Awareness important tool in fighting cancer

Clyde Davis Before getting into this column, I need to make a correction and apology. To my Lutheran colleagues: It seems probable the Martin Luther incident never occurred — the punch in the nose over Holy Communion. The church history professor from whom I heard the story is very likely no longer alive; he was […]

Shooting victim’s widow still committed to husband

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Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems smaller. She has aged too. But despite all the changes that 17 years have brought, Shirley Ornelas has not wavered in her commitment to her husband. She was widowed May 30, 1993, in Portales when a bullet […]

Trade fear for faith

Bad news seems to be all over the place. I heard of a man being so upset by the bombardment of bad news that he decided he would go on “a news fast.” It sounds funny, yet it’s not a bad idea. Fear is the most destructive force I know. It is paralyzing and tormenting. […]

My Turn: Watermelon not for me

Watermelon seems to be one of the best-loved parts of American summers. Which is why it seems odd that I’ve never cared for watermelon. I’ve met few people with a similar opinion. Nonetheless, I have good memories of the summer fruit. When I was a kid, Dad saved seeds from a watermelon he found particularly […]

McGee: That new-fangled 21st century work ethic

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Did we waste our time back in the 20th century having a work ethic? You know, being on time for a job, finishing a job, stuff like that. It seems there’s a new way of doing things here in the 21st century. This came to mind when I ran […]

My turn: Cold weather can be troubling too

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With near triple-digit temperatures expected the next few days, this seems a good time to remember the cold. Our coldest day is quite debatable, but here are a few of the contenders: • The weather.com website claims the coldest temperature recorded in Portales was minus-17 on Jan. 2, 1979. Clovis was only minus-7 that day, […]

Yard sales also social events

By Grant Mcgee: Local columnist We went to our first yard sale of 2010 last week and picked up a fridge for 40 bucks. It seems yard sale season has begun. These sales just seem to flow and go with the seasons. In the winter there are few if any sales. As spring gets closer, […]

Ramifications for all options in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Based on statements from various officials, it seems our preferred approach to Afghanistan — pulling out most U.S. military forces from that country and focusing on al-Qaida, which is not operating in Afghanistan and is unlikely to secure a “safe haven” in Afghanistan however the struggle there turns out, especially if the U.S. […]

Seems early for election campaigns

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist “Hey, since you work for the newspaper, there’s a guy I know…”I hear this statement a lot, but I’m finding these guys they know are most often considering running for office. “He’s not running yet, but he’s considering it, and I wonder if you could give him some coverage.” I’m […]

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” […]