Kids on the job: ‘It’s work, not day care’

Jen Weigel Most reader responses to the story on taking your kids to work were negative, but some of you agreed with the idea that bringing kids to work can enliven the office in a good way. Our column about taking the kids to work generated a pretty exciting conversation on Facebook. Here are a […]

Wisdom of older generation fading

Oliver Goldsmith (1726-1774) wrote, “I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.” I think he was onto something. Of course, the fact I’m getting older couldn’t have anything to do with my opinion — could it? When you think about it, old age has many superior qualities young […]

Residents remember their mothers

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Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Don Reid wrote to his mother as a 19-year-old Army recruit in Vietnam. Reid wrote 170 letters to his mother Dorothy Reid in a year’s time while he served in Vietnam. That means he wrote home at least three times a week. A few months before his mother died in May […]

Freedom of speech applies to all

I remember, not very long ago, when I wrote a column detailing my opinion of a certain radio person, who shall remain nameless, and received overwhelming negative feedback — surprisingly from many in this area, as well. (Most of this columnist’s “boo” mail usually comes from an Internet population.) I remember it because there was […]

Social issues belong on backburner for now

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Educator who wrote ENMU’s alma mater remembered

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Eastern New Mexico University’s school song was written by a professor who learned to play the violin at age 6 and worked for the Department of Education into his 90s. A. Bruce Gaarder died at 98 July 1 in Arlington, Va. “He was always the educator,” said Ingrid Kauffman, Gaarder’s daughter. “That’s what he got […]

Generation Xers had it rough, too

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Those of us in Generation X have it much easier than our parents did. In turn, our children have it even easier. Last week, I wrote that our “having it rough” stories are laughable to our parents and grandparents who walked “miles in the snow.” Perhaps they are not so […]

The agony and ecstasy of a 5K runner

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The rumors of my death are, on further review, greatly exaggerated. Perhaps it was my fault that people believed I had died, as I wrote a death notice for myself to start last week’s column. Even though it was in the opinion section, and my date of death was […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

Author to host book signing

Freedom New Mexico Native New Mexican Kathleen Rodgers followed her husband from base to base during his twenty-year career as an Air Force fighter pilot. She met her husband while he was assigned at Cannon Air Force Base. She wrote a book about her and her family’s experiences called The Finale Salute. The author will […]

Saluting the flag

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A handful of Portales women will forever be stitched into the fabric of every state flag that flies over New Mexico. On a day in 1955, members of the Portales chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy led by W.B. Oldham saw a great need for the state […]

Being thankful way of life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist The first act of the Pilgrims upon arriving at our shores was to kneel and thank God for a land where they could worship him freely. I honor them for their faith and gratitude. I am thankful for a special day to be grateful for our many blessings. I am […]

Civil warrior’s fight for truth made big impact

Editorial It is rare when great intellectual and policy achievements are combined with great personal decency, warmth, charm and unfailing consideration toward others. Milton Friedman, who died last week at age 94, combined all those characteristics and more. He was a great friend of freedom, an untiring champion of liberty, and he will be sorely […]

Defense Department says it didn’t consider scenario that would keep Cannon open

By Marlena Hartz The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said the department did […]

Defense Department says scenario to keep Cannon open wasn’t considered

By Marlena Hartz The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said the department did […]

Gospel comes by way of one-man show

By Tova Fruchtman Local residents can watch Atlanta actor Brad Sherrill perform “The Gospel of John” — a word-for-word, one-man show — at 6 p.m. Sunday at Marshall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance, and many local churches will cancel their evening service to allow members to attend the free […]

Reagan’s family allowed to mend differences in final years

By Alex Veiga: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — In a week of enduring images, perhaps the most poignant came at the end. Nancy Reagan, saying her final farewell to her husband of 52 years, rested her head on his casket, crying and caressing the mahogany coffin as she was surrounded by the president’s three […]

Seeing history through a child’s eyes

Bob Huber In my relentless quest for award-winning journalism, I often explore the zany world of “kidspeak,” which is teacher jargon for stuff kids write on test papers. My wife Marilyn’s all-time favorite is, “I just love Tommy Buford. He’s tall, dark, and on probation.” So for my in-depth report today I’ve selected a whole […]