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It's good to explore past the four walls you know

It’s a good thing when your world expands. When I was a child living at 125 N. Goliad St. in Amarillo, my world expanded one sidewalk at a time. My younger brother and I were great adventurers. His...

 

Lawmakers should take care with bills' wording

Three “tough-on-gun-crime” bills sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Rehm, a retired Bernalillo County Sheriff’s captain, and backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham deserve serious consideration by state lawmakers. House Bill 35 would increase the...

 

Democrats finally ready to fight

Last week marked a turning point in the already strained (an understatement) relations between Democrats and Republicans. After the Republicans in the Senate ignored the Democrats’ thorough...

 

Busy week leaves Trump on top

It started Sunday night with an exciting and hard-fought Super Bowl game, which I was happy to see end with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers. Then the next day came the Iowa caucus, aka the Democrat Party’s Iowa fiasco. For...

 

Bernie worst choice to run against Trump

What a dire scenario: A corrupt Republican president soaked in scandal wins re-election in part because dimwitted Democrats decide to nominate a small-state senator who’s way too left-wing for the American mainstream. But enough about how Richard N...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 9, 2020

Trial last act in 2016 election

And so 2016 finally draws to a close. It’s been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the date of the Iowa caucuses, to the Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump last week. It’s true that Nov. 6, 2016,...

 

Trump missed chance to make strong immigration statement

A triumphant but low-key President Trump took to center stage Tuesday night at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his third State of the Union address. The president had recently returned from maligned Iowa where, in the Republican caucus, he smothered his...

 

Took a virtual trip to Africa

The other day I traveled to Africa and talked to a teacher and his students in Kenya. Actually, this wonderful experience was thanks to a phenomenal fourth-grade teacher at Mesa Elementary, Silvia...

 

Special interests helping widen our divisions

A popular trope in the news these days is the idea of polarization: conservative and liberal; rural and urban; rich and poor. Writers and opinion leaders tell us that our communities have been irrevocably divided over politics, community and income....

 

'Red flag' laws violate human rights

New Mexico politicians are hopping on the “red flag law” bandwagon; scheming to commit wrong in the name of imagined “safety.” Red-flag legislation is all the rage, politically. I don’t...

 

Some good, easy-to-miss reporting

I’m mostly busy running my own newspaper these days, but I still have a weekly news service on the side. More than six years ago, I named it the Community News Exchange (CNEx) and have been running it ever since. These days, I mostly leave it in...

 

Catching up with the resilient Brittany Kanmore

A year after the accident that almost took Brittany Kanmore's life and landed her on many local prayer lists, I caught up with this resilient young woman over coffee to hear about how she's doing...

 

L as in Librado - builder of early Clovis

Newcomers to Clovis might misinterpret the name of L. Casillas Boulevard near the Lighthouse Mission as Las Casillas — as in The Casillas. That’s not far off. Librado Casillas was the Casillas who helped build Guadalupe parish, a mission of Sacre...

 

Partnership isn't about effort alone

I never really agreed with the whole “marriage is 50-50” thing. Thinking about it, I probably thought it meant that a marriage is an equal partnership, hence the 50-50. But something just...

 

Focus on Jesus to find genuine freedom, joy

A good many folks believe that if you do everything right, you might live to be well over 100. Two glaring presuppositions shine forth from this belief. One is that you actually might want to live to...

 

'Red flag' law won't make us any safer

Some New Mexico lawmakers are supporting a proposed “red flag” law they hope will protect us from crazy people. No, thank you. The idea that government can protect us from anything is crazy enough. Senate Bill 5 — which is being debated in the...

 

Haven't always had the best timing

Timing hasn’t always been my strength. Just ask Las Vegas. Two Mays ago, I was in Las Vegas. Not our Las Vegas, the one with lots of lights and tourist traps. A friend was getting married, and she wanted me to be there instead of sending a wedding...

 

Nothing new about policy differences

It doesn’t matter whether the impeachment trial of President Trump is already over by the time you read this, or it drags on for months. Two-thirds of the U.S. Senate is never going to find the president guilty of the House Democrats’ vague and...

 

The H-2B visa flawed, harmful to American workers

In what has become an annual display of businesses’ addiction to cheap labor, commerce leaders are lobbying the acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Chad Wolf, to increase the H-2B visa cap. The H-2B is a seasonal, temporary, nonagricu...

 

Letter to the editor - Feb. 2

We need to stand up to our representatives We the people are on the verge of being denied our civil rights. I refer to the circus playing out in our nation’s capital. I speak of our right to free speech, translated to mean freedom to have...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 2, 2020

New message: Old rules don't apply

The Democratic race is shaping up as most of the candidates expected at the outset, with the campaign appealing to the most fervent progressive wing of the party showing formidable strength. It’s just that Bernie Sanders is the one running that...

 

More info needed before giving raises

You can predict it like a Valley shower following a thunderstorm forming over the Jemez Mountains. When there’s a state budget surplus, teacher unions come begging for more money for teacher salaries. While they’re long on sob stories and...

 

Being forced to help not helping

I want you to hunger for liberty; to crave the freedom to do everything you have a right to do, even if you choose to not do it all. I want you to want liberty as much as I want it. I also want you to...

 

Watching political generation gap

In 1970, President Richard Nixon invited Johnny Cash to the White House. Nixon asked the country music star to sing “Welfare Cadillac,” a parody about a shiftless man who took his government checks to buy a luxurious car, and “Okie from...

 

Thinking big with HGTV Home Town contest

If you could make any changes to Portales, what pops into your mind? Maybe a movie theater in one of our empty buildings? A gazebo in City Park or on the courthouse square? A repurposing of the old Sa...

 

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