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 By David Stevens    Voices    June 16, 2019 

Hatch Act remains spiritual path for our public officials

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel last week recommended President Trump fire an aide for “persistent, notorious and deliberate Hatch Act violations.” Trump said no, he would not fire Kellyanne...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 16, 2019 

Biden's assumptions on right too rosy

Joe Biden says and does a lot of smart things. It’s part of the reason he got himself elected to the Senate, and it’s part of the reason Barack Obama decided, “This guy’s going to be my running mate.” Joe Biden says a lot of other things to...

 

Severe weather part of military life

TIJERAS — Last month, my husband and I drove from New Mexico to Louisiana. We left our house in a freak snowstorm — crazy weather for mid-May — and drove through every kind of weather known to humankind over the next few days. On a weather...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 16, 2019 

Climate talk should be more cautious, less apocalyptic

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same. Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn’t mean it is any more ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it. If President Donald Trump...

 

Week should have been celebration, not partisan bickering

I traveled recently to central Illinois to speak at a memorial service at Eureka College, my dad’s alma mater, on the 15th anniversary of his death. As I flew halfway across the country and talked to many of the good people in the heart of...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 12, 2019

Will Bates: Much of Pep called him 'Dad'

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Junes past in Roosevelt County papers: • June 1, 1950: Eastern New Mexico University formally dedicated three...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    June 12, 2019

Husband made a friend in raven 'Big Boy'

My husband, Peter, decided to make friends with a raven. We have a lot of ravens around our house. Ravens are smart birds and Peter did some research on them. They mate for life and can live to be 17 years old in the wild. They learn to recognize peo...

 

Grandparents would be pleased to see future of High Plains

With Curry County’s Pioneer Days celebration in the books and Roosevelt County set to celebrate its Heritage Days this weekend, I can’t help but think of those folks who settled eastern New...

 

Faith: A world where the meek rule is better

To be truly meek is to be truly strong. The Bible says regarding one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known that the man Moses was the meekest of all the men on the earth. But in the Hall...

 

Research doesn't merit restrictions from government

Another day, another attack on innovation and science. The Trump administration announced last week that the federal government would block funding for medical research by scientists using fetal tissues, halting progress on promising projects that...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 12, 2019

Let people find their own solutions

It amazes me how often people create worse problems while trying to solve problems. Most problems can be solved; some probably can’t. Don’t give up trying to solve the hard problems, though. You n...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 12, 2019

Latest Anaya offering defies genre

If I had to assign a genre to Rudolfo Anaya’s latest book, “Chupacabra Meets Billy The Kid,” I’d say it’s of the Western / science fiction / fantasy / Chicano literature / historical fiction genre, as if there’s such a thing. Maybe...

 

Unfair to yoke compassion to legal wrangling

For Teresa Todd, kindness was a crime. Todd, the Jeff Davis County attorney and mother of four, was driving one February evening in West Texas when three young migrants flagged her down. Seeing that one appeared ill, she invited them to come into her...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 9, 2019

Hope Sixth and Hines stays forever

I don’t get out to Tucumcari as much as I would like. Nearly every time I’ve been there, it was for a work related reason, and we have staff in Tucumcari far more competent than me to handle Quay County news. But I have good memories of the time...

 
 By Jeff Elwell    Voices    June 9, 2019

ENMU still providing green space

Eastern New Mexico University has always been proud to provide a green space for our community. The trees we plant, enjoy and care for are part of our proud history of being a tree-friendly campus, with 21 unique species including a New Mexico...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    June 9, 2019

We could all use more intellectual humility

There’s a lot of talk these days about “intellectual humility,” which most consider a virtue. It means you will occasionally admit when you’re wrong. It also means you’re open to new ideas,...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 9, 2019

Exposure of video's doctor harassment, not journalism

Breaking news: Some guy posted a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. But fear not. The website The Daily Beast sprang into action. It tracked down the random, Trump-supporting man who allegedly posted the offending clip, hounded him until he talked,...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 5, 2019

Parade likely less dangerous than that of yesteryear

Clovis hosts its annual Pioneer Days events this week, highlighted by a parade on Saturday. Promoters are promising fun times for all involved. That may be true, but the times probably won’t be as...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    June 5, 2019

Anxiety not always something dangerous

I get anxious, as I might have mentioned. While I don’t think it’s anything requiring medication, fortunately, I became aware at middle-age that I have always had a sort of “hum” of anxiety going on in the background. I usually only notice it...

 

Rescue efforts need volunteers

The loss of her own rescue dog a year ago led Linda Sumption to the cement building at 1700 N. Boston in Portales that houses the cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies picked up each day by Portales...

 

Remember God is in control and make sure to get sleep

Everybody dreams. Or so the sleep experts say. I feel most refreshed when I wake up with no memory of dreaming during the night. I feel most exhausted when I had a bad or intensely frustrating dream,...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    June 5, 2019

Man's voice echoes through family, community

“Family is everything.” Simple. Profound. Recently, I attended the celebration of life service for a man I didn’t know. Like many others, I felt as if I did “know” him because of his presenc...

 

Plenty to do in summertime

Unbelievably, another school year has zoomed past. Students filled with excitement, while educators are uttering a deep sigh of exhaustion. For both, there are likely bittersweet moments: teachers thi...

 

Moment of bipartisanship needs support

When Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agree on something maybe it is time to declare victory. Or the Apocalypse. It all started when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted “if you are a member of Congress +...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 5, 2019

See what you can build on your own

There’s a sense of personal accomplishment, of self-worth, when you make something with your own hands through your own efforts. Even if you seek guidance from someone with experience, you’ve...

 

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