Unreliability is the worst discourtesy

Jim Lee: Local Columnist One of my pet peeves is unreliability. Don’t say it if you ain’t gonna do it. Take plumbers for example. The kitchen faucet has been dripping for six months, and we have to flush the toilet 28 times (waiting for who-knows-how-long for the tank to fill up each time). The pipes […]

Legend of ‘Ooo’ fills out holiday

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month — a 30-day celebration commemorating the grand opening of the first Wal-Mart Scary Costume and Candy Store, a time when traditional gangs of masked dwarves roam the streets, extorting candy from their neighbors. And that’s just the […]

Local native returns to first love: Journalism

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s good to call Goober Gulch home again after a little more than a quarter century away from these sandhills. I’d like to avoid the prodigal son analogies, but they’ve nearly slipped from the lips of a few in the community anyway. So let me say up front the big […]

Odds, ends, and concerns

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Sometimes, the smaller things deserve bigger descriptions. However, sometimes it’s the bigger topics that need smaller discussions, so I’m going to cover a few things I’ve been thinking, because none of them deserve a column of their own. • Apparently, there’s some boycott of the new “Dukes of Hazzard” movie […]

The wisdom and special jobs of grandpas

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Grandpas have a special job and have since days of yore To teach his children’s children things his parents might ignore. Like how to spit and whistle, carve initials on a tree The value of an empty can and why some things aren’t free. Why dogs get stuck, how birds […]

Snakes scare me more than Social Security

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Is Social Security safe? We’re told that unless meaningful reform is implemented, the system will be bankrupt by the year 2050, which will plunge us into chaos, despair, and extreme whining. I don’t care, because I plan to be dead by then. So let’s forget about THAT problem. Instead, on […]

Children offer many memories

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist The closing of another school year brings back many thoughts filed in my mental book of memories. The simple trust and faith of children are traits I need everyday. When facing obstacles in my life, I think of the problem from the children’s perspective. “We have to go on […]

Politicians should work together for common good

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist This country has become so obsessed with polarization in recent years, I no longer feel confident in knowing what deserves consideration for what. Of course the most obvious division is Democratic and Republican. Most Americans are one or the other, but that does not eliminate the confusion, even in this […]

Reasons why you don’t want to go to Tahiti

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Some folks yearn for a balmy life of lust and leisure on the island of Tahiti. But here at the Trendy Travel Bureau we’ve been studying this urge and have second thoughts about promoting the South Seas as a worthwhile tourist trap. For instance, Tahitians think the stomach is the […]

Chile: Is it fruit, vegetable or berry?

By Helena Rodriguez; PNT columnist The burning question in Santa Fe right is how to label our precious red and green chile peppers. This is not a mild matter for us chile-chomping Nuevo Mejicanos. But in a strange twist, the debate over our fiery state vegetable has turned fruity. And I do mean fruity. A […]

Let the joy bells ring

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Today is all you have. Make the most of it. Say “I love you” to someone dear. This opportunity may be gone tomorrow. Please don’t wait until “this or that happens” to be happy. If you cannot be happy now…this breath breathing, heart beating moment then when will you […]

Live a blessed life every day

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Time is too precious to waste. Children grow up and leave the nest. Our grandparents and parents grow older and are gone. Did we make the moments count? Time spent worrying about tomorrow or regretting yesterday drains our life of the “now.” The gift of life is squandered and wasted […]

Love, marriage and Santa’s reindeer

By Bob Huber It’s hard to let go of Christmas. Take for example a yuletide footnote I have in hand signed off by none other than the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. It has to do with love and marriage among Santa’s reindeer. By the way, Alaskans call their reindeer “caribou,” although we know […]

Burma-Shave ads — Part II

By Bob Huber Last year I wrote a column about that extinct advertising phenomenon called Burma-Shave signs — you know, those little red rhymes by the side of the road that quipped, “Peanut on a railroad track, heart all a flutter. Round the bend came No.10 — Toot, toot, peanut butter.” Well, I opened a […]

Towels part of life’s tapestry

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Let Jesus’ love resurrect in you

Joan Clayton Have you ever thought about how this world would be had Jesus not been born? I shudder to think about it. Imagine a world of no absolutes, without any standards of right or wrong. Mankind has always had a sin problem, but we do have a choice and a wrong choice brings bondage, […]

State made heroes out of violent criminals

Jim Lee Not too many Americans realize the capital of Latvia is Riga. Then again, not too many Americans give a rat’s left ear about the capital of Latvia. That’s why this week’s topic has absolutely nothing to do with Latvia, or Riga for that matter. Instead, I want to mention an anniversary from a […]

Burma Shave signs — a blast from the past

Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits. For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line by […]