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Letter to the editor - July 5

'Great American pastime' should be played by Americans Stop by my house on just about any given evening and you’re apt to step right into the middle of a televised baseball game. That’s not to say we’re baseball fanatics, but we really enjoy wa...

 

Pot changes could do some bipartisan good

The recently released list of Texas Republicans’ biggest legislative priorities was largely expected — except for that surprising bit about weed. Decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana and improving medical marijuana guidelines finally made i...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 4, 2018

Put independence back in the day

What does Independence Day mean to you? To me, Independence Day has morphed into the most tragic of holidays. Its original meaning has been completely lost; turned on its head. The way it is most comm...

 

Retired postal worker enjoying more of life

Bobby Roybal said he was about eight years old when his mother, Helen, taught him to play a “G” chord on a guitar. Two chords later, he was playing his first song, “You Are My Sunshine,” and...

 

Leaders need to concentrate on fiscal issues

Moody’s Investor Service downgraded New Mexico’s credit rating last month, sounding an alarm on the fiscal health of our state and its pension funds. The downgrade — from AA1 to AA2 rating — means our state will get less bang for its buck on...

 
 By Wendel J. Sloan    Voices    July 1, 2018

Not riding away for good yet

Saturday was my final day at Eastern New Mexico University. Although I retired from full-time employment as media relations director on June 30, 2017, I have worked since on a one-year, quarter-time contract as a “feature writer.” I chose my...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    July 1, 2018

Shootings anywhere should hit hard

If I need a friend to call or text, all I need to do is cook a complicated lunch. Only when I need to take Pot A down to medium high, Pot B off the heat altogether and add one-third of Mixing Bowl 2 to Mixing Bowl 1 will that message come. Like...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 1, 2018

'Dad' moments still take me by surprise

Onion rings did me in. Sitting in a local eatery, I skimmed over onion rings on the menu, and flashed to my dad. Cue the waterworks. I am not sure which was more difficult, trying to keep the tears...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 29, 2018

Forget the trivial - live with joy

Last week, a quote by D.L. Moody, the old preacher, popped up on daily quotes on my cell phone. Moody said: “The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.” Some...

 

God chuckles and says, "Time for bed, child"

When I learned that CBS’ 60 Minutes news program was doing a story on sleep, I was interested. Sleeping is one thing I’ve always been very good at. But if anyone has pointers to help my technique...

 

Huntington was right about 'white nativists'

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who led the short-lived national embarrassment that was President Donald Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity, suffered his own dual major embarrassment last week: A federal judge threw out a 2013 Kansas...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 27, 2018

Drug prohibition won't end abuse

One of the latest excuses for more government interference in your life is the “opioid crisis.” Yes, people abuse drugs, including opioids. This is nothing new; they have done so for centuries....

 

So much history in our towns

If you have even a passing interest in New Mexico history, odds are you have at some point encountered the F. Stanley books — dozens of slim softbound volumes that tell the stories of some of our...

 

Native Justify jockey worked for his success

New Mexico native Mike Smith rode Justify into the history books on June 9, capturing the coveted Triple Crown with a victory in the Belmont Stakes. Justify became just the 13th horse since 1919 to earn the Triple Crown — victories in one year by...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 24, 2018

Skin one of body's busiest parts

Purchased for a quarter at the last Portales Public Library book sale, my book-of-the-month summary for June is “How the Body Works: 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Miracle of the Human...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 24, 2018

Near to Twitter famous good for me

In this small patch of New Mexico, I’m probably better known than the average person. It’s a tiny, tiny bit of fame, and not much fortune, but I’ve never had an issue with that. Being Twitter famous? That’s a different story. I’ve had a Twi...

 

Some advice: Take a break before you react

I’ve been enjoying reading a fine book by Alan Jacobs, a professor in the honors program at Baylor University. When I tell you the title of the book, you’ll likely smile and tell me that, obviousl...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 22, 2018

Keep it real by following Jesus' teachings

During one of Billy Graham’s meetings in England many years ago, his wife Ruth Graham had joined him. On that particular day, the local dignitaries had arranged for a luncheon and many of the...

 

Thank Sessions for unwittingly aiding pot effort

Good job, Jeff Sessions. It seems the attorney general’s misguided attempts to revive the unpopular and unjust federal war on marijuana may be having the exact opposite effect — prompting a new bipartisan effort in Congress to allow states to...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 20, 2018

Libertarian criticisms miss mark

Recently, I read a rant describing libertarianism in unlibertarian ways. This is normal. I’ve never seen a criticism of libertarianism that hit the mark. The point is usually that libertarians are...

 

Medicare, Social Security systems need fixing now

When we’re old and sick and poor, we might be forced to keep warm by burning all the government reports that we ignored, warning us that Social Security and Medicare are running out of money; the latest such report was issued this month. According...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 17, 2018

Praises to The King of Himself

Here is my latest sermon to butter up my flock at The Podcast Church for Couch Potatoes — where I am the Minister of Defense Against Little White Lies and Great Big Whoppers. To avoid interfering...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 17, 2018

Overcome shifts; don't outlaw them

Life has unwritten rules. Always double down on 11. Never cross the streams. You can’t date your friend’s sibling unless you’re considering marriage. When it comes to baseball, I usually think unwritten rules exist because they’re too stupid... Full story

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 15, 2018

Children should be treated with love, respect

I have told this story before, but I think it warrants a rerun. I was in the grocery store one day several years ago and my heart was sad as I observed a mother and father shopping with their three ch...

 

Life is never really one's own possession

In the last couple of weeks, two famous people whose names I barely knew took their own lives, and so both departures have been in the news. In fact, I knew one name not at all; fashion designers and...

 

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