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 By Rob Langrell    Voices    July 29, 2018

Vendors buzzing at farmers markets

I received a crash course in beekeeping last week. Firstly, I had no idea there are hives located at residences right in the heart of the city of Clovis. Little-known fact No. 2 — at least to me... Full story

 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 27, 2018

God greater than any life-changing event

Corrie Ten Boom, the Holocaust survivor that proclaimed her profound faith in God, said: “If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God...


Words can sting, delight, fly to heights of beauty

Thingamajig. Doohickey. Dillybob. Whatsit. Those are, of course, all words we use to refer to things for which we are unsure of the actual word, if there is one, for the thingamajig in question....

 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 25, 2018

Good to treat enemies as humans

The political left, and much of the political right, keeps putting me in an uncomfortable position where I almost feel the need to defend President Trump. Almost. It’s not a position I enjoy. I see... Full story


Abusive airport screeners not above the law

Most Americans are far likelier to be searched by an agent of the Transportation Security Administration than by an FBI agent. But according to a federal appeals court, if an FBI agent violates your rights you can file a lawsuit. If you’re...


From cow tanks to city pools - kids gotta get wet

Country kids, like I was, have pretty low standards when it comes for a place to swim on a hot summer day. Our earliest “swimming hole” was a low spot about a quarter mile south of our house in... Full story


Texas' pink kitty needs attention from lawmakers

There’s a not-so-new self-defense weapon that needs its own defenders in Texas. And you can count us in. That’s because it’s pretty clear that Texas law discriminates against the pink kitty key chain, especially popular among women who carry... Full story

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 22, 2018

Day in the life: Sellin' stuff, tellin' stories

Garage sales have replaced barbershops for visiting. After recently digging through closets, cabinets and outside storage for one, I gathered enough stuff to help put Sears out of business. Neighbors...

 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 22, 2018

Robert Lumpkin was dedicated public servant

TUCUMCARI — Robert Lumpkin’s persistent Oklahoma drawl echoed in Tucumcari City Council chambers for a dozen years and in the halls of public service for many more. That voice has been silenced....


'Trendy,' by its very nature, never lasts

“Trendy” never lasts. Whether you’re talking about clothing and hair styles, the latest instructional “cure-all” in education, technological whiz-bang devices, automobiles (think Pacers and...

 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 20, 2018

Like sunflowers, humans need the Son to thrive

What happens when we lose our focus? If we lose our focus on our jobs, we become less productive. If we lose our focus on our family, we see relationships deteriorate. When we lose our focus on...

 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 18, 2018

No virtue in upholding bad laws

It’s more important to do the right thing than to obey laws, and it’s wrong to obey laws that violate life, liberty, or property. Even if you agree with them or believe they are necessary. When...


Flag exhibit move stifles free speech

Last week’s decision by University of Kansas officials to move a flag-based art exhibit was made hastily under political pressure, and it reflects a betrayal of the university’s mission to promote learning and debate. A flag spotted with black...


Debby Cannon did more than 'just a job'

When word got out this spring that Debby Cannon was going to hang up her apron after more than 40 years as the head cook for the Elida school system, a few of her friends contacted me and suggested...


Senate owes public probing, but civil review of jurist

Aside from the prime-time hype and prolonged standing ovation, President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Monday evening was a sober and dignified occasion worthy of our nation’s highest court and highest offic...

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 15, 2018

Levelland can throw a hardy party

Since Clovis and Portales sometimes fall short of July 4 fundraising goals, they could take a page from Levelland, Texas — a Portales-size town 30 miles southwest of Lubbock. In Levelland ...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    July 15, 2018

Daily TV listings to replace 'Just TV' product

We’ve made a few modifications here at The Eastern New Mexico News. Some of the changes may have already been noticed; others will take effect next Sunday. I’m here to pass along our rationale... Full story

 By Dawn Bilbrey    Voices    July 15, 2018

Let's keep the school testing system

I'm a mom and a teacher and I think we should keep PARCC This month our state's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers results were released and, with them, a flurry of... Full story

 By David Stevens    Voices    July 15, 2018

Ida Jackson - 'Always something positive'

CLOVIS — Bruce Pollard was in third or fourth grade when he first remembers Ida Jackson, one of his school's teachers. "She called everybody 'Baby,' or 'Sugar,'" he said. "It was always something... Full story


A home renovation is easier than a soul upgrade

It was a joy last week to finally come out of the closet. Well, perhaps I’d better rephrase that lest you get the wrong idea. And, to be completely accurate, I probably should say “out of the clos...

 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 13, 2018

Giving generously is a privilege

This last week I was reading an article in Psychology Today about giving. The name of the article was “Well Being and Giving” by Steve Taylor. This is what the writer wrote: “If anything, it...


OMI notification system in need of revamping

A year ago, the state Office of the Medical Investigator issued an apology for waiting five months to notify family members that their loved one had died. “The OMI system failed,” the agency acknowledged at the time. Sadly, that wasn’t an...

 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 11, 2018

Gun safety essential to gun rights

Gun rights, like all natural human rights, are a foundation of a functional society. And every right comes with an equally important responsibility. You must handle and use your gun so that you...


Local towns filled with treasures

I wish I had crossed paths in person with Father Stanley Crocchiola, the history-loving priest I wrote about two weeks ago. While he was the first to admit that he lacked both the time and resources...


Art of gentle persuasion lost; divisions deep

Recall during the 2016 presidential campaign when protesters began heckling and interrupting candidate Donald Trump wherever he spoke. Instead of shutting Trump up, they caused him to double down on insulting public rhetoric. In fact, Trump told his...


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