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Public outrage inspires Clovis to get creative

Of course you can fight City Hall. Clovis residents proved last week you can even win, sometimes. OK, let’s call it a moral victory. City commissioners, no doubt alarmed at the community outrage over another tax increase, came up with a plan...

 

New bowl made way into my life

I wouldn’t consider myself a pottery collector. I’ll more likely be in an actual barn than a Pottery Barn, and I’m never in barns. But when I do get pottery, it tends to make a mark. When my friend Adrian screwed up in art class, he gave me...

 

We need more people able to adopt

If you’re a young child trapped in our infamous foster care system, your future is bleak. It’s likely that you’ll bounce around to more than a dozen foster homes until you “age out” at 18 and are allowed to live on your own. Then, within...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Voices    November 10, 2019 

Biden is the safe pick and likely to win nomination

Joe Biden is going to win the Democratic nomination for president. I wouldn’t run to your bookie with this information. My track record is spotty, at best. But I’ll be shocked if I’m wrong and I’ll have plenty of company, including many Democ...

 

Another viewpoint: Gang violence has no easy solution

President Donald Trump’s response to the massacre in Sonora, Mexico, of three women and six children at the hands of suspected drug cartel thugs was all too typical. He took to Twitter — and offered to send U.S. troops across the border to set...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    November 10, 2019 

Appealing to nationalism a politically necessary strategy

If there’s one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it’s that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent...

 

NMSI roll-out critical for students' futures

You may have read about last week’s National Math & Science Initiative kick-off at the CHS Lecture Hall with important district, state, and national visitors in attendance. NMSI — pronounced “nim-see” — is a unique organization providing...

 

Much to learn from raid that killed ISIS leader

There is much to say about the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and even more to learn. Begin with congratulations to the unknown military and intelligence personnel who pulled it off. The skill and bravery of the planners...

 

Take the time to pick up trash

I’m always in favor of cleaning up litter, so Clovis’ semi-annual Trek for Trash last weekend seems like a good idea. A useful task made into a party. An even better idea is to not wait until some...

 

Impeachment won't quell divisions

You don’t have to go back 50 years to have lived through three of the four impeachment inquiries that have taken place in all of America’s history. Richard Milhous Nixon was facing three articles of impeachment when he resigned in 1974, then 25 y...

 

Grateful to these veterans and all who've served

When you put Portales old-timers Joe Blair and Jim Warnica together in the same room, it doesn't take long for the stories to start flying. The two have been buddies since "first or second grade,"...

 

Big and small towns each have their advantages

This is a comparison of living in a big city vs. a small city. I used to live in Sacramento, Calif., then I moved to Clovis. The cons of a big city are the traffic and crime. It was always crowded in Sacramento, anytime of the day, no matter what. An...

 

Spending time abroad opens my eyes

My husband Peter and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky, but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way. Whenever I spend time in another...

 

Jesus' sacrifice paid in full

I cannot imagine why we put up with it. I’m thinking about the sick state of healthcare in America. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been to Third World countries and seen misery and need. I’m...

 

Grateful I grew up before social media

I’m glad I grew up in a time before social media. A lot of my “stupid people tricks” happened outside the scope of cell phones or easy-access cameras. While these stunts may be remembered by...

 

President Trump deserves credit in al-Baghdadi raid

One mark of how far we have fallen into the politics of division is the blowback the White House has experienced after the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Now let’s first stipulate that no one on this side of civilized society would seriously argu...

 

Clovis' Rizzo could really hit

Today is a good day to remember former Clovis Pioneers second baseman Phil Rizzo. Stay with me here. Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo is front and center in the baseball world. That’s because of his old-school approach as an...

 

Monopolies bad for energy consumers

Tens of thousands of acres scorched by unstoppable wildfires. Thousands of people evacuated from their homes near San Francisco and Los Angeles. Electricity shut off to millions to prevent hurricane-strength Santa Ana winds from downing transmission...

 

Wars shouldn't be a struggle between ourselves

The words weren’t aimed directly at me, but I was recently flummoxed by an unexpected undercurrent of animosity. In an online post, a military veteran refused to confine his anger to people who spit on veterans or ignore veterans. He vented about...

 

Letter to the editor - Nov. 3

Tax increase not a solution Regarding Clovis’ critical water situation: Our city commissioners are correct. We have a problem. But they are going about it the wrong way if they increase our property taxes. They are forcing it down our throats. A...

 

Another viewpoint: Ethics prosecutions awfully partisan

One of the funnest things about living in New Mexico is keeping up with the scandals perpetrated by our elected officials. It’s not just a state: it’s an ongoing Judge Judy episode. According to the Coalition for Integrity (C4I), New Mexico...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    November 3, 2019

Trump's removal wouldn't be fresh start for GOP

Republican senators will soon be receiving an invitation to tear apart the GOP ahead of the 2020 elections, and they are going to decline to accept it. It’s a trope of pro-impeachment commentary that it should be simple for Republican senators to s...

 

Season brings holiday enjoyment

Whether we’re talking about fall festivals or Halloween, this is the season that launches us — with glorious color — into winter. This season brings with it some unique activities: from...

 

Story a warning about phones and driving

Joseph Baca sounds like a regular guy doing an average job driving a cement truck. Jesse Hawkins served his country as a Marine before going to work for Lockheed Martin. Their paths tragically crossed on Dec. 4, 2013, in a cruel — but avoidable...

 

Can you afford the water ransom?

A tax increase for Clovis’ near-mythical water project has been recommended. This illustrates one danger of allowing government to control access to water. To propose a tax is to admit failure. They...

 

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