My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

Family Matters blog: Dealing with deployments

I spoke to a spouse last year about dealing with deployments and keeping military marriages strong. Her husband had just returned from a yearlong deployment in Iraq. She cited an example of the types of issues that can arise when communication falls to the wayside. As the primary disciplinarian while her husband was gone, she […]

Children’s image of adults reflects example set

Kids’ images of us, meaning of us adults, are funny. Those of us who have the privilege of working with them on a regular basis know this. The rest of the world occasionally is surprised by it. Thus, the setting: Ninth-grade algebra class, which in my case only has four students. The subject: Algebra, which […]

My turn: Hurdles just part of life

I ran the hurdles once. I was never on the track team, but I did give the hurdles a try. When I was in junior high, I was the manager for the track team. My job was making sure that all of the starting blocks were put out and then picked up. I also had […]

My turn: Pope John Paul II example of courage

Within minutes of The Vatican announcing the beatification of Pope John Paul II a few weeks ago, all hotel rooms in Rome and surrounding areas, were reportedly sold out and Vatican officials are expecting up to two million people to attend this historic event on May 1. JPII’s fast-track to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI […]

My turn: Mom led by example

Faye Sloan, April 13, 1918—Nov. 7, 2010 Although I cannot take credit, my biggest accomplishment in life is being one of Faye Sloan’s children. Despite being in higher education for many years, I never learned as much as sitting on the couch talking with her about everything under the sun. Even when she disagreed, she […]

Their view: Coyote hunt setting bad example

Coyote hunt setting bad example The Curry County community of Grady was scheduled to host a coyote hunt this weekend with two purposes — thin the coyote population that threatens cattle ranchers and raise money for school athletics teams. A Grady resident complained about the event, saying coyote killing should not be sport. Anonymous reader […]

Base growth touted during military media day

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Cannon Air Force Base received its first CV-22 Osprey last week and picked up a second Wednesday. That is one example of growth that has defined Cannon since it was switched from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command Oct. 1, 2007. The base showcased its mission, aircraft, growth and construction Wednesday for […]

Mom set great example

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist My 92-year-old mother, Faye Sloan, will spend Mother’s Day in assisted living. My parents raised six kids, a granddaughter and three great-grandsons. (My father passed away in 1990.) With so many mouths to feed, money was scarce, but mother would have starved to death before letting us go hungry. The […]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode […]

Commander acts as example

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Cynthia Spalding Col. Joseph Mancy runs to the finish line during a commander’s 5,000 meter run fitness challenge on Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. on Aug. 1. By Airman 1st Class Melissa White: 437th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. — Every year, most airmen set a […]

Remembering King’s dream

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In late August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 44 years later and nearly 2,000 miles away, more than 80 Portales residents celebrated the slain civil rights leader’s birthday Monday morning with a […]

Setting the example is a standard for all Airmen

Master Sgt. Brian Rogers Do you set the example or are you the one waiting until the very last moment to join the rest of the Air Force? The Air Force changes constantly and everyone is responsible to be aware of new policies and procedures. If you don’t grasp the changes you will find yourself […]

Timeripper: Preventer of social errors

By Kevin Wilson I ask a lot of questions to people around the city — it goes with the territory. But every once in a while, I get a question thrown back at me. A few weeks ago, I was more than prepared to answer. The question is one we ask our Personality Plus subjects […]