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 By David Stevens    Voices    February 20, 2019 

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...

 
 By Jaya Bathina    Voices    February 20, 2019 

Heart disease impacts women differently

Many people know the classic signs of a heart attack — terrible pain in the center of the chest that radiates out to the arms or jaw. But what you may not know is that for women, symptoms can be very different. February is American Heart Month, a...

 

Mandy and Tom ended up being a lucky pair

Mandy and Tom, my former sister-in-law and brother-in-law, recently came to visit. Except I don’t call them that because, when I divorced, Mandy announced: “Since you can’t be my sister-in-law anymore, you’ll have to be my sister!” That’s...

 

Plan your weekend around chili, brisket and music

I have three words for this weekend: chili, brisket, music. Chili and brisket are the main courses at two food-based fundraisers (my favorite kind) on tap for our area. The Kiwanis Club of Portales...

 

Incessant lottery tinkering does no one any good

It’s become a perennial expectation that a senator or representative feels the need to tweak the lottery scholarship formula. They can’t stand to leave it alone. This year the honor has gone to Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Bernalillo. His Senate...

 

Courts have institutionalized revenge

I’ll never understand how the output of the government’s court system passes for “justice.” If you ever find justice in a courtroom it will be a fluke; an accident. Justice doesn’t require...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    February 20, 2019 

On verge of constitutional emergency

Sound the alarm! We’ve got a national emergency on our hands! Well, it’s really more of a constitutional emergency, as President Trump has opened the door for all future emergency declarations to be defined by politics, not real threats to our he...

 

Faith: Trust Christ and follow him even into deep waters

In Luke 5 we find the story of the calling of the first apostles. To get a little space from the crowd, Jesus has turned Simon Peter’s fishing boat into a pulpit, pushed out from the shore, teaching...

 

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...

 

This year's flu was one to remember

I just had seven very uncomfortable days, and I think the best way to describe it would be an out-of-body experience. I mostly didn’t go to the places I normally go. I mostly didn’t do the things I normally do. And when I did go to those places...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 17, 2019

Brown more grounded than most Dems

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus for a very long time is declining to sign up for the...

 

Confrontation was human nature at play

I’ve never cared much for puritanism. While the Pilgrims came to America to avoid religious persecution, they mostly wanted to exchange the rigidly enforced rules against their brand of Christianity...

 

Another viewpoint: 'Name and shame' decision may be free speech violation

The National Rifle Association deserves all the condemnation it has received and more for standing in the way of reasonable, lifesaving gun-control efforts. Because of the gun group’s cynical hard-line policies and near-religious embrace of the...

 

Let us call you sweetheart, Sarabel

If you're on the hunt for a sweetheart this Valentine's week, here's an idea: Visit a local nursing home or senior resident center. Those places are packed with them. Take Sarabel Hall Key, for...

 

Bees picking up speed

You may well have heard more about spelling bees in recent months than in the past. This is because a more concerted effort has been made to engage students, staff, and schools in the event. As a...

 

Privacy bill too vague on who it's protecting

In a legislative first, freshman Rep. Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe, asked the speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives to table House Bill 437, the “Right to be Forgotten Act & Private Info.” The act came amid public backlash from the...

 

There's no 'one-size-fits-all' for living

How much of what you want government to do is based on your emotions? On your feelings about what you wish other people would do or believe they should do, and your willingness to use government viole...

 

Governor stands in defiance of president

Let’s start with this reality-based premise: The “national security crisis” we face is mostly internal. The violence and crime in our schools and on our streets doesn’t have anything to do with foreign-born “illegals” and terrorists. They...

 

Faith: Gifts should come from genuine, unselfish love

Uh oh. It seems that the date for this column should probably indicate its content. Rats! If the whole thing reads like it was written by a Valentine’s Day grinch, I should just plead guilty....

 

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.... Full story

 

Might try being more careful - for Peter's sake

I sliced my hand open a few days ago. My husband, Peter, says I am accident prone and I tell him this is not true. But a few Thursdays ago, while trying to scrape some particularly stubborn avocado off my favorite sharp knife, I reinforced Peter’s...

 

New documentary promotes mysteries of Roswell's UFOs

Not everyone who finds themselves drawn to UFO-related subjects believes, unequivocally, that extraterrestrial life exists. For one’s interest to be piqued, all that’s really required is an interest in the unknown. A belief in at least the... Full story

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 10, 2019

Nobody woke enough for current climate

All statewide officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia should resign if Democrats are held to their own standards. Even if Gov. Ralph Northam didn’t appear in blackface in an image in his medical-school yearbook, he confessed to once darkening...

 

Letter to the editor - Feb. 10

Conservatives don’t balk at helping rich Conservatives get a tad uptight when a proposal is made that benefits someone other than the rich and corporations. Remember the conservative uproar over Trump’s tax plan that benefited the rich and...

 

Media probably shouldn't be crowing

President Donald Trump may have come to his senses about government shutdowns and his coveted wall. Last month, the mainstream media, however, called Trump’s conciliatory statements on the matter a... Full story

 

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