Ron Paul’s message makes him favorable

Ron Paul almost certainly won’t get the GOP presidential nomination, and Mitt Romney probably will. Alas, Romney won’t have anywhere near the passionate support that Paul brings to the race. The difference between Paul and the rest is his message. Paul defends the individual and promotes freedom. It’s irresistible to men and women who would [...]

We all lose during election time

I can give you a prediction about the next presidential election almost a year before it happens. Ready? The U.S. government will win and America will lose. The status quo will be elected once more. There isn’t a bit of difference between any of the candidates who will end up on the ballot in the [...]

Horse’s tell in his ears

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He [...]

My turn: Facebook makes me hungry

I recently found and was added to a new group on Facebook. Some former residents put together a group dedicated to old Portales memories.The group quickly grew and now has almost 500 members. Many of them are past graduates and people who have moved away over the years. Some of them report to have been [...]

Their view: Congressman witness to White House celebration

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., joined the celebration at the White House on Sunday night, and composed the following reflection: Just arriving in D.C. from New Mexico at about 10:30 p.m., I almost missed the announcement that bin Laden was dead. My Blackberry was buzzing with the news of the impending presidential message. I was frustrated, [...]

Educational choices best left to parents

Freedom New Mexico Hurray for Colorado, a state of school choice in which parents may open-enroll their children in almost any school they choose. If education is the future, Colorado’s future is bright. State money follows each student, so schools compete for the favor of parents. In trying to win the hearts of parents, schools [...]

In search of ponies: Barn smells become comforting

Sharna Johnson It was a wafting, almost ambient kind of odor. Sniff sniff sniff… “Urine… stale urine,” I identified, looking around and dismissing it, figuring there was a dirty baby diaper somewhere in the restaurant. The next time we ate at that restaurant weeks later, we were seated in the same booth. It was faint [...]

Food Bank meets money match for refrigeration space

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Liliana Castillo Small individual donations and a few hefty ones helped the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico match a near $150,000 donation almost two weeks before their deadline. A total of $270,000 will be used to build a large refrigerator and freezer with an attached garage area at the back of the bank’s building [...]

Police blotter — Oct. 10

Samplings of recent calls received by Portales-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Tuesday An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North Avenue E at almost 3 p.m. for a report of possible child abuse. When he arrived, a woman told him her niece said the adult responsible for her had kicked her [...]

Portales past: Aug. 12, 1945

Aug. 12, 1945: Commercial revolving shelf units for kitchen cabinets (Lazy Susans) were being made by almost all the manufacturers, according to Veda Strong, home management specialist with the New Mexico Extension Service.