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Letter to the editor - Aug. 11

Turning away refugees an appalling choice I am responding to last Sunday’s letter calling into question whether or not Portales is a welcoming community for people who are in dire need. I am appalled to find out that this community turned refugees...

 

Public comment tour opportunity to speak up

A public comment tour asking New Mexicans of all political stripes their opinions on how to best address methane emissions from oil and gas operations sounds like a good thing. And it is good that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Cabinet members are...

 

Education needs separation from state

Once again we approach that saddest time of the year: when the majority of parents send their kids back to school; back into the local government concentration day-camps. If you’re someone who...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 7, 2019

No overnight fix for NM education

Up until recently, it’s been pretty much a seamless takeover. Worn out by Susana Martinez’s can’t-do/won’t do policies as governor toward issues like clean energy, full marijuana legalization and public education, voters made their voices...

 

Fairs celebrate best things about rural communities

I was at a concert outside the Lea County Museum in Lovington last week, enjoying a balmy evening and some good tunes. As the sun set and the evening thankfully began to cool off, multi-colored neon...

 

August history warns: Beware of robbers

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first week of Augusts past: • Aug. 1, 1901: The first Portales newspaper, The Progress, began weekly publication. The Portales Herald followed in 1902,...

 

Box of letters full of memories and surprises

The surprises just kept coming. When I moved in with Peter a few years back, I brought my clothes, a few books, and some artwork. I rented out my house, gave away my furniture, and everything else was consigned to “things I’ll deal with...

 

God's greatest miracle a single, perfect Word

Hey, friends, I’ve got a favor to ask. Like, if you, like, catch me using, like “like” in a sentence or, like, even in a phrase, like, I’ve thus far used “like” in this sentence five...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    August 7, 2019

Thank you, Richard Allen Trask, for dedication and service

Recently, I had the distinct privilege to officiate the celebration of life service for Richard Allen Trask, who was 99 and some when he died. As I listened to the stories shared by his son and daught...

 

Later deeds Buoniconti's new legacy

Yes, Nick Buoniconti was a famous football player. He was a member of the Miami Dolphins’ “Perfect Season” and Super Bowl championship teams. He was known for playing middle linebacker with a passion, tracking down quarterbacks like a...

 

Could hunt for best cream soda forever

“They say the recipe for Sprite is lemon and lime, but I tried to make it at home. There’s more to it than that. You want some more homemade Sprite? Not until you figure out what the (expletive) else is in it.” — Mitch Hedberg That’s...

 

Letter to editor: County's claims seem disingenous

Billboards promote Portales and Roosevelt County as the “Warm Heart of the Sunbelt.” This tagline is used to market our community to newcomers, businesses and students. Portales prides itself on being a friendly, Christian small town with strong...

 

Consumers deserve full story on wind turbines

I have to chuckle every time I read a story about “carbon-free” wind turbines. These reports do a disservice to readers because they do not fully explain what makes these turbines run (hint: it is something we produce a lot of here in New...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    August 4, 2019

McConnel doesn't need lessons on being cleareyed about Russia

There was a time when the left considered McCarthyism the worst of all political tactics. That was before it became useful to question Mitch McConnell’s loyalty to his country. The Senate majority leader’s offense is blocking...

 

Good to be reminded that what I have is plenty

I was visiting with a new acquaintance last weekend in her lovely home in Portales. During the afternoon, as we sipped ice water and munched on cookies she’d baked earlier in the day, she twice...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 31, 2019

Good to see old birdhouse getting use

Nobody was using the old wren house. My grandfather built it. Grandpa started building birdhouses when he retired from milking cows and his second oldest son took over. That son, my mother’s brother, is now 87 and retired 20 years ago. It’s a...

 

Jesus friend of sinners and common folks

Of all of the many astounding qualities of Jesus, one of the most amazing and winsome is that, as Philip Yancey has written, Jesus was “a sinless friend of sinners.” I keep being drawn back to thi...

 

RIP, you old gentleman jewel

Reliable grocers all recommended it. When you asked for the best, you received Golden West. That's what the newspaper ads claimed anyway. "The experienced housewife will ... use no other flour...

 

Freshman Dems flexing their elected muscles

The recent U.S. Congressional vote on raising the minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $15 must be addressed. Specifically, how did New Mexico legislators vote? Before we get to that, it’s frustrating to watch people we elect waste so much time...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 31, 2019

I try to err on the side of liberty

There are many things I don’t know. There are things I think I know but I get wrong. There are also things people may believe I’m wrong about, but I’m not — a topic for another day. When...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 31, 2019

America can still do great things

Like a lot of Americans, I got caught up in the 50th anniversary of our first moon landing. My moment was on CSpan3, where I channel-surfed into Reel America’s Moonwalk One, a dated NASA documentary that tells the story of the first U.S. mission to...

 

Prime minister big figure in UK relations

Looking at the United Kingdom from this side of the Atlantic, it’s fair to say that who becomes prime minister isn’t always a crucial development. The “special relationship” is solid — so keep calm and carry on, as the British would say....

 

Responsibility key even in small stuff

A few assignments ago I found myself at a local softball game, looking to fill a small spot in the sports section. A member of the crowd recognized me as a photographer — the camera is apparently a dead giveaway — and asked for a favor. A player...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 28, 2019

Parties should seek next rising tide

A July 16 column by the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman favors some moderate ideas he thinks the Democratic party should adopt even as it lists leftward. I agree. Friedman and I share a belief...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    July 28, 2019

Focus on 'dog whistle' attempt to stop conversation

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley used a perfectly good word in its appropriate context, and stands accused of dog-whistle bigotry. At the National Conservatism conference in Washington, D.C., this month, Hawley gave a keynote address that attacke...

 

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