Consolidation will help United Way branches

By Rick Hauptmann: Guest columnist Last Thursday evening, I had the privilege of attending the Roosevelt County United Way (RCUW) kickoff dinner/dessert auction. It was a pretty well attended and lively event, during which we were provided with important information about the United Way by UW President Rusty Galloway and his fellow board members. The […]

No complaining about community service

By Jim Lee I’ve been thinking about it and have arrived at the conclusion that people are quicker to complain than they are to praise. Why is this? Oh, I certainly do my share of bellyaching, but running my mouth about something positive sure makes me feel better than going on and on about some […]

Short night a time to elope

By Bob Huber There was a crucial moment preceding my half-century matrimonial partnership that made my future wife Marilyn shout, “You WHAT?” Her scary attitude resulted from something I mumbled in her ear about eloping and getting married. We were students at the time at the University of Colorado, a campus full of world class […]

Losing weight one city at a time

By Helena Rodriguez Move over Atkins and Jennie Craig! My new City-By-City diet (copyright pending) is sure to take America (or at least eastern New Mexico and West Texas) by storm and make me millions of dollars (or make me fatter). Life has taken me in a full circle, actually, more like a weird-shaped little […]

Flowers cover mistakes when memories of English class can’t

By Kevin Wilson There are three main reasons a guy would enter a flower shop: A) He screwed up and needs to make an apology. B) He wants to use flowers to put material backing into his affection. C) Both A and B. I was at a flower shop recently, and I regret it was […]

Freshman-sophomore battle one for the ages

By Bob Huber A tradition persisted in my hometown involving freshman hazing at our local college, the Colorado School of Mines. It culminated in a public showing of manly strength in the center of town as sophomores faced freshmen in a mighty tug of war across Clear Creek. You have to understand that few of […]

Johnny Appleseed lives on due to history

By Jim Lee Sometimes Don Criss dresses up like he’s George Washington. This does not necessarily mean Don is nuts, although that could amount to a matter of opinion. As Polonius would say, there is a method to his madness. Criss portrays people from American history for children. What better way to bring history to […]

Sometimes it helps to not understand

By Helena Rodriguez Why do people take it personal if you ask them to repeat themselves? “Huh?” These three letters must be the most detestable sounds in the English language because people flip out when I say them. If you’re feeling particularly suicidal on a given day, I dare you to say “Huh?” not just […]

All types of discrimation are harmful

By Kevin Wilson I fear I may be a victim of discrimination. But before every lawyer within the area tries to reach me, let me explain that it’s a tough case to win. There’s no concrete evidence, and this isn’t based on race, religion, nationality or skin color. No, it’s quite simply name discrimination. I’ve […]

Use the Yankee-to-Brit dictionary

By Bob Huber The next time you travel to England — I’m sure you do every year or so, don’t you? — don’t wait until the last minute to brush up on a few phrases so you can find bathrooms and order beer, not necessarily in that order. After all, they speak a foreign language […]