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 […]

Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]

Portales past: Aug. 23, 1945

Aug. 23, 1945: Sugar had 38 stamps in the ration book. Four were to become valid on Sept. 1.

Their View: Demography need not become destiny

Matthew Ladner writes for New Mexico’s conservative Rio Grande Foundation (www.riograndefoundation.org). Here’s a sampling from a recent column distributed to newspapers around New Mexico:

In search of ponies: Frog dilemma

Sharna Johnson It would appear my garage door has become the gateway to hell. Frog hell that is. They hop in, but they don’t hop out. Problem is, I don’t want their little souls. Yet daily, I must kick three or four back to the driveway from which they came. Their eyes stare at me […]

Internet should remain free of censorship

Freedom New Mexico Google and China continue to spar over Internet freedom in the Communist nation. Google is trying to stay as clear of government censorship as possible; China wants to control information flow with a heavy hand. The two could be reaching a pivotal moment, and the outcome could have lasting implications for the […]

Portales past: June 3, 1941

June 3, 1941: The Portales Daily News reported that Will Bates of Pep had become a father — for the 19th time. Lloyd Travis Bates was born May 26.

Passing judgment injustice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist No one in his right mind denies that people in commerce can become criminals. That’s because people in any walk of life can — it is a basic human capacity not only to do something wrong but to hurt others with it. No other known animal is like […]

Our people: Call of the wild

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Bio Name: Tony Gennaro Birthday: March 18, 1934 Hometown: Raton Profession: Desert biologist, writer Tony Gennaro had two ambitions as a young college student. He said he wanted to become a professional baseball player or a commissioned Air Force officer. He said what he fell into ended up to be what he was destined to […]

Love notes become Christmas legacy

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Editor’s Note: This column has been printed in the anthology “Christmas Traditions.” Reprinted with permission from Adams Media Corp.