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 By Betty Williamson    Voices    June 24, 2018 

So much history in our towns

If you have even a passing interest in New Mexico history, odds are you have at some point encountered the F. Stanley books — dozens of slim softbound volumes that tell the stories of some of our...

 

Native Justify jockey worked for his success

New Mexico native Mike Smith rode Justify into the history books on June 9, capturing the coveted Triple Crown with a victory in the Belmont Stakes. Justify became just the 13th horse since 1919 to earn the Triple Crown — victories in one year by...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 24, 2018 

Skin one of body's busiest parts

Purchased for a quarter at the last Portales Public Library book sale, my book-of-the-month summary for June is “How the Body Works: 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Miracle of the Human...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 24, 2018 

Near to Twitter famous good for me

In this small patch of New Mexico, I’m probably better known than the average person. It’s a tiny, tiny bit of fame, and not much fortune, but I’ve never had an issue with that. Being Twitter famous? That’s a different story. I’ve had a Twi...

 

Some advice: Take a break before you react

I’ve been enjoying reading a fine book by Alan Jacobs, a professor in the honors program at Baylor University. When I tell you the title of the book, you’ll likely smile and tell me that, obviousl...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 22, 2018

Keep it real by following Jesus' teachings

During one of Billy Graham’s meetings in England many years ago, his wife Ruth Graham had joined him. On that particular day, the local dignitaries had arranged for a luncheon and many of the...

 

Thank Sessions for unwittingly aiding pot effort

Good job, Jeff Sessions. It seems the attorney general’s misguided attempts to revive the unpopular and unjust federal war on marijuana may be having the exact opposite effect — prompting a new bipartisan effort in Congress to allow states to...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 20, 2018

Libertarian criticisms miss mark

Recently, I read a rant describing libertarianism in unlibertarian ways. This is normal. I’ve never seen a criticism of libertarianism that hit the mark. The point is usually that libertarians are...

 

Medicare, Social Security systems need fixing now

When we’re old and sick and poor, we might be forced to keep warm by burning all the government reports that we ignored, warning us that Social Security and Medicare are running out of money; the latest such report was issued this month. According...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 17, 2018

Praises to The King of Himself

Here is my latest sermon to butter up my flock at The Podcast Church for Couch Potatoes — where I am the Minister of Defense Against Little White Lies and Great Big Whoppers. To avoid interfering...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 17, 2018

Overcome shifts; don't outlaw them

Life has unwritten rules. Always double down on 11. Never cross the streams. You can’t date your friend’s sibling unless you’re considering marriage. When it comes to baseball, I usually think unwritten rules exist because they’re too stupid... Full story

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 15, 2018

Children should be treated with love, respect

I have told this story before, but I think it warrants a rerun. I was in the grocery store one day several years ago and my heart was sad as I observed a mother and father shopping with their three ch...

 

Life is never really one's own possession

In the last couple of weeks, two famous people whose names I barely knew took their own lives, and so both departures have been in the news. In fact, I knew one name not at all; fashion designers and...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 13, 2018

Discrimination should be left legally alone

Who would be desperate enough to eat a cake baked by someone who doesn’t want to bake it? Would you want a wedding cake someone was forced to bake — at gunpoint? Even if the gun is hidden at...

 

Citizens must demand better public behavior

Just when you think the level of discourse and civility in this country can’t get any lower, you are proven wrong — as illustrated by two stories that have competed for headlines this month. The first was an incredibly offensive tweet by...

 

Opposition to Israel not all anti-Semitic

F reedom of speech on college campuses is under enough pressure without the federal government adding to the problem by threatening to withdraw funding to punish people for expressing their political opinions. That would be a real possibility if...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 10, 2018

Play shines light on teen suicide

Because of his own experiences with suicide, Portales resident Jim Lee is trying to spare others from its devastating aftermath. His father, a World War II veteran, committed suicide at 46, and Lee...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 10, 2018

Any ratio good for Arnold Palmer

And now, a dramatic reading of one of my favorite recent comedies, “Scrubs,” where newer doctor John “J.D.” Dorian tells mentor Perry Cox he’s no longer an inexperienced doctor. Dorian: Don’t be mad, Perry. This day was bound to come.... Full story

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 8, 2018

Biblical experiences can mirror our own

It was over 35 years ago next week that I was terrified we had lost Buffy. She was only five years old at the time and I still can remember the horror and hopelessness I felt when we lost her at Six F...

 

God will be with us every moment of life's adventure

I don’t remember ever quoting that famous philosopher Forrest Gump, but here you go: “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”...

 

Found new neighbors in the Forts

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know the Fort name and associate it with a well-respected historic ranch family in Lea County. But, for whatever reason, I had never met Curtis and Carol...

 

Letter to the editor - June 7

Players have other options for work I was completely aghast — no, the better word would be dumbfounded — by the Viewpoint about the NFL anthem rule in the May 30 Eastern New Mexico News. The players choice of to stand or not to stand kinda makes... Full story

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 6, 2018

Rule by majority unfair to minority

Politics might be an amusing hobby, but it is a horrible basis for a society. One should never confuse government with society. Society grows naturally from the voluntary interactions of people,...

 

Abbott deserves credit for action after shooting

In the melee that is the debate over mass shootings, we can’t help but return to a singular thought: There are a great many reforms that could make a meaningful difference and win broad support, if only they could get a fair hearing. So we were...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    June 5, 2018

Swallows may be worth cohabitation

It begins with a dab of mud in a discreet corner, easily passed by without drawing attention, yet over the course of a few days, the mud slowly builds upon itself and takes shape, eventually...

 

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