Not all injuries visible to eye

Sixty-six percent of the most seriously wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have “invisible” injuries of brain trauma or post-traumatic stress, which their families and society will be dealing with at great cost for decades, said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff. “The truth is, because we don’t see these […]

Our people: Mentality for music

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Most stories about Clovis resident Chuck Tipton begin with “When we were working on that musical…” There’s reason for that. Tipton taught music in Clovis’ schools for 20 years at all levels, including college, and he never got out of it. He has worked with show choirs, Cotillion and directed and adapted shows for all […]

Most laws in U.S. unnecessary

The system is broken. Almost every law, particularly every new law passed in the past several decades, is not based upon right or wrong, but upon opinion or value judgments. The U.S. imprisons, or traps in its “justice system,” more people, percentage-wise, than did Stalin in the USSR, and more than China ever has. You, […]

Most founders were libertarians

Some of America’s founders were scientists — and were good ones to the best of their ability, considering the prevailing culture they lived in, and to the extent their understanding, available resources, and equipment would allow. They had some ideas that were quaint, and wrong, as we can now see clearly because of advances made […]

Realtors: Housing demand strong

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Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better than most of the nation, people involved in that market have said. “Compared to the rest of the country, we’ve really been blessed in Curry and Roosevelt counties,” said Wanda Graham of Kiva Realty in Portales. The area has seen […]

Ames Straw Poll will jump-start 2012 election

Freedom New Mexico This time of year, most Americans are spending a balmy day at the beach, or heading out on vacation. Not the Republican presidential candidates. They’re frequently swooping into Iowa to campaign for the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll. The non-binding event is the first expression by actual voters in America for their […]

Donkey sports take patience

I was reminiscing with a group of Dexter breeders. A Michigan farmer named Lew said when he was a boy, his grandpa hired a mule man to clear some timber. It was raining like a cow pouring hot tea on a flat rock! The mule man sat in his old Chevy coupe with his arm […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Hard-working fathers commended

Russell Anglin is the managing editor for the Quay County Sun. His most recent column focused his stepdad’s role in his life.

Theatrics landed me in hot water

Most will concede that Portales isn’t the Taos of the High Plains, but—like anywhere—it’s our drinking buddies that count. I have lived in beautiful places: A tropical island in the South Pacific, by mesmerizing white beaches in Pensacola, Fla., and, in my 20s, was a newspaper editor in the pictorial Arkansas Ozarks retirement community of […]