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 By David Stevens    Voices    August 12, 2020 

V-J Day met with joy, and many tears

The news of peace, The Portales Tribune told us, was received in various moods. It came about 5 p.m. that Tuesday in New Mexico. “When the final news was received some hearers stood calmly and spoke...

 

Opinion: Trump should not muddy TikTok waters

The social media app TikTok has been downloaded more than 175 million times in the U.S. alone since its global launch in 2018. But now it’s going viral for reasons other than teens dancing or cooking in pajamas. President Donald Trump recently...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    August 12, 2020 

Opinion: Stimulus may be last nail for dollar

Government actions have consequences. Some people were happy with the so-called stimulus checks they got from the federal government. Most of them are excited about the prospects of getting another...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 12, 2020 

Opinion: Life's meaning summed up with love

As you get older, you get more used to death. You become familiar with seeing your elders pass on. Death can be painful, especially, for the ones left behind. It’s a tragedy when a loved one’s life is cut short; and for parents, the loss of a...

 

Feeling fresh appreciation for washer and dryer

I have fresh appreciation this week for two of the appliances in my house: the washing machine and dryer. I may have lacked the proper appreciation for the luxury of in-home laundry services as a...

 

Faith: 'Dead as a doornail' isn't end of story

Lazarus was dead. Of that sad fact everyone was now absolutely sure. He had been barely breathing when Mary and Martha, his sisters, had sent the urgent message to Jesus to beg the Lord to return to...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    August 9, 2020

Opinion: News consumers ultimately decide best place for news

Social media platforms are engaged in censorship. (Insert shocked face here.) The high-profile target last week was the president of the United States. The president’s re-election campaign posted a...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    August 9, 2020

Opinion: Harris has constitutional problems

Last year, Sen. Kamala Harris may have become the first presidential candidate in history to laugh derisively at the idea that the Constitution limits what a president can do. When former Vice President Joe Biden said her plan for gun control by...

 

Opinion: A vacation might do you good

At this writing, I’m happy to report I haven’t heard Nancy Pelosi’s name in five days. I haven’t heard President Trump accused of being responsible for 159,000 COVID-19 deaths since last week. And I don’t even know if Portland was burned...

 

Vern Witten: Remembering a workhorse

Seven years ago - on a February evening in 2013 - the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce surprised Vern Witten by naming him Workhorse of the Year. "To be honest," he told the Portales News-Tribune...

 

Opinion: Feeling a little envy as rover escapes to Mars

Let’s get out of here. Who hasn’t thought that at some point in the past four months, as we hunkered down in our homes, brooding and restless but with no place to go? The pandemic shuttered our offices and made the idea of venturing anywhere...

 

Opinion: Let's adapt to something positive

Humans are adaptable. More so than any creature other than, possibly, cockroaches. It’s our greatest strength. We have adapted to living almost everywhere on the planet and, soon, with the right tec...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 5, 2020

Opinion: If virus goes, it will be by science

Past behavior predicts future behavior. We’re creatures of habit but we’re also capable of learning from our mistakes and improving our behavior. Right now, with this pandemic, we could go either way. We could learn from our missteps and do a bet...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    August 5, 2020

A little bit about that time Selena played in Clovis

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Augusts past: • Aug. 1, 1901: The first newspaper in the Clovis-Portales area was published in Portales. The...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    August 5, 2020

Faith: Lots of love, laughter and baked goods in my family

Gavin the Wonder Kid has joined the world of kid messenger. I didn’t know such a thing existed until a neon green oozy background popped up on my phone, and The Dad’s mini me filled the screen....

 

Faith: Please bring on the merciful needles of dental work

“I think I made a mistake.” Those, I’m told, were the words on a note a dying 20-something-year-old wrote to his nurse before he expired. He was referring to his, as it turns out, suicidal...

 

Opinion: Diversity of America source of deep pride

The Olympic Games are magic. I love watching the parade of nations on opening day. Every athlete has a smile wide as a mile because they are parading behind the flag of their country. The younger me did not care so much for the parade; give me the...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    August 2, 2020

Opinion: Never Trumpers too destructive

“Burn it down” is rarely a wise or prudent sentiment. A cadre of Republican opponents of President Donald Trump is nonetheless calling for a purifying fire to sweep through the GOP in the fall, taking down as many Republican officeholders as...

 

Opinion: Anarchists are scarier than virus

I have good reasons to be worried about catching the coronavirus. I fit the demographic profile for the most typical victim — I’m 75 and I have a serious medical precondition. And here in Los Angeles, where about 4,500 of the state’s 9,000...

 
 By Calvin DeWitt    Voices    August 2, 2020

Opinion: Opportunities exist - with assistance

As I opened my spring 2020 University of Houston College of Engineering magazine, I am reminded of an incident that occurred some time ago. Bobby, a friend of mine, challenged me to a shoestring tying contest. Bobby tied his shoestring so fast that...

 
 By Gordon Runyan    Voices    August 2, 2020

Opinion: Bible instructive on dealing with crime

The topics of prison and police reform are hot items, nationally. Lots of people are giving their opinions, whether solicited or not; but, no one is asking if the Bible gives us any guidance about these things. For the record, it does. As a bit of...

 

Letter to the editor - Aug. 2

Up to voters to regain control of country The First Amendment allows for “the right of the people to peacefully assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The keyword here is peacefully. What we’ve seen in Omaha,...

 

Opinion: Ruling major step for police transparency

New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act makes clear the public is entitled to the greatest amount of information possible about its government and guarantees everyone access to public records. The law, commonly known as IPRA, has become a...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 29, 2020

Opinion: Tired of political drama over virus

On the personal front, there are new developments in the continuing saga of the Greatly Feared Virus Pandemic of 2020. Two family members caught COVID-19 several weeks ago. They both apparently...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 29, 2020

Opinion: Mandate frustration understandable

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made it official: New Mexico’s public schools will not physically open until after Labor Day. That’s in line with what a lot of school districts, faced with COVID-19 outbreaks in the communities they serve, were...

 

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