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 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices 

Faith: Blessed and honored to be friends with kind, gracious people

If all of our eggs are in this earthly “basket,” how sad. I find myself thinking of the Apostle Paul’s words written, of course, specifically to Christians: “If for this lif... — Updated 8/9/2022

 By Betty Williamson    Voices 

After 52 years, Teri Blakeley bidding daycare good-bye

For 52 years in a quiet house on South Avenue F in Portales, Teri Blakeley has been dispensing love to generations of children left in her care.  A week from Friday, she'll be... — Updated 8/9/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices 

Opinion: Found inspiration in trees still standing

I found inspiration at a burn scar recently. It was in California, which has been burning for years now as Exhibit A for the onset of climate change. I had driven into the state to pick up my daughter Maya at LAX, after she had... — Updated 8/9/2022

 By Kent McManigal    Voices 

Opinion: Cannabis not an excuse to kidnap

An American basketball player was recently arrested and imprisoned in Russia for possession of cannabis. Some people are outraged over this; others claim she deserved to be... — Updated 8/9/2022


Opinion: Reversal spotlights GOP's indefensible partisan payback

How angry are some Republicans at what they see as betrayal by a centrist Democrat? Angry enough to betray sick military veterans, apparently. That’s the only rational explanation for the sudden about-face by two dozen Senate Rep... — Updated 8/9/2022


Opinion: Neither Trump nor FBI deserve benefit of doubt in Mar-a-Lago raid

Partisans quickly retreated to their corners late Monday when news broke that the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Florida home. Republicans — including many Texas elected officials — and hard-right commentators... — Updated 8/9/2022

 By Walter Rubel    Voices

Opinion: State needs to give working age residents way to stay

“Will you still need me; will you still feed me; when I’m 64?” I was 8 years old when the Beatles released that song in 1967, and it seemed quite probable to me then that I would need help feeding myself by the time I hit... — Updated 8/6/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Bill Russell 'an arrogant Negro' to the end

Back in the day, his FBI file dubbed him “an arrogant Negro.” But then, people often mistook principle for arrogance whenever African Americans insisted on justice. Sometimes,... — Updated 8/6/2022

 By Michael Reagan    Voices

Opinion: Obama bears blame for anti-American attitudes these days

Lots of perplexed Americans are asking the question, “How did we get here?” They ask how is it that a rich, powerful and generally happy country that was chugging along so... — Updated 8/6/2022

 By Chicago Tribune    Voices

Opinion: 'Most cruel bomb' should be remembered on Hiroshima Day

“Hiroshima Day” is a day for mixed feelings. It is a day to remember what many would prefer to forget. It commemorates a day of honor and horror, a day that ended World War II and gave birth to the nuclear age, a day that offer... — Updated 8/6/2022

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: Manchin no real help against spending

Congress has never cared much about truth-in-labeling, but even by its standards, “The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” is laughably absurd. The deal reached by West Virginia Se... — Updated 8/6/2022

 By Rube Render    Voices

Opinion: A few thoughts on healthcare, guns

One would have to believe that the president of the U.S. receives the best medical treatment possible, or at least care that is slightly better than that available to the unwashed... — Updated 8/6/2022


Faith: I love to sing for the joy of God

If you know me, you know that I like to sing. I’ll sing when nobody’s listening. I’ll sing when 12 people are listening. I’ll sing when 612 are listening. Give me half a... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: August means double helping of memories

I’ve been thinking about my dad more so than usual. Probably because it’s August, his birth month. August has always been a time of celebration because of my dad’s birthday. I... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Needs should be met by the people

People see me say I don’t want government doing something and often jump to the conclusion I don’t want that thing done at all. Sometimes they are right, as in the case of... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Boston Herald    Voices

Opinion: Basketball legend a prolific winner and societal leader

Celtics legend Bill Russell, on the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports with a whopping 11 titles as a player and two championships as the first Black head coach in North American pro sports, died on Sunday. He was 88. His Twitter... — Updated 8/2/2022


Remembering humble kindness of longtime resident Bill Wood

In a world that often seems to focus on the loudest voice or the most outrageous claim, it has been immensely heartwarming this week to see the outpouring of love for the passing of... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Nazis knew where to look for the like-minded

We’ll get to the Nazi flags in a moment. First, however, let us turn to Merriam-Webster for clarification of a point I recently made in a column that left a few of you vexed. It... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Walter Rubel    Voices

Opinion: New ethics board scores first win

State Rep. Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences, who finished second in a five-person race for governor in the Republican primary election in June, has agreed to pay a $500 civil penalty to settle a bitter dispute with the State... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Paul Gessing    Voices

Opinion: Boondoggles shouldn't be state's way

New Mexico is always ranked among the “poor” states in the United States. But, as anyone who lives here or has taken stock of New Mexico’s abundant natural and cultural resour... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: Judge set up to break home-run record

Baseball is a game of numbers, and one of the most iconic of them, 61, is now in play. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge remains on pace to match or eclipse the single-season... — Updated 7/30/2022


Opinion: Monarch butterfly decline a reminder ecosystem is fragile

From the environmental community, there is good news and bad news. But mostly bad news. The good news is that the world's tiger population is 40% higher than in 2015. The bad news... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Rube Render    Voices

Opinion: Responsibility belongs to those in charge

Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about some of the disciplines I was required to learn in my misspent youth that have application in the world today. One of these issues... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: Hoping future has more liberty wins

It feels like the future is being pulled in two directions at once. Things are getting better, while things also feel like they are getting worse. Both are probably true. I’m not... — Updated 7/26/2022


Opinion: Downplaying cooperation erodes trust

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to take full credit for the recent capture of notorious drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. But the signs point to some degree of cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican... — Updated 7/26/2022


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