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Opinion: Hong Kong raids took advantage of US dysfunction

Dozens of pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong were rounded up around dawn last Wednesday as the U.S. Congress was preparing for a contentious fight over the Electoral College vote — a fight that would soon prompt a mob of President...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    January 13, 2021 

Opinion: Let Jan. 6 events be wakeup call

Are you prepared enough? No, you aren’t. Neither am I. It’s a trick question. There is no such thing as being prepared enough. Recent events in Washington, D.C. — the “District of...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    January 13, 2021 

Opinion: Herrell helped enable insurrection

Yvette Herrell got more votes than Xochitl Torres Small in the 2nd Congressional District, but since I voted for Torres Small I don’t think I’ll accept the results. That may sound anti-democratic, but hey, I’m just following Herrell’s lead....

 

Channeling my mother on these snowy days

When my mother arrived in New Mexico as a bride in 1957, she brought two items that I doubt were in many ranch homes at that time: a pair of ice skates and a set of snow skis. She was a native of...

 

Faith: At times like this, we should unclench our fists

I’m writing this column on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. That matters. I don’t know if henceforth all one will have to do is say “1/6” to bring forth images of a terrible assault on our nation;...

 

Opinion: 'Stain on democracy' can become rallying point for GOP future

There is a bright side for Republicans who still believe in smaller, more conservative government. Wednesday's events at our nation's Capitol cannot be justified or defended, but maybe they offer a...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 10, 2021

Opinion: Riot failure in Trump's leadership

There’s a reason we expect presidents of the United States to say that they support the peaceful transfer of power. Donald Trump has never committed to it, and we saw the bitter fruit on Wednesday...

 

Opinion: Trump's legacy tearing down Capitol

Wednesday was a sad day for America. We watched the mob violence and lawlessness in Washington with a tear in our eye. We saw images of the Capitol stormed by hundreds of yahoos who fought with...

 

Letter to the editor - Jan. 10

Climate change means more in drought I wonder what ranchers in De Baca and Chaves counties think of Rich Lowry’s advice to husband their water sources better or just move away from their family’s parched land because it can’t sustain their...

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices    January 10, 2021

Opinion: Another viewpoint: New year cause for celebration

This is the time of year when people all over the world join in a collective wish that next year will be better than the last one. Never in my lifetime has that bar been set so low. Former children’s TV host Fred Rogers famously passed along the ad...

 

Opinion: Left's behavior toward death of congressman-elect toxic

My father had terminal lung cancer. He fought like a Spartan at Thermopylae, his body riddled with chemo and radiation, his stomach filled with macrobiotic foods lovingly prepared by my mother, his...

 

Opinion: Execution may be death knell for death penalty

All year long in her cell in Texas, Lisa Montgomery crochets angels and Christmas tree ornaments and elaborate nativity scenes overrun with more angels. On Christmas Eve, her attorneys called her to say that a judge in Washington, D.C., had ruled...

 

Opinion: Earth isn't flat and government isn't good

Have you ever run into someone who believes the Earth is flat? I was shocked to discover such people exist. Many of them also believe the moon is a hologram, gravity doesn’t exist, and space...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    January 6, 2021

Opinion: Still waiting for the year to end

I’m writing this on the first day of 2021 but it doesn’t feel that way. It feels more like 2020 because, well, I keep watching the news. It’s not going to feel like a fresh new year until Donald Trump is out of the White House. Hopefully he...

 

Found a few things to be grateful for

After more than 450 columns, it was bound to happen. A deadline and a blank mind. I went in search of a writing prompt and found this: Write a story about a chicken that runs away from a farm. Hmmmm. Returned to the drawing board. Remembered a...

 

Faith: Old hymn brings new comfort

Years ago, when my oldest brother and his wife left for almost 20 years of mission work in Malawi, Africa, I was barely a pup. I was too small then to remember now much of the early time of their...

 

Opinion: Minimum-wage hikes another blow to economy

New Mexico small businesses not quite down for the count took another punch in the gut on Friday. That’s when minimum wage jumped to $10.50 an hour. First COVID-19 made thinking people think about...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 3, 2021

Opinion: Don't forget Amazon achievements

It’s been a terrible year for the American worker, with a notable bright spot courtesy of one of the tech firms in the crosshairs of regulators and lawmakers. If someone had said early in 2020,...

 

Opinion: Hard to feel optimistic about 2021

What a difference a terrible year makes. Last year at this time, my wife, Colleen the travel agent, and I were getting ready to take 40 of her clients on a 15-day cruise out of Dubai to India and back...

 

Opinion: Collaboration will help ensure student success

As I come to the end of my first year at Clovis Community College, I find myself reflecting on all that has occurred over the past year. As a country, we have faced a pandemic and resulting recession; as a state, we have seen economic challenges. As...

 

Opinion: Title IX should protect only biological women

Civil rights legislation always has its genesis in humanitarian principles: Protecting the weak, advocating for the voiceless, providing opportunities for the disenfranchised. The Civil Rights and Vot...

 

Opinion: Schools should stick to academic rule-making

More than 5,000 years ago, the warriors of Babylonia painted their fingernails with kohl to go to battle. More recently, A-list actor Brad Pitt wore nail polish, apparently just for the heck of it. Yet for some reason, it’s a showstopper when a...

 

Opinion: Up to you to make 2021 better

Was the year 2020 not to your liking? Do you want 2021 to be better? Then make it better. It’s mostly up to you. There will be things beyond your control, but you can choose how you feel about them...

 

Opinion: 2020 a year of great disruptions

For New Mexicans, COVID-19 hit in March. It may be named after the previous year, when it first turned up, but the first confirmed case in the U.S. hit the West Coast in January, and in New Mexico it hit less than two months later. From there, COVID...

 

If 2021 is another carnival ride, let it be a gentle one

When I was a little kid, and before I had enough sense to avoid carnivals, I eagerly boarded a ride one year at the Roosevelt County Fair. I don’t remember the name of the ride, but I do remember...

 

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