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Not having Joe Blair around will take getting used to

Even though I knew better, I thought Joe Blair was going to live forever. Last Thursday, he proved me wrong. It's going to take some getting used to. Like many of you who knew and loved this icon of...

 

1918 flu pandemic shut down Clovis

Myrtle Gurley was the first to die, on Oct. 7, 1918. She left two small children and a husband. Ten days later, Clovis’ number of influenza deaths had swelled to 23. “This is by no means whatsoever a large death rate, considering the hundreds of...

 

Coronavirus threat, too, shall pass

Truth be told, this week’s article presents a bit of a challenge. Our general mission is to share examples of innovative and wonderfully creative educational happenings in classrooms across our...

 

Even without virus, life breezes on by

I must begin this column with an apology and a plea for your patience. This is third column, in as many weeks, in which I mention the coronavirus. Witless, I know. But terror drives people to...

 

Policy debate crucial for voters to engage in

In building his own presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s vice president has made a subtle but important bet. Yes, Joe Biden has embraced ideas of the left that might have been too far of a reach for a general election voter not all that long ago....

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    March 15, 2020

Libel standard should stay in place

In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a gift to the idea of freedom of expression with its ruling in the New York Times v. Sullivan case. It is important to point out that the case could just...

 

Real virus threat the political left

There’s a virus threatening the health of America, all right. But it’s not new, not from a foreign country and it’s not the coronavirus. The virus Americans need to fear the most today is the political left. The Pelosi-Schumer Democrats and the...

 

Coronavirus test issues not Trump's fault

After years of Russia, Russia, Russia and a few months of Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, we now have another bunch of foreigners interfering in our presidential election. The difference is the Opposition Media welcomes this interference because of the...

 
 By Dick Polman    Voices    March 15, 2020

Trump address incoherent, incorrect

I’ve been reading Erik Larson’s new book, “The Splendid and the Vile,” which chronicles the first year of Winston Churchill’s wartime stint as prime minister. He was a gifted rhetorician who used the power of words to move a nation. He...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 15, 2020

Coronavirus should spur Trump to action

A foreign threat, emanating from China and requiring border controls and the exercise of government power to protect Americans, has arrived in the United States. Yet President Donald Trump spent the initial weeks minimizing the threat and talking of...

 

March month to celebrate reading

Back in 1998, the National Education Association launched an event called “Read Across America,” which has become “the nation’s largest celebration of reading,” according to its website. Few...

 

Changes need to be made to primary system

Being a voter in New Mexico during the presidential primary election is a little like being a Cleveland Browns fan during the Super Bowl. It’s interesting to watch, but it would be a lot more fun if we could participate. By the time we vote in...

 

Don't need rescue from everything

I’m surprised at how seriously people are taking the coronavirus. I’m even more surprised at how many believe government can save them from it, or that it’s even government’s job to do so....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 11, 2020

Law could damage public access

The governor gives and the governor takes away. For transparency advocates at least, that’s what it felt like last week when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law two bills related to government transparency. Let’s start with Senate Bill 64...

 

Might have a few too many clocks in my life

I was thinking about clocks last weekend as I stumbled through my house resetting all the timepieces in compliance with daylight saving time. Even though we are annually admonished to “spring...

 

A look at a handful of local legends

Langdon Skarda was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was also an attorney, farmer, rancher and banker with wide-ranging hobby interests. Skarda lived most of his life in Clovis, having been born in the city on Feb. 8,...

 

When God needed miraculous measures, he sent his son

Oops! I doubt he cares, but it looks like a billionaire toy maker for cool kids just got himself into a bit of a bind. (He makes high-priced and over-hyped electric cars — he can keep those, as far...

 

Election reminder: Most citizens don't vote for anybody

The best words spoken by a candidate during the municipal elections in Clovis came from the city’s new mayor, Mike Morris. “I won with about 34 percent of the vote,” Morris told The News Editor Kevin Wilson. “Most of the citizens didn’t...

 

Hansen: Give credit where due, event to Trump

Well, President Trump’s first reaction to the Center for Disease Control’s announcement two weeks ago that a coronavirus epidemic was nearly inevitable was his usual stamping of feet. He denied facts that disagreed with his gut, which is...

 

Purcell: Candidates losing sense of humor

At least Michael Bloomberg gave it a try. Having done poorly in a prior debate, he joked during the Charleston, South Carolina, debate that he was surprised the other candidates showed up — because he “did such a good job beating them last...

 

Lowry: Sanders test of American religiosity, resistance to socialism

Once upon a time, Bernie Sanders would have had another political vulnerability besides his socialism — namely, his atheism. In 2016, a Democratic National Committee staffer had to apologize after the WikiLeaks hack exposed an email he wrote that s...

 

Wockner: Truth about Colorado River dam alarming

The magnitude of the Colorado River’s decline (because of climate change) as outlined in the Science paper is “eye popping.” — Brad Udall, senior scientist at Colorado State University The latest research about the Colorado River is alarming...

 

Reagan: Establishment still holds power

Everyone talks about the power of the Republican and Democrat party establishments. It’s real — just ask Bernie. He quickly found out how powerful the Democrat establishment is last week when Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar both called it quits...

 

Tech companies aren't part of government

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made an important and necessary point again last week when it threw out a lawsuit that claimed YouTube violated the Constitution’s free-speech protections by restricting access to videos and advertising on its...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    March 4, 2020

Glad someone finally said 'enough'

As much as I appreciate sheriffs who refuse to enforce the latest blatant violation of the Constitution — so-called “red flag” legislation — I wonder where their courage to not do the wrong...

 

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