In search of ponies: Animals have own ways of dealing with wind

Since the dawn of man, spring has been celebrated, often because it’s a pleasant exit from winter and also because it is the season that represents life’s potential. In between the intermittent cold and warm spells, green shoots sprout from little dried up bits of plants that nature seemed to have discarded in the cold […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Stop, listen to the music

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The 21st century is a fast-paced place. Our entire existence is geared toward getting things done as quickly as possible. High-speed Internet, fast food, drive-thru dry cleaning, and express lanes at the grocery store are a few ways businesses are trying to cater to and keep up with our hurried culture. Red lights, the DMV […]

Commentary: We can all find ways to serve our country

By Gunnery Sgt.Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss the […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

ENMU parts ways with football coach Ribaudo

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Dave Wagner Mark Ribaudo’s 15-year run at Eastern New Mexico University is over. The school said in a release on Tuesday that it had “requested and received” Ribaudo’s resignation after seven seasons as ENMU’s head football coach. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said the school would like to have a coach in place by Dec. 1, […]

Child Sense: Sun protection

Priscilla J. Dunstan Keeping our children free from sunburn can be a quite a task, but there are ways to make the process a little easier. If swimming or at the beach, use sun-protective t-shirts, shorts and rash guards. During the day, clothing should at least cover the shoulders – an area that can get […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Heading Home: The art and science of diapering

The following is an excerpt from “Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” (Second Edition): At an average of 25 cents per diaper for brand-name disposables and about 3,000 diapers, you can expect to spend around $750 during your first year of diapering _ and that’s not even factoring in wipes, diaper creams, […]

Grand slams stun Zias

Freedom New Mexico There are tough ways to lose softball games, and then there’s Saturday’s Tarleton State-Eastern New Mexico University matchup at Zia Field. ENMU outplayed the TexAnns for much of the game, but Tarleton got grand slam home runs from Samantha Swanda in the fifth inning and Katie Welborn in the sixth to stun […]

Tarleton State slams Zias

Freedom New Mexico There are tough ways to lose softball games, and then there’s Saturday’s Tarleton State-Eastern New Mexico University matchup at Zia Field. ENMU outplayed the TexAnns for much of the game, but Tarleton got grand slam home runs from Samantha Swanda in the fifth inning and Katie Welborn in the sixth to stun […]

Lottery scholarship bill would freeze tuition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer State senators are considering ways to keep the Lottery Scholarship program solvent, and Eastern New Mexico University representatives agree it’s important. The program pays tuition at state-supported New Mexico universities. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Dist. 27, has introduced a bill that would freeze tuition for students on the scholarship throughout […]

Banking regulations may alter fees, services for customers

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Sharna Johnson Alterations to rubber check forgiveness and free checking are just some of the ways new banking regulations may impact consumers, as the federal government works to curb bank fees. “I think it’s going to take some time to see how all of that unfolds,” said Pat Dee, president and chief executive officer of […]

Energy conservation: Preparing for cooler weather

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES As the weather shifts to cooler temperatures, we need to shift our focus from ways to stay cool to ways to insulate the home to reduce heat loss. Energy prices are on the rise, and as a result, heating costs will consume an increasingly larger portion of your household’s energy […]

Consider ways to reduce energy consumption

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In support of Energy Awareness Month and beyond, here are smart, inexpensive ways to can reduce your energy and water consumption. Being aware and making smart choices saves you and the Air Force money that can be invested in aircraft operations and maintenance, construction and maintenance of facilities as well […]

Their view: Better ways to assess discrimination

Better ways to assess discrimination New Mexico’s Foundation for Open Government is opposing efforts to limit information published on nmcourts.gov. Here’s a portion of an editorial published on FOG’s website at nmfog.org:

Better ways to combat terrorism than war

Freedom Newspapers Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow […]

DISCLOSE Act limits freedom of speech

Freedom New Mexico Americans rightly are jealous of their right to freedom of speech; it is a prerequisite of freedom and a bulwark against government tyranny in so many ways. That’s why the First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Most important, the founders had political speech in […]

Other ways to assist quake-ravaged Haiti

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Let’s get excited about life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I have discovered two ways to live: I can let life happen to me or I can happen to life. Allowing life to happen is not very exciting to me. In fact, it could be dull. The same routines and rituals do not require much enthusiasm or energy for me. […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]