My turn: Home town girl brings new life to former general store

When I was an elementary school kid at Dora, we had two locations where we could spend our “store money” each week. Our parents could get a full service gasoline fill-up at stations on each end of the village. The cafe was open most days for hamburgers and fries. If Wilcher’s Farm Store didn’t have […]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

DoD focuses on school renovations

On orders from Congress, the Department of Defense is deciding how to spend a first appropriation — $250 million — to upgrade a set of public schools that are in disrepair or disturbingly overcrowded. The catch is that these schools, though part of local school districts, are on stateside bases and 94 percent of their […]

America can’t spend its way to prosperity

Freedom New Mexico Our latest experiment with Keynesian liberalism — led by the last two presidents — has predictably failed and the economy is in shambles. President Barack Obama will need a miracle to win re-election in 2012, no matter who runs against him and no matter how unpolished or gaffe-prone that candidate may be. […]

Spending won’t solve nation’s debt dilemma

Freedom New Mexico We cannot spend our way out of economic despair, yet we keep on trying and expecting a different result. The latest effort by the Obama administration to spend our way out of trouble involves the president’s agreement to tap our country’s strategic oil reserves, liquidating a strategic asset to spend it now […]

Government should spend within means

Freedom New Mexico What happened to our economic recovery? Recent days have seen a slew of negative economic news: • U.S. single-family home prices dropped 0.2 percent in March from February, as measured by the S&P Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas. “The price index was below the low seen in April 2009 during […]

Rooting through family tree facinating

Family trees can be a fascinating thing, when you really stop to climb them. Being a bit too ADHD to spend the requisite hours on computer, I have generally allowed others to do the researching. I’ve heard a slight flurry of interest due to the Royal Wedding — perhaps from people who wondered if they […]

Family to spend semester abroad

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University jazz musician and his family are headed to Latvia next semester — on a Fulbright scholarship. Associate Professor of Music Christopher Beaty received the scholarship to teach jazz from the middle of next January through mid-June at the Yazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Latvia’s capital city […]

Tough to make adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Avoiding ’24’ adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that […]

Mom set great example

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist My 92-year-old mother, Faye Sloan, will spend Mother’s Day in assisted living. My parents raised six kids, a granddaughter and three great-grandsons. (My father passed away in 1990.) With so many mouths to feed, money was scarce, but mother would have starved to death before letting us go hungry. The […]

Portales Past: May 23, 1960

May 23, 1960: Floyd D. Golden, involved with Eastern New Mexico University from its inception in 1934 and its president for 19 years, announced his retirement. Speculation that Golden would be replaced had been reported weeks earlier. Golden said he planned to spend the next few years working on a book about the university’s history.

Taxpayers target of confusing system

By Don McAlavy: Freedom Columnist The Revised Gettsbury Address (Author Unknown) (Yes, I said Gettsbury, not Gettsburg.) Three score and five years ago our fathers brought forth upon this nation a new tax, conceived in desperation and dedicated to the proposition that all men are fair game. Now we are engaged in a great mass […]

Insurance personal obligation

By Tibor Machan: Fredom Columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

Another alternative: Don’t spend

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Have you noticed all the newspaper supplements and magazines suddenly printing stories about “saving money,” and coining new words like “staycation” for not traveling someplace for a vacation? I notice they’re using words like “savings” and “spend less.” I wonder what happened to “spend nothing.” After all, if you don’t […]

Managing finances a challenge

By Anita Doberman I used to spend money recklessly. Working during what used to be the golden days on Wall Street didn’t help and this went on for a few years. Being an investment banking analyst had lots of perks, but most of the people I knew lived way beyond their means, despite the fact […]

Library to hold family nights

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The Portales Public Library wants to promote family literacy with reading programs in April. The Family Reading Nights program will focus on bringing families together to spend time enjoying reading, said Heather Christensen Portales Public Library’s youth services librarian. “We designed programs so that families could enjoy them together

Five-day work week not unreasonable

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Not that anyone missed me or even knew, but I have been out of New Mexico for the past few days. I left the office Thursday night and flew back to see my family in Montana, then flew back on Monday morning so I’d be ready for work on Tuesday. […]

Work doesn’t stop during holidays

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By Ashley Lee Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice day, so […]