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Faith: New washer, dryer a display of unending love

A brand new washer and dryer. That’s what, as the fervor and devotion of 46 years of marital bliss burst into full flower, radiant color, and indescribable beauty — such that... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Dems still have issues to contain

Forget what the polls say. President Biden is getting things done. Some on the left say his accomplishments are too little too late, while others on the right cry socialism and foul play. But let the record show that, so far,... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: The other side isn't what's evil

It’s popular to paint the other political side as evil. The people probably aren’t, but their ideas and actions may be. Remember — you are “the other side” to them. Evil... — Updated 11/16/2021


Opinion: Plastic waste a disaster to environment

COVID-19 is a plague on humanity, but it hasn’t been that kind to the planet either. Our efforts to avoid infection led to an unavoidable increase in single-use plastic. Just how much more we are only now starting to grasp. This... — Updated 11/16/2021


Staff, schools rising to meet new challenges

Although none of us would like to repeat 2020, we did gain some valuable skills in having to learn how to effectively function in a variety of new ways, both in face-to-face... — Updated 11/16/2021


Play may not be your cup of tea, but more on way

Without a doubt, one of the most entertaining things I did in the last year was serving as a member of the “season selection committee” for Eastern New Mexico University’s... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: 'Peaceful persuasion' best way to change hearts and minds

Whether you call it the “Capitol protest,” the “insurrection” or the “riot,” it seems those who entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 are deservedly and appropriately being punished for their actions. Most of those... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: White privilege a lot to be confident in

She slammed down her white privilege like you’d slam down an American Express black card. Which is to say, with supreme confidence. Two months after posting video of herself in... — Updated 11/13/2021

 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: State needs solid plan for federal money

Worried that federal spending was getting out of control, Sen. Everett Dirksen warned in 1973 that “a billion here, and a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” Dirksen’s quote seems quaint these d... — Updated 11/13/2021


Opinion: I applaud judge for making an unpopular decision

I speak four languages fluently, read a fifth and am learning a sixth. I taught Spanish, French and Italian, and use all three languages on a daily basis in my immigration practice.... — Updated 11/13/2021

 By Steve Pearce    Voices

Opinion: 'Green dream' an economic nightmare

While Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was in Scotland touting the need to address climate change, President Joe Biden, at the recent G-20, pleaded with other nations to increase their oil production to lower the price of gasoline.... — Updated 11/13/2021

 By Rube Render    Voices

Opinion: Census is inaccurate by nature

I first began to suspect that everything I was told about the census was bogus several years ago when the Census Bureau continued to undercount the homeless. At least it claimed to... — Updated 11/13/2021


Editorial: Raising minimum wage won't solve worker shortage

There are more than 10 million job openings in America right now. The worker shortage is contributing to goods shortages, rising prices and supply network problems. One solution often proposed now is to raise the minimum wage, but... — Updated 11/9/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

McManigal: U.S. Capitol belongs to people

Pretending the Jan. 6 demonstration was an insurrection is silly. An “insurrection,” which didn’t seek to topple any government, which was in support of the sitting... — Updated 11/9/2021


McDonald: NM major attraction to investors

The port city of Glasgow in southern Scotland is a happening place right now. So much so that even the governor of a small state feels she must be there. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham went to Glasgow for the first week of the United... — Updated 11/9/2021

 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Social studies standards about critical thinking

A great nation is able to teach its history honestly, celebrating its triumphs and correcting its mistakes. That’s what the New Mexico Public Education Department is trying to accomplish with its proposed revision to the social... — Updated 11/6/2021


Opinion: Pope needs to draw the line on abortion

Anyone who was expecting Pope “abortion is murder” Francis to criticize Joe “abortion is health care” Biden was either naïve, or sorely disappointed last week when the two... — Updated 11/6/2021

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Kids are fine - worry about the adults

Maybe white students deserve more credit than they get. Maybe — apologies to The Who — the kids are all right. Leo Glaze seems to think so, based on a tweet I chanced upon... — Updated 11/6/2021

 By Howie Morales    Voices

Opinion: Social studies standards an improvement

Our state is on the verge of a long overdue update to our schools’ social studies standards, and it has some New Mexicans needlessly worried. The proposed new standards are posted on the Public Education Department website for... — Updated 11/6/2021

 By Rube Render    Voices

Opinion: President is a sheep among lions

At a recent CNN Town Hall, featuring President Joe Biden, hosted by Anderson Cooper, the following exchange took place between a questioner, the president and Cooper: Q: China just... — Updated 11/6/2021

 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: The songs about us include our dreams, and some laughter

The question posed on social media seemed simple enough: What’s the best song ever written that has a connection to eastern New Mexico? Clearly, there is no correct answer. The exercise, however, did reveal an astonishing number... — Updated 11/6/2021


Opinion: Banning books will only raise interest in them

We’d like to thank Texas Republican state Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth for launching an inquiry into the books lining the shelves of public schools across Texas. No, really. Thank you. Sometimes we forget what it’s like to... — Updated 11/2/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Supply chain is government problem

I hate to sound like a parrot repeating the only phrase he knows until everyone is sick of hearing him. Even though it’s true. Squawk! Government is the problem. If you’ve seen... — Updated 11/2/2021


Fun-filled Halloween at Arts Academy

On Friday, there were pumpkins, jack-O’-Lanterns, corn shucks, costumes, candy, cupcakes, and much more abounding across the district, celebrating Halloween since it fell on the w... — Updated 11/2/2021


Project aims to restore veterans' gravesites

Blame it on some hot summer days. Blame it on COVID. Blame it on the fact that, as Nancy Dunson said, her husband Randy "didn't have a project at the time, and he needs a project."... — Updated 11/2/2021


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