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Husband and I are compatible travelers

Peter and I are packing for our annual trip again. My husband is retired and I write, so we are able to travel now. Getting married late in life, this might have posed some problems because Peter is exactly the opposite sort of traveler I used to...

 

God knows exactly what kind of Light we need

Are you considering trying to buy a light bulb? Good luck to you. A few evenings ago, my wife and I were in Amarillo baby-sitting (playing with, laughing with, snuggling with, rollicking and...

 

Supporting alcohol measure on ballot is vote for freedom

Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties are being asked whether alcohol sales should be permitted in the unincorporated areas of the counties. Let’s hope they approve. Yes votes don’t mean alcohol is good. Yes votes mean private business owners...

 

Stranger danger morphs over years

Quick, what’s the first lesson your parents taught you when you were little? I’m going to assume, for the purposes of this column to go smoothly, that it was the classic, “Don’t talk to strangers.” At some point in life, this philosophy...

 

Biden dealings the bigger scandal

Please help me get the importance of this infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call. The Democrats and their soulmates in the liberal media are seriously getting ready to impeach the president — again — because President Trump asked Ukrainian President...

 

System still works, but we must remain vigilant

To anyone who doesn’t live here, America may seem like a land of confusion. Much of what we do in the public square is riddled with contradictions. We’re known as a place where law and order reign supreme, yet we spend months arguing for...

 

Election important one for Curry

New Mexico has 33 counties. Of those, only two — Curry and Roosevelt — are dry, meaning alcohol sales are not permitted in the unincorporated areas of the counties. Over the past several years, Curry County has received phone calls, been approach...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    October 6, 2019

Impeachment likely a futile exercise

Impeachment is about to make everything worse. If our politics seems overheated, our institutions beleaguered and our public debate degraded, just wait until we are in the midst of the impeachment debate. Democrats have had an impeachment itch that t...

 

Another viewpoint: Killing verdict sets low floor for police misconduct

At least we now know that an off-duty police officer can’t walk into someone else’s apartment, shoot him dead and then successfully claim self-defense because she mistakenly thought she was killing an intruder in her own home. Instead, a Dallas j...

 

Owl protection decision should be more just

A recent U.S. District Court ruling over the Mexican spotted owl is halting all “timber management actions” in New Mexico’s five national forests. That means no new permits will be issued for woodcutting for personal use firewood, vigas or...

 

My first car was an electric one

You may find it hard to believe, but my first car was an electric car. Nothing so fancy as a Tesla, though. It was a 1975 Sebring-Vanguard Citicar. That's us in the photograph, in the spring of 1980,...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    October 2, 2019

Country series carried me back

I made it a point to watch Ken Burns’ eight-part documentary series titled “Country Music.” I wanted to reconnect with a time in which I transcended rock and folk into the sounds coming out of Nashville, Tenn. In the 1970s, I became what you...

 

Community's kindness beautiful

You would have to look long and hard to find a nicer person in eastern New Mexico than Bill Parson. Even if you don't know his name, chances are you've seen him. Parson was a long-time "cart pusher"...

 

Octobers past: Grady gunfight, folk singer gone

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Octobers past: • Oct. 2, 1933: Coleman De Laney, a 26-year-old farmer, was shot and killed outside the post office in Grady. Officials said De Laney and his...

 

Happy to get chance to bloom, even late

I realized that I might be a late bloomer — a little late, naturally. I love hearing about proteges: the 5-year-old drummer or the 16-year-old activist. I love hearing the 9-year-old who sings like an old soul and reading about the 14-year-old who...

 

God didn't paint over us but washed us clean

Let’s talk about paint. My wife and I have been involved in an upstairs bathroom renovation. She was mostly involved in, uh, “reminding” me regularly for several years (or maybe a decade) that...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    October 2, 2019

Even in the midst of loss and sorrow, love remains

Dictionary.com defines a ‘dork’ as: a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit. If we’re truthful, we’ve all probably fallen into...

 

Taxpayers are unsung heroes of economy

“The industry is investing in workforce development and programs, which will lead to better careers for our students and more jobs in New Mexico.” — Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes Consider it a case of the reviews not quite matc...

 

Oreos remain mainstay of my life

“Kevin, you look like you’ve been chewing.” I had some pretty dumb things said to me during high school, but this was one of the dumbest. Yes, the principal is clearly going to think I am a fan of chewing tobacco, which discolors your teeth, ma...

 

Congress, president stuck in past

I remember when every office in Congress had at least one calendar on the wall. That is either not the case now or, if they have calendars, no one is turning the pages. Democrats currently running Congress appear to be stuck in December 2016, wonderi...

 

Suicide doesn't have to overtake family's future

I never met my great-grandfather, although I’ve seen pictures of him. The one I treasure most is a family photo, similar to those images on an Ancestry.com commercial, where he is sitting with his wife and older daughters. (The sons would arrive...

 

Letter to the editor - Sept. 29

Feels like I have less time than I need I was going to title my letter “I don’t have time for this.” It was going to be about how time is speeding up, and not just for my generation. But for the sake of scientific accuracy, I guess I can’t sa...

 

Another viewpoint: Lottery board needed dressing down

We need Think New Mexico Executive Director Fred Nathan in the journalism business. He spanked the New Mexico Lottery Sept. 3 when he called out New Mexico Lottery Authority Board Chair Dan Salzwedel regarding the board’s recent decision to give...

 

The kids will be fine, even in a warming world

Greta Thunberg needs to get a grip. The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming “to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your...

 

AFJROTC program a formidable one

Not everyone is aware of some of the amazing activities taking place at Clovis High School in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program. Headed up by retired Maj. Alan Fiel...

 

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