Realistic training is the best chance for survival

Ray Sullivan As a Marine combat veteran, I know the best chance of surviving war for any serviceman or woman is to train hard, train realistically and train often. That’s why I support the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby Melrose Bombing Range. It [...]

Anyone can grow up to be a super hero

Bob Huber When I was a kid, Don Winslow of the Coast Guard was a big matinee kahuna. His Hollywood adventures led every red-blooded American boy to believe that anyone could grow up to be a super hero. And if he didn’t grow up, he could be a president. There was one particular episode that [...]

George Washington was not our first president

Jim Lee Well, here we are at George Washington’s birthday. Of course, that is not entirely accurate because he was born under the Julian calendar. Since 1752, when Washington was 20 years old, we have been using the Gregorian calendar. When we play with the differences the calendar change makes, he was actually born on [...]

Bad luck always comes in threes

In the old days, I resigned myself that bad luck came in threes, i.e., three flat tires, three smashed fingers or three social faux pas. It’s comforting to know that good ol’ Dakota Mike is still proving my theory. And, I’m not even counting the initial injury that resulted in a swollen right knee, which [...]

Some people just aren’t that smart

Helena Rodriguez I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, the brightest crayon in the box, the most luminescent lava lamp in the room, the coolest Coors Lite in the six pack, but lately, I have heard people say some pretty stupid things. Oops, we’re not supposed to use the word “stupid.” Let’s [...]

Dr. Language has some bones to pick

Bob Huber Here at the Symposium for Sparkling Conversation we’re swamped with letters warning us that our mother tongue is going to hell in a handbasket. Just to show you how serious this is, we spent 10 sleepless minutes dealing with the fact that in English there is no synonym for the word “Thesaurus.” But [...]

Valentine’s Day is about sacrifice, acts of love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. [...]

Life is precious where there’s love

Joan Clayton Several years ago, Emmitt was given a dog. This time I put my foot down — “This dog is not going to be a house dog,” I said. Chalk up one for me for the only case I won. Winter came and although it brought mild temperatures Emmitt thought Bear might be cold, [...]

Feel like giving up lately?

Joan Clayton Trials come and trials go. It seems we no longer get over one hurdle until another one appears. By the time we wrestle through more anxiety we feel weary, discouraged and wonder what’s going on. I’ve discovered a secret. If I can’t be happy today, regardless of problems, then when am I going [...]

There is satisfaction in making a house a home

Helena Rodriguez Unpacked boxes filled the house and chaos ruled the roost, but suddenly the sweat and pain of moving into our own place was worth it when my daughter, Laura, looked around and said, “Now this is like a real home!” Home, sweet home! I haven’t said that in more than a year. There [...]