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Opinion: Declaration will redefine China relationship

The last time we flew out of Shanghai, China, it was 2015 and we stumbled across a sign hanging from the airport ceiling that seemed like an historical relic even then. It gave instructions — in English — for all travelers on domestic Chinese...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 3, 2020 

Opinion: Never hurts to make preparations

As the panic over coronavirus loses steam, and everyone who isn’t a political power junkie gets back to normal, remember the lessons you learned over the past few months. The virus wasn’t as...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 3, 2020 

Opinion: Change needs to begin with police

The outrage is growing, and for good reason. It was a week straight out of hell. When the national death toll from the coronavirus topped 100,000, you’d think that would have captured our undivided attention. Instead, one death in Minneapolis took...

 
 By Betty Williamson    Voices    June 3, 2020 

Opinion: Portales parade 'better than any medicine'

Of all the adaptations to tradition we humans have made in these past few months, I'll hazard a guess that one we may hold on to is the drive-by parade. These impromptu horn-honking, poster-waving...

 

Opinion: Pioneers, a lion and the 'Whoozit Gazette'

This weekend was supposed to celebrate the region’s trailblazers. The annual Pioneer Days parade, rodeo, reunions and more were scheduled Thursday through Saturday until we were all thrown by the coronavirus. So that makes today a good day to...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    June 3, 2020 

Opinion: People of good will can learn to love each other

The man we know as the prophet Amos wrote these words: “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet.” He said he was just a shepherd and a caretaker of sycamore trees when he was called by...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    June 3, 2020 

Opinion: Reminder from Charlie to live in love

I’ve been thinking a lot about Charlie Broz lately. The most recent occurrence involved a kitchen incident and a chunk of salmon that may or may not have caught fire. As I was trying to extinguish...

 

Opinion: Governor needs to acknowledge judgment lapse

News that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made a purchase from an Albuquerque jewelry store at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has left other jewelers and “nonessential” businesses asking why they couldn’t take phone orders and provide...

 

Letters to the editor - May 31

Patriotic holidays not deserved We don’t deserve to celebrate Memorial Day, the Fourth of July or any other holiday this year that pertains to our freedoms. We as a nation have simply bowed to the governors of our states and blindly followed their...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    May 31, 2020

Opinion: Feeling sorry for small business

I feel terribly sorry for the hundred thousand Americans who’ve lost their lives to the coronavirus. I also feel sorry for all the small business owners in the country who have become innocent victims of the government’s mishandled war on...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 31, 2020

Opinion: Biden will bring on even more government

It’s 2009 again, or feels like it. That was when spontaneous, grassroots protests against overweening government sprang up and were widely derided in the media as dangerous and wrong-headed. The protesters then were inveighing against Obamacare;...

 

Opinion: This is America, isn't it?

Richard J. Heakin Jr. was a gay man who was visiting Tucson from Nebraska. On June 6, 1976, the 21-year-old was attacked and killed by four teenagers while leaving a bar near downtown. The 15- to 17-year-old killers received only probation for what...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Only feds can bust budgets in crisis

One of the big differences between state and federal governments is that states are required to balance their budgets every year. Keep that in mind the next time you hear a congressman bellyaching about the fiscal irresponsibility of the states. The...

 

Editorial: Ratcliffe should get chance to serve

During the long national struggle that is coronavirus, the grinding wheels of Washington have moved that much more slowly — something that in normal times we might mark as a good thing under the old adage that the government that acts least acts...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 27, 2020

McManigal: No idea what government good for

Many problems in modern societies happen because people confuse political government for something it isn’t. They expect it to do things it can’t do and isn’t suited for. To do things right you...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 27, 2020

McDonald: 202 seniors looking to future

The defining national/international event for the infamous baby boomer generation was the Vietnam War. It was America’s longest war at the time, with combat fueled by soldier boys ages 18 and up. About 58,000 Americans died over our eight-year...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 27, 2020

Stevens: Before Bluitt became a ghost town

If you’ve ever been to Bluitt, you probably didn’t know it. It’s located about 48 miles southeast of Portales, or at least that’s where the Bluitt Cemetery is located. That’s about all...

 

Williamson: Sauce surplus means time to share

Whatever else we humans can or cannot find consensus on right now, maybe we can agree on this: When the going gets tough, the tough … um … er … the tough turn to comfort food. If that comfort...

 

Opinion: Government has purpose: ensure liberty for us all

With Election Day scheduled June 2, it’s time to ask candidates a favorite question: What’s the purpose of government? Many are stumped and need a little time to think about it, apparently having never before considered the issue. The correct...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 24, 2020

Opinion: Gubernatorial candidate sore loser

Stacey Abrams has another distinction to add to her resume — she’s among the most preposterous potential vice-presidential candidates ever. Her attempt to leverage a failed Georgia gubernatorial bid into a spot on the Democratic ticket is so...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    May 24, 2020

Opinion: Hoping for return of simple pleasures

Don’t tell the people in charge, but my friend’s wife is a member of the L.A. resistance. She’s been regularly going out into the underground economy to get her hair done. She’s been meeting with her hairdresser at an undisclosed location...

 

Letter to the editor - May 24

Railroad crossing repairs leave much to be desired Memory tells me that the Texico/Farwell railroad crossing on U.S. 84 has had two major repair jobs done in the past 25 years. If the work was done correctly, letters like this would not be...

 

Opinion: Memorial Day is a time of remembrance

Editor’s note: Andy F. Nazario is vice commander of American Legion Post 31, Portales, and chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515, Portales. Following is a portion of the remarks he was scheduled to make at the Portales Memorial Day...

 

Opinion: No avoiding fossil fuels' continued use

Set aside the rhetoric on global warming, we are going to have to open the throttle on oil, natural gas and coal production to power our economic recovery. Together they account for 80% of America’s energy supplies. To get our economy back on...

 
 By Michael Shannon    Voices    May 24, 2020

Opinion: Coronavirus puts Jesus in intensive care

The most remarkable impact coronavirus has on America is the sight of pastors waiting, like dogs anticipating a treat, until Caesar gives them permission to start rendering unto God. You couldn’t have convinced me in March that Baptist preachers wo...

 

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