My turn: Family issue inspires health changes

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My journey started one year ago on Feb. 7. At 54 years old, my brother began experiencing significant health issues. In a hospital waiting room, I took a good long look at myself. I weighed 260 pounds, I got out of breath just climbing a couple of flights of stairs. It was time to do […]

Their view: Privatization may be better option

Privatization may be better option Bill Sconone of Clovis is not happy about the automated phone services used by government agencies. Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate […]

Aiming to be better next year

Kevin Wilson I’m doing everything I can to eat all of the junk food, swear at all of the people and spend all of the money. Yes, I’m getting in all of the stuff I’m resolving not to do once Saturday comes around. Once 2011 rolls around, I want to spend less and save more. […]

Their turn: Lifestyles section needs better stories

Portales’ Chris Harrell offers this critique of the Portales News-Tribune in his letter to the editor:

Temple Grandin our own saint

The Vatican has proclaimed Sister Theresa a saint. It was one of those wonderful recognitions that allow Christians in particular, and humanitarians in general, to put aside our differences and appreciate humans who have made the world a better place. As time passes and the erosion of years smooth our memories we can look back […]

Military mama: Doing something better than doing nothing

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All you need is a little perspective… There’s always an option to dislike your situation, your neighborhood, your town, your job, your situation. But there’s also always a choice to deal with it, and better yet you can choose to enjoy it. As if it were that easy, you say? It is. Each day you […]

Floyd grad starts mission to help needy with transportation

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A Floyd High graduate has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives. Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of one, started Wheels of Love, a program that provides vehicles to families who need transportation but can’t afford it. Hunt, who now lives in Farwell, said she got the idea after placing […]

Kid’s pardon better left by wayside

Karl Terry: Local columnist Some want to see Billy the Kid exonerated of his crimes and riding the trail as a hero. Some, like Billy the Governor Richardson, might want to steal a little of his fame not unlike the Kid used to rustle cattle on the High Plains. I’ve kept silent for the last […]

Food at the speed of life: Cooking mishap makes good column

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Forget the better mousetrap — I wish someone would build a better Band-Aid. I was chopping an onion one night, in between breaks to let my eyes stop stinging and watering, when I cut my finger instead of the onion. Not to be deterred, I wrapped a piece of paper towel around my finger and […]

My turn: In need of better Band-Aids

Argen Duncan Forget the better mousetrap — I wish someone would build a better Band-Aid. I was chopping an onion one night, in between breaks to let my eyes stop stinging and watering, when I cut my finger instead of the onion. Not to be deterred, I wrapped a piece of paper towel around my […]

Their view: Better ways to assess discrimination

Better ways to assess discrimination New Mexico’s Foundation for Open Government is opposing efforts to limit information published on nmcourts.gov. Here’s a portion of an editorial published on FOG’s website at nmfog.org:

My turn: Better to be prepared

Hunting season is around the corner so here are some more tips: • If you are using a hunting dog this season make sure they have their tags and their shots up to date. A dog can get lost or come in contact with animals that carry rabies. • Always carry your permits, license and […]

Cowboys could often do it better

There’s an old saying: “A mule is as good as a horse, till you need a horse.” Or, of course, the revorse. I saw a photo in the newspaper of a man standing in the surf trying to throw a rope around the tail of a beached baby humpback whale. My first thought was, “A […]

Hand-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Fitness failure: Move over Albert

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Am I in better shape than Albert Haynesworth? That’s the question I asked, and answered, late Monday night, armed only with workout clothes, my phone and a pouch of Gatorade … or is it G? No matter. I wasn’t concerned with letters, only numbers — 70 and 73, to be precise. Haynesworth is the much-maligned […]

Better ways to combat terrorism than war

Freedom Newspapers Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow […]

Officer should exhibit better judgment

Freedom New Mexico The June 19 vehicle rollover that involved a Portales police officer was a frightful reminder of how dangerous those public servants’ jobs can be. It also is a reminder that law officers have no super-human skills — even when they’re trying to help somebody — and that safety must come first. Thankfully, […]

Better Business Bureau warns of phone scam

The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican speech patterns. […]

Torts better than regulations

Tibor Machan Many moons ago I directed a conference on government regulation, out of which the book edited by me and the late M. Bruce Johnson, “Rights and Regulation,” was created. In this book some of those who supported government regulation — and most mainstream contributors did so — maintained that being opposed to government […]

Reality better than reality TV

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It probably started with watching the TV Land awards. A sense of nostalgia for the good old days — really not so old — just the 1980’s or ‘90s- came with the memories brought on by watching the awards. Love Boat, Night Caller, Cheers,Coach, Seinfeld and their kind were something […]