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I'll stick with mail I actually ask for

One of my favorite cartoons about our changing communication features two series of panels. The first series, marked “20 years ago,” shows a person fed up with the mountain of letters that were in the mailbox. They get to the computer, and their...

 

World has lost a quality writer

Russell Baker, who died on Jan. 21 at age 93, has joined the likes of Mike Royko, Jimmy Breslin and Art Buchwald in the special part of heaven reserved for those who could make millions laugh on...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 3, 2019

'Assimilation' backlash an overreaction

The worst thought crime is the one you don’t realize you’re committing. So it was with NBC News legend Tom Brokaw, who — for good reason — didn’t understand that assimilation is now a third rail of American politics. He caused a furor with...

 

Another viewpoint: Gun range case Second Amendment test for court

It was once called “the lost amendment,” because the Supreme Court was almost completely silent on its meaning and because it seemed to have scant effect. But the Second Amendment made a spectacular comeback in 2008, when the court struck down a...

 

Funding increase too much to ask from constituents

On Jan. 17, with just over two weeks on the job, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that she needed around $1.2 million more from taxpayers to run her office. Specifically, to enable her to formulate and implement her “bold, aggressive...

 

There's no way to know everything

It’s a bitter pill to swallow, and one many people can’t accept, but you and I can never know everything. This means if you want to act politically, you’ll come from a place of ignorance whether...

 

NFL one more big business entity

I’m done with the NFL. At least for this season. If I were a man of higher principles, I’d be done with it for good. The New Orleans loss to the Rams was the straw that broke my back. To essentially end a great season with such a blatant penalty...

 

Groups sharing wind knowledge

One of our long-term and ongoing goals is to develop ways to actively engage our secondary students as we prepare them for the workplace. One of our strategies is to partner with community...

 

Homecoming takes me back to chicken wire and napkins

With basketball season in full swing, it’s also homecoming time for a number of local schools. Dora and Melrose welcome alumni home Friday; Elida follows on Feb. 8. When I hear the word...

 

Faith: God's 'mercies are new every morning'

What a sweet morning I’ve just experienced. And this from a person not in the habit of gushing about mornings. A “morning person,” I am not. The preceding sentence is just a fact. No moral...

 

Minimum-wage bill 'a little much,' but state winning fight

The concept seems so ... un-American. Government can decide how much a Mom and Pop shop has to pay its employees? That has to be unconstitutional, doesn’t it? But just as we’ve allowed government...

 

Yogi-isms worth hearing these days

There are a lot of historical figures that have left their mark on the world. For me, Gandhi, M.L. King, Jesus, Abe Lincoln, and Peter Lawrence “Yogi” Berra are such people. Berra, a Hall of Fame baseball player, went to 13 World Series as a...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 27, 2019

One thing for sure: It's the MAGA hat

The fundamental offense of the Covington Catholic High School kids wasn’t so much allegedly mobbing, mocking or getting in the face of an American Indian drummer at the Lincoln Memorial. It was wearing red Make America Great Again hats. That was...

 

Another viewpoint: Money in classroom key to education reform

As Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Legislature consider a package of bills to transform New Mexico’s public schools, Think New Mexico urges them to include House Bill 77. HB77 will make sure a greater proportion of New Mexico’s education...

 

Game's result was never guaranteed

In a lifetime of watching them and nearly 20 years of covering them, I’ve learned three undeniable truths about sports: n We often take them far more seriously than we should. n We assign high importance and low importance to events that are often...

 

Two women cut from the same cloth

Two years apart — almost to the day — eastern New Mexico lost two women who might well be the last of their breed. Marie Roberson of Portales died Jan. 14 at age 91; Tillie Shaw of Clovis passed o...

 

'Deep state' isn't what you think

You’ve probably been hearing about the “deep state” recently, with some pundits saying it’s a danger and others saying it doesn’t even exist. It’s real, but it’s not the conspiracy...

 

Time to keep an eye on the Dems

The last time New Mexico was in this situation, Bill Richardson had just been elected governor. It was 2003 and Richardson, a former congressman and high-ranking official in the Clinton administration, had just won election with about 56 percent of...

 

Pending bill would shield false accusers

Once again, well-intentioned legislation in the Roundhouse is being touted as a way to protect the identities of sexual assault victims. In reality, it’s a way to circumvent due process and shield those who would make false accusations. Senate...

 

Letter to the editor - Jan. 23

Solution to lower drug prices is already there Technically speaking, the solution to lower drug prices is about as complicated as figuring out 2 plus 2 equals 4 not 3 or 5. The big road block to the simple solution is $$$$$$$$$. The interests that...

 

Museum takes a look at all aspects of military life

As a full-time federal employee, wife, mother, and daughter, I had enough going on in my life in 2011 when, somewhat spontaneously, I came up with an idea to start a museum dedicated to military families. At that time, my son was deployed to Iraq...

 

Another viewpoint: Biases blew Kentucky student's actions out of proportion

It’s worth thinking about the rush to harshly condemn a Kentucky high school student on the basis of some cellphone images and his red MAGA hat. The episode, which has produced threats of violence, is both a sign — and a cause — of our...

 

Faith: Children could take better shot at leading government

As I write, it is Day 31 of the longest government shutdown in the history of our nation. I tend to think that a much longer, much more permanent, shutdown of a good many regulation-spawning...

 

Look out, citizens: NM's Legislature is back in session

Longtime state Sen. Stuart Ingle, the Republican from Portales, reminds us as often as he has the opportunity: We’re never safe when the Legislature’s in session. That’s never been more true...

 

An extra Our People for your time

I’ve written plenty of stories for the Eastern New Mexico News, and sometimes the “Our People” segment. I’m going to do one on myself today. Why? I thought it would be fun, and David Stevens beat me to the column I was planning to write. So...

 

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