‘Thank you’ just doesn’t feel like enough

Throughout the history of this nation, men and women have made tremendous sacrifices to maintain freedom. They realized that a life without freedom is a life of slavery with every type of tyranny. William Penn has been quoted as saying, “Unless we are governed by God we will be ruled by tyrants.” Freedom is the […]

BBC show represents farm life well

Netflix lied to me but it hasn’t discouraged me from their product yet. On closer examination of the way they’ve been billing me on the credit card number I have on file with them, it’s apparent their former CEO wasn’t shooting me straight in the letter he sent me telling me he was shooting me […]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

Religion column: Today is the best day of your life

Time was created for man. In God’s eyes there is no time. He always was and always will be. He is the great ”I Am.” Yet our time is limited. Time is too precious to waste it. Children grow up and leave the nest. Did we spend precious time with them? Our grandparents and parents […]

Choice means running own life

You do have a choice, but it is not the choice you are usually presented with. The real choice is between being responsible for governing your life or allowing someone else to govern you. To put it more bluntly, the choice is between liberty and slavery. However, if you listen to anyone other than libertarians […]

Keep the faith and never give up

Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly noticed. We forget to count our many blessings. […]

Leave loving memories

Oil painting has caused me to see the world differently. I find myself studying clouds and landscapes. I like to see the tumbled down houses and barns as we travel along the highway. I wonder what stories they could tell of days gone by. How did they live their lives? Did they leave their home […]

Scars mark life of working with animals

I never claimed to be a cowman and I’ve got the scars to prove it! Frostbit fingers, baler twine blisters, and an odd scrape in the side of my head where the hair won’t grow back from when my good ol’ horse slipped down on an ice slick on the calving lot. I went out […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

My turn: More to life than money, fame

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Even in today’s power- and money-driven world, it’s not unheard of for people to give up lucrative jobs in order to reclaim families and lives. In 2002, at age 22, Kirstin Holum, an Olympic silver medalist speed skater, turned in her skates for a religious habit. I bring this up because I occasionally come across […]

Joy makes it great to be alive

Joan Clayton Today is the day to be happy, and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy. “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10 NCV). You can do anything […]

Herding Squirrels: The future has arrived

Traci Arbios We were sitting on the couch; more to the point, I was sitting, he was in my arms, my newborn son. Little mittens on his hands, tiny hat on his head; he was warm and cuddly and I sat staring, absorbing every detail of his sweet, pink face. His eyebrows were mere wisps. […]

Libertarians lead invisible life

In day-to-day life, being a libertarian really doesn’t attract any attention. We are pretty much invisible. We are the neighbors who mind our own business. We probably don’t have noisy parties but won’t call the cops about yours. We are the people who pick up the dropped keys for the person struggling with grocery bags. […]

My turn: No sense, just real-life experience

One of my columns generated an e-mail from a gentleman who said that I didn’t have a lick of common sense. Apparently, I set him off by not toeing religious, political or fishing lines — or perhaps my tongue-in-cheek lines didn’t hook him. The blue-collar worker clearly wanted to wring my stereotyped collar. He probably […]

Tips on essential oils featured

Information on how to transform your life, suggestions on how to achieve your dreams and ways to use essential oils will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and professional speaker Peter Fogel will talk about reinventing yourself and relate stories and strategies of people over 40 […]

Growing older just part of life

Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs. Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with […]

My turn: Father known to embrace life

The last Father’s Day I visited my father was June 17, 1990. After a four-year battle with asbestosis — caused by being a steel-mill carpenter — he died 13 days later at 71. While healthy, Guy Sloan embraced life. For decades, he and buddies car-pooled 40 miles from Mt. Vernon to Lone Star Steel Company […]

Our people: Former ENMU math professor Vern Witten said his favorite smell is fresh baked bread

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Portales resident Vern Witten is the oldest of four and was milking cows and working in the field by the age of 10. He is an Army and Air Force veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War. After farming for a few years, he became a math teacher and taught at […]

Their view: Capping program would cut service

F.J. Pollak is president, CEO, and co-founder of TracFone Wireless. He writes about the need to preserve subsidized phone service for low-income Americans. Federal regulators recently announced a move that could deprive millions of low-income Americans of one of modern life’s necessities — the telephone. Officials at the Federal Communications Commission are considering a series […]

Slice of life: A matter of inches

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The […]