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'Mesa Mentors' demonstrate character, integrity

At Mesa Elementary School, there’s quite a history of accomplishment, including the achievement of being named — not once, but twice — a National Blue Ribbon School. That’s no easy...

 

Permanent fund bad solution for new money

Budget analysts in New Mexico expect the Legislature will have an incredible $907 million of so-called “new money” when it convenes in January. A vast majority of that money comes from the boom in oil and gas production in the Permian Basin....

 

Bullying's cure is fighting back

It’s as predictable as the equinox: school starts in the fall and bullying catches society’s attention anew. It’s not as though bullying stops over the summer break, but then it is usually...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    September 18, 2019 

Climate alarm needs sounding

First it was the scientists, issuing dire warnings that the world is warming up because of human activity. But the media watered down their warnings; some media outlets questioned the validity of their claims, others simply downplayed it. And the...

 

Food distribution looking for new home

On the third Saturday of almost every month for the past five years, volunteers have filled the fellowship hall at Central Christian Church in Portales to assist in an impressive community food distri...

 

Good time to celebrate success

She came to Clovis with her military family when she was 10 years old. In 1975, she graduated from Clovis High School before entering Eastern New Mexico University in Portales where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She...

 

Sometimes it's best to say nothing at all

Peter was up before anyone else — as he often is. My husband gets up early in order to have enough time to brood before busybodies like me expect him to engage in cheerful conversation. But this morning we were staying at my parents’ cabin and...

 

May God sanctify, bless a beautiful place in your life

We had two Sundays this week at our little church. Two Sundays two days in a row. Well, not really. But it seemed like it. The first Sunday was Saturday as we held the funeral of a fine man and good...

 

Tribalism is a growing threat to US democracy

“Be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” — Retired Marine Corps General and Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis talking to his Marines in Iraq James Mattis is a warrior, and the above quote reported by...

 

Some habits and in-jokes die hard

“What the (expletive) is a pasty?” That’s what I said when we were in Butte, Montana. Fine, that’s what I wanted to say, but I was 8. While I knew better than to say the expletive, young me did not yet know Butte as strange sibling of the...

 

Dems have no real plan for US

It’s too bad for America that CNN’s seven-hour town hall on climate change was such a rating disaster. If 20 times as many viewers had tuned in Sept. 4, about 22 million Americans today would have a real clear idea what a bunch of leftwing nut-jo...

 

Congress should set better example of bipartisanship

In case you haven’t heard, our lawmakers have returned from their six-week, summer sabbatical, ready to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Among the agenda items for this legislative session: firearms, keeping the government from shut...

 

The human race isn't a burden

At least Bernie Sanders is an equal opportunity misanthrope. He doesn’t like rich people, and it turns out he doesn’t necessarily like poor people, either. At the CNN town hall on climate change, a questioner asked the socialist senator if...

 

Another viewpoint: Taliban efforts bitter but necessary pill

For the United States to end its longest war and bring the troops home from Afghanistan, it must negotiate and cooperate with the leaders of the Taliban, the most powerful and stable political power in that nation. That’s a bitter pill to swallow,...

 

Student athletes meet high standards

Stopping by our Clovis High School Freshman Academy last week, I had an opportunity to chat with Bekki Jones, history teacher of 14 years and varsity cheer coach. Jones works closely with Amanda...

 

Football may come at too high a price

When Colts quarterback Andrew Luck walked off the field for a final time on Aug. 24 — multiple injuries having convinced him that retirement from professional football at age 29 was the only sensible option — Colts fans booed. It was a stunning...

 

Don't need law to dislike something

We all have our own likes and dislikes. This means everyone likes some things other people dislike; sometimes the likes and dislikes are passionate and the disagreements get rather heated. There’s...

 

Healthcare may be winning issue

From 1981 through 2018, the Republican Party controlled the 2nd Congressional District seat in southern New Mexico, with one brief exception. In 2008, when Rep. Steve Pearce opted not to seek a fifth term (running unsuccessfully for the Senate...

 

Sharing kidneys across US

Clovis second-grade teacher Regina Griego may have the best excuse ever to explain why she's late for school this year. Yes, this year. While her students reported for the new semester on Aug. 12,...

 

Potter Park namesake could milk a goat

He was a champion goat milker. He had audience with a president. And when you think about the only outdoor public swimming pool in Clovis, it's his name that comes to mind. This is a good day to...

 

I think a happy marriage is like stew

I told my husband, Peter, that our marriage was like stew — and that’s a good thing. This is a second marriage for both of us. We were both married for a long time and then divorced for quite a while. We dated other people and realized how...

 

After all this time, people can still surprise me

People can be maddening, frustrating, bull-headed, mean, dumb, astonishing, resilient, weak, strong, gentle, loving, perplexing, bitter, graceful, resentful, hateful, merciful, and ... pick any...

 

Gun violence issue cannot be solved by GOP or Dems

No one has all the answers regarding the recent spate of gun violence across the country. But it seems unlikely government can end it. We should stop asking government to end it. We have to end it ourselves. One on one. That’s our only hope. We’v...

 

Taking more care with 'close enough'

A few years ago, I was at a gathering that wasn’t really a potluck, but had a lot of friends and a lot of homemade food. Close enough, right? My friend’s sister brought the family’s traditional jalapeño poppers. These weren’t the first time...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    September 8, 2019

Britain's left dangerous throwback

Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, to his credit, seized the initiative in the battle over whether Britain will truly exit the EU, and on what terms. But no one can know how this high-stakes gamble will turn out. Johnson just lost his slender...

 

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