Feds double up on bad financial hand

Freedom New Mexico This month’s announcement by the Federal Reserve Board that it has cut its benchmark overnight federal funds rate, the rate at which banks lend to one another, to a “target range” of between one-quarter percent and zero is both an acknowledgment of reality and a sign of panic. Since banks, even in […]

Stuck in the ‘50s not a bad work ethic

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The sight of a neighbor cutting his grass with an old-fashion push mower the other day immediately brought back memories of another neighbor — Clay Blue Mr. Blue lived next door to us when I was growing up and kept his lawn of Bermuda grass manicured to golf green […]

Greyhounds fall 8-2 to Tarleton State

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico During an inning where his team looked like the Bad News Bears, Tarleton State baseball coach Trey Felan tried to keep things under control. The Texans were cruising along with a 2-0 lead over Eastern New Mexico University on Sunday at Greyhound Field when, all of a sudden, they […]

Happiness matter of attitude

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist There’s a saying, “It’s not what happens to you in life, but how you react to what happens to you that makes the difference.” I’ve also heard this story often, “Two prisoners looked out the window through bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars.” Attitude determines success in life. […]

Sharing superstitions

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Made famous by movies, dreaded by the superstitious, passing unnoticed by others, Friday the 13th only comes around a few times a year. The Portales News-Tribune asked residents if they had any stories or superstitions to share. Destini Trujillo, a pre-med student who works at Roosevelt General Hospital, had […]

Everyday heroes deserve acknowledgement

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Every day we hear bad news about bad people who do bad things. Amidst all of this we seem to forget the real heroes, those good people who do good things. You will find them in everyday situations. They stand for honesty and integrity. Faith and courage enable them to […]

Local pastors discuss Easter

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The PNT talked with local clergy about their views on the Easter holiday. David McFadden, First Baptist Church Q. What is the most important message of Easter for our day and time? A. Following the gloom of the cross is the glory of the resurrection. God can […]

Some mistakes can be costly

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer And you thought making a few innocent mistakes at work was bad, like accidentally hanging up on your boss or inadvertently deleting an e-mail message you were supposed to forward. Or you felt guilty for wasting company resources, like accidentally using two instead of one of those little Post-It […]

Checks may be thing of the past

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m terrible when it comes to my health, but it’s mainly a personal failing of negating positive efforts. I have a multi-vitamin every day, for instance, but neglect to wash it down with water because I’ve still got a Dr Pepper in the fridge. I’m not the same way with […]

Food safety research must be left to professionals

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Combine E.coli 0157:H7, “naturally” produced spinach, food poisoning, an organic foods purveyor and author, cows and the New York Times and you get — guess what? That’s right. Evil factory farming! No surprise. I have compassion for the ill and also for the California spinach growers. Like lots of farmers […]

Old age has many benefits

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist Here at the Foundation for Doing Away with Old Age, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you get perks in your golden years that make you giggle with delight. The bad news is the perks seldom make up for the price you have to pay. […]

It’s always time to ‘knock it off’ for safety

Master Sgt. Ken Oswald F-16 pilots have a safety management tool called “knock it off.” Air Force Instruction 11-214 outlines conditions under which anyone in the flight can call a “knock it off.” When that happens everyone stops what they’re doing, makes sure they’re pointed away from the ground and each other, and they address […]

Test your luck and live dangerously

By Helena Rodriquez, Freedom Newspapers I walked under a ladder on purpose the other day to prove a point. Some men were climbing onto a roof at Eastern New Mexico University and one of them forewarned me not to as I boldly walked right under the ladder with a sarcastic smile on my face. “You’re […]

Wind gusts measured at 75 mph on Thursday

By Sharna Johnson Southerly winds sand blasted the area Thursday, blanketing the sky with a coffee with cream hue and making driving difficult and life generally miserable. However, one local business manager didn’t seem to mind. “We love bad weather,” said Anna Cardonita, general manager of Domino’s Pizza on Prince Street, even after the wind […]

Some questions remain unanswered for everyone

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Every so often, ideas will come into my head that I’ll just jot down. They’re all worth mentioning, but none is worth a column on its own. This weekend was chock full of them, mostly with a sports flavor. Now I present them to you, in convenient, bite-sized form: • […]

Prisons use inmate’s palates to curb bad behavior

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Adult detention centers in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — just to name a few — are using prisoner palates to curb bad behavior. Now New Mexico can be added to the list. Following a suggestion from the prison kitchen manager, Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine agreed […]

Movie watching has peaks, and plenty of valleys

By Kevin Wilson One of my friends and I have a long-standing agreement that we do holiday gifts after the holidays have passed, so we don’t repeat gifts and we have time to find the best deals. A request I put in to her was for a movie poster of Citizen Kane, The Usual Suspects […]

World full of bad news; seek the overwhelming positives surrounding us

By Joan Clayton It seems bad news is presented every day. Seldom do we hear about things we love, enjoy and often take for granted. On any given day, we have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, there are many great things about this country that I can name. Reams of paper […]

May 19 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Our area is no different than any given area in the world — some good news and some bad news. Now the problem with most reporters is the focus mostly on the bad. I am going to do the good first. We are praising God for Nancy Tivis finally getting her liver […]

Bad day stories can prevent others

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw in […]