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Wrapping up another United Way funding drive

February 4, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Since 1956, our community has come together each fall to raise funds to help our neighbors who need a helping hand. From that first fall campaign in 1956, which raised $58,356, to our 2016 campaign 60 years later, which raised $434,211, the generosity of our citizens allows United Way of Chaves County to support agencies [&hellip...

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Honesty and the reality of the way things are

February 3, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Honesty is the window of life, allowing you to see the world as it really is. Obstinacy to honesty is the shade you pull over your eyes when you don’t like what you see out the window of life. Life boasts of no trickery. What you see is what you get. What...

Snippets: Afterthoughts on the passing scene

February 3, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Driver’s license hassle No wonder state officials didn’t want to deal with the fact that undocumented aliens could obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses. Our lawmakers must have anticipated the hassle it would bring, not only for immigrants but for...

Memories of wintertime in old Roswell

February 3, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

I’ve been thinking how winter has been with us with its occasional snow, cold winds, and freezing temperatures, and if I am ready for spring to arrive. But, since we have only recently celebrated one of America’s oldest holidays, Groundhog Day, we may be...

Immigration order raises moral questions

February 2, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Upon hearing the new immigration ban, the phrase “Quis custodiet ispsos custodes” immediately came to mind. For those readers unfamiliar with Latin, the phrase refers to a saying by the Roman poet Juvenal. It translates to, “Who will guard the guards...

Fighting intolerance must be done with tolerance

February 2, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

It has been said that writing is the method by which one paints a picture with words. Whether that picture is one filled with detail, color or darkness is the job of the writer. The same, in my perspective, can be said of words and actions. As human beings,...

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The little-known story of the ‘Green Book’

February 1, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

The cover of the 1940 edition of the “Green Book,” which was published from 1936 to 1966 as a travel guide for African-American motorists. One of my favorite scenes in “Driving Miss Daisy,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989,...

Women on the march against President Trump

January 31, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

I like women. I respect women. Some of my best friends are women. But sometimes, I’m still a pig. I try to be a gentleman — treating women as ladies and respecting them as equals — but sometimes my smarta– side comes out inappropriately. See,...

Boosting the state economy

January 28, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

It’s the economy, stupid. Remember those words, which were posted at Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters when he was running for president in 1992? It served as a reminder to the campaign that, above all else, the American economy was the paramount issue...

Teen dating violence increasing, not always reported

January 28, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Dating violence was a hot news topic in 2016 and the statistics for teens is growing alarmingly, and the actual cases are dramatically under reported. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a...