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If it's politics, it's complicated (and misleading)

Politics is complicated. And politicians are champions at confusing voters and taxpayers even more than necessary in efforts to sway support. Take, for example, President Trump’s recent threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. New...

 

Support women's sports with wallet

A little more than a year ago, I decided to look up the streaming package for the Women’s National Basketball Association. I had already planned to purchase NBA League Pass later in the year, and thought there might be a group discount. I knew NBA...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    July 14, 2019 

Biden far from 'Middle-Class Joe'

The American middle class just got a lot richer. Joe Biden, who invariably and tiresomely refers to himself as “Middle-Class Joe,” made $15 million the first two years after the end of the Obama administration. This hardly qualifies as a...

 

DOD has responsibility to clean up after itself

Last year, the U.S. Air Force confirmed that firefighting foam containing toxic PFAS chemicals used around Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases in New Mexico had contaminated nearby groundwater supplies. The contamination at Cannon affects several...

 

Another viewpoint: Sweet deal unlikely for Epstein this time around

Did R. Alexander Acosta mishandle the case a decade ago of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy and politically connected financier who was accused of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girls at his pink waterfront mansion in Palm Beach,...

 

Impossible to waste something as precious as a good peach

I was at church on a July Sunday a few years back when a friend came up and whispered to me furtively, “The pizzas should be ready Thursday.” I’ll be honest: I didn’t hear much of the sermon t...

 

Billy the Kid ... a complicated fellow

FORT SUMNER — It’s been 138 years, but the kid killer is still making news. Fort Sumner City Councilor Gerald Cline and movie director Michael Anthony Giudicissi are planning a Facebook Live broadcast from Billy the Kid’s grave on Sunday night...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 10, 2019

Parents still complement each other after 60 years

My parents recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a long time. Whenever I try to buy a card for my mom or dad, I have a heck of a hard time. I almost bought a “blank inside” card...

 

Faith: Any generation should seek God's wisdom

My younger friend laughed after worship a few years ago. “Preaching with you in the congregation made me nervous,” he said. Completely surprised, I laughed back: “Are you kidding?” It was a...

 

Lawmakers need to get busy fixing taxes

It’s been a bumper crop of sorts in recent years for New Mexico as far as tax revenue goes. State coffers have swelled to epic proportions — revenues are expected to reach $7.5 billion for fiscal 2020 — thanks in large part to the ongoing oil...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 10, 2019

Limiting liberty never good for people

There are few things I enjoy more than helping people. In the past few months, I’ve opened a car for a neighbor who locked her keys inside. Twice. I gave a military-style can opener I was carrying...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 10, 2019

Continental Divide beautiful drive

I took advantage of a long holiday weekend to travel up to the Continental Divide, where I camped and explored some of the highest points in Colorado. “Civilization” came to me through the radio, particularly National Public Radio. Like New...

 

Time for Rep. Duncan Hunter to step down

Rep. Duncan Hunter should resign from Congress so he can spend more time with his lawyers. He’s really going to need it. The six-term congressman from California and his wife, Margaret, were co-indicted in August on 60 criminal counts alleging they...

 

No racial component to mermaids

A former coworker of mine moved to the east coast, and found a great life for herself. That included a boyfriend, who later became a fiancee, who later became a husband. It was more difficult than it should have been, because she’s white and...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 7, 2019

Time for deniers to swallow pride

SANTA ROSA — There’s trouble on the horizon, and I’m not talking about city hall across the street. No matter how much I get into my hometown news-gathering operation, I’m still plugged in to the bigger national and international issues out...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 7, 2019

July 4 quake shook up some memories

The July 4 temblor that rattled Southern California and even Las Vegas, Nevada, shook up some memories for me. The last time Southern California had a quake that measured as high as 6.4 on the...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    July 7, 2019

Ballpark architecture growing more beautiful

We live in an era of public ugliness, of architects who deliberately make their forms unsightly and inhuman, and of public art installations that are invariably ridiculous. The most obvious exception is the ballpark, which has gotten more beautiful...

 

Don't wait to have drug talk with teenagers

Like thousands of families shattered by drug overdoses, Becky and Mike Savage needed time and space — a breathless, agonizing canyon of pain — to begin to come to terms with the deaths of their two teenage sons. The Savages of Granger, Indiana,...

 

Starlac made me appreciate a cold glass of milk

The recent observance of National Dairy Month may have left you thirsty for an icy cold glass of milk. As for me, my appreciation of the good stuff came from a childhood of drinking Starlac. If that n...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    July 3, 2019

From Dizzy to the Kid - July a memorable month

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Julys past: • July 1, 1908: A fire wiped out the east half of Portales' business district, causing $30,000 in...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 3, 2019

Happy anniversary to this column

I started this column one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, “Blue Yarn,” I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than...

 

Genuine freedom must be cherished - or lost

Freedom. It is not a gift any government benevolently bestows upon its citizens; freedom is the gift of God to everyone created in his image. It is the responsibility of governments to recognize and...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 3, 2019

Can't control others - only my response

It was a bad pain day. My usual “peopley” self was amped down a couple of notches. We had parked close to the front of a grocery store, and I made my way from the jeep to the door, wincing with...

 

UNM should be held accountable on transparency

“Access to public records is one of the fundamental rights afforded to people in a democracy.” This is the first sentence found within the introductory paragraph of the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) compliance guide published by the...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 3, 2019

Keep American spirit of 1776 alive

America was born in an act of secession. Those future Americans told an overbearing central government — the world’s most powerful empire and military at the time — it was no longer welcome. It...

 

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