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 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 23, 2018

Real Christianity more than quoting scripture

What is authentic Christianity? Pastor Steven Furtick wrote: “Audacious faith is the raw material that authentic Christianity is made of. It's the stuff that triggers ordinarily level-headed people...

 

Bible translators deserve combat pay

A useful and delightful aid for anyone who, attempting cogent communication, might like a rule or two about punctuation marks such as apostrophes or commas, Lynne Truss’s best-selling Eats, Shoots...

 

Prairie chickens fewer but still dancing

Most mornings — if the wind isn’t flinging sand and hurling tumbleweeds — I am outside close to sunrise to take a few quiet sips of the sweetness of dawn on the High Plains. That little cup of...

 

Anti-gun laws good for criminals

How much do you respect self-destructive people? Do you honor those who engage in self-harm such as “cutting?” Do you celebrate those who burn up their mind and body by abusing drugs and alcohol?...

 

Child porn bill deserves action from Congress

Victims of child pornography are entitled to restitution from those who victimize them, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2014. But the means for doing so are incredibly burdensome, and Congress should change that. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a...

 

Pets could be in for rough spring

If the version of spring you imagine includes frolicking with the pooch on balmy days with fresh green sprigs of grass under paw and the smell of new blossoms drifting on light breezes, don’t hold...

 

Pompeo better for Trump; time will tell on world impact

Rex Tillerson went rogue, constantly disagreed with the man who hired him and reportedly called him a “moron” — an “(expletive) moron,” actually. The secretary of state’s boss did what aggrieved bosses do — fired him, by tweet, of...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 18, 2018

Well... I thought it was humorous

As part two of a three-part retrospective of eight years of column writing, here are excerpts of a few of my attempts at humor: • “I forgot my twin sister’s birthday.” • “The greatest...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 18, 2018

Silence not first choice for car noise

With a car closing in on 100,000 miles, my biggest fear is I’ll hear something I shouldn’t. Not only is it going to be expensive, but I’m going to have to prove how little I know about cars when I impersonate the sound it’s making. Just as...

 
 By Paul Gessing    Voices    March 18, 2018

Pre-K programs no match for improved teachers

The Catholic archbishops of New Mexico have become the leading advocates of increasing the money taken out of the state’s “Permanent Fund” in an effort to create a variety of early childhood pro...

 
 By Brian Hunhoff    Voices    March 18, 2018

Democracy hinges on 'free' and 'adversarial press'

“Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called “The Poet Scout.” This is the final stanza of his 1889 poem, “Truth”: Truth may sparkle like diamonds, But some men w...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 16, 2018

No lack of seats in ag

If standing wasn’t so tiring, I don’t think we’d be nearly as interested in finding ways to sit. But given that it does take a toll, there’s sense in finding alternatives. Sitting is a surpris...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 16, 2018

God molds us as a glassblower molds glass

One of the highlights of my childhood was our family's trip to Niagara Falls. On a winding road in Missouri on our route to New York State, Daddy noticed an advertisement for a glassblower's shop. He...

 

Nothing quite like that son-light-saving time

Well, we’ve just made it through one more time change. I’ll check in a minute (note the subtle time reference), but I always have to think about whether we’re going on to Daylight Saving Time...

 

Letter to the editor - March 15

Planners sleeping — Do not disturb The new hospital building at Cannon Air Force Base is really nice, except for the one thing — the handicapped parking area. While it appears to have more handicapped spaces than the old building, they’re also...

 

'Always wear your cape' at Special Hearts Prom

There’s a ball on the calendar at the Clovis Civic Center. In this case, there is no prince involved, simply three big-hearted women, and the guest list won’t include residents of mythical... Full story

 

Trump, please back away from the tariff ledge

Has the United States — which has generally been a champion of free trade since World War II — been the victim of unfair trading practices by other nations? Certainly. It’s neither new or particularly unusual for nations to subsidize...

 

Three topics big deal to libertarians

There are three topics which come up frequently in libertarian writings: guns, drugs, and national borders. The reason is those three areas are where the people of America seem willing to let...

 

Shoutout to successful Clovis grads

Once again, we are approaching the time of year when we celebrate Clovis High School graduates who have gone out into the world and excelled in their fields. Organized by the Clovis Municipal Schools...

 

Snakes have strong St. Patrick's Day ties

Little bearded men in top hats and stockings, shamrocks, an over-abundance of green and painful pinches in its absence — St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays saturated with symbolism and...

 

Death penalty system fallen into absurdity

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a death penalty case that hinges on a fine point. The court has ruled in the past that it is unconstitutional to execute people who can’t understand why they face death at the hands of the state — usually...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 11, 2018

Zinke's turbine story for the birds

We haven’t used canaries in coal mines in more than 30 years, but pretty much everybody knows the adage in some form and how it came to be. Coal miners, unable to know what invisible gases were dangerous ina mine, brought a canary with them. Since...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 11, 2018

Yes, you can quote me - Wendel Sloan

For the eighth anniversary of this column (this time around), I am looking back at my greatest hits. And, by hits, I mean mobster — not Billboard top-40. Hits covered in the three-part series will...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 9, 2018

Pocket load important when leaving home

What do you need handy when you leave the house? That’s an important question in any situation. Some common contents of pockets or purse are keys, currency and, these days, a phone. Not to mention...

 

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