Animals make creative similes; metaphpors

By Baxter Black Animals have many uses. Traditionally, they are discussed as to their purpose; i.e., a source of meat, milk, or as a beast of burden. Other categories include: as a pet, as a show steer or dog, or possibly as an object of worship like Free Willy. But one of the more significant […]

Parents must be proactive in education

By Helena Rodriguez Is the glass half empty or half full? I consider it half empty. My daughter, Laura, my niece, Crystal Diaz, and my cousin, Danielle Madrid, graduated from Portales Junior High School last Friday along with 180 other students. We in the Rodriguez clan made a big deal out of it with a […]

Saudis vulnerable to terrorists and opportunists

An attack over the weekend on offices of oil facilities in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, left 22 people dead, mostly foreign workers. It might have been part of an al-Qaida effort to disrupt world oil supplies and perhaps even to affect the U.S. economy adversely. Or it might have been an attack designed more to weaken […]

Stop bad TV before it starts

By Kevin Wilson I need to have a chat with the Federal Communications Commission. I know the FCC has been a little bit overworked lately with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but I’ve got an idea that it really needs to start working on. I call it BTAP, or Bad Television Awareness and Prevention. Too […]

Analogies can be fun

By Bob Huber Throughout her career as a high school and college teacher, my wife Marilyn saved everything. Her multiple desks — she took over mine among others years ago — were stuffed full of scrawled love notes, chewed pencil stubs, dirty pictures, photos, class albums, and test papers, all taken from her students. I […]

Nurses provide valuable service

By Jim Lee About two weeks ago, I attended the nurses’ pinning at Eastern New Mexico University. I had the honor of witnessing a ceremony rewarding hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. A few weeks before the event, Ellen Bral invited me to attend. I have great respect for Bral and her dedication to the health-care […]

Lessons from a church pew

By Joan Clayton “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner. Make me sensitive to any wrongdoing and may I be a friend to man, helping in any way I can.” My grandfather’s prayers filled with awe and deep devotion instilled an unforgettable memory in my childhood heart. This humble man’s sky blue eyes spoke volumes […]

Here’s to getting booked this summer

By Helena Rodriguez I hope your kid gets booked this summer like I did before I started high school in a not-so-distant past. After all, there’s not much to do around here and it won’t hurt your kids to get into some adventures or misadventures this summer. I’m talking, of course, about reading. Summer is […]

Readers give pros and cons of Portales life

Recent Project: Reader Reaction questions asked about pros and cons of living in Portales — and for something on the light side. Some responses: What do you like about Portales? “I love the friendliness of the people and the size of Portales. I love walking into a restaurant and having people come up and say […]

India’s political situation serves as inspiration to others

It is always instructive, whatever the reason, to watch a politician decline to assume power that might have been hers. In the case of India’s Sonia Gandhi, perhaps in an illustration of the pervasiveness of paradox in human affairs, it might lead to her becoming an even more powerful political presence over time than if […]