends, a border collie, and I headed to Paul’s Lake, part of the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge south of Muleshoe. We were in...

 

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