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 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Naive to think Dems wouldn't stoop so low

Democrats in the state Legislature were able to tilt the playing field to their side this year for the first time in three decades, and they have taken full advantage of it. The last two times our state has gone through the... — Updated 12/24/2021

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Not interested in Donald Trump's grift

So it turns out I’m a friend of Donald Trump’s. In fact, I’m one of his top supporters. Also, my name is Joe. If this surprises you, imagine how I feel. Those revelations... — Updated 12/24/2021

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: Progressivism hitting high water mark

Joe Manchin and London Breed have nothing in common. One is an old-school Democratic senator from West Virginia, surviving and thriving in an increasingly red state; the other is... — Updated 12/24/2021


Opinion: Rapists should be held accountable sooner, not later

I regularly deal with women who’ve been sexually abused in other countries. Many of them do not report the assaults to law enforcement, because in El Salvador, Guatemala and... — Updated 12/24/2021

 By Rube Render    Voices

Opinion: Merry Christmas to city of Clovis

’Twas the night before Christmas, it was just after dark, When I heard a door slam out front, where I park. I stuck out my head to see who to greet, And saw a car backing out... — Updated 12/24/2021


Opinion: Build Back Better plan built on deception

The true cost of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan is emerging, and it isn’t pretty. Nor is it fully paid for, as the president and Democrats contend. The Congressional Budget Office last month issued a... — Updated 12/21/2021


Faith: This Christmas, ask him into our hearts anew

We want it to be perfect, you know. Christmas, I mean. We really do. Something deep within us wants the lights and the trees, the music and the gifts, the family gatherings and cand... — Updated 12/21/2021


Stockings were hung - and made - with care

If you happen to pass Dallas Draper's home in Melrose on Christmas Eve, and notice that Santa's sled has been parked outside long enough that the reindeer are stomping with... — Updated 12/21/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Christmas a paradoxical holiday

Christmas is exhausting. These days, as a man teetering on old age and living alone most of the time, I’m just not motivated to get all dressed up for these holidays. My adult kids are having their own Christmases elsewhere this... — Updated 12/21/2021


Healthy activities boon to kids

“The Clovis Municipal Schools is committed to the optimal development of every student,” reads the first line of our district's Wellness Plan & Implementation Guide. Although... — Updated 12/21/2021

 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: New Mexico can't keep counting on booms

New Mexico has the third-highest poverty rate in the nation, ahead of only Mississippi and Louisiana, according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions. But, while families throughout the state are struggling, the state gove... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Justin Nutt    Voices

Opinion: 'It's a Wonderful Life' has lessons

Christmas is the time when movies of hope and holiday spirit run 24/7 reminding us of what Christmas is about. For me, that means the greatest Christmas movie of all time, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The protagonist George Baile... — Updated 12/18/2021


Letter to the editor - Dec. 19

TIme for fear of God to return to society We have had the 10 Commandments guiding our society for centuries. The 10 are time-tested and reliable as guidelines in the affairs of men. People who fear God gave them honor and added to... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: 'Latinx' pushback heartening sign

What the progressive culture elite wants, it usually gets. Single-sex bathrooms changing overnight to all-gender or non-gender bathrooms? Done. Illegal immigrants becoming known as... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Rube Render    Voices

Opinion: Medical experts losing credibility

Full disclosure: I’m elderly, have health problems and have taken three shots of the Moderna vaccine. At a time in the distant past, I was required to read, understand and comment... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Miami Herald    Voices

Opinion: People of year signal shift in defining success

Here’s what all winners of Time magazine’s annual honor — Person, Athlete, Entertainer and Heroes of the Year — have in common: They are all successful, but challenged — and even derided — representatives in their... — Updated 12/18/2021


TOSAs outstanding support piece

Every year, enrollment at each school site varies, some years more than others. The last couple of years have seen a somewhat more extensive shift in enrollment numbers. This is... — Updated 12/14/2021


Faith: Celebrating the right way at the right time

I don't know about you; I used to really enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July. But then somebody told me the truth about it. Somebody who really knows (probably like sore losers on... — Updated 12/14/2021


Memorial sends me down memory lane

A memorial reception for a lifelong banker friend last weekend set my mind to wandering, as events like that are wont to do. The Saturday afternoon gathering was in honor of Bob... — Updated 12/14/2021


Opinion: Fact-checking becoming more necessary skill

Normally, the website The Gateway Pundit can and should be laughed off as right-wing, fake-news nonsense. But as Reuters recently reported, the site’s false allegations of election fraud in jurisdictions around the country have... — Updated 12/14/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Alternative energy good for state

If you think New Mexico’s commitment to alternative energy sources is evident only by the wind turbines and solar farms going up, think again. Hydrogen gas is on the way. Earlier this month, officials with BayoTech Inc.,... — Updated 12/14/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Predictions take paying attention

This past spring I noticed a bigger than usual crop of the plant that becomes tumbleweeds when it dies and the wind blows. I told a few people to be ready for an epic tumbleweed sea... — Updated 12/14/2021 Full story

 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Change can be hard; senator should learn some sportsmanship

In sports, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, and then you play again. In politics, the games never seem to end, especially if things don’t go the way you want. For example, consider the poor-loser antics of Oklahoma Sen.... — Updated 12/12/2021

 By Rube Render    Voices

Opinion: Mandate doesn't hold up in court

Let me begin with the following caveat. I am not a lawyer, nor have I ever played one on TV. Having established that fact, I make the following observations: On Sept. 9, President... — Updated 12/11/2021

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: IOC a craven handmaid of Beijing

It should be a rule of thumb that the Olympic Games shouldn't be held in countries that operate concentration camps. If this strikes you as an unreasonable demand, you aren't... — Updated 12/11/2021


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