Religion column: Passing on life lessons

The closing of another school year will soon be here. It 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 problems from children’s perspective. “We have to go on to third grade […]

My turn: Sometimes roommates need to shout it out

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About two weeks ago I brought up that my house was like the real world, well, the situation just got real this weekend. Most people have had a roommate in their life, whether it was their sibling growing up, a dorm buddy or whatever the case may be. You have to be willing to set […]

Environmentalists need credibility

“Since when did the term ‘environmentalist’ take on such a negative connotation?” This quote is from a letter-to-the-editor of a major metropolitan newspaper. “Sure,” it continues, “… there are extremists who make the evening news, but they are very much the minority…” Maybe the first thing we should do is define “environmentalist.” It was not […]

Their view: Small businesses need to be given credit

Robert Berman, CEO of Cinium Financial, writes about a challenge for small businesses.

Drivers need to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

Hollywood doesn’t need discounts

The Lone Ranger is galloping into New Mexico and he just can’t get here quickly enough. He’ll bring Johnny Depp who will portray his Native American sidekick, Tonto. One might wonder why they couldn’t have found a Native American to play Tonto, but that is an argument for another day. Johnny Depp is a hugely […]

Only one resolution needed

I think I’ll just forego the whole New Year’s resolution thing this year. What’s the point? With the Mayan calendar running out in December I’ll never get the chance to enjoy the benefits and might spend all year trying to accomplish them only to be swept away in cataclysm. Granted, losing about 120 pounds and […]

In search of ponies: Hummingbirds need some sugar

Every now and then a neighbor needs to borrow a little sugar — and sometimes it could be a matter of life and death. No, not because of that batch of cookies they started only to realize they didn’t have enough in their canister. It turns out that perhaps because of the extreme weather we’ve […]

Their view: Children need to learn historical significance

Daniel Burnett, press secretary for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit dedicated to academic excellence, offers this commentary on the importance of knowing our history:

Old laws in need of new analysis

During a period of deep reflection and painstaking research, which basically involved sitting in an easy chair and playing computer poker while grasping for a column idea, I had an epiphany. It is this. I have a lot of things to be thankful for this season, but none more reassuring than the news my epistemic […]

Letter to the editor: Rural communities need post offices

Rural communities need post offices The U.S. Postal Service is losing lots of money. People are using the Internet to pay bills and to communicate. The postal service is having to deliver mail to more people, but those same people are buying less stamps. Did the postal service or the postmaster general not see this […]

Hounds need top two finish to advance to nationals

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team has climbed one mountain. Today, they go for an even bigger one. The Greyhounds, who ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year run as Lone Star Conference champions two weeks ago, will try to earn one of two NCAA Division II national berths […]

Report: Roosevelt County economy holding steady

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Alisa Boswell According to the 2011 Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation annual report, Portales economy is holding steady, despite nationwide economically tough times, but the city still has a strong need for more growth in industry and population. “The big news is Portales is growing and it’s growing twice as fast as it did in […]

McGee: A case of deja vu all over again

Do you ever get the idea that you need to be listening to people better? I think I do. This realization came to me after reading an article in The Atlantic magazine in which the writer detailed a personal hacking experience. “Wow,” I said as I came down the hall, “These hackers are getting REALLY […]

My turn: Not going to pay your way

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What do you do when someone approaches you in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They need money to go to Albuquerque or somewhere and have run out of gas and don’t have money? That’s a typical line. I get annoyed. I wonder why they’re traveling broke. Do they expect others to finance their trip? At least […]

Building Resilience in Children: Contributing to the family and the community

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Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP Contribution isn’t only about good deeds and noble actions. Children also need to know that they can contribute ideas that will be taken seriously and respected. When adults invite children’s suggestions and opinions, especially about matters that concern them, we increase their sense of control, which in turn […]

Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

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Lisa McLeod Most people don’t like conflict. It feels risky and time consuming. They’re either afraid of it or they don’t want to expend the energy to deal with it. The problem is, avoiding conflict doesn’t work either. It doesn’t reduce tension, if anything, it escalates it. A reluctance to deal with conflict is hugely […]

Child Sense: Helping your child learn the basics of organization

Priscilla J. Dunstan Teaching our kids how to be organized starts at an early age. The habits that will aid them as they move through life start when they are young with simple systems learned at home and in their own space. Even when they are young, they can learn how to put away their […]

Child Sense: Tips for helping your child walk home from school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Consider the way your child relates to the world when planning his walk to and from school. Pick a route that is easy for your child to remember even if it may take a little longer. Turning one corner is easier for your child to remember than having to turn five. Find […]

Their view: We need debt limit solution, not scare tactics

Congressman Steve Pearce addressed the president’s false claims that he “cannot guarantee” Social Security payments in the absence of a debt ceiling agreement. “The president claimed that ‘there may simply not be money in the coffers,’ to fund Social Security, but this is simply not true,” said Pearce. “The country is still generating revenue, and […]