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 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Moments, memories keep me connected to my history

Gardening is going great so far. Out of the 60-80 bulbs planted, I have a whopping total of one dahlia peeking its head out of the soil. One. So, I wait. Truth is, there is a lot... — Updated 5/4/2021


Faith: Fights are almost never worth the fuss

If heaven were not already paradise, the mere fact that no misunderstanding will mar its joy would make it heavenly. Drat it! I got word recently of yet another misunderstanding and... — Updated 5/4/2021

 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Afghanistan war should have ended 20 years ago

In his 2007 book, former CIA Director George Tenet boasts that the first U.S. covert teams were in Afghanistan 16 days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Less than two and a half months later, a core group of 90 CIA... — Updated 5/1/2021

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Open letter and apology to children

An open letter to the children: We owe you an apology. Meaning all of us in the generations above you. We had one job where you were concerned, and that was to keep you safe.... — Updated 5/1/2021


Opinion: Peaceful protests may become a pipe dream

When the Nazis wanted to march through Skokie, Ill., many of the residents were horrified. A large percentage were Jewish, and some had been interned in concentration camps. The mem... — Updated 5/1/2021

 By Michael Reagan    Voices

Opinion: Oscars nearly as torturous as Biden

It was a rough week for conservatives, Republicans and all Americans. The torture started last Sunday evening with the Academy Awards ceremony, which sounded like it was produced... — Updated 5/1/2021

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: Biden plans arrogant, bound to fail

There’s believing your own press releases. And then, there’s believing your own delusions of grandeur. Joe Biden should look at the mirror every day and see a president elected... — Updated 5/1/2021

 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Free speech still rules - even for mouthy teens

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether public school officials can punish students for smarting off on social media. Hopefully it won’t take long to rule in favor... — Updated 5/1/2021


Faith: A conversation with the Apostle Thomas

Ah, Thomas, I hate to mention this, but you could have saved yourself a great deal of trouble if you’d just hung with the rest of the disciples on that first Easter evening. You... — Updated 4/27/2021


Educators always heroes

In the world of education, this past year was consumed by the logistics of re-inventing school: virtual, online; face-to-face, hybrid, or a combination of the above. Nearing the... — Updated 4/27/2021


For some, pandemic has meant returning to comfort of books

This past weekend offered numerous opportunities to spend time (both virtually and in-person) with other people who love books and reading as much as I do. First came three days of... — Updated 4/27/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Time to right marijuana wrongs

Once New Mexico’s marijuana rules have changed, everyone with marijuana charges on their record should get a clean slate. At least where marijuana is concerned. Then they need to... — Updated 4/27/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: We have duty to tell fact from fiction

As I was driving the other day, I heard some troubling rants as I surfed the AM dial for a little talk. One was from some preacher who was comparing people who don’t pay their rent to demons who occupy free space in our souls. Hi... — Updated 4/27/2021

 By Detroit News    Voices

Opinion: Root causes of violence remain unaddressed

Within hours of the guilty verdicts against former cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, police in Detroit shot and killed a man who had stabbed himself and was stabbing an officer. At roughly the same... — Updated 4/27/2021

 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Celebrating small, personal pandemic victory

I will be fully vaccinated in a couple of weeks. The pandemic, for me, is almost over, and I’m incredibly grateful to the brilliant men and women who developed these safe and effective vaccines. But this doesn’t feel like... — Updated 4/24/2021

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Justice shouldn't be this difficult

I sat there trying to remember how to breathe. I suspect I had that in common with people — particularly African-American people — all over the country. Didn’t we all hold... — Updated 4/24/2021


Opinion: Can't support police without noting failures

At a time when police are being attacked on all sides for brutality, racism, recklessness and all sorts of social sins and criminal acts, I hesitate to write this column. I... — Updated 4/24/2021

 By Michael Reagan    Voices

Opinion: Calls of racism cynical power play

So let me get this straight. According to the president, according to the Democrats, and according to the liberal media, half my country is racist, my political party is racist and... — Updated 4/24/2021

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: Bush immigration views out of touch

It’s not 2007 again. But apparently no one has told George W. Bush. To coincide with the release of a book of his paintings of immigrants, “Out of Many, One,” the former... — Updated 4/24/2021


Opinion: Money won't put allegations out of mind

The settlement between Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and former campaign spokesman James Hallinan, who accused her of inappropriate conduct during a campaign meeting, is right out of the informal PR manual on how to deal with potenti... — Updated 4/24/2021


ENMU bringing on pair of virtual events

After a solid year of postponed and canceled events, the weekend that is coming (even with all the still-necessary modifications) represents a glorious return of some beloved... — Updated 4/20/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Government owes business apology

After this past year, government owes business an apology. Not just empty words, but a meaningful apology. An immediate suspension of all taxation on any economic activity whatsoeve... — Updated 4/20/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Climate plans necessary in crisis

This year, Earth Day might actually mean something. For the previous four years, we had a president who denied the climate emergency facing us, but now we have a leader who not only believes the science but is treating the looming... — Updated 4/20/2021


Opinion: Capitol Police reforms require bipartisan look

It long has been clear that Capitol Police were woefully unprepared for the Jan. 6 assault on Congress by rampaging supporters of then-President Donald Trump, who were bent on overturning the results of the 2020 election. But a new... — Updated 4/20/2021


Registration Station open

As most are likely aware, we have physically returned to school (sounds of cheering!). Students of all grade levels at all sites have returned to the classroom full time in Clovis.... — Updated 4/20/2021


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