Library Books

The following books are available at Portales Public Library: Tested: One American school struggles to make the grade by Linda Perlstein. In this eye-opening examination of the effects of No Child Left Behind, Perlstein writes about her year-long immersion in Tyler Heights Elementary School. This Maryland school was once deemed a chaotic failure. In 2000 […]

Illegal immigrant problem unrelated to property, fences

The seizures have begun. The federal Department of Homeland Security has begun filing condemnation lawsuits to take property along the Texas border so it can try to fence this country off from Mexico. The first lawsuits were filed earlier this month, beginning with people who hadn’t allowed government workers on their land to plot the […]

Fears should be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice, mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I moved […]

Fears must be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice and mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I […]

Past performance actually indicative

Tonya Fennell School progress reports should come with a disclaimer. This report is not a good indication of your child’s actual grades should be printed in bold 30 point font at the very top of the page. Last week my son, Riley, brought home his first junior high progress report. I unfolded the progress report […]

It’s their job: Tressie Stroud

Name: Tressie Stroud Job: Co-owner, along with her daughter, of NoWhereElse Unique Gifts Time on the job: The store opened in November 2005 Background: Has worked as a bookkeeper for Parks Plumbing since the early 1980s. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Managing a gift store Q. What is a typical day on the […]

Long gone are days of personal interaction

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It seems we’re rapidly trading all that is unique and interesting about our communities and our lives these days for better technology, more selection and better price. Some might say the homogenization all began with Wal-Mart but the first mass-marketer to actually come into a town where I lived […]

Toe pain doesn’t mean you’re rich

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s been called the “disease of kings” or a “rich man’s disease” so I’ve long wondered how I managed to get gout. I write this week’s column after a restless night in which I got two hours sleep because of an intense gout attack in my right big toe. […]

Better to achieve goals late than never

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Dear Family, friends, fans and foes: You are cordially invited this twentieth day of May two thousand and five to celebrate a milestone in the life of Helena Amanda Rodriguez — her first all-out, no-holds nervous breakdown — at 4 o’clock today (We knew spelling out the dates and times […]

Hare affair requires some research

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Not too long ago, at lunch with some university people, I mentioned how odd it seemed that the snowshoe hare is actually a rabbit while the jackrabbit is actually a hare. I thought I knew what I was talking about, and no biologist was present, so I apparently spoke confidently […]