Plastic surgery not instant fix to problems

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, […]

Visit to doctor prompts rage

Anita Doberman I am a proactive patient. My family tells me I am a bit of a hypochondriac, but I just think I’m being thorough. I also have five young children, any one of whom is sick at any given time, so visits to physicians’ offices have become a part-time job. From office to office, […]

No prescription for waiting room rage

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I am a proactive patient. My family tells me I am a bit of a hypochondriac, but I just think I’m being thorough. I also have five young children, any one of whom is sick at any given time, so visits to physicians’ offices have become a part-time job. From […]

Aging is simply unavoidable part of life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband was home for a long weekend before being off again, and we decided to go on a date. It was a last-minute idea, meaning I didn’t have time to do my makeup, put in my contacts, or torture my husband to give opinions on five different outfits that meant […]

Soldiers’ humbleness lesson to be learned

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist This year-end marks a political changing of the guard. It was a year of mixed blessings. The economy is booming, unemployment is down, the results of “No Child Left Behind” accountable education are encouraging, the prescription drug benefits program is a big success, we mark the fifth year post 9/11 […]

Christmas provides us with many memories

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist We have lived in the same house for 43 years. Every rock and every tree in the yard has a story. If I sit in my swing long enough and listen hard enough, I can hear basketballs dribbling and skateboards skating. “Look Dad, I can do this with one hand!” […]

No empty nest syndrome here

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Our children are nearly ready to leave the nest. It seems just like yesterday they were little eggs. OK, I don’t mean children literally. I’m referring our adopted family of swallows. If you’re a regular reader you may remember me telling about the swallows that began building a nest […]

Cannon couple help give direction

Janet Taylor-Birkey The Doherty home is filled with big brown eyes and giggles all around from having a case of what Jennifer Doherty calls “the sillies.” But the wiggling little bodies emanating the giggles are a far cry from the children who walked into the Doherty home — and their hearts —seven months ago. That’s […]

Bob V ila never had it this tough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My wife has been confused throughout most of our 24 years of marriage. Somehow she’s under the impression that she married Bob Vila but she actually got something more akin to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. She’s been undeterred by my lack of skills with a hammer and saw, […]

Technology has let my beard down

By Kevin Wilson I have a problem with technology. Or maybe it has a problem with me. I sometimes marvel at just how far we’ve progressed. You could look at the video games we play now, with voice actors and story arcs that are far reaches from Pac-Man and Pong. You could look at our […]

U.S. should take a hard and objective look at port deal

Editorial At first glance it looks just like what South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called it: an “unbelievably tone-deaf politically” decision. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a government interagency panel, signs off on allowing a company owned by the government of Dubai, second-largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, to buy […]

Enhancing productivity of the installation’s work force

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet on the flight line one or two jets at a time. A phase inspection is an in-depth teardown and close look at the inside […]

Signs that you may be over the hill

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist I was rocking my chair last week when it dawned on me that I might be over the hill — a hair-raising experience for someone as young and vibrant as I am. So I called my daughters to confirm my youthful status: “What brought this on?” they asked. “Well, things are […]

F-16 Phase Dock keeps Cannon’s fighter fleet flying

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Staff Sgt. Matthew Teets, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron phase avionics technician, checks the security of several conduits in the engine bay of the F-16. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet […]

Texas language has own tweaks

By Bob Huber Today’s lecture will cover the methods employed by airport security officers to recognize dangerous persons and then delay them until their plane has been retired, scrapped, and turned into a fleet of riding lawn mowers. It’s called “profiling,” the evil scourge of the 21st Century. No one is safe from profiling, and […]

I’m just a guy, nobody special, looking around

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist This column has appeared on this page for well over two years now. Sometimes it’s serious, and sometimes it’s downright silly. It’s not news reporting or presenting myself as an authority. I ask questions rather than claiming to have incontrovertible answers. I try to be observational, not professorial. In short, […]

Rules change as one gets older

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist It’s May again, time to gather ye the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort and go a-Maying. But if you’re into less strenuous activities, just give thanks you got through another winter. By and large, that can be a heady sensation. That said, let’s today delve into the human […]

Seminar explores online sex crimes

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Sexual predators eyeing young children no longer need a crowbar and a window to get into a child’s room. All they need is a computer. Organizers of the Ensuring Children’s Online Protection held a seminar for Portales residents in the Pecos Room on the Eastern New Mexico University campus […]

April 20 Letter to the Editor

I participated in the Day of Silence at Eastern New Mexico University on April 13. To those who feel threatened by the gay lifestyle, or think it is morally wrong, I can only say that my participation in this day is not about supporting (or not supporting) any particular lifestyle. For me, the Day of […]

Wit and wisdom from the Black side

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist “These are javalina,” pointed out the zoo tour guide. “Tayassu tajacu, the collared peccary.” “Pig family,” I commented, in an effort to dazzle the sixth-graders on the tour. “No,” stated the guide. “A common mistake made by the ill-informed unknowledgeable ranger groupies who cover up their ignorance of the species […]