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 By David Stevens    Voices    May 22, 2019 

Good day to remember first Clovis grad

More than 440 students were scheduled to graduate from Clovis High School last weekend. That makes today a good day to remember CHS’ first high school graduate. Victor Bieler was also the only Clovi...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    May 22, 2019 

I'm addicted to lipstick - and I don't care

As long-time readers of this column know, I do not delve into politics or current events. You might think this comes from a desire to find common ground with all my readers. You might think I am trying to bridge the divide in a time when there...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    May 22, 2019 

Happiness isn't found in money, power or prestige

“Happiness is worth a lot to me,” a good friend, colleague, and mentor once told his boss as he made a decision that would lead to his leaving the company. “Well, so what? Isn’t happiness...

 
 Voices    May 22, 2019 

Efforts to reverse Roe vs. Wade should be ended

With Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature last week, her state took the lead in the race to pass the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. Ivey gave women elsewhere one more reason to be grateful they live in a state that protects their right to...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 22, 2019 

Preferences provide opportunities

Preferences are a personal thing. Some people prefer dogs while others prefer cats, and some like both species equally. None of these choices is wrong, even if one choice might make more sense or be...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 22, 2019 

Adapting only way to handle change

Today’s topic is change. It makes the world go round, but a lot of people hate it anyway. Change is inevitable, and yet the older we get, the more we’re inclined to resist it. It can be evolutionary or revolutionary, and it always has its share...

 

Mesa Elementary briefly transported back in time

Stepping into Mesa Elementary’s multi-purpose room recently was stepping back into The Golden Age of Radio. Fifth-grade teachers Cheryl Cunningham, Ashlee Spears, and Aundi Curtis resurrected a...

 

Surveillance program's loss good for privacy

A surveillance program that allows the U.S. government to comb through hundreds of millions of Americans’ telephone records in search of connections to terrorism could soon be a thing of the past. That would be good news for personal privacy and...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    May 19, 2019

Congratulations to our graduates

Good afternoon, graduates of this particular area high school OR community college OR four-year college. Whoever scheduled me as your graduation speaker has made a terrible mistake. It was such an awful mistake that nobody made it, and you’re...

 

Letter to the editor - May 19

Oil points intentionally misleading Regarding last Sunday’s column headlined “Industry must find emissions balance:” It is disappointing to read an academic repeating talking points from the oil and gas industry, particularly when those points...

 

Media won't challenge Dems' irresponsible promises

Every time I see the latest economic news, I thank Hillary Clinton. Every time I see those high GDP numbers (up 3.2 percent last quarter), I thank Hillary. Every time I see those record low unemployment numbers for blacks, Latinos and women, I thank...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 19, 2019

Bills show debate over abortion policy still very real

Lysistrata, the character from the Aristophanes play of the same name, declared a sex strike to try to stop a devastating war in ancient Greece. Alyssa Milano, the actress and political activist, declared a sex strike to try to stop Georgia from...

 

Honor banquet dazzled

The recent Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation Hall of Honor Banquet was a dazzling evening of celebration. The large venue at the Clovis Civic Center was filled with warmth and sparkle, as...

 

Control of public square by social media troubling

Most rational people could quickly stipulate Alex Jones is a conspiracy nut, Milo Yianopolous is a provocateur who solicited neo-Nazi and white supremacist figures for feedback and story ideas and Louis Farrakhan has a history of anti-Semitism as a...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 15, 2019

Let people opt out of 'good ideas'

Would you rather live in a world where it’s normal for people to try to convince each other of something, or a world where it’s acceptable to just give an order and shoot anyone who doesn’t imme...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 15, 2019

There's hope for future after all

I just finished doing a final read of high school seniors’ summaries. That’s something my newspaper compiles from surveys we pass out to the soon-to-be graduates and then publish on the eve of their commencement. It’s uplifting to read about...

 

Moments of knowing God can't be captured, only savored

Some moments in life are golden. And some of the best of all are precious precisely because they must be savored immediately or forever lost. Oh, as long as God is our Father, and that’s forever,...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 15, 2019

There's always something new to see in baseball

It’s said you can watch 1,000 baseball games and see something you’ve never seen before every time. I’m pretty sure that was true for Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller’s mother, at least on...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    May 15, 2019

Friends inspire me to be more curious

My husband, Peter, and I just spent a couple of days staying with our scientist friends. I’ve honestly never had scientist friends before, so there is a lot to learn. One of our scientist friends, Wolfgang, is responsible for filling the ice cube...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 12, 2019

Decision to publish graphic lapel video made with purpose

Our news organization last week published online a graphic video associated with the October shooting death of a suspected car thief. The video, from Clovis Police Officer Brent Aguilar’s lapel...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    May 12, 2019

I have some questions about 'Endgame'

Warning: This contains spoilers to “Avengers: Endgame,” which I believe is the 418th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Moviegoers, it’s been three weeks. “Avengers: Endgame” has made $3.2 billion worldwide. You’ve had time to see it...

 

Industry must find emissions balance

There is no more disputing it: methane emissions are dropping even as oil and gas production continues to surge in America’s top shale basins, including the prolific Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, but it...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 12, 2019

Mueller's role for Congress should be long over

The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller’s commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing. It’s not as though we don’t already have the special counsel’s version of events. He mustered...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 8, 2019

A few May tidbits from newspapers past

I collect tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first half of Mays past published in Roosevelt County papers: • May 1, 1955: Portales Valley Mills workers...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    May 8, 2019

Happy to share 'middle age' with another person

My husband Peter is preparing for the End Times. This might not be literally true, but it would certainly appear to be if you checked out the food supplies we have stashed away. Peter hates the fact that packages now contain less than they used to...

 

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