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Extension clubs offer community, fellowship

I first saw a flyer advertising the “Roosevelt County Homesteaders Club” more than a year ago, and I was intrigued. My curiosity heightened when I learned it was a group of mostly young women...

 

When Tucumcari hosted a celebrity bowler

Temperatures hovered near zero. Visibility was about the same. Actor Jimmy Stewart was flying the first plane he'd ever owned from Kansas City to Los Angeles when he had to set it down at Tucumcari....

 

Riding the bus can get a little out of control

I ride the bus to school and back, and it has a record for being the worst behaved bus in the school. I sit in the back with the “bad kids” because my best friend sits there. I do like sitting there. I have gotten in trouble several times on the...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    January 22, 2020 

New York has me rethinking assumptions

I spent the weekend in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in quite a while. I was performing at a theater conference and so was traveling alone, without my husband, Peter. New York intimidates me — as all big cities do. I am not a nervous...

 

A few biblical quotes can put a greeting in perspective

This was the greeting offered to me recently by a cherished (and dare I say?) old friend who is one of my respected predecessors in my present (for almost 35 years) pulpit: “Well, you got old, too....

 

Senator deserved more time behind bars

At least New Mexico state Sen. Richard Martinez was sentenced to jail time. But he got off too easy. This month, Martinez was sentenced to five days behind bars for his conviction, after a trial, for driving drunk and slamming into a car stopped at...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    January 22, 2020 

Good to occasionally consider 'what if'

Everyone would be smart to consider “what if?” — especially where their beliefs and assumptions are concerned. While it’s not healthy to dwell on it until the thought paralyzes you, “what if...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    January 22, 2020 

Census more than simple headcount

Buried beneath the hyper-political year we’re about to have is something else that will shape our future. It’s time once again for a U.S. Census count. The U.S. Constitution requires a count every 10 years. More than a simple headcount, all...

 

Police really are the good guys most of the time

Occasionally, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Recent allegations about local law enforcement officers stealing cash from criminal suspects is a good example. But as troubling as those incidents are, it’s encouraging to learn...

 

Hard to make a wager when you agree

I tried to make a wager with my friend for the 2020 Major League Baseball season and failed spectacularly. Turns out there’s no money to be won when your friend agrees with you. More on that non-wager later. Right now, everybody’s talking about b...

 

Impeachment bombshell just a dud

You’re excused if you didn’t hear about the latest impeachment “bombshell” that exploded in the media on Wednesday. Wednesday, after all, was a really crowded big-news day. It was the super-duper historic day when Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s...

 

Murkowski measure promising opportunity for self-reliance

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, deserves to be commended for taking on the growing keep-it-in-the-ground sentiment that’s hampering mining on public lands. As head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Murkowski decided to address a...

 

Governor's budget highlights contrast

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently released her budget to be considered by the Legislature in the upcoming 30-day session. As expected, there is a lot of new spending thanks to the continued growth...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 19, 2020

Bernie Sanders a clear and present danger to public welfare

The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success. Bernie Sanders is leading or near the top of most polls in the first two Democratic nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire. He could...

 

Imagination Library gift of reading for children

When I was a little kid, our mailbox was perched on a wobbly wooden stand a little over a quarter mile from our house. Then (as now), our mail was delivered three times each week. Most days...

 

A look back when nearly the entire police force quit

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Januarys past: • Jan. 7, 1941: “Bales and bales of hay” had been moved into Clovis’ Armory for members of two National Guard units staying there. “The...

 

I'll be performing in New York with a cowboy

I want to start out by making it clear I have nothing against cowboys. One of the new developments in my life is that I recently got a manager, Bob, to book performances of my writing. I’ve never had a manager before, so I didn’t know what to...

 

Growing more amazed with Father's power as we trust him

Well, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Oh? Sorry. I didn’t mean to touch a sore spot. I suppose nothing is a much sorer spot for humans than having to face the fact that we...

 

Good news - cancer rates on the decline

Cancer remains a dreaded diagnosis, but there’s heartening news. America is showing great progress against some of the most deadly forms of the disease, particularly lung cancer and the aggressive skin cancer melanoma. Researchers have reported...

 

Don't scare kids with political fears

I remember the panic I felt about tornado warnings as a child. It didn’t matter whether my family was in danger; I wasn’t informed enough to know whether we were. I didn’t understand that worry...

 

A lot on plate for legislative session

Here we are again, about to enter into the abyss of a 30-day legislative session. It’ll be one of the fun ones, when lawmakers will get to spend-spend-spend. It must be refreshing for legislators who, not so long ago, had to cut-cut-cut their way...

 

Region still making stars in pro rodeo

Eastern New Mexico and our Texas neighbors have produced some of the world’s greatest athletes. Hank Baskett (2006-2010) and Jerry Nuzum (1948-1951) played pro football. Bubba Jennings was a major college basketball star (Naismith Award winner in...

 

Closet audit got a little dusty this year

On Sunday, I found myself doing laundry that was probably three years overdue. Don’t worry, the shirt I’m wearing is laundered and smells quite fresh. My concern was with the clothing I hadn’t worn recently and had put into what we’ll call...

 

Democrats facing vital questions

With former housing secretary Julian Castro departed, the oversized Democratic presidential field reaches a critical point: More candidates have dropped out than remain in the race. But that still leaves 14 — a bulky ballot as the marathon moves...

 

Celebrating a century of the ACLU

Did you realize that Jan. 19 marks the 100th birthday of that indefatigable advocacy group the American Civil Liberties Union? People have a visceral reaction to the inescapable headlines about the ACLU; you either love it or hate it. (As in “Yay!...

 

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