Murphy’s Law no match for friend

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When we talk about someone being “over-prepared,” we think of a person who is very thorough and able to handle all possible contingencies. It is a good habit to have especially if you are someone who regularly messes up and therefore must be ready to respond when you over-mess up. […]

Federal reports not reliable source

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When we talk about someone being “over-prepared,” we think of a person who is very thorough and able to handle all possible contingencies. It is a good habit to have especially if you are someone who regularly messes up and therefore must be ready to respond when you […]

Government can muddle simple affairs

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In matters of ethics, one is best equipped to understand when one is close up. Politics is different, as is law, although one reason for having courts is to hash out cases with all the details on view. Otherwise misjudgment lurks nearby. A recent incident brings to light […]

Child predators can lurk anywhere

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I try not to judge someone when I first meet them, but I couldn’t help myself when I saw this man at my neighbor’s daughter’s birthday party. He looked scary. The neighbor introduced him as an ‘uncle.’ He had long white hair in a pony tail, blue eyes and a […]

Freedom lets us act morally wrong

By Tibor Machan At a recent demonstration outside the Earl Warren Building in San Francisco, someone was waiving a sign that read: “A moral wrong can’t be a civil right.” Well, in fact, it can. A simple case in point is when someone writes something that is immoral or produces pictures or movies that are […]

Business feature: Mechanic stands by his work

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Doug Frank has been a mechanic in Portales for a while and is someone who stands by his work. Frank says he works very hard to do a good job because this is how he advertises, by word of mouth. The local high school and college coaches recommend Frank to […]

Christmas pageant lives on in memory

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One year it was decided by someone (who later refused to be identified) that during the annual Christmas pageant we ought to have a “real” manger scene — with live animals. Somebody’s dad built a nifty three-sided wooden creche, and some of the kids brought their 4-H animals. It was […]

Life not always easy

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Someone has said, “If you never wanted to be hurt, move to a desert island and be a hermit.” Maybe you would never be hurt, but think of the loneliness. Missing the joy and ecstasy of love would make life meaningless. Life is not always easy. Problems and trials do […]

Homicide victim remembered

Sarah Meyer Friends and family remember Don Chapman as someone who would help anybody with whatever needs they had. He’s also remembered as a man whose life changed three years ago during an extended illness when he accepted Jesus as his personal savior. Scott Reeves of Wheeler Mortuary recounted Chapman’s life Saturday during his funeral, […]

Appetite vs. emotion: A delicate balance

By Anita Doberman If someone asked me, “What is your most complex relationship?” I would confidently answer — the one with food. Truthfully, eating is complicated. To varying degrees, most of us have some sort of hang-ups when it comes to food. It can become an obsession, a way to soothe our unmet needs, take […]