Women will be hit hardest by compensation changes

The Obama administration applauds several steps the Senate Armed Services Committee has taken to dampen military compensation growth next year, including support for a third straight pay raise cap, a jump in co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, and a deep cut in taxpayer support of commissaries, which is sure to shave shopper savings […]

Fantasies of no more passwords

Seventeen passwords. That’s the number I’ve just counted for online business accounts. I’m not even going to count the personal ones. And this number does not include any of the seven e-mail accounts I must keep up with. Oh my, it’s laborious. We all have our methods for dealing with this. It used to be […]

Bill takes different view on housing allowance

Many of the 40,000 dual-service couples in the military — members married to other service members — have for years drawn combined housing allowances stateside that more than cover their rent and utility costs. The philosophy has been that Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a key element of military compensation needed to keep pace […]

Killjoy a word I don’t ever want to be called

It isn’t a word I use. I don’t recall even hearing myself say it out loud. But it popped into my head the other day when I’d apparently had enough of a certain attitude. Naturally, I began to wonder where the word came from. It’s so completely telling when used descriptively. Someone, somewhere came up […]

Simple fun was the best summer fun

Summer vacation has officially begun for me, and so I find myself thinking about my childhood summers. They were the bomb. Not because we had money and went to Disneyland or The Grand Canyon. Most of our summer fun was free. What kind of fun in the sun can you have for free? We didn’t […]

Help those in need

Remember when Portales went without running water for a day? Remember how inconvenienced we were for 24 hours? Businesses and schools were shut down. We waited anxiously for word that everything was back to normal. It’s been one month since the first devastating earthquake ravaged the nation of Nepal. So much has happened since then. […]

Local artist paints religious mural

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Adrian Lopez completed a large mural Wednesday at Frederick Lopez’s custom wood products business on Second Street. Lopez said eventually the entire wall will be covered with religious art to inspire the neighborhood.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local artist Adrian Lopez made a splash this week with the completion of a religious mural that can be seen from Clovis’ busiest highway. The colorful mural set on the outside wall of a local business depicts St. Joseph teaching Jesus how to be a carpenter while Mary looks […]

Orphaned calves always make for more work

Orphaned calves come about due to various reasons. Sometimes a cow dies before the calf is ready to be weaned, sometimes a cow is too stupid to take care of her calf properly and, sometimes, the cow is too old or too injured to make for a proper mama cow. In these cases, the calf […]

Sunday marks special occasion

On Sunday, the people of God will celebrate Pentecost. What is the significance of this day? On this day, the Holy Spirit was poured out for you and your children. Pentecost is the fourth in the cycle of spring feasts established by the Lord. It occurs exactly 50 days after Easter/resurrection Sunday. It was one […]

Thank you notes are a treasure

Every day I make two treks to the mailbox. The morning trip is my routine for getting checks dispersed to a great variety of people and businesses in the building industry. The afternoon jaunt is for gathering the stack of catalogs, bills and notices. Occasionally something special catches my eye in this stack of paper. […]

Xeriscaping takes effort

I’m a big fan of drought-tolerant grasses. Bermuda and buffalo grass are my favorites. Both are found in great supply around my place, and I’ve watched them hang on through years of rain famine with little care. While I’m committed to saving our precious water supply, I’ll tell you I’m not a big fan of […]

It’s a plague

Business owners, we need to talk. I just don’t see how we can continue on in the same old fashion with me continually handing over so much money to you. What is your company name doing splashed all over jerseys of little league teams? If you can afford to buy all those shirts, you’re making […]

It’s been a special spring in the NM High Plains

It was another beautiful morning. Birds were singing, roses were working on their first buds of the season, dandelions were giving me a reason to stay outside, and a soft breeze kept the hair out of my face. I realized I’d lost all credibility with new friends who’d recently moved here from the East Coast. […]

Those who don’t want to drink, don’t have to drink

This thing about whether or not the folks in nearby Muleshoe will have alcohol sales in their town is soon coming up before the voters there. I always thought if you want a refreshing libation you ought to be able to get one somewhere. If you don’t like booze, don’t buy any. But life is […]

Dogs have us with just one glance

Somehow over the course of a few thousand years, dogs have managed to edge themselves into a pretty good spot when it comes to humans. While some species avoid or have altogether adversarial relationships with humans, dogs have managed to wiggle their way into human hearts to such an extent they are more often than […]

People need guidelines for gadgets

Have you noticed those ads on TV concerning meal time? There’s one in which the family is successful in getting the teenager to put down her cell phone and enjoy the food. Then there’s another ad in which a teenaged girl is telling a story to her family with great detail. Again, the same feeling […]

An exceptional word

The gentleman on the newscast kept referring to a speech as being quintessential. Then I heard it again. Everyone was using the word quintessential. And I realized that I never use that word, and I’d be half afraid of interjecting it incorrectly. It was time for some research. Obviously it has something to do with […]

Not ready for world of text speak

I’m curious to know how many high school or college students would be able to tell you the meaning of this Shakespearean passage: “Look thou be true; do not give dalliance “Too … much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw “To the fire i’ the blood: be more abstemious, “Or else, good night your […]

Officials continue the fight for military retirement

The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time, by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 military associations and veterans’ service organizations in support of, or opposition to, legislation impacting military folks and veterans. That lesson was learned by budget committee chairmen a few Decembers ago after […]

Surely life is not a basketball game

Life is not a basketball game. I suppose I could write up some analogy about the game of life, but today I’m staying with the original thesis. Recently I was in a packed gym. About 80 percent of the crowd was cheering for my team. The other 20 percent was a vocal, seemingly angry, quite […]