My turn: ENMU QB had golden arm

By David Stevens: Editor We could argue all day about who’s the greatest football player with ties to our region. That conversation would certainly include pros Zach Thomas, Donny Anderson, Lawrence McCutcheon, Jerry Sisemore, Mercury Morris, Hank Baskett, Michael Sinclair, Kenny King and at least a half dozen more. But don’t forget an Eastern New […]

My turn: I’ve met my match

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More new entertainment comes into my office all the time, whether it’s fake fish, rubber cockroaches, hacky sacks or voodoo dolls of my bosses. OK, so maybe I’m the source of most of the sarcasm, toys and childlike behavior that come into the office, but there are worse ways to lighten a work day, right? […]

My turn: Leaving you with few parting thoughts

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I’ve occasionally written about controversial subjects as a columnist here since 2004. Sometimes I’d hear, “I like your column, but I don’t agree with everything you say.“ I‘d respond, “That’s OK; we agree to disagree!” As any sound-minded editor, including David Stevens, who I thank for letting me write here, would say, any news is […]

My turn: Happy birthday, New Mexico

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The state of New Mexico turns 100 on Friday. Here’s some trivia: • President William Howard Taft signed the declaration of statehood at 1:35 p.m. on Jan. 6, 1912, in his private office at the White House. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported about two dozen people witnessed the event, half of them from New […]

My turn: New year won’t change my opinions

New Year’s resolutions that I can’t possibly keep include: • Not yawning when stars are praised excessively for charitable acts — even though it costs them little for the fawning attention. • Not Sunday-morning-quarterbacking pietists who say that the United States was founded on Christian principles — but can’t name any. • Not scoffing at […]

My turn: Leaps of faith require trust

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We’re only days away from 2012. Although 2011 was a particularly challenging year, it’s ending with welcome change, due largely to my belief that God’s love is unchanging. Through good times and bad times this past year, I’ve felt an inner, uncharacteristic sense of assurance that things, although seemingly going from bad to worse, were […]

My turn: Wish list more naughty than nice

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I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • […]

My turn: English professor had good advice

I’m no stranger to Eastern New Mexico University graduations and I always enjoy seeing the excitement. But Saturday’s commencement was even more special because one of my ENMU heroes was the commencement speaker. ENMU English professor Carol Erwin is respected and adored by her students and it is well earned. Being an English major, I […]

My turn: Christmas 101

Christmas is only four days away. Amidst this last minute hustle and bustle, it’s a fitting time for pageants, posadas and poinsettias to steer us from the commercialism of the holiday and back to Christmas 101. For starters, I didn’t know until I recently attended a Mariachi Christmas production in Hobbs that the poinsettia comes […]

My turn: Know any Rosies?

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American Rosie the Riveter Association is looking for a few good stories — stories about the women of World War II who learned to be electricians, welders, riveters and more, keeping the country moving while the men were off fighting. Here’s one of those ordinary, extraordinary stories: Gertrude Lacey was a French-speaking Catholic school girl […]