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Opinion: Government has purpose: ensure liberty for us all

With Election Day scheduled June 2, it’s time to ask candidates a favorite question: What’s the purpose of government? Many are stumped and need a little time to think about it, apparently having never before considered the issue. The correct...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 24, 2020 

Opinion: Gubernatorial candidate sore loser

Stacey Abrams has another distinction to add to her resume — she’s among the most preposterous potential vice-presidential candidates ever. Her attempt to leverage a failed Georgia gubernatorial bid into a spot on the Democratic ticket is so...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    May 24, 2020 

Opinion: Hoping for return of simple pleasures

Don’t tell the people in charge, but my friend’s wife is a member of the L.A. resistance. She’s been regularly going out into the underground economy to get her hair done. She’s been meeting with her hairdresser at an undisclosed location...

 
 Voices    May 24, 2020 

Letter to the editor - May 24

Railroad crossing repairs leave much to be desired Memory tells me that the Texico/Farwell railroad crossing on U.S. 84 has had two major repair jobs done in the past 25 years. If the work was done correctly, letters like this would not be...

 
 Voices    May 24, 2020 

Opinion: Memorial Day is a time of remembrance

Editor’s note: Andy F. Nazario is vice commander of American Legion Post 31, Portales, and chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515, Portales. Following is a portion of the remarks he was scheduled to make at the Portales Memorial Day...

 

Opinion: No avoiding fossil fuels' continued use

Set aside the rhetoric on global warming, we are going to have to open the throttle on oil, natural gas and coal production to power our economic recovery. Together they account for 80% of America’s energy supplies. To get our economy back on...

 
 By Michael Shannon    Voices    May 24, 2020 

Opinion: Coronavirus puts Jesus in intensive care

The most remarkable impact coronavirus has on America is the sight of pastors waiting, like dogs anticipating a treat, until Caesar gives them permission to start rendering unto God. You couldn’t have convinced me in March that Baptist preachers wo...

 

Opinion: How will we respond to PFAS threats?

The quality of our water in eastern New Mexico is threatened by man-made chemical compounds named Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, commonly known as “PFAS,” used by the U.S. Air Force at Cannon Air Force Base as fire-fighting foam. These chemicals are...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 20, 2020

Opinion: Market needs freedom to flourish

The world’s economy is being damaged by this pandemic, or, more accurately, it’s being damaged by government reactions to the pandemic. The damage is adding up; getting worse with time. The only...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 20, 2020

Opinion: Opportunities exist in this moment

It’s been said that if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. The future is always an uncertainty, but it’s especially acute for this year’s graduating classes. Not only did the pomp and ceremony surrounding their milestone...

 

Opinion: Air conditioning became essential in summertime

I’m writing this on a warm morning, settled in near the air conditioner with outside temperatures already well past 90 degrees and climbing. This was always a hopeful time of year when I was a kid....

 

Opinion: Let's hope for fair-ly good rain storm

Rich, poor, tall, short, masked, unmasked — most of us have one thing in common: We love a good county fair. Let’s hope it happens this year. Curry County commissioners in the next few weeks will have to decide if the COVID-19 pandemic will preve...

 

Opinion: 'Judge not' makes most sense of any rule

Just for the record, it might be worth mentioning that “sheltering in place” is what we’re not doing. Forgive me, please. I am far too much in love with freedom to turn anyone over to the...

 

Opinion: Governor edicts aren't helpful in combating virus

A few thoughts on the pandemic, the state’s latest directives, and being responsible for ourselves: • The governor on Wednesday announced she’s relaxing more of her public health orders aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. Most retail...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    May 17, 2020

Opinion: Coronavirus deadlier to businesses

The disease experts and the panic-pushing media initially scared the pants off California’s 40 million people with their predictions about the death toll of the coronavirus pandemic. They said 25 million people in the state would become infected...

 

Opinion: Reopen? How strong is your hospital?

Looking at the positive COVID-19 numbers around the state, I have to sympathize with people in Lincoln, Sierra or San Miguel counties, which at this writing have two, one, and six cases, respectively. Lea and Eddy counties, with just 14 cases each,...

 

Even legal immigration harms workers

No matter how beaten down American workers are or how dim their employment prospects, the White House and Congress continue their relentless insistence on importing hundreds of thousands more foreign-born workers. At the same time, legal immigration...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 17, 2020

Without NY, epidemic would be different

New York is the greatest city in the world. It also is uniquely suited to the spread of the coronavirus. As the national debate over re-opening continues and the political blame game intensifies, it’s worth considering the scale of New York’s...

 

Federal budget needs to be reined in

The country was steamrolled by the coronavirus, and the economic stimulus packages to help businesses and individuals have been staggering in costs. Admittedly, the aid was necessary. But it has left the nation with a mammoth $3.7 trillion deficit....

 

Opinion: Rules changes reasonable, curb some excesses

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos decided to revisit the rules governing sexual assault accusations at colleges, some victims’ advocates feared she would make it too difficult to hold assailants responsible. But the rules released Wednesday...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 13, 2020

Opinion: Time to let people take own risks

I would expect, given the record of failure, this coronavirus experience would cause people to reconsider their belief in the credibility of government. From past experience, I know hope — or someth...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 13, 2020

Opinion: Anti-socialism won't win election

Chris Mathys is basically a fringe candidate in the Second Congressional District of New Mexico, as if there’s such a thing as a fringe candidate in Donald Trump’s Republican Party. It’s almost laughable how Mathys and his party opposition ...

 

Congratulations, graduates - pandemic or no

School administrators are regularly required to make those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” decisions. You know the kind I am talking about: Wondering if the buses will have time to run...

 

Buster Blakey's well wasn't any good in 1955

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Mays past as reported by newspapers in Portales: • May 2, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald reported Portales...

 

Opinion: Our church back at church - even if things are a little weird

Our church went back to church on Sunday. Our governor had said that we could, within some COVID-19 guidelines. Our little bunch chose to wait a week longer than required and, just speaking for me,...

 

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