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Opinion: Dear Charlie, Carl: We're keeping your memories forever

Charlie Ledbetter was about 11 years old when he came to eastern New Mexico with his family from Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1907. The Ledbetters settled in the Blacktower community — where Cannon Air Force Base stands today — and spent their days farmi...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    November 11, 2018 

Opinion: 1939 Post gives taste of the time

I was cleaning out older newspapers, which is a frequent occurrence when you work at a newspaper. My bookshelf needed space, and space could be had by pushing the last three years of archives into the recycle bin. But wait, something here goes back...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    November 11, 2018 

Opinion: A lot happened between WWII and me

Between the end of World War II and my birth date in 1950 lies a period of which I know little. My birth year marked the start of the Korean conflict and another new era. I was able last week to get...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Congratulations to victors, time to get to work

Election Day is behind us, which means we no longer have to suffer through the endless television commercials and countless mailers dripping with nasty political attacks. But it also means we’ve got a new governor about to take the reins of our...

 
 By Don McDonald    Voices    November 11, 2018 

Opinion: Been in a fair number of skirmishes in my life

I believe in nonviolence. But I have not always been successful at practicing my belief. Looking back on my life, I have had a fair number of skirmishes. Growing up, I loved to wrestle. Sometimes the matches would get a little heated but about the ti...

 

Opinion: Century later, first Great War not forgotten

Historians estimate more than 115,000 Americans died in the first modern-day Great War we’ve come to call World War I. That casualty list included about 500 in New Mexico; dozens from our part of the state have been identified as killed in action o...

 

Opinion: Immigration isn't a real problem

Emotions are running hot on the topic of immigration these days, both for and against, with most of the current drama surrounding birthright citizenship and migrant caravans. Immigration is a governme...

 

Opinion: Boomers did rock and roll right

SANTA ROSA — If there’s anything the baby boomers did well, it’s music. We rocked. Of course, rock and roll wasn’t born entirely out of our generation. It was the byproduct of all sorts of musical genres, including and especially rhythm and...

 

Opinion: AG's office warns of financial exploitation risk

The Attorney General’s Office is warning women who competed for the Miss New Mexico crown, sash and scholarship that they may be at risk of financial exploitation — a caution that could have national implications. AG Hector Balderas is expected...

 

Opinion: Empathy for others feels better than hate and anger

I have lived in the South my whole life. My father was a descendant of slave owners. My mother’s family was too poor to own slaves, but her ancestors did not oppose slavery. As a grade-school child before integration, all my buddies used the “N...

 

Opinion: Enjoy the present, but look forward to the next step, too

I still remember the feelings I had around this time of year when I was a senior in high school. With only one semester remaining before I’d be going out into the world alone, I felt such a sense of impatience to move to that next part of my life....

 

Opinion: Today our eyes focus on a hero

When the United States entered the Great War against Germany in April 1917, Tucumcari’s Isaac Kirkpatrick was attending law school at Valparaiso, Indiana. He withdrew from school immediately and...

 

Opinion: Education foundation hits 10-year anniversary

Our Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation is now in its 10th year. Initiated through the efforts of then-superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, the foundation has flourished over the years. While...

 

Faith: God best defense against spiritual rodents

I like to think of our back yard as a mostly safe, peaceful, and appealing place. Until recently, it was. Oh, there were years when a good-natured Great Dane lived there. It was safe. He was...

 

Faith: What can just one person do? Love

Like most of the rest of the world, I was horrified when a man entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, shot and killed 11 people and wounded others. Squirrel Hill is labeled as one of the...

 

Letters to the editor - Nov. 4

Clovis supports proposed racino Regarding Wednesday’s report in The News that State Rep. Randal Crowder said the racino issue has “literally ripped the city of Clovis in half:” I am greatly disappointed to learn our elected officials are ignori...

 

Opinion: Information best way to stay safe in violent world

Some parents of Portales public school students are upset with school officials. They think someone should have told them about a threat of violence as soon as that threat was received — not after the threat was contained. Those parents are not...

 

Opinion: Let's take a look at 'mysteries' of caravan

Did you hear there’s a caravan of migrants coming to our country? Watch the right news reports, and it seems imminent. Let’s unfurl some of the mysteries about the caravan. How many people are in the caravan? There are about 7,000, most of them...

 

Opinion: Trump drug price plan a refreshing change

President Donald Trump has announced his first potentially strong action against America’s inordinate prescription drug prices — the first that could meaningfully lower Medicare drug spending. The idea is to narrow the gap between U.S. prices...

 

Opinion: We could use Will Rogers' humor today

He is best known today for his notes, quotes and anecdotes, still popular and often repeated nearly 100 years after he first wrote them, said them and acted them out: • “I am not a member of any...

 

Opinion: It's a scary night; be careful out there

Some special interest groups would have us believe crime increases on Halloween night. This might be true, or not, depending on many factors: the weather, the night of the week, whether communities offer organized activities, etc. All we know for...

 

Opinion: Racino shouldn't be up to majority

Those who play politics are asking people to vote for or against the racino. Some say it will help the economy. Others say it will bankrupt people, both morally and financially. I say such things...

 

Opinion: Older but not necessarily wiser

SANTA ROSA — Getting old sucks. At least that’s what I’ve heard. OK, I’ll admit it. I’m getting there myself. I’m 62 years old — but I’ve always been about 10 years younger, in maturity, than my actual age. In my teens, I rebelled aga...

 

Letters to the editor - Oct. 31

Racino no-brainer for economic development When I first heard New Mexico would award a racino license, I was excited for Clovis. When I moved here in 2014 — and acquired two hotels in 2015 — I was told a hard truth: Curry County’s gross-receipt...

 
 By Newsday    Voices    October 31, 2018

Opinion: Let all people of good mourn with synagogue

In a horrifying moment, joy was shattered. The members of Tree of Life Congregation came together in uplifting prayer Saturday morning in what they thought was the safest of places — their synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. It...

 

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