Sweet Home New Mexico: Proud to be part of a select few

Sometimes, I wonder if I am the only one that feels a special sense of pride when I hand my military I.D. to the friendly gate guards as I make my way onto the base. As soon as I am beyond the gate, I can’t help but feel this little surge of glee that I […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

Their view: Lawmakers support fire danger rating system

Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Sander Rue R-Albuquerque are pushing for a state fireworks law based on flexibility and common sense.

Child Sense: Smoothing out the highs and lows of back-to-school time

Priscilla J. Dunstan Back to school – a time both loved and dreaded by children and parents alike. Being back at school will bring out the extremes in your children. Tactile children will need more physical contact and cuddles, visual children will be more particular about how things look, auditory children will chatter more, and […]

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 […]

No sense in badgering prey

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]

Real cowboys have horse sense

Branding season. Spring time west of the Mississippi. Long days in the saddle. Sitting on a horse miles from nowhere, it seems, trying to spot cows on the gather, silence except for the thud of your horses’ hooves. You might as well be on a fishing boat in the middle of nowhere watching the waves. […]

Child Sense: Plan your child’s summer around their sensibilities

Summer holidays are looming, and it’s hard to know what to do with our little ones. It’s a hard balance to get right. Enough time to rest, enough time to spend with family and enough activities to keep them busy and interested. By being aware of your child’s dominant sense you will be able to […]

Horse recycling makes more sense

As we horse owners and lovers struggle to find some middle ground in the tragic abandoned horse issue, maybe we need to look “outside the box.” Most horse owners, horse associations, equine veterinarians, and those of us forced to take the responsibility for dealing with the mess, are still optimistic that the new Centers for […]

Expanded digital access uses same common sense

By Master Sgt. Keith Houin: U.S. Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Social networking sites are open to Air Force servicemembers and employees in the workplace. This change to policy has raised many questions about using social media officially and personally in the workplace. When you get right down to […]

Dreams shape children’s futures

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Sometimes the world is best seen through the eyes of a child, where the world of wonder is still all encompassing, where the harsh limits of reality have not yet begun to intrude into one’s life space. Such a view is still capable of believing, for example, in a magical […]

Dentist says I’m on dental fast lane

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I lost a tooth the other day. It was the molar on the northwest side next to my only wisdom tooth that ever came in. Which explains why sometimes I go over the edge of common sense. I mean, how many wise men would pass a policeman on a double […]

Sense of entitlement killing dream

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Now and then one hears or reads reference to “the American Dream,” as if there were just one such thing. What is uniquely American is just that Americans are supposed to be free to dream their own dreams, pursue their own happiness as they understand it. Very loosely, […]

Business feature: Building to return to roots

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer The one-time location for a J.C. Penney store in Portales is going back to its roots in a sense — clothing will be the main product once again. Suzi Webb is renovating the old store at 109 S. Main St., next door to Valley Furniture. Webb hopes to open […]

Shame you can’t buy common sense

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 […]

Sense of humor helpful in challenging situations

By Anita Doberman There is nothing like a good sense of humor to carry you through the experience of birth. This week, humor and irony helped to make it through a c-section, some health issues and welcoming our sixth child, a little baby girl. This was my fifth c-section and even though I have been […]

Everything’s easier with Mom around

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If somebody accused me of returning to Portales after nearly 30 years away because I was a momma’s boy, I’d probably have to agree with them. I could tell you coming back made good sense financially or that the opportunity to pursue journalism in my home town was just […]

Monkey business

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers With millions of tiny ink dots, some smaller than a speck of sand, Valerie Romano pays homage to mankind’s closest living relative — chimpanzees. The former Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University instructor stumbled upon her greatest artistic inspiration late in life. She was 45 years old […]

Advice: Don’t get a bee in your bonnet

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Have the evil killer bees arrived at last in Roosevelt County? Is it time to panic? Shall we call in the National Guard? First of all, they are not “killer” bees. The recent attack near Causey and Lingo was from Africanized honey bees, not “killer” bees. Second, it is never time […]