Study: Military marriages resilient

Despite enormous stress on military families from repeated wartime deployments and long periods living apart, service marriages are showing a level of resilience that social scientists can't yet explain. Military divorce rates have climbed only gradually in recent years and, according to a report in the Journal of Family Issues this month, have not exceeded […]

Buffet rules should be established

Give people a new communication tool, it changes the world. Make it accessible to everybody, and it changes the spelling. We got an example last night, after the Senate defeated the "Buffett Rule." Named after Warren Buffett, it goes on the premise that millionaires can afford to pay higher taxes, and would receive a minimum […]

In search of ponies: Animals never cease to amaze

Every now and then we all need to be wowed and amazed a little, a fact capitalized on by circuses for centuries. But three rings and a tent are not required to have one of those "wow" moments. Instead of glitter and tall hats, red honking noses and flaming hoops, one can always look to […]

McGee: Missing the idealism of youth

A guy came in the bike shop the other day. I asked him where he's from. I like to ask folks where they're from, because it takes my brain on a little trip. Anyway, the guy said he was from Tooele, Utah. Suddenly my mind flashed and I saw a scene from my memory. It […]

My turn: Humor always helps

I can't lie; there are occasionally weeks where I sit down to write this column and I'm stumped. It's a column about entertainment, but I've sometimes spent the entire week working and haven't had free time to catch local events. Sunday brought the chance to be a child again as I enjoyed an Easter potluck […]

Their view: Group hosting Earth Day picnic

The Nature Conservancy sent this press release about Earth Day: The Earth is an amazing planet, and we're taking it out for lunch. The Nature Conservancy is celebrating Earth Day by hosting the second annual Picnic for the Planet and connecting people around the world through the food they love. Host or join a picnic […]

State not necessary for good life

Many of my favorite things to do in and around Clovis are at government-owned locations. Which is kind of sad. I really enjoy the zoo, the library, Goodwin Lake Trails and Oasis State Park, just to name a few things off the top of my head. And, since I pay for them whether I use […]

My turn: Students dig in for community garden

One of my favorite photos from the early years of Eastern New Mexico University shows a couple of young men clinging to a plow being pulled by two energetic (or possibly runaway) horses, tearing past what is now the Administration Building. How fitting that nearly 80 years later the newest student organization at ENMU proposes […]

Their view: Cuts would decimate health care funding

Families USA, a national organization for health care consumers, issued this press release on proposed Medicaid and Meidcare cuts. The budget legislation passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives along partisan lines would decimate health care funding in states across the country, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday. The cuts would […]

Veteran: Fee hike ‘slap in the face’

Older retirees such as Air Force Master Sgt. Floyd Sears, 81, stand shoulder to shoulder with younger generations of retirees in opposing any of the higher fees being proposed for hard earned TRICARE benefits. But Sears also agrees with many retirees of his own generation that there's something especially wrong with the Obama administration's plan […]

No excuse for legislators ignoring law

Granted, the state Campaign Reporting Act isn't beach reading. But taxpayers should be able to trust that the people they have elected to write their laws understand those laws and follow them. And granted, it might be understandable if a legislator in his or her first term wasn't up to speed on the law that […]

Proposed industrial bill frivolous

Imagine we're in next year's Legislature, and a representative suggests the following: Whenever the police arrest you for a crime, they can only keep you for as long as they reimburse you the wages you've lost. Cue the cadre of political strategists, arguing that we're wasting money. Arguing that we're giving people a free pass […]

My turn: Holiday hard to celebrate

Something caused me to be aloof this Easter. I was pretty excited for Sunday to come and when it actually did, I felt indifferent. Saturday night I prepared macaroni and cheese for our Easter potluck. I was trying a recipe from the Food Network hoping it would come out well. Sunday morning I got ready […]

My turn: Real life is definitely more interesting

It would be disingenuous to pretend that I'm never shallow. When the Cowboys are not on "Monday Night Football," I watch "How I Met Your Mother," "2 Broke Girls" and "Two and One-Half Men." But then I get irritated at how attractive, witty and well-paid everyone is — so I pick up a book. Reading […]

Easter stirs with new life

There's something amazing about the Easter celebration. For Christians, of course, it marks the resurrection of our Lord, the one whom we believe was God become man. However, there is perhaps an element in that marking that carries an image, a shadow, a glimpse, of that reality to the world regardless of faith perspective. New […]

Easter Bunny still creepy to me

I've got to say I've always been a little creeped out by the Easter Bunny. Santa Claus might be a little scary to little kids but at least his looks make a little bit of sense. A six-foot rabbit makes no sense at all and freaks out more youngsters than not. I remember one Saturday […]

Bathtubs not meant for sharing

What if today's motels were set up so that everyone on the same floor shared one bathroom? And there were no showers, everyone shared a bathtub. What would you do? That's a chin-scratcher, ain't it? I got to thinking about this the other day when The Lady of the House and I were looking at […]

Be wary of brown recluse spider

The brown recluse, also called the violin spider, is a venomous spider found in Elida, Portales and Clovis. Drs. Darren Pollock and Kenwyn Cradock — entomologists with the Natural History Museum at Eastern New Mexico University — and I have identified specimens collected by Ken Carlson from these areas. They are definitely brown recluse spiders. […]

My turn: Jamboree full of talent

Floyd Lions Club members weren't lying when they said this year's Floyd Jamboree would be the best one yet. I attended the Thursday night show last week and the event had a great variety of songs and performers. The instruments sounded amazing and there was fun humor thrown in, such as someone in a devil […]

Religion column: Easter proves love stronger than death

The tomb is empty. The stone's been rolled away bringing endless hope to the human heart. We have been redeemed. Let the world rejoice. He is risen! It is the greatest moment in the annals of time. Easter symbolizes victory. Jesus is our champion. The one who endured the cross still reaches out to hurting […]