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Tribalism is a growing threat to US democracy

“Be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” — Retired Marine Corps General and Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis talking to his Marines in Iraq James Mattis is a warrior, and the above quote reported by...

 

Some habits and in-jokes die hard

“What the (expletive) is a pasty?” That’s what I said when we were in Butte, Montana. Fine, that’s what I wanted to say, but I was 8. While I knew better than to say the expletive, young me did not yet know Butte as strange sibling of the...

 

Dems have no real plan for US

It’s too bad for America that CNN’s seven-hour town hall on climate change was such a rating disaster. If 20 times as many viewers had tuned in Sept. 4, about 22 million Americans today would have a real clear idea what a bunch of leftwing nut-jo...

 

Congress should set better example of bipartisanship

In case you haven’t heard, our lawmakers have returned from their six-week, summer sabbatical, ready to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Among the agenda items for this legislative session: firearms, keeping the government from shut...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    September 15, 2019 

The human race isn't a burden

At least Bernie Sanders is an equal opportunity misanthrope. He doesn’t like rich people, and it turns out he doesn’t necessarily like poor people, either. At the CNN town hall on climate change, a questioner asked the socialist senator if...

 

Another viewpoint: Taliban efforts bitter but necessary pill

For the United States to end its longest war and bring the troops home from Afghanistan, it must negotiate and cooperate with the leaders of the Taliban, the most powerful and stable political power in that nation. That’s a bitter pill to swallow,...

 

Student athletes meet high standards

Stopping by our Clovis High School Freshman Academy last week, I had an opportunity to chat with Bekki Jones, history teacher of 14 years and varsity cheer coach. Jones works closely with Amanda...

 

Football may come at too high a price

When Colts quarterback Andrew Luck walked off the field for a final time on Aug. 24 — multiple injuries having convinced him that retirement from professional football at age 29 was the only sensible option — Colts fans booed. It was a stunning...

 

Don't need law to dislike something

We all have our own likes and dislikes. This means everyone likes some things other people dislike; sometimes the likes and dislikes are passionate and the disagreements get rather heated. There’s...

 

Healthcare may be winning issue

From 1981 through 2018, the Republican Party controlled the 2nd Congressional District seat in southern New Mexico, with one brief exception. In 2008, when Rep. Steve Pearce opted not to seek a fifth term (running unsuccessfully for the Senate...

 

Sharing kidneys across US

Clovis second-grade teacher Regina Griego may have the best excuse ever to explain why she's late for school this year. Yes, this year. While her students reported for the new semester on Aug. 12,...

 

Potter Park namesake could milk a goat

He was a champion goat milker. He had audience with a president. And when you think about the only outdoor public swimming pool in Clovis, it's his name that comes to mind. This is a good day to...

 

I think a happy marriage is like stew

I told my husband, Peter, that our marriage was like stew — and that’s a good thing. This is a second marriage for both of us. We were both married for a long time and then divorced for quite a while. We dated other people and realized how...

 

After all this time, people can still surprise me

People can be maddening, frustrating, bull-headed, mean, dumb, astonishing, resilient, weak, strong, gentle, loving, perplexing, bitter, graceful, resentful, hateful, merciful, and ... pick any...

 

Gun violence issue cannot be solved by GOP or Dems

No one has all the answers regarding the recent spate of gun violence across the country. But it seems unlikely government can end it. We should stop asking government to end it. We have to end it ourselves. One on one. That’s our only hope. We’v...

 

Taking more care with 'close enough'

A few years ago, I was at a gathering that wasn’t really a potluck, but had a lot of friends and a lot of homemade food. Close enough, right? My friend’s sister brought the family’s traditional jalapeño poppers. These weren’t the first time...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    September 8, 2019

Britain's left dangerous throwback

Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, to his credit, seized the initiative in the battle over whether Britain will truly exit the EU, and on what terms. But no one can know how this high-stakes gamble will turn out. Johnson just lost his slender...

 

Not proud of the current America

I am not proud to be an American right now. I’m ashamed of our politics in general, and of our national consumeristic identity that says if I want it and I can’t buy it then I’ll take it by force. I’m not without hope, though. Our history as...

 

California could learn from Kenya

In the early 1970s California was America’s Nirvana. It was a sunny, well-run, happy and free-spirited place of limitless opportunity where half the young people in Flyover Country wanted to move to, enjoy and spend the rest of their lives. At the...

 

Another viewpoint: Abuse should be made accountable

In the post-9/11 universe, airline passengers have no choice but to subject themselves and their belongings to screening by agents of the Transportation Security Administration. Sometimes that process is intrusive; sometimes it’s even worse than th...

 

Sandia students take 'marshmallow challenge'

Having heard about a unique learning experience at Sandia Elementary, I dropped by the school to speak with fourth-grade teachers Gina Rubio and Faith Calvin. Partially as a get-acquainted activity,...

 

Release of video about truth, transparency

When interim Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus released video from cameras worn by officers involved in yet another fatal shooting last month, he made clear how unusual it was that the video was public within 24 hours of the incident. “I would hope...

 

Glad to see space escape government

I admit it: I’ve always been a bit of a space geek. Or, would that be “space nerd?” Whatever the term, I love space flight, and am especially excited to see it beginning to escape the stagnant,...

 

NM lost out on leader in Patrón

Firearms and alcohol have always been a dangerous mix. Nowhere is that more evident than in the life and death of Don Juan Patrón. He was widely considered to be one of New Mexico’s most educated and popular Hispanics of his time. I had never...

 

Extend a hand of kindness to someone this week

My Uncle Jack Williamson called himself a “desperate optimist.” I always liked that term, that desire to keep a positive outlook even in grim circumstances. The older I get, the more I relate....

 

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