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 By David Stevens    Voices    January 20, 2019 

Look out, citizens: NM's Legislature is back in session

Longtime state Sen. Stuart Ingle, the Republican from Portales, reminds us as often as he has the opportunity: We’re never safe when the Legislature’s in session. That’s never been more true...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    January 20, 2019 

An extra Our People for your time

I’ve written plenty of stories for the Eastern New Mexico News, and sometimes the “Our People” segment. I’m going to do one on myself today. Why? I thought it would be fun, and David Stevens beat me to the column I was planning to write. So...

 
 By Paul Gessing    Voices    January 20, 2019 

Spending points to higher taxes

As the 2019 Legislature kicks off and budgets are issued by Governor Lujan-Grisham and the Legislature, New Mexicans should be worried about the future of their state. The $1.1 billion surplus...

 

Another viewpoint: Only thing needed to end shutdown is compromise

The government shutdown has no end in sight because our leaders in Washington don’t seem to want an end that doesn’t amount to political humiliation of the opposition. But imagine for a moment that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 20, 2019 

Getting Trump out of office will take beating him in 2020

The walls supposedly are always closing in on Donald Trump. The end is always beginning. He’s going to quit. He’s going to be impeached and removed. He’s going to decide not to run again. Somehow or other, he’s going to relieve everyone of...

 

ENMU looking for help with championship anniversary

Eastern New Mexico University is preparing to throw a party inspired by the golden anniversary of its 1969 national championship men’s basketball team. And they are reaching out to the community...

 

Prescription drug promise needs keeping

The partial federal government shutdown has been the main focus in Washington over the past few weeks. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have struggled to reach an agreement over the president’s campaign promise to build a wall on...

 

Time to break government addiction

When an addict’s supply is cut off, it’s usually an agonizing journey through withdrawal to the other side of the addiction; where the poison finally loosens its grip on the person, giving him a...

 

Still believe we can change course

I’m always hoping things will turn out better than they appear to be headed. Take our future as a species as an example. Climate change and the polluting of our air, soil and water suggests that catastrophe is bearing down on us, and it doesn’t...

 

Reader reaction: Legalizing recreational weed: pros and cons

We asked Facebook readers what they think about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana. Some responses: • John Pallaschke: I understand the struggle. I don’t drink and drive, nor should we smoke and drive. We just can’t afford to...

 

Trump's wall project should end before it begins

I have been thinking about walls lately, because I’ve been reading the news. President Trump is demanding a $5.7-billion wall between the U.S. and Mexico. That’s a $5.7-billion slap in the face...

 

Another viewpoint: Lawmakers' challenge maintaining economic perspective

Discussions about how government can and should work for the people almost always come down to measuring the distance between one point of view and another. Especially these days. But when the system works like it ought to, debate and discussion ...

 

Holidays fueling new beginnings

In education, we have the gift of new beginnings. The beginning of the new school year, of course, after staff and students are rested from the summer months; but, we also have the gift of the beginni...

 

Faith: God makes all things new - but maybe not trucks

A big part of this is reverse snobbery, I know, but I love my old pickup truck. That faithful machine already had 90,000 miles on it when I flew down to Houston a bunch of years ago, laid eyes on it,...

 

Veterans could bring discipline to Congress

Forty years ago, military veterans made up roughly three-quarters of Congress. By 2017, the proportion had dwindled to fewer than one in five. The number of veterans on Capitol Hill will dip slightly again next year, because of retirements — but...

 

Trying to avoid a little sticker shock

I should probably assert my Fifth Amendment privilege at this point. But I need a column, so here goes. A little more than nine years ago, I bought a new car. It had around 40 miles on it, thanks to prior test drives, but it was mine for a few years...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 13, 2019

National emergency won't build wall

President Donald Trump is playing with the idea of declaring a national emergency to build a border fence despite congressional opposition. This would make Trump the second president in a row willing to cut Congress out of the legislative process if...

 

Another viewpoint: Loving life one key to living long

For years, Jeanne Calment has reigned as the oldest documented person to have lived. She supposedly died in 1997 at age 122. But now Russian mathematician Nikolay Zak has exhumed that claim and startled researchers with a challenge: He argues that...

 

Nothing quite like a show of brotherly love

It’s been over a year since I started writing this column. Tom McDonald, the publisher and editor of The New Mexico News Exchange (and my brother), went from agreeing to let me write a few to letting me write a weekly column. Now I am told I have...

 

CASA volunteer can be a child's best friend

When a small child has the misfortune of somehow entering the legal system — usually through no fault of their own — sometimes the best friend that child can have is a Court Appointed Special...

 

Sandals with socks? I don't judge

I’ll tell you what no one wants to talk about: their toes. I could get people to discuss intimate details of their financial or their love lives before they would open up about their feet. Oh, sure, there are exceptions. “I just had my first...

 

US needs to act, not pontificate, on immigration

As the stalemate and partial government shutdown over $5 billion for a border wall/fence/barrier grinds on, the tragedies associated with illegal immigration continue to mount. Unfortunately, both sides are focused on photo ops and talking points...

 

Let others make their mistakes

One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do is let people make their own mistakes. Whether you’re seeing your child about to make a mistake, or seeing other people making pointless and...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    January 9, 2019

Good or bad, change is coming

Suit up, New Mexicans. Big changes are about to take place. That’s what a commanding majority of New Mexicans voted for — but that doesn’t mean we’re all going to like it. Take gun control as an example. In a rural western state such as...

 

Another viewpoint: State could use new economic model

Congratulations, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, on the beginning of your journey leading the state. You certainly have the political chops and smarts for the job. We agree with so much of what you talked about in your inaugural speech Jan. 1 as you...

 

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