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Educators and students must have patience

We are entering uncharted waters in the education field, here and across the entire state. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that all schools in the state will be closed for the rest of the school year. From this point forward,...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 8, 2020 

Socialistic policies only worsen economy

I appreciate those who are making a heroic effort to keep the economy running; putting their health and lives on the line for our benefit. They are trying to make sure food and supplies are available...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 8, 2020 

Maybe it's time to look beyond luxuries

If you’re at home listening to the national hyperbole, you might think the nation is closed down. It isn’t. Just take a look at the list of “essential” services here in New Mexico, the ones allowed to remain open during these “stay at...

 
 By Betty Williamson    Voices    April 8, 2020 

Keep looking for rainbows through storm

I’ve spent a lot of time lately looking for rainbows. It’s a lesson I learned from my daughter when she was a toddler. While I love a good thunderstorm as much as the next person, we do have a rar...

 

100th anniversary good time to remember Lyceum

Clovis has been home to movie theaters and/or vaudeville entertainment since Clovis began. The earliest theaters were less impressive than most living room entertainment centers today — small spaces, sometimes located in the second story of a...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    April 8, 2020 

Shortage can make bad situation worse

Did you see the COVID-19 news conference the other day featuring a particularly noted, well-published, and often-quoted professor of epidemiology? Dr. Angus Jones-Brown has been studying virus transmi...

 

Opinion: Information key to overcoming the coronavirus

We can probably all agree hand washing and social distancing are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. But there’s another safety component some officials around the state seem to not understand: Information should be shared, especially...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    April 5, 2020

Opinion: Trump not at fault for shortages

It’s lucky I’m being such a good American and sheltering at home. Every day I’ve been able to watch President Trump’s coronavirus White House press briefings and the press conferences of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Gavin...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    April 5, 2020

Opinion: Virus puts pettiness in stark relief

On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation’s political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell’s just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. On Jan. 23, China locked...

 

Opinion: I don't want to wait to graduate, but I may have to

When we college seniors think back to Jan. 1, we were anxious and excited for our last semester. We’d worked so hard for everything; all the tears, struggles, and late nights had finally paid off and we were only months away from walking that... Full story

 

Opinion: School may look different for now, but it's moving ahead

The past two weeks have definitely been the most unusual we’ve ever experienced. Week before last we were hanging on every word we heard; every piece of news, every update — both nationally and... Full story

 

Opinion: We will come out stronger for coronavirus

On March 4, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt uttered these famous words: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This was the president’s attempt to reassure Americans they had it within themselves to defeat the Great...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: 'Papers, please' now our reality

I’m not happy with the petty tyrants who have done away with any pretense of respecting the rights of Americans. They are using this pandemic as an excuse to twist the police state tighter around ou...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: Remember, we're in this together

As we attempt to face this coronavirus crisis collectively, we're handicapped by a loss of trust in our institutions. Many if not most Americans no longer believe in our government, our leaders, the media, our churches, science and even our charitabl...

 

Opinion: Join me on a virtual morning stroll this spring

A disclaimer: This is not a column about viruses, nor is this an April Fools' joke. We have more than enough about the former, and I've never been a fan of the latter. Instead, I invite you to lace...

 

Opinion: Service station burglaries and giant rattlesnakes

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Aprils past: • April 3, 1945: Bill Vance of Portales announced his dog, Buzz, had been poisoned. Vance said he would pay a $25 reward if someone could identify...

 

Opinion: Lord has plenty to teach us through all this unpleasantness

Like most humans with a few years on them, I’ve had an occasion or a few (not too terribly many) to mention to the Lord that, in this distress or that difficulty, I have at least two requests. Jesus...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: We'll get through this time of uncertainty together

These are the moments that define us. We’re all doing the best we can navigating our way through this new normal of “shelter-at-home.” It’s an uncertain time, and that can be pretty nerve... Full story

 

Reflections of stress: Let's hope COVID-19 more bark than bite

The coronavirus has hit home. Hard. Hundreds of businesses across eastern New Mexico are closed or limited in services they can provide. Schools have been closed for two weeks and soon switching to a... Full story

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 29, 2020

Virus shutdowns not sustainable

Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice. The nationwide coronavirus shutdowns over the past few weeks have ground parts of the country to a halt. We have probably never before in our history seen...

 

Trump not to blame for COVID-19

Every 4-year-old knows the official coronavirus drill by now. Wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes and don’t touch your face. And also practice “social distancing,” stay away from large crowds and especially stay away from...

 

Doing what ENMU can for safety

Dear community members of Roosevelt and Curry County: These are challenging times, and above all else, my wife, Edwina, and I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. The past few weeks have been unprecedented for Eastern New Mexico...

 

Not going to worry, but I will take care

When I first heard about the coronavirus, it wasn’t a big deal to anyone at my school. No one was worrying about it. Then time passed and I kept talking about it to my friends and one of them got really scared. But I never worried about it and no...

 

Legal process short on ethics, transparency

We celebrated Sunshine Week (March 15-21) by looking at the disgraceful manner in which our state’s budget is produced. The process by which the state’s budget is finally formed is a complicated one, punctuated with many committees and sub...

 

Government more deadly virus

Do you know what I’d rather not think about? The coronavirus panic. Do you know what it seems no one, including me, is thinking about? Anything other than the coronapocalypse. People think about...

 

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