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RIP Capt. Dial: Your leadership will be missed

Longtime Clovis police Capt. Roger Dial died Friday following a battle with cancer. The following tribute was written by Kristi Sneed, a longtime family friend. Man, this has been a tough day. We are...

 

Not the Kevin Wilson you're looking for

“Hi Kevin Wilson, my name is Kevin Wilson. I believe I’ve been getting your email.” About a year ago I made that phone call. About two years ago I told you a portion of the story that would eventually lead to that phone call. It started as a...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    December 8, 2019 

Education reforms moving forward

Impeach! Impeach! Impeach! Removing Donald Trump from office before he can get re-elected is the only thing in Washington that Democrats and the national media really care about. But while Thelma Pelosi and Louise Nadler speed down their...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    December 8, 2019 

America's social vitality is faltering

The economy is in robust good health, but our social fabric isn’t. By two basic measures of social vitality, births and deaths, American society is faltering. Both the fertility rate and life expectancy are declining, in a sign that people feel...

 

Another viewpoint: Lottery director again after students' money

The gall, the nerve, the absolute impudence of New Mexico Lottery Authority Executive Director David Barden to ask the state Legislative Finance Committee to consider cutting Lottery Scholarships so that Barden can increase prizes. It really should...

 

Credit unions focus on need, not profit

As part of a community financial institution that has been committed to Roosevelt and Curry counties for 63 years, I was shocked to read that a local banker is attacking credit unions in The Eastern New Mexico News. (Kent Carruthers’ guest column...

 

Non-confidential info in shooting should be released

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales is either determined to cover up the actions of his department in the tragic shooting death of Elisha Lucero as long as he possibly can — or maybe he’s just a really slow learner. Lucero, a 28-year-old...

 

Still a sentimental fan of holidays

It’s the holiday season. This is the time of year when people can celebrate — or not — however they like. It’s also when those who feel they are better than you and assume the moral authority...

 

Got to know a good soul years back

In my formative years, I worked for the Appalachia Service Project, a home repair ministry affiliated with the United Methodist Church. We went into the poorest areas of Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee and used donated money, supplies and volunteers...

 

'Dog day' magical experience for students

Vicki Guiffre is a fifth-grade teacher at Parkview Elementary, who recently shared an interesting story. A year ago, she bought a Great Pyrenees puppy for the family. Knowing she would need some help...

 

Days ahead full of seasonal events

When Thanksgiving happens on its latest possible date — as it did this year — it feels as if we are plunged headfirst into the deep end of the Christmas pool almost before the turkey has been...

 

A look back at Decembers past

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Decembers past: • Dec. 1, 1971: Tucumcari District Attorney Vic Breen was shot to death outside his home by a mental patient Breen helped commit to the state...

 

Both cats and dogs have their good points

I love cats and dogs. I know there are people who prefer one animal over another. No one knows for sure why that’s the case. I am more of a cat person and I don’t know why. I have two dogs and yet I prefer cats a little more. This doesn’t make...

 

Nice to know I'm headed in the right direction

My husband Peter and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun,” Peter told me, as he read. “Death at sea?” I asked. “No, the part before...

 

This year's odd calendar comes with a fine lesson

For just a moment, ponder this year’s calendar. You’ve already noticed, I’m sure, that it is playing tricks on us this time around. Thanksgiving and the turkey, dragging their heels, showed up...

 

About a million wishes for the holiday season

I have about a million wishes for this holiday season. Big ones and small ones. As I watch Christmas movies filled with sugar plum fairies and dancing snowflakes, I wish I didn’t fail out of ballet...

 

NM needs to prepare care for aging population

The fastest-growing population in New Mexico by age are those 65 and older. There was no growth for those age 18 to 64, according to census figures, and a decline for those 17 and younger. And, the trend is expected to continue in the coming...

 

Everyone's a beginner sometime

Everybody who is a professional at something was once a beginner. And everybody who is a beginner was once a person who had no idea the thing they were beginning even existed. I was in the latter category until a few weeks ago, poring over some...

 

Green Act is shamelessly greedy

In a mad dash to expand all their favorite “green” cash grabs before the end of the year, House Democrats have published their most bloated smash and grab yet. They call it the Green Act, but a better name might be the Greed Act. The bill...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    December 1, 2019

Thanksgiving a holiday that calls us home

According to progressive websites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to arguing with your right-wing uncle. According to advertisements, it’s the day before Black Friday. In reality, it is a most American holiday. It dates from before the...

 

Another viewpoint: Bloomberg apology one of convenience

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg suddenly feels regret — just in time for his run for president. As mayor of New York for 12 years, Bloomberg oversaw an aggressive, tough on crime, stop-and-frisk policy that disproportionately targeted African...

 

Still a little cynical about Frosty

Maybe it’s because my first viewing of “Rudolph” occurred when I was 4 years old and my first viewing of “Frosty the Snowman” happened when I was a worldly wise 9-year-old, but I’ve always been extra cynical about Frosty. The animated TV...

 

Thankful 'for everything and to everyone'

My Dad, Hector Jesus Leal, grew up during the Depression in abject poverty in the small town of Mercedes in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He narrowly escaped death at least three times - once when h...

 

Fire of Wildcat pride has been reignited

The recent build-up of excitement and anticipation for the semifinal playoff game our CHS Wildcat football team played last Friday has been riveting. The idea we’d made it this far was thrilling....

 

Let's vow to be mindful of others this holiday season

We’ve seen thousands of sad stories in our time, but the case of a man found in his North Texas apartment three years after his death ranks right up there as one of the saddest. Ronald Wayne White, believed to be a Navy vet working as a defense...

 

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