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 By Steve Hansen    Voices    June 9, 2019

We could all use more intellectual humility

There’s a lot of talk these days about “intellectual humility,” which most consider a virtue. It means you will occasionally admit when you’re wrong. It also means you’re open to new ideas,...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 9, 2019

Exposure of video's doctor harassment, not journalism

Breaking news: Some guy posted a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. But fear not. The website The Daily Beast sprang into action. It tracked down the random, Trump-supporting man who allegedly posted the offending clip, hounded him until he talked,...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 5, 2019

Parade likely less dangerous than that of yesteryear

Clovis hosts its annual Pioneer Days events this week, highlighted by a parade on Saturday. Promoters are promising fun times for all involved. That may be true, but the times probably won’t be as...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    June 5, 2019

Anxiety not always something dangerous

I get anxious, as I might have mentioned. While I don’t think it’s anything requiring medication, fortunately, I became aware at middle-age that I have always had a sort of “hum” of anxiety going on in the background. I usually only notice it...

 

Rescue efforts need volunteers

The loss of her own rescue dog a year ago led Linda Sumption to the cement building at 1700 N. Boston in Portales that houses the cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies picked up each day by Portales...

 

Remember God is in control and make sure to get sleep

Everybody dreams. Or so the sleep experts say. I feel most refreshed when I wake up with no memory of dreaming during the night. I feel most exhausted when I had a bad or intensely frustrating dream,...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    June 5, 2019

Man's voice echoes through family, community

“Family is everything.” Simple. Profound. Recently, I attended the celebration of life service for a man I didn’t know. Like many others, I felt as if I did “know” him because of his presenc...

 

Plenty to do in summertime

Unbelievably, another school year has zoomed past. Students filled with excitement, while educators are uttering a deep sigh of exhaustion. For both, there are likely bittersweet moments: teachers thi...

 

Moment of bipartisanship needs support

When Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agree on something maybe it is time to declare victory. Or the Apocalypse. It all started when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted “if you are a member of Congress +...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 5, 2019

See what you can build on your own

There’s a sense of personal accomplishment, of self-worth, when you make something with your own hands through your own efforts. Even if you seek guidance from someone with experience, you’ve...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 5, 2019

Take time to learn a language

One of my great regrets is not learning another language. I took Spanish in high school for a couple of years, but didn’t practice it enough over the years to go beyond the few words I’ve recalled since moving out here to New Mexico. And when I...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 2, 2019

Sound of sirens means 'Danger!' - not just potential

The city of Clovis is an easy target for criticism, and it’s often deserved. Last week’s “failure” to activate tornado warning sirens did not warrant the disapproval expressed by those...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 2, 2019

My best game was under house rules

My entire life was a lie. It was an innocuous Twitter post, but it stung like I’d found out my parents were getting a divorce, or that Blue Bell was no longer making Cookies and Cream. “If you don’t have a card to play, you only have to pick...

 

Import reliance is Achilles' heel

What is not on the Trump Administration’s list of Chinese goods slapped with a new 25 percent tariff is far more revealing than what is. Omitted from the latest volley of the trade war are rare earths and other strategically important minerals...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 2, 2019

Robert Mueller's performance won't age well

In the end, by-the-book Robert Mueller departed wildly from the book. He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at best, in violation of the spirit of the special-counsel regulations. His...

 

Another viewpoint: Media, Democrats underplay scope of immigration problem

The Democrats running the House of Representatives have gone insane — and they prove it every day. Despite the conclusions of the Mueller Report, Nancy Pelosi and her deranged Democrat underlings in the House have not given up their fight to...

 

Another viewpoint: Four-day school week may cause more problems than it solves

According to NBC News, a growing number of school districts (especially in rural areas) are experimenting with a four-day week. In many cases, school boards can’t raise the funds for competitive salaries and improvise by using the nontraditional...

 

Law's broad interpretation dangerous one

We have no sympathy for Julian Assange, who released emails hacked by Russian intelligence to disrupt the 2016 election. We hope he is punished for crimes he is accused of committing in 2010, when the government says he worked with Bradley (now...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 29, 2019

Don't force your crutch on others

A few years ago, I was hiking down a trail in Colorado. Exploring trails — and off trails — is probably my favorite activity. After a few hours, I decided I needed to turn around and head back....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 29, 2019

Investments set to pay off in NM

New Mexico is building itself up with some new, cutting-edge infrastructure. First, there’s Facebook and its $1 billion data center at Los Lunas. It’s creating a need for some expensive improvements to New Mexico’s energy infrastructure. The...

 

Silence nice, but happy to be back in hum

You forget how quiet a house can be until the electricity goes off. It was a fairly regular occurrence when I was a kid, but we’re far more likely to have a quick blink or two these days, and even t...

 

Faith: We shouldn't wish to get 'what we deserve'

A strange story it is, and enough to make a math or accounting major bite nails. I’m talking about Jesus’ “Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16). Here’s the story in a nu...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 29, 2019

Some of those stories might be true

When Clovis hosts its annual Draggin’ Main/Music Festival June 22-29, a number of high school graduation classes will be joining the festivities for reunions. There will be talk of long-ago hooky...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    May 29, 2019

Key to a good party inviting the right person

The truth is, I don’t actually have 40 friends in my immediate community. I only recently moved to town when I married Peter. So, I just went around town and invited every person I recognized and, somehow, ended up inviting 40 people to my patio...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 26, 2019

Don't forget to honor sacrifice of veterans as we mark summer

Saturday marked the unofficial beginning of summer. Schools are mostly out, the weather is mostly warmer and it’s the heart of a three-day weekend for many of us. It’s usually a great time for...

 

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