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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...

 

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...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    January 23, 2018 

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...

 

There is nothing new under the sun

“There is nothing new under the sun,” writes the wise man in Ecclesiastes (1:9). That argues for knowing something about what has already taken place under this old sun. And that means learning,...

 

All legislation should come from one, true God

You can’t legislate morality. Maybe you’ve heard that said, or said it yourself, when a conversation turned toward a prominent moral / political / societal issue. There is a sense in which the statement is perfectly true. There is another sense i...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 19, 2018

They don't make 'em like that anymore

When it comes to heroes, it’s hard to find one that you can always look up to. It’s even rarer to know one well enough to know what it is that you’re looking to be. There’s no luck better than...

 

Hall passes entering new age

Remember the classroom days of using a hall pass to go to the restroom, the office, or the nurse? Teachers have become quite creative with selecting objects serving as hall passes, from luggage tags,...

 

Simple plate turned family treasure

We were working our way through a mountain of dirty dishes in my kitchen after a branding several years ago. Fixing a meal for 50 or 60 people takes pretty much every dish in the house. A group...

 

Legislature has work cut out figuring budget

New Mexico lawmakers reconvened in Santa Fe on Tuesday for a 30-day session in which their primary task is to adopt a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year. But this year they will have some “new” money to work with thanks to a rebound in...

 
 By Rube Render    Voices    January 17, 2018

President tattler broke confidence

Two issues involving our current president seem to be taking all the air out of the room at this time. One of these is the long-running charge of collusion with the Russian government and President...

 

Governments are a net negative

A great many people are upset because President Trump is claimed to have observed that many places around the world are, shall we say, “less than ideal.” Of course, being Donald Trump, he is claim...

 

Pets deserve protection from the flu

It’s nothing short of sheer misery — a collective onslaught of fever, aches, runny nose, coughing fits and a slew of other uncomfortable-to-agonizing symptoms. Making headlines, influenza is...

 

Trump shows true view with harsh comment

In an off-the-cuff comment with legislators gathered in the Oval Office on Thursday to discuss immigration, President Donald Trump laid bare his world vision. There are wealthy white countries such as Norway, which are welcome to send immigrants to t...

 

Teaching today beyond challenging

Even though we sometimes support different candidates, Sid Hicks and I have been friends since the hippie era in our small east Texas hometown. Our craziest stunt was hopping a boxcar on the spur of t...

 

Indiana can handle itself, Milo

This is a story about football, football fans, patriotism and the U.S. government. Tuesday night, I bought the expensive bakery cookies on a small grocery trip but absentmindely left them behind at the checkout line. “No worries,” I told myself....

 

Time to lose 'Rooney Rule'

In Salem, West Virginia, it’s still against the law to eat candy less than 90 minutes before church services. Until a week ago, it was illegal for motorists to pump their own gas in parts of...

 

Keeping my mind on the message

Isn’t it funny how childhood memories seem to linger through the years? One such memory is mine. It was no significant day, just another Sunday at church. The only thing that made it memorable was...

 

Some questions as we sail into a new year

Well, we’ve done it again, managed to blunder on into another new year. Hmm. I wonder why just now I said “blunder”? Amazing how just a few letters carelessly tossed together can affect the...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 12, 2018

Best sweets fall from the sky

Bite-size sweets are hard to top as everyone’s favorite treat. As a kid, growing up far enough from the candy shop as to not know that such a thing existed, such sugary snacks were usually limited...

 

Education: Capturing kids' hearts

One of the great challenges in education remains effectively reaching students, whether in rural settings or inner cities. Our youth face great challenges these days, perhaps more than ever before....

 

Save some pie for me, dear cousin

I lost my biggest fan on Friday night. Adele Lovorn Gammill and I were cousins in name only — a happy accident that started before I was born, when her mother Blanche Harp “cleverly snared” my uncle Jack Williamson (his words, not hers) in 1947...

 

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