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 By Bloomberg News    Voices    March 24, 2019 

Congress should take responsibility for budget process

The process of funding the U.S. government begins when the president submits a budget request to Congress in February. Then everything falls apart. At least, that’s the way things have been going, year after year. In a more rational world,...

 

Letter to the editor - March 24

By government, for government? We’ve got a political faction in this country whose mantra is to manufacture a crisis and then hype a solution. Not sure where the concept came from, but I do know Rahm Emanuel, Chicago mayor and once Barack...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 24, 2019 

Warren wrong about Electoral College

Elizabeth Warren, the pointy end of the spear of Democratic radicalism, has called for the end of the Electoral College. “My view,” she said at a CNN town hall, “is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 24, 2019 

Fate made me a Duke fan

“Yo Kevin,” my colleague R.J. said on his first day at the office. “If you ever have some space you need filling in that sports section, I’ll be glad to fill it with an anti-Duke column.” I told R.J., a North Carolina native and Tar Heel...

 

Another viewpoint: Mulling over service in different contexts

Recently, I sat in on a Bernalillo County Commission meeting in Albuquerque. It was fascinating to learn how the county works, and as speakers addressing different topics stepped forward with presentations and requests, it was refreshing to see...

 

Don't think there's much to worry about with future

I hear a lot about the next generation-entitled whiners with inflated expectations and unrealistic goals. Recently I had dinner with three of them. My husband, Peter, and I are in Oaxaca, Mexico. It feels like the end of the world, this place where...

 

Come see cowboys take their hand at polo

If you’ve never heard of “cowboy polo,” you’re not alone. “Just imagine two four-man teams … cowboys or anyone … on horseback, with brooms trying to hit a beach ball into a goal....

 

Faith: Seeing dead people warms my heart

“I see dead people.” So said the cute little boy in the memorable line and creepy “confession” from the 1999 movie “The Sixth Sense.” I hope you don’t find it disturbing when I affirm th...

 

Sounds like hemp industry good addition

Along with its cannabis cousin, hemp has been classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic for most of the 20th century, ostensibly for its appearance (a marijuana look-alike) but really because the timber industry saw it as unwanted competition. Hemp...

 

Windstorm reminder to be ready

How much did you enjoy our recent “shingle apocalypse” brought on by the little wind storm? Probably about as much as I did. I even went out and took a walk in it. I love the feel of gravel...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 20, 2019

No point in legislating morality

Today’s topic is sin. I’ll try not to get preachy about it. There’s a long list of habit-forming vices that Americans have enjoyed, condemned, regulated and even outlawed over time, but today we’ll consider four in particular — tobacco,...

 

Program tailored to individuals

Earlier this year we described moving our preK program back out to our elementary school sites for several reasons — one of which was to make it more convenient for parents with older children at...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 17, 2019

Time to applaud those oft-forgotten first responders

“I am a lineman for the county “And I drive the main road “Searchin' in the sun for another overload …” — Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” They gather annually to compete for fun,...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 17, 2019

Wage arguments just don't hold water

A minimum wage increase was on the way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, and this column was due before her expected signature. Every time a wage increase is discussed, I hear the same arguments. • “Minimum wage increases will mean...

 

Letters to the editor - March 17

Jury made wrong decision in case I am writing about the recent jury decision that found Benjamin Pritchett guilty of a years-old supposed sexual assault of a child. Juries make darned wrong decisions sometimes and this case was no exception. I know...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 17, 2019

Bill true affront to Constitution

The same Democrats outraged by Donald Trump’s alleged offenses against the First Amendment passed, as their first priority, a speech-restricting bill opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Trump shouldn’t call the media “the enemy of...

 

Two time changes better than 50 time zones

It really has come to this: Americans can’t even agree on what time it is. As most of us were springing our clocks forward and feeling like we were robbed of another hour of sleep last weekend, debates on the wisdom or folly of daylight saving...

 

Ag agent called on frequently across area

They called him Willie Glen, Bill, W.G., or sometimes just Agent. Based on his four decades of service, Roosevelt County Agriculture Extension Agent Willie Glen Vinzant was called on a lot. • In late September 1937, he had good news to report to...

 

Dog may not be practical, but I need my fix

I am a mess around dogs lately. My dog, Milo, died last year. My husband, Peter, and I decided that, given the travel we do, getting a new dog was not a sensible thing to do. (Although I’m not sure what being sensible has to do with dogs.) So, I...

 

Digital features enhancing classrooms

“Digital Learning Day 2019” — information at digitallearningday.org — was Feb. 28. Digital learning is basically incorporating technology into the learning process to enhance learning and...

 

Daylight saving change may cause more confusion

The biannual shifting of the clocks took place Sunday morning, and you may be a little discombobulated. The transition to daylight saving time each March means losing the extra hour of night we enjoyed when the clocks shifted back four months earlier...

 

You can't have civil rights both ways

It’s interesting to me how many people want their own rights respected, while also wanting other people’s rights to be violated. People who want their rights as gun owners respected often...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 13, 2019

Good laugh may be medicine for anger

Trump. Climate change. Liberals. Conservatives. Socialists. Capitalists. Bet you don’t think any of these charged-up words are funny, but maybe you should. Recently I heard a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition connecting anger and humor, part of a...

 

Letter to the editor - March 13

Gerrymandering unfair to rural counties There are 33 counties in New Mexico. But just a few populous counties are forcing their radical leftist views on gun control, taxes, Christianity, and abortion on the rural, more conservative areas. In 2011,...

 

Praising God only makes us more joyful

“Come,” invites the Psalmist of old, “let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and...

 

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