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A closer look at events surrounding Jesus’ birth

January 6, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

A few weeks ago, we passed the anniversary of a special moment in history. No, not the birth of Jesus, which occurred about the beginning of October. I’m talking about the visit by the angel Gabriel to the Jewish girl Mary telling her she would soon become pregnant with God’s Son. Interestingly, Isaiah 11:1 prophesied [&hellip...

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Snippets: Afterthoughts on the passing scene

January 6, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Wintertime says hello Friday was a cold but beautiful reminder that winter cannot be ignored, as a few inches of snow blanketed the Roswell area (and most of the state and much of the nation, for that matter), leaving us with slippery roads and bridges. The...

Reconsider and embrace the idea of sanctuary

January 6, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

I read in the paper where St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is offering sanctuary by posting a banner that reads, Room Available Immigrants and Aliens Welcome,” and it made me wonder what the true meaning of “sanctuary” really is. My first look was at the...

4’33” and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

January 5, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Whether one has heard of the composer John Cage, his piece 4’33” (4 minutes and 33 seconds) has continued to polarize audiences ever since its first performance by David Tudor in 1952. While the initial performance featured only the piano, any musician...

Government stand on fake news a terrifying prospect

January 5, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Recently, there has been massive buzz about “fake news.” After the defeat of Hillary Clinton, it seems that the more mainstream media sources such as the Washington Post and CNN have been quick to attempt to find something or someone to blame for the...

El Capitan: The Saint who owned our family

January 4, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

El Capitan By the time he came to live with us he already weighed about 60 pounds. Only a few months old, his paws were bigger than my hands and he had yet to grow into his ears and jowls. He never really would. His reddish brown, white and black fur was soft...

Reviewing past predictions, laying out new ones

January 3, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Last year about this time, I made some predictions for 2016. Turns out, I was right, wrong and a little in between, with observations both on and off the mark. A quick review, and some new predictions: • I said it would be a brutal winter in New Mexico,...

A whole new year

December 31, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Happy New Year, Roswell! In today’s edition, you’ll find a review of the year that just ended. It’s the news of the past, some dark and torturous, some good and decent. Altogether, it’s a reflection on the year 2016 and what it meant for Roswell and...

A domestic violence and sexual assault facility

December 31, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

One of the hardest things for a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault is to take that first step and walk through our shelter doors. Regardless of the victim’s gender or gender preference, race, culture or socioeconomic strata, we see the hurt and...

Planning for a successful 2017 and beyond

December 31, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

It has been said that people don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan. As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Or the father driving his family who said, “We are...