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 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 6, 2018

Supreme refuge can be found in God, Christ

Anyone who has lived in eastern New Mexico and west Texas for any time knows that storms can appear in minutes from nowhere. Such was the case one January night many years ago when a snow storm of...

 

Life lesson found in two sweet songs

Here’s a tale of two sweet songs and, with them, a life-crucial lesson. The first song is a heartwarming ballad performed by Phillips, Craig and Dean, one of my favorite singing groups. “A scene...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 6, 2018

More than vehicles cause travel delays

Traffic is probably the most commonly understood reason for a delay on the road. Next is some sort of weather that makes traveling impossible or slow. Neither is too common when you get a little bit...

 

New Mexico art takes center stage

You may have heard mention of our own elementary — the Arts Academy at Bella Vista — being honored at the famous White House Egg Roll of 2018. Chatting with Arts Academy principal Shelly Norris,...

 

Catch your breath for the High Plains marathon

Boston and New York City may have their famous marathons, but on certain weekends, we have marathons of our own on the High Plains — times when a number of events converge as they do this weekend.... Full story

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 4, 2018

Americans need more Robin Hoods

The middle of April is approaching fast; the time of the year when I hear a lot about taxes. Mention of taxes brings Robin Hood to my mind. I don’t think of him with the more recent spin that has...

 

Time internet giants rethink data sharing

It’s easy to forget how young the Silicon Valley companies that dominate so much of our lives really are. One need be only a freshman in high school to have been born in a time before Facebook existed. And a baby delivered on the day Google was...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    April 3, 2018

Happy birthday to pioneer Jane Goodall

Images of primates dunking sticks into termite mounds and pulling out tasty snacks — the monkey version of fishing — are common enough, but they haven’t always been. Indeed, though a well-known...

 

Ross, Rozzell gave lifetime of service; both will be missed

It’s never easy to say goodbye to loved ones, even when they’ve lived long, happy, productive lives. It’s harder still when those lives had such far-reaching impact because they had been committed to the service of others. We all lost good...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 1, 2018

Taking a moment to talk Hawking

Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14 at 76, and I had one thing in common: Many do not understand what we are talking about. In his case, it was because of brilliance; in mine it’s because of a...

 
 By Rob Langrell    Voices    April 1, 2018

Secretly moving squirrels is wrong

It nearly slipped by most of us at The News last week. That can happen sometimes when an announcement appears as a “Legal Notice” in the Classifieds pages without any kind of accompanying press re... Full story

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 1, 2018

Worrying too much wastes a lot of time

Worry is a beast. I grapple with the monster daily. I sweat the small stuff. The medium stuff. The big stuff. If there were a way to cram more in the cracks between the small, medium and big stuff,...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 30, 2018

Easter's message is one of hope

Easter eggs … Easter bunnies … Easter baskets … Easter bonnets … We are inundated with Easter phrases this time every year. With spring comes a sense of renewed hope and joyfulness and a consc...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 30, 2018

Judge a fence by ease of climbing

Rather than regale you once again with tales of spring shipping, let’s talk about the first destination of the cattle mustered on such mornings. Known also as corrals, the pens are the construct...

 

Jesus showed himself to be the kind of king we need

The shortest distance in the world is the space between hero and heel. On that first Palm Sunday the cheering crowd lay palm branches in Christ’s path as he entered Jerusalem. By that Friday we...

 

Doc Pearce's name worth remembering

The next time you are waiting to see a doctor or nurse practitioner in Clovis or Portales, here’s a name worth remembering: John Sidney Pearce. Better known as Doc Pearce, this Roosevelt County...

 

Folklorico long New Mexico tradition

Perhaps unique to schools in New Mexico is a special extracurricular activity called, “Ballet (or Baile) Folklorico.” A long tradition at La Casita Elementary, the most recent performance...

 

Shun foreign students, count on less progress

As part of its continuing campaign to prevent China from stealing American intellectual property, President Donald Trump’s administration is considering restrictions on the number of Chinese citizens enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities....

 

Keep your nose on your own property

Neglecting to understand which things are your business, and which are not, causes many problems. People spend too much time with their noses in places where they don’t belong while ignoring things...

 

Plenty of ways to keep pet safe in car

Road trips can be great — wind rushing through open windows, favorite tunes on the stereo and an abundance of scenery to take in — and having a happy, slobbering pooch riding along makes it that...

 

Toy-gun incident should have been relayed to public

Clovis, like most places, is full of gossip and social media prophets of doom who exaggerate and make stuff up, especially as it relates to dangers in the community. The only thing worse is when public officials enable those fearmongers by... Full story

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 25, 2018

Pooling reflections of years past

This concludes my three-part series of looking back at eight years of columns. Today I focus on reflections and meditations I’ve written. • “Every time I feel the wind coming down and see the...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 25, 2018

$10 sunscreen worth every penny

On my Friday night grocery run, I came across the aisle that only means stress to me every year. There are two reasons why any sunscreen is worth $10. The first is the store knows it’s got you. You’re already in the store, which is a clear sign...

 

Letters to the editor - March 25

Editor’s note: The following letters were submitted by students at House High School as part of a class project. Gun owners should meet standards The Second Amendment of the US Constitution reads, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 23, 2018

Moo-ving parts wreck best laid plans

The best laid plans may or may not work out, but that foundation is still a nice place to start. Indeed, it’s probably not the plans that were laid out so neatly that caused the problem. The stuff...

 

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