What is a ‘real’ politician anyway?

Helena Rodriguez The California governor’s race has literally become a circus of the stars. From the “Terminator” — a.k.a. “Governator” — to a “hustler” to a 1980s sitcom star who doesn’t even plan to vote for himself. By now, we’ve all heard just about every Arnold Schwarzenegger line being pitched like campaign slogans and I […]

Letters to the Editor 8/13

Dear Editor: The editorial in Wednesday’s paper inferred the people of Texas do not want the blatant gerrymandering of the federal House districts to even up the House representation. Just because political columnist Molly Ivins and the liberal media around Austin say so, it doesn’t mean the people of Texas say so. For as long […]

Summer Boredom Can Be Good For Children

Helena Rodriguez I don’t know how many times this summer my daughter Laura has called me at work with breaking news. The kind that warrants, in her mind, a press conference with a blue curtain in the background, a cluster of information-starved news reporters, a crawl line on CNN and the whole shebang. At least, […]

Letters to the Editor 7/30

Editor’s note: Pat Merritt, president of American Postal Workers Union, Clovis Local, said her letter represents the opinions of the majority of area APWU members. Dear Editor: The President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, appointed in December, is considering a major overhaul of the nation’s mail system. In a report due to President Bush […]

Stupidity always good for a laugh

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about some of the dumb things college graduates have done. When I did that, I committed the latest dumb thing in my cerebral repertoire: writing about something too big for the column. So here’s another installment of mental pratfalls from people brave enough to laugh at themselves. I’ll […]

No cure for these dog days

By Bob Huber Now in these dog days of summer, folks are looking in a mirror to decide if they ever want to go swimming again in public. Which brings up the subject of dog days, and why we even pay attention to them. Dog days occur from about July 3 to Aug. 11, and […]

Jesus whispers, “Hold Steady”

By Joan Clayton My plants take a beating with these hot windy days. At noon they curl up their leaves and wilt. All of my work and energy wasted, I think. I made plans in early April about my garden. I gave my flower beds tender care by planting, watering, and fertilizing. The plants thrived […]

Caught red-handed with bluebonnets

By Helena Rodriguez I promised last month to tell the story of how bluebonnets almost got me in trouble with the Texas law. You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t Mess With Texas!” Well, them Texans don’t like you messin’ with their state flower either, even if you’re a Nuevo Mejicano only visiting the state for 2 […]

Life is more fun when it’s not so serious

Jim Lee On one of the many occasions I did something quite stupid, someone remarked about it, and I replied, “I don’t have to be smart because I went to college.” I don’t know why I suddenly thought of that moment this long afterward. Maybe it just shows how my mind works (or doesn’t work). […]

Summer adventures are coming to an end

Bob Huber When I was a kid, the end of July was a time of the jitters. Summer was waning, and already I could hear the forlorn tolling of school bells. I mentioned that fact to my friend Smooth Heine one morning as we smoked grape leaves in snakeweed pipes behind his father’s barn. “It […]