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 By David Stevens    Voices    March 17, 2019

Time to applaud those oft-forgotten first responders

“I am a lineman for the county “And I drive the main road “Searchin' in the sun for another overload …” — Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” They gather annually to compete for fun,...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 10, 2019

NM Legislature full of bad ideas, with more on way

The number of terrible ideas that have come from New Mexico’s lawmakers this legislative session must be in the hundreds by now. But at least the illogical gun-control measures, the liberty-robbing...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 6, 2019

Bailey County namesake died defending Alamo

Peter James Bailey was born in Springfield, Kentucky, in 1812. Bailey County, where Muleshoe is located, is named in his honor. Today is a good day to remember Bailey because it’s the date of his...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 3, 2019

Left, Right ... wrong; Time to reduce size, impact of government

Many New Mexicans are outraged because the state’s Democrats are about to pass the largest tax increase in the state’s history. A news release from House Republicans reads: “Democrats passed...

 

Every business has story to tell

Tom and Louise Snell operated the Bible Book Store at 101 W. Fifth St. in Clovis for about 15 years. Fifty years ago this week they were featured in the Clovis News-Journal’s “Business Review &...

 

Newspaper morgue is full of life

Turkish author Mehmet Murat ildan maybe said it best: "A good photograph never belongs to the past; every time you look at it, it is with you, it is alive and it is in the present moment." There is a...

 

Library sentencing provides beginning in search for peace

Finally, at least officially, it’s over. The nightmares following the deadly Aug. 28, 2017, rampage at Clovis’ public library will never be over for its dozens of victims. But at least Friday’s...

 

Good day to remember the Loves

With Valentine’s Day a day away, this seems a good time to tell a Love story. It’s two Love stories, actually. Frank Love met Lillian Nicholson in Vaughn in the early 1920s. He was a railroad man....

 

And now a round of applause for the workers among us

“Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.” ...

 

Minimum-wage bill 'a little much,' but state winning fight

The concept seems so ... un-American. Government can decide how much a Mom and Pop shop has to pay its employees? That has to be unconstitutional, doesn’t it? But just as we’ve allowed government...

 

Look out, citizens: NM's Legislature is back in session

Longtime state Sen. Stuart Ingle, the Republican from Portales, reminds us as often as he has the opportunity: We’re never safe when the Legislature’s in session. That’s never been more true...

 

Opinion: Past time to release reports on shooting that involved officer

It’s been three months since a Clovis police officer shot and killed a suspected car thief. It’s been two months since investigators completed their review of the incident. And yet reports...

 

Year to bring change driven by readers

The new year will bring a few more changes to The Eastern New Mexico News. But this time, those changes won’t involve cost cutting as they have so often in recent years. This time, the change will...

 

Opinion: Hopeful to see new ideas in public schools

Probably the biggest knock against public education is that one size is expected to fit all. That’s understandable given that one classroom teacher cannot teach 25-plus children individually. But...

 

So begins the legend of Mr. Mess

Sometimes the best stories are those that can't be told. Such is the case with Mr. Mess. He's a (mostly) Pomeranian pup found just after dark during Thursday's wind storm. He appeared at the door of...

 

Opinion: Messy neighbors can't be forced to meet our standards

The problem first appeared in biblical times. Deuteronomy 19:14 tried to resolve it: “You shall not move your neighbor’s landmark ...” Alas, property disputes remain. Public officials in...

 

Opinion: Thanks for your service, Harvie Winkles

Growing up, he was a sack boy at the Capital Food grocery store in Farwell. He delivered newspapers for a while. The 1966 graduate of Texico High School also worked at Fab-Steel in Clovis, and on...

 

Opinion: Too many hoops to jump through

And now we have example No. 7,369,083 for why you don’t want to do business with the government if you can avoid it. On Thursday, New Mexico’s Racing Commission decided to table its decision on...

 

Opinion: That dern Bruce and other fun memories

I saw a lady wearing a Princess Leia t-shirt on Monday. That made me think of Oklahoma. Here’s how my mind got there: I grew up next door to a drive-in movie theater just outside Muleshoe. Between...

 

Opinion: Yes, freedom is 'worth a shot'

Tuesday was an interesting day in local government history. That’s the day Curry County commissioners reluctantly approved a resolution supporting economic development. No word yet on how they feel...

 

Opinion: City's dad of old an illustrious warrior

“Old Clovis was a Frankish king, “Some fourteen hundred years ago; “He was a warrior fierce and bold, “And vanquished every bloomin’ foe.” — The Story of Clovis, 1909 We can’t...

 

Opinion: Unsigned editorials going away, just like our editorial board

For decades, our newspaper has published unsigned local editorials. That ends today, but not without one final defense of the way we used to do things. Our unsigned editorials — under the Viewpoint...

 

Opinion: Treasures lost, now treasures found

After 17 years in the same room, at the same desk, in the same chair, I cleaned last week. Oh, I've allowed the cleaning crew to run a vacuum through a few times, and I dusted once, and Kevin Wilson...

 

Opinion: That time the flu kept us all home

Remember that time when nobody was allowed to go to restaurants or to school or even to the movies? Fortunately, none of us are old enough to remember. But that’s what happened 100 years ago....

 

Opinion: It's a cat-astrophe that can be solved

Joni Anthony has no idea why wild cats seem to like her yard so much. On Tuesday morning, there were at least 12 out there, she said. “My neighbor said she gets them, too,” said Anthony, who...

 

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