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Municipal elections seem focused on growing government

A few thoughts on Clovis’ municipal elections: n Where did anyone get the idea crime in Clovis is rising, as several candidates have suggested? Clovis police statistics show calls for service have been dropping steadily since at least 2014. Police... Full story

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    February 16, 2020 

Dems' best bet to vote moderate

Some observations on the presidential campaign so far: • Making predictions on the outcome of the Democratic nomination race based on results from two small, non-representative states is like...

 

Study shows church keeps you healthy

CNN issued a study a while back that found regularly attending church may increase a Christian’s lifespan, while at the same time help “them stay grounded and (provide) spiritual guidance.” I’m guessing this positive benefit results from the...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 16, 2020 

Sanders likely to go way of UK's Labour Party

The Democratic Party could soon be taken over by a leftist who has never formally been a member. If it’s any consolation to Democrats, it’s a version of the same wrenching dislocation that has beset the center-left throughout the Western world....

 

Romney last bastion of Republican courage

When historians look for the last, documented instance of Republican political courage in the Trump imperium, they’ll look to one man: Sen. Mitt Romney. In one extraordinary speech on the floor of the United States Senate, the Utah senator made...

 

Hoping for lots more people like my dad

“Middlebrow.” I sit typing this column on the 20th anniversary of the massive heart attack that took the life of my father, and “middlebrow” is one of the words that pops into my mind when remembering Dad. Except for learning the skills of a...

 

Education Foundation kindling the flame

It’s well known that educators typically dip into their own pockets to make purchases for their students and classrooms. With the complexities and restraints common to procurement in public...

 

Out-of-court transparency encouraging step

The state Senate’s unanimous support last week of legislation that would make the state’s out-of-court settlements more transparent is an encouraging step forward for New Mexicans who want to know how their tax dollars are being spent. The state...

 

No one policy good for everyone

Did you enjoy our recent winter storm? I did, but I know a lot of people didn’t. Most people are not fans of cold and snow. I don’t like temperatures over 85 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if...

 

Music sound of human experience

“There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras Between the impeachment in D.C., and the debacle in Iowa and the gun-toting protesters in Santa Fe, politics is on overkill. I don’t...

 

RGH has you set for last-minute Valentine's Day plans

If you happen to be — as I am — a procrastinator, then it is possible that Valentine’s Day has crept upon you and you’ve not yet made plans. Have I got a deal for you. Thanks to other...

 

Memories of a clown, and $17 hospital rooms

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Februarys past: n Feb. 5, 1929: Ridge Whiteman, 19, of Portales wrote a letter to the Smithsonian Institute reporting he’d found an arrow point with elephant...

 

It's good to explore past the four walls you know

It’s a good thing when your world expands. When I was a child living at 125 N. Goliad St. in Amarillo, my world expanded one sidewalk at a time. My younger brother and I were great adventurers. His...

 

Lawmakers should take care with bills' wording

Three “tough-on-gun-crime” bills sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Rehm, a retired Bernalillo County Sheriff’s captain, and backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham deserve serious consideration by state lawmakers. House Bill 35 would increase the...

 

Democrats finally ready to fight

Last week marked a turning point in the already strained (an understatement) relations between Democrats and Republicans. After the Republicans in the Senate ignored the Democrats’ thorough...

 

Busy week leaves Trump on top

It started Sunday night with an exciting and hard-fought Super Bowl game, which I was happy to see end with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers. Then the next day came the Iowa caucus, aka the Democrat Party’s Iowa fiasco. For...

 

Bernie worst choice to run against Trump

What a dire scenario: A corrupt Republican president soaked in scandal wins re-election in part because dimwitted Democrats decide to nominate a small-state senator who’s way too left-wing for the American mainstream. But enough about how Richard N...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 9, 2020

Trial last act in 2016 election

And so 2016 finally draws to a close. It’s been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the date of the Iowa caucuses, to the Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump last week. It’s true that Nov. 6, 2016,...

 

Trump missed chance to make strong immigration statement

A triumphant but low-key President Trump took to center stage Tuesday night at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his third State of the Union address. The president had recently returned from maligned Iowa where, in the Republican caucus, he smothered his...

 

Took a virtual trip to Africa

The other day I traveled to Africa and talked to a teacher and his students in Kenya. Actually, this wonderful experience was thanks to a phenomenal fourth-grade teacher at Mesa Elementary, Silvia...

 

Special interests helping widen our divisions

A popular trope in the news these days is the idea of polarization: conservative and liberal; rural and urban; rich and poor. Writers and opinion leaders tell us that our communities have been irrevocably divided over politics, community and income....

 

'Red flag' laws violate human rights

New Mexico politicians are hopping on the “red flag law” bandwagon; scheming to commit wrong in the name of imagined “safety.” Red-flag legislation is all the rage, politically. I don’t...

 

Some good, easy-to-miss reporting

I’m mostly busy running my own newspaper these days, but I still have a weekly news service on the side. More than six years ago, I named it the Community News Exchange (CNEx) and have been running it ever since. These days, I mostly leave it in...

 

Catching up with the resilient Brittany Kanmore

A year after the accident that almost took Brittany Kanmore's life and landed her on many local prayer lists, I caught up with this resilient young woman over coffee to hear about how she's doing...

 

L as in Librado - builder of early Clovis

Newcomers to Clovis might misinterpret the name of L. Casillas Boulevard near the Lighthouse Mission as Las Casillas — as in The Casillas. That’s not far off. Librado Casillas was the Casillas who helped build Guadalupe parish, a mission of Sacre...

 

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