The virtuous legacy George Washinton set forth kept us free

George Washington has become something of a mythical figure in our national consciousness, a distant and perhaps even dour personage. We may know that we’re supposed to revere him, but he was hardly cuddly. There is some truth in that image, which to some extent he himself cultivated. It is worth remembering, however, the debt […]

Choose your battles carefully to avoid hardships

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former editor of mine invited myself and other minority reporters to her home for lunch and asked for feedback. One reporter remarked, “How do I say something without coming across as an angry black woman?” The response this editor from Texas gave has stayed with me: “It’s like your […]

Area coach wins 2,500

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent CLOVIS — When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like […]

I’m just a guy, nobody special, looking around

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist This column has appeared on this page for well over two years now. Sometimes it’s serious, and sometimes it’s downright silly. It’s not news reporting or presenting myself as an authority. I ask questions rather than claiming to have incontrovertible answers. I try to be observational, not professorial. In short, […]

Tough to live without “Tough Crowd”

By Kevin Wilson Last week I said goodbye to something on television, something I had grown to know for more than a year-and-a-half as a basis for analysis, a challenge to my belief system and a way to be informed. I’m not talking about the presidential election, though. I’m talking about Tough Crowd. As I […]

Saying sorry is sometimes too easy

By Helena Rodriguez Saying “I’m sorry!” has become so easy nowadays that it often loses its real meaning. It is the genuine “sorries” that are the hardest to express in words. And even harder, is knowing when to say “I’m sorry!” Do you apologize when you are not truly sorry just to make peace with […]

Years fly by when you’re having fun

Jim Lee Well, here’s my 52nd column in this space. I suppose that means I’ve been doing this for a year now. Is it my imagination, or does each year go by a bit faster than the previous one? Maybe it just seems that way because I’m having such a good time. During this past […]

PHS officials seek funds for auditorium

David Arkin Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser is hoping a local lawmaker’s request to help fund renovations to the school’s performing arts center will receive support in Santa Fe. Veteran lawmaker Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is seeking $250,000 for the high school’s performing arts center, a facility that gets used by numerous school and […]

Magistrate judge always on duty

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Mike Linn Magistrate Judge Jane Martin relaxed at her desk after work on Thursday and noted that her job is not just a black-robed affair filled with weekday gavel pounding and sentencing of lawbreakers. In fact, Martin said she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — in her home, sometimes […]