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Campaign finance changes may polarize

For years, transparency advocates have been raising hue and cry for campaign finance reform that generally accomplishes two goals: First, reform should create an environment where the person or group with the biggest piggybank isn’t the de facto...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    August 21, 2019 

Learning new things challenges you

Usually, the more I learn about something the more I appreciate it. There have been many times when a friend has introduced me to something I knew next to nothing about; something they were...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 21, 2019 

Pets can literally save our lives

I have a dog in the house. He doesn’t live here, he just came to visit. And I have a family of feral cats living in my back yard. The momma cat claimed squatters rights, having lived here before I moved in. She’s always around, living her feral...

 

Teachers offer advice for parents

Despite the many long hours teachers spend with students on a daily basis, studies show the parent is still the first teacher and most important influencer in a child’s life. If parents value...

 

I believe betting life on Christ a good wager

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. ... I believe in the Holy Spirit ...” Yes, I do. With all of my heart,...

 

Coming full circle

Albert Flinn's official job title is head rodeo coach for Eastern New Mexico University. This summer, he's also been a trail boss and herd wrangler, searching out "strays" for the upcoming reunion of...

 

Remembering a red-headed Pioneer

Clovis has a proud history of professional baseball teams, beginning in the 1920s, through 1957. At least nine Clovis Pioneers had a cup of coffee or more in the Major Leagues, including n Harry...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    August 21, 2019 

My parents still inspire me in their 80s

I spent the last couple of weeks visiting my parents. I’ve been lucky in the parent department. It’s fashionable to recall some pivotal incident that occurred when we were 8 and extrapolate how every difficulty experienced in our life since is a...

 

Responsible reporting includes respect for the right to privacy

We don’t usually report on personal disputes or private matters. Whether it’s a parent asking for help in locating a teenage runaway — who may or may not have a good reason for running away — or if it’s a customer unhappy with service at a...

 

Donation request a little tone-deaf

Imagine if your supervisor said you and your coworkers should each set aside $50 of your paycheck so the office can make a major purchase. The donation is voluntary, but there will be a list of who does donate (meaning you’ll also know who...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    August 18, 2019

Government failed in Epstein case

The Jeffrey Epstein case establishes beyond a doubt that if you’re a sexual predator, it pays to be a rich and connected sexual predator. Epstein, now dead of an apparent suicide before his accusers had their day in court, worked the system and...

 

Another viewpoint: NM Lottery CEO's pay hike excessive

The New Mexico Lottery Authority recently voted to raise Lottery Chief Executive Officer David Barden’s salary by 26%. It goes from $174,142 to $220,000. That is twice as much as the governor of New Mexico is paid. It is more than twice what the st...

 

Tax returns shouldn't be tied to ballot

Among the early front-runners for the dumbest California law of 2019 is the first-in-the-nation legislation requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to be eligible for the primary ballot. If it isn’t unconstitutional, it...

 

Anti-gun laws always wrong path

In the wake of the recent mass shootings and the hype surrounding them, people are asking “why?” Simpletons parrot the popular answer: “guns.” Sensible people know there’s no single reason....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 14, 2019

El Paso shooting hits close to home

Back when you could do it with little or no hassle, I remember casually walking across the bridge (and therefore the border) between downtown El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. As I left the U.S. side, lively Spanish music filled the air, slowly fading into...

 

New year has begun

There has been undeniable excitement in the air in recent days. A new school year has begun; we are prepped and looking forward to a transformative year. Schools and our central office have already...

 

Breathe deep and enjoy the fine bouquet of August

As I was savoring the heady aroma of raindrops sinking into parched earth during an unexpected rain shower earlier this week, it occurred to me that some of the best scents of the year happen in...

 

Grandmother's wedding dress now worn twice

She wore it for one day in 1919 and it looked as if it were sewn with this in mind. My grandma’s wedding dress was more than a little worse for wear. It had been folded up in a small box and kept safe by my cousin, Jill. (How Jill ended up with...

 

Midway lights and corn dogs fairly fun

County fairs have been around as long as counties in New Mexico. In Clovis’ case, the county fair began before Curry County was even formed. On Oct. 2, 1914, The Clovis Journal reported the “Seventh Annual Curry County Fair” was about to take...

 

Be moderate even about moderation

“I’m in a twelve-step program for recovering ascetics,” I explained to my missionary nephew. I knew he’d get it. More than a little conversant in theology and church history, Ian had joined...

 

Opinion pages as diverse as our communities

A half dozen readers contacted the newspaper last week to express outrage at Wednesday’s editorial cartoon. Mostly they said it was racist. Several demanded an apology. One described it as “unacceptable hatred!” I didn’t see it that way. If...

 

Good to be just inquisitive enough

There’s of course more involved, but two of the most important qualities for a journalist to have go hand in hand. One is to be as inquisitive as possible about anything and everything. The other is to know a little bit about anything and...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    August 11, 2019

US has racist extremist problem

At some point in the late 1960s, you could be forgiven for thinking that the FBI was in charge of the KKK. It infiltrated, manipulated and ran the group into the ground. The name of the operation: COINTELPRO-White Hate. With violent white hate again...

 

Green New Deal will put NM families in red

New Mexicans are used to the pleasant choice of red or green, but the Green New Deal will have every home seeing red. It may sound like an exaggeration, but this is the truth: The Green New Deal is an impossible proposal that would lead to the most...

 

New Mexico should consider electronic payment systems

According to the website Nerdwallet, New Mexico has the seventh-highest percentage of “unbanked” households among U.S. states. That means 11 percent of New Mexico families don’t have access to bank accounts. That same report estimated that New...

 

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