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Confirmations expensive, past their usefulness

Just in time for the holiday season, here’s the perfect example of government taking more than it gives: n In March 2017, there were 53 appointees for various state boards and commissions waiting to be confirmed by the New Mexico Senate. n In...

 

Blessings, peace for coming new year

It’s Christmas again, and it’s time for my poem, So I’m not at my office, I’m sitting at home, And scratching my head for something to write On this wintery, pre-Christmas night. At Christmas...

 

Government still dividing America

As 2017 draws to a close, it is disappointing to see America more divided than at any time since the 1860s. The main cause being government. Almost everyone complains about government, at least...

 

Blessed year for Roosevelt General Hospital

Editor’s note: Area leaders associated with taxpayer-funded entities were invited to write guest columns summarizing 2017 from their perspectives. Haylee Spence is director of planning, marketing and public relations for Roosevelt General...

 

Keep pets and family safe during holidays

As today dawns, the hectic pace of the Christmas holiday is behind us, yet in its afterglow, is the mess, piles of presents to be put away, decorations to be disassembled and packed up and lingering...

 

Lottery tickets better bet than bitcoins

Holiday season financial news has been dominated by the Republicans’ tax plan and rush to bitcoins. Both leave me scratching my head. The Atlantic Monthly and Fox News agree the tax plan will mean...

 

Not much light getting into state's 'sunshine portal'

Contact information is out of date. Financial data is missing. Entire categories of contracts are empty. Six years in, the online database that was supposed to be the state’s searchable “sunshine portal,” shedding light on how the state of New...

 

Wendel's Christmas letter: Eventful year

During Thanksgiving I was given a room for the handicapped when I asked for an AARP discount at a Lubbock motel. After videotaping myself performing gymnastics in the shower, I was invited by USA...

 

Howalt: Plenty done, much to look forward to

Editor's note: Area leaders associated with taxpayer-funded entities were invited to write guest columns summarizing 2017 from their perspectives. Justin Howalt is Clovis' city manager. As we look...

 

May Christmas open our eyes to real gold

It’s always good, but never better than during these holy days, to recognize the difference between genuine gold and the sort that blinds fools (and all of us when we’re foolish). You probably rem...

 

We have gifts we can give Christ this Christmas

This week I have been contemplating on the Christmas story and especially the three wise men and their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child in Bethlehem. Most artists’...

 

Herding bulls a different animal

There’s a saying about herding goats, and I’ll wager it’s not unfounded given the few goats that I’ve had the opportunity to meet. Plenty of herds of livestock must be directed and handled....

 

Longtime resident seeks clues to Christmas past

Twila Watkins has a mystery on her hands, and it’s one that surfaced — most appropriately — just in time for Christmas. A few weeks ago, Watkins was helping her nephew go through some old family...

 

Cafeteria too often taken for granted

Walking into the Clovis Schools central office the other day, the first thing I saw was a table laden with enormous platters of cookies. Several ladies were organizing the plates, clearly getting...

 

Complaints about public figures should be brought to light

In light of the heightened interest both locally and nationally in sexual harassment, it’s simply unacceptable that the director of the New Mexico Legislature’s administrative arm is refusing to release records related to two sexual harassment...

 

Christmas good holiday for outlaws

Christmas is a good holiday for outlaws. No, not for criminals. For outlaws. What? You don’t know the difference? Let me explain why outlaws are not your enemy and why Christmas is a great outlaw...

 

Appearances deceiving in politics

A recent poll shows 54 percent of the public believes the Special Counsel has a conflict of interest. Over the years, whenever one hears the phrases, “conflict of interest” or “unlawful command...

 

A look at the animals of Christmas

The Christmas season is filled with symbolism from the top of the tree all the way to the dining table, and among icons of the season, animals are well represented. One theme that consistently appears...

 

Real Americans don't use that kind of language

The federal Centers for Disease Control denied it over the weekend, but for a while, the country thought there were seven words that the CDC was prohibited from using in reports to Congress. There...

 

Letter to the editor - Dec. 19

Shopping is the new American activity People used to have different ideas about how to spend their weekends. They no longer spend them going to the beach or to a picnic or to the library. The majority have become shoppers at big-box retailers. The...

 

Poor students no excuse for schools to perform badly

The fact that New Mexico’s high school graduation rate grew by 8 percentage points from 2011 to 2016 — or double the national improvement rate — is encouraging. But our state still has the second-worst graduation rate in the nation. That’s in...

 

Read and learn, space cadets

My book-of-the-month summary for December is “How the Body Works (100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Miracle of the Human Body)” by Steve Parker (Reader’s Digest Books, 1994). The book is...

 

Limited access best for landscape

President Donald Trump recently reduced the size of a couple of national monuments in Utah. This has the environmental community up in arms. The environmentalists apparently think that opening this la...

 

Travel brings home what's to like about home

You can travel a long way without seeing a building tall enough to be mistaken for a grain elevator. You can go even farther before finding a body of water where you can’t easily see the opposite sh...

 

Everything we really need comes from God

Not long ago, I was looking through some old papers of my daddy’s and I found a sermon named, “What do you need this Christmas?” It seems to me that Daddy’s question still stands for all of...

 

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