In education, all parties need to be accountable

By Kevin Wilson It was probably troubling to Portales citizens to find out that all of the public schools in the Portales district failed to meet adequate yearly progress from the state’s perspective. After all, it was troubling to me, and I don’t have a kid in the school systems. School officials have told us […]

Time isn’t always worth saving

By Jim Lee As anyone who knows me realizes, I am not the handiest fellow in the world. In the jungle of home repair and maintenance, my competence can be compared to that of a fairly intelligent orangutan with a broken wrist. In mathematics I’m still trying to master the concept of checkbooks and ATM […]

Deep in the heart of Texas, there’s religion

By Bob Huber If you want to get deep into religion, find a Texan. They even think Moses was a Texan. As proof they point to a wall in the Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas, which contains the King Ranch version of the 10 Commandments. It reads: • There’s just one God. • Honor […]

Surprise: You may be a workaholic

By Helena Rodriguez Don’t ya just love three-day weekends? The Labor Day holiday is a great way to say goodbye to summer and enjoy one last big summer bash before things settle down for the winter. However, if your job is anything like the ones I’ve had in the past, holidays can be a nightmare. […]

There’s a reason it’s not available in stores

By Jim Lee Kathie, who always has a big smile and happy “hello” as she arranges carts in the front section of Wal-Mart, suggested a follow-up column on television commercials. Apparently she is just as weary of all the hype and greed dominating TV as I am. Kathie shares this frustration with many of us. […]

Unlucky holiday can be survived

By Bob Huber In case you didn’t notice, we had a Friday the 13th this month. To put it in a more scholarly manner, it behooves us to utilize the Freedom of Information Act in the examination of perils existing in all Fridays the 13th and offer up some time-honored, laboratory-tested solutions to make our […]

Journaling makes surgery easier

By Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, […]

DVD can help good television live forever

By Kevin Wilson There’s a running joke around the office regarding my media collection, and how it’s just a little too large. With a collection of more than 200 movies and television series on DVD and VHS, it’s an understandable joke. In fact, I could actually build a collection of media like the shelves of […]

Zipper usually the first fashion casualty

By Jim Lee How many of us have noticed the first thing to go haywire in a favorite coat is the zipper? Or is it just me? It happens with sweater zippers, too. Of course most of us don’t really concern ourselves with coats and sweaters this time of year — but I never claimed […]

The chicken has new reasons to cross now

By Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Nitty-Gritty we raised our scholarly sights recently to delve into that age old conundrum, “Why does a chicken cross the road?” From a variety of sources we found answers from celebrities, some of them dead and rightfully so. Simply precede each quote with the question. • Ernest […]