Not everybody has some place to go on Thanksgiving

Grant McGee CMI Columnist Thanksgiving is up ahead. It’s a good time to get together with family and friends and spread the love, even though we all know spending time with family over the holidays can get weird quickly. But sometimes there are folks who don’t have any family or friends to hang with. I […]

Health agency online in October

A new Defense Health Agency (DHA) comes to life this month, armed with new authorities to control health costs by cutting waste and duplication across the separate medical departments of Army, Navy and Air Force. DHA is tasked to streamline delivery of care, recapture thousands of patients for the direct care system from purchased care […]

Nation needs true health reform

Want a glimpse of what the Obamacare battle will look like in 2015? Just glance at liberal websites. You’ll find a trove of insurance company bashing. Are insurance premiums rising instead of falling by the $2,500 per family that Obama repeatedly promised in 2009? They are. If you consult ThinkProgess, Daily Kos and Physicians for […]

NSA leaker gives us real-life Carmen Sandiego

You saw CNN Monday afternoon. People in my general age range saw the nerdiest part of their lives flash before their eyes. The on-screen headline said, “Where in the world Is Edward Snowden?” The man who leaked essential information about our government’s spying programs is on the run from charges of espionage and theft, with […]

What I’d do for an ice cream bar

Ice cream bar commercials make me wonder what I’d do for one. After solemn deliberation, here are a few things: • Watch first-graders play volleyball. • Play “Words with Friends” against Alec Baldwin during takeoff. • Sit on a front pew without smirking about the length of women’s skirts determining their fates. • Fill out […]

McGee: Anyone lose a llama?

I encountered a llama in an open field the other day. Actually it was the local industrial park. I knew it didn’t belong there. I stopped my bicycle. This made the llama prance a bit. I’m glad that’s all it did. Llamas and their kin are known to spit at people. “Well what are you […]

In search of ponies: Dogs may provide help for recovering addicts

Their ability to calm the anxious, sooth the traumatized and break through barriers is well established — leading dogs to be welcomed into classrooms, hospitals, nursing homes and a slew of therapeutic environments. Something about interacting with them miraculously brings out smiles on the faces of people who have plenty of reasons to do anything […]

In search of ponies: Iran difficult on dogs, owners

Maybe Snoopy saw it coming. Sign after sign popping up with the deep voice that lamented “No dogs allowed.” But it was the 70’s, and even though endearing, Snoopy was still a dog. Yet in a world where pets have gone from being rejected to tolerated to welcomed and even catered to, it’s more than […]

McGee: That fortune teller was onto something

I came across a news story about a guy who got caught burglarizing a fortune teller’s home. He wanted his money back, $200,000, which he paid to have a “love spell” cast on a woman. It didn’t work. Have you ever visited a fortune teller? I have. Once. It was long ago and far away […]

Feds’ management ability poor

Washington can’t seem to manage much of anything these days. Even before the myriad scandals started to take their toll on the Obama Administration, the government’s inability to manage money and resources was clear to even the most passive observer. Notable among recent policy failures has been Washington’s inability to find even the smallest reductions […]

Trust me, you’re not that gullible

Are you surprised at the revelation that the National Security Agency has been spying on you? Yes, you.  Personally. Not you, you say? Well — as long as you don’t ever use a phone, a computer, or any other form of communication. You don’t, right? I hear some good, patriotic citizens claim that as long […]

Students need to know loan obligations

We don’t need what U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., calls “a manufactured crisis.” But once again Democrats and Republicans are at odds. This time in the Senate over a fix for student loan interest rates. On July 1, interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans are set to double to 2008 levels — from 3.4 […]

Movie industry currently in valley, not peak

The movie industry has peaks and valleys. And I think it’s safe to say we’re mainly in a valley right now. I make a list of the movies I have to see in the theaters every summer. It’s the second week of June and “Man of Steel” is the only movie left on my list. […]

In Search of Ponies: Many answers lie in vessels

One would be lucky to have heart like theirs. They never get their due, what with all the lion heart references and such. But even at an average of 7 millimeters long — about the size of seven mustard seeds — their teeny, rapidly beating hearts might just be the biggest of all. They fight […]

Dangerous work means big coin

Do you remember your first summer job? I do. It was just after I graduated from high school. All my pals had jobs. I figured I ought to get one too, that way I'd have some spending money. I landed a position as "houseman" at the big hotel downtown in the ol' hometown. The houseman […]

My Turn: Miss Suzy laid groundwork for growing up

Let me tell you about Miss Suzy. Miss Suzy was a little brown squirrel who lived in a little home at the top of a tree. One day, six mean, gray squirrels chased Miss Suzy from her home, forcing her to flee and take shelter in the attic of an old house. Miss Suzy, written […]

In search of ponies: Drought takes toll on animals, too

Sepia toned skies, roaring winds, heat and the one ingredient that could change it all — rain — grievously absent. Such is summer in New Mexico, one of those places where a rain shower doesn't do much more than make dirt circles on windows right before it evaporates. But even though hot, dry and yes, […]

Be it person or pool, leaks seem dangerous

The Lady of the House and I have one of those store-bought, above ground pools in the backyard. We set it up a few weeks ago. The Lady of the House reasoned if we set it up while the days were mild the probability was low that we'd get into one of those terse "discussions" […]

Thank veterans while you still have the chance

My great-uncle Ottis passed away two years ago, just around his 98th birthday. Born in 1913, Ottis would've turned 100 this week, May 30th, Memorial Day. I knew him from family visits about once a year. Either they came here to see us, or we went to Oklahoma City to see them. He was quiet […]

Guthals will be missed

Charles Guthals passed away a few weeks ago. I'm going to miss him. Lots of High Plains folks knew him far better than I did. To me, he was the guy who knew everything about plants and trees and stuff around here. Back in March The Lady of the House and I were in his […]