Religion column: Words shape a destiny

It’s been said, “What you said yesterday is what you are living today.” In other words, we are a product of our words. Words have power, positive or negative. It is sobering to realize you and I have within us the potential for building or destroying and we do it with words. Words go before […]

Curry County Cats to open season Saturday

Kevin Wilson The sophomore enjoys a higher standing than a freshman, not just for age-based reasons. The sophomore has, in the words of Stevie Wonder, “been through the storms, through the cold and rain.” But just some things are still the same, as the Curry County Cats move into their second season as a semi-pro […]

My turn: Gifts cheap, words cheaper

Wendel Sloan While recently cruising Dallas projects for Christmas presents, I saw a handwritten Goodwill sign: “1/2 Off Sale!” Although Salvation Army stores are more within my budget, I figured that the sale might allow me to splurge. After entering past burglar bars, I fought my way through Texas politicians’ worst nightmares grabbing mariachi cassettes, […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians don’t realize power of words

Years ago, as I was starting a new job, my boss was introducing me around and told me not to trust a certain person and that if that person told me the time of day to check the clock. “Well,” I responded, “Isn’t even a stopped clock right twice a day?” I felt it only […]

Pleasant words restore the soul

I read a fable about a man who was near death and he wanted to make everything right before he died. He went to the king and asked what he must do. The king told him to put a big bag of goose feathers at the doorstep of everyone he had ever harmed with words. […]

Every trick in the book: Five ways to inspire your children to read

Paula Sirois Beside the proud and vocal parent who shares how great of a reader her child is (so much so that she can barely keep up with the insatiable demand for books, books, books) is the regular mom who cringes as she considers how her kid not only doesn’t read but hates reading and […]

Their view: Words of wisdom offered to graduates

Civilization dependent on ecosystem

I occasionally, when preparing for class, find myself discovering things that I wish I had not found. I suppose that this is true for other educators, as well. Like the words from Don Henley’s song, “Dirty Laundry,” it’s a matter of “You don’t really want to know what’s goin’ on; you don’t really want to […]

My turn: Nickname matter of personal preference

On Avenue I, near the tracks, is a painted hand pointing right with the words, “T-Town.” I don’t know who nicknamed North Portales “Taco Town.” I’ve heard it for decades, mostly used by Hispanics. In today’s politically correct world, is the name racist? Does it matter whether it’s a Hispanic, white person or other using […]

Technology molding next generation

As we were reviewing first-grade spelling words, all of them based on the “u” sound, my granddaughter Mikayla looked at me in all innocence and proclaimed “Mute doesn’t mean you can’t speak. It’s the button you push on the remote.” I solemnly swear to you that this is not a child who spends countless hours […]

Berry: Words of encouragement nice to hear

I think every sport or activity should have a cheerleader. My granddaughter is a cheerleader and she helps to keep her teams motivated. She claps in cadence and chants words of encouragement, when the team needs it most. I am not really sure what a cheerleader would say to a distance runner. “Pick up the […]

Let words shape your destiny

It’s been said, “What you said yesterday is what you are living today.” In other words, we are a product of our words. Words have power, positive or negative. It is sobering to realize you and I have within us the potential for building or destroying and we do it with words. Words go before […]

Grace in winning important lesson

We humans feel we need ceremonies and symbols, some more elaborate than others. When we marry, we have a ceremony during which words are spoken, and among Christians they invariably involve the three main Christian directives: Faith, hope and charity (love), the greatest being love. Symbols of the love are exchanged — before witnesses. I […]

Dr. King’s words still continue to inspire us

Freedom New Mexico A lthough making Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday was controversial — understandably so since he was a highly controversial figure during his lifetime — the holiday in one sense has become utterly ordinary. Instead of being celebrated on Dr. King’s actual birthday, Jan. 15, it falls on the Monday closest […]

JROTC taking on cyber warfare

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School’s CyberPatriot team is made up of Cadet Staff Sgt. Jeremy Scales, Cadet Staff Sgt. Justin Jaquez, Cadet Airmen 1st Class Alex Smith, Airmen 1st Class David Tshudy, Cadet Tech Sgt. Paelan Dober and Cadet Capt. Daniel Gearhart. Liliana Castillo Six Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officers Training […]

My turn: Words can be excessive

Sometimes I get the joy of editing young adults’ (18-36 year old) writing. Some struggle with “they’re,” “there” and “their,” others with “to” and “too.” Some are mystified by “affect” (verb) versus “effect” (noun). “A lot” and “alot” (incorrect) give the texting quick-draws a lot of problems. The distinction between “compliments” (praise) and “complements” (goes […]

My turn: Choose words wisely

I guess I need to be more careful about describing myself as “ultra-conservative.” Somehow I’ve gotten on an extremist distribution list. One recent e-mail showed presidents Reagan, Bush W. and Clinton speaking at podiums with U.S. flags. Then it pictured “Barack Hussein Obama” (with Hussein boldfaced), and asked what was the difference — before pointing […]

Their view: Illegal immigrants not real problem

Illegal immigrants not real problem Joe Sena of Albuquerque offers his views on the Portales News-Tribune’s editorial page:

My turn: A couple of words say a lot

More obituary snippets from the Dallas Morning News: • An 84-year-old couple and an 86-year-old couple each died one day apart. The latter married in their native Mexico in 1950 and had “a life filled of true love” • A 73-year-old man, one of 11 children, worked “repairing barges and musseling.” • A 91-year-old woman, […]

Wrong words can hurt feelings

“I really wanted this shoe leather on my boots,” he grumbled. That ruffled my feathers. My husband could have said, “You really cooked this piece of ham well.” When I saw him sharpen a cutting knife and then attack that piece of ham like a chain saw, I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s hard for […]