Maybe duct tape will get point across

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I may have a new use for duct tape. That hardly seems like a discovery worthy of mentioning at all, let alone in a record that will stand forever in print — one also assumes the standard exists for online records, but I just saw “Terminator: Rise of the Machines” […]

Animal euthanasia mandate likely

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis may soon be forced to change the way it destroys stray dogs and cats. Euthanasia seems poised to become the law of the state. And while both sides in what was a contentious issue in Clovis say they accept this, the question of who pays the cost of […]

Open conference question comes to state senate

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican To open conference committees to the public or not? That seems to be a key question before the state Senate this session, one that’s nearing a vote on the chamber’s floor. The Senate is considering two measures to allow the public and the media into conference committees, […]

Market more powerful than big oil

It seems like yesterday mobs clamored for government to spank Big Oil for gouging. “Windfall profit taxes!” they demanded as gasoline prices in June rose to $4.33 nationally. What a difference a season makes. Gasoline prices now are around a buck and half in some parts of the nation and $2.40 on average for New […]

Public lands fee column generates responses

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It seems last week’s column on access fees on public lands managed to get around a bit thanks to the Internet. I received feedback both positive and negative after my rant. Here’s a sampling: One woman wrote that the reason they are taking my taxes along with a fee […]

Fathers deserve children’s recognition, love

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It seems mothers get all the praise and Dad takes the rap if he’s not perfect these days. It seems that fathers need to have more going for them than simply being the strong, silent provider these days, even if that did work for my dad and many of […]

Political season engenders allergic reaction

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Right now it seems we’ve entered the allergy season of politics. Political pollen is everywhere. I first noticed it as the political signs began to bloom in yards around town. Soon the infestation of noxious signs had invaded every major street corner in our fair city Like a sinus […]

Racism examples not always as they appear

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Complaints are kind of like fruitcake. Everybody seems to give them, but I’ve never met anybody who likes to receive them. I especially hated the complaint I saw from the NAACP online this morning, because I see no chance of it eliciting any change. Cue the “Barbie Bandits,” who […]

Hi-tech gadgets can make owners target of crime

Freedom New Mexico Folks who use iPods and higher-end mobile phones in public places may believe the devices enable them to be well connected to the world around them. But such technology seems to be giving off a different signal: Look at me, I’m a future crime victim. As reported in the current issue of […]

Change is inevitable

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections May is a month where change is evident in more ways than one. The weather heats up, the grass turns green and schools release the students for a couple of months of relaxation. And around the Fennell house there has been much change as well. Our oldest child, 17-year-old Josh, has […]

Executive branch must base plans on reality

Editorial The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with a way […]

President Bush’s op-ed piece too little too late

Editorial President Bush took the unusual step, for a sitting president, of releasing an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal last week to announce his hopes of working together with the Democratic majority in Congress “to accomplish important things for the American people.” Good luck. If he were just starting a term facing a […]

How has Portales changed? Let me count the ways

Karl Terry: PNT Mananging Editor How has Portales changed? Let me count the ways There’s one question I’m constantly asked since I returned to my hometown of Portales a little over a month ago. “Does Portales seem like it’s changed much since you left?” I get that question about once a day and at first […]

Feel like giving up lately?

Joan Clayton Trials come and trials go. It seems we no longer get over one hurdle until another one appears. By the time we wrestle through more anxiety we feel weary, discouraged and wonder what’s going on. I’ve discovered a secret. If I can’t be happy today, regardless of problems, then when am I going […]

American calendar system needs rethinking

Jim Lee Welcome to 2004. Are we ready to start another year of wondering which months have 30 days and which have 31? It seems easy when we say long and short alternate, starting with a long one. It’s a matter of 31, 30 and so on, right? Well, not quite. There is the matter […]

Things seem strange on The Weather Channel

Jim Lee Well, here it is the first of June already. Time sure goes by quickly when you’ve been 39 for 19 years. It seems like only yesterday it was still May. As you may have guessed at this point, my hero is Jack Benny. But since Mr. Benny no longer makes those great television […]