FCC should put more restrictions on commercials

Jim Lee Since I happen to enjoy football, and I also happen to be a grandfather, I should write about the first day of the NFL season or Grandparents Day. Both occasions do fall on the same day this year. But that was last Sunday, so I’ll write about something else. Had you fooled for […]

One-liners at least get you an extra dessert

Bob Huber It’s a freaky thing, I’ll admit, but I’m absorbed with gags. I pick them up at funerals, on bar stools, in church pews, the Internet, and even in the first class section of airliners, and the truth is I pilfer them with utter disregard for origins. Many of them sprout from scholars like […]

Confusion lingers, as a friend leaves for war

Helena Rodriguez Today our family friend, Tom Venzor, leaves to go help fight the war in Iraq. Today, one day after the second anniversary of that horrific day that continues to haunt us through vivid video footage and images, increased terror alerts and a war that continues on. It’s ironic. We just went to visit […]

Greyhound Sound hits four-year peak in membership

By Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Sound is peaking at a four-year high of members. Dustin Seifert, ENMU band director, said the increase in members should yield some top-notch performances during game days this fall. “The students have been performing well during practices,” Seifert said. “They are eager to perform and talented. […]

There’s lots to celebrate in September

Bob Huber Here at the American Institute for Bigger Calendar Pictures of Milk Cows, we’re celebrating the month of September with this theme song (sung to the tune “St. Louis Woman” or “America the Beautiful,” whichever comes up first): “Rooty-toot-toot, rooty-toot-toot, we’re the guys from the Institute. We don’t smoke, and we don’t chew, and […]

Labor Day weekend is well deserved by all

Jim Lee Well, here we are a week into September. How did that happen so fast? School has started and last weekend was the last hurrah of summer. I hope everybody enjoyed that three-day Labor Day weekend. While we enjoyed that day off, I wonder how many of us gave a thought to how it […]

Make sure not to ‘fall’

By Helena Rodriguez I know why they call it fall. Right about this time of year, everything starts falling into your lap like a tree that comes crashing from nowhere. Every year — just before the leaves turn to rusty orange, lemon yellow or dirt brown — those lazy days of summer transform into a […]

Coast Guard adventures were less than thrilling

Bob Huber When I was a kid — a period that hung over my head willy-nilly until I was 60 — Don Winslow of the Coast Guard was an icon of American patriotism. During World War II he spent many colorful Saturday matinees chasing Nazi submarines off Catalina Island. I’ll bet you didn’t know the […]

Solving life’s problems one invention at a time

Jim Lee A friend and I were discussing Thomas Edison a few days ago. The conversation brought up the inventor’s reliance on tenacity and trial-and-error. He simply kept at something until he got the desired results. As admirable as that was and as well as it worked out for him, I think there had to […]

Whether you have a holiday or a ‘jale-day,’ make it last

Helena Rodriguez Will your Labor Day be a holiday or a “jale-day?” “Jale” is Spanish slang for the word “work” and is pronounced something like “hah-leh,” so essentially holiday and “jale-day” are pronounced the same but mean two completely different things. “Jale-day” is a clever mix of Spanish and English and a great way for […]