Ponder this advice: Savor words, music and poetry

I’m reading through another book of quotes. I certainly don’t need a “book.” I’m exposed to quotes all day every day, but there remains something sweet about turning pages. And especially when you come across the 33-year-old book while helping your mom clean out a closet. It’s so nice to read two or three phrases […]

Study makes 188 recommendations for veteran health care services

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald told the House VA Committee last week that a $68 million, 4,000-page study of VA health care it ordered last year and accepted last month uncovers the same weaknesses and solutions McDonald and his policy team have been tackling for months. The “Independent Assessment” of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) […]

Fall is the season of euphoria

Roses have a renaissance in October. We tend to get so excited about pumpkins and turning leaves that we forget what a marvelous season it is for these luscious beauties. Tyler, Texas, nicknamed the Rose Capital of the World, hosts its Rose Festival every year in the middle of this month. A glorious last hurrah. […]

Military personnel facing cutbacks everywhere

Military members and families have little to cheer from compromises House and Senate conferees have reached as they finalized details of key personnel provisions in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The potential lifetime value of the new retirement plan, which many current members will be allowed to opt into, suffered a significant cut. Conferees […]

Take a lesson from social media

A couple of weeks ago my social media circle celebrated National Daughter’s Day in a grand way. The streaming news feed was full of one gorgeous photo after another — mothers sharing their admiration for their wonderful girls. I had never heard of this day, and searched the Internet to find the origin. Please don’t […]

Some words should keep the “g”

Liam Neeson was playing the part of a Kansas sheriff in an old movie I watched the other day. He’s Irish, but he sounded like a regular American from the heartland most of the time. It seemed like he must have had some accent coaching. Still, the pronunciation for some of the words kept bothering […]

Looking forward to the moonrise

This is a wonderful week for watching the sun and the moon. On Wednesday we have the autumnal equinox, and Sunday we’ll be treated to a full harvest moon. Watching the weather and seasonal changes is one of my happy hobbies. I’ve watched the 10-day forecast like a hawk all month, waiting for the great […]

More research needed in combat care

Perhaps the most significant life-saving advancement in combat medicine in Afghanistan and Iraq was refinement of tourniquets and training to keep wounded warriors with shattered or missing limbs from bleeding out. Another notable gain was faster medical evacuations of wounded to reach increasingly higher levels of care, thanks to enhanced communication and transport capabilities, said […]

When it rains, it pours

Why in the Sam Hill does the little speck of dust on a smoke detector always trigger the horrific screaming of the gadget around 2:17 in the morning? Why in this wide world does the huge horse fly stay safely hidden somewhere in your kitchen right up until the moment guests sit down to dine […]

It’s time for US to bring in immigrants

The time has come for the United States to ease the burden on our European allies and to bring to America some of the hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing from chaos in the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan. There appears to be no end in sight to the exodus. That’s why the Obama […]

Novelist talks about nation’s racism

After working a day as a maid at a Clovis motel, future novelist Kathleen M. (Doran) Rodgers finagled an interview with the late Bill Southard, Clovis News-Journal managing editor. He told the 19-year-old he didn’t have an opening, but he hired her anyway. Southard wrote western novels as W. W. Southard. “This planted a seed […]

State is burdensome with licensing

The Rio Grande Foundation is an unabashedly free market organization, often labeled “conservative.” That doesn’t mean we don’t agree with the political left on various policy issues, but it does mean that opportunities for such agreement require an honest assessment of reform opportunities and principles. An ever-growing area on which left and right might agree […]

You can always tell winter’s coming by creatures’ retreat

It won’t be official for a little while yet, and when it’s still hot enough for summer clothes most days, it is easy to live in denial but the cooler morning and evening temperatures in the region are one of those tell-tale signs — fall is upon us. Of course fall means different things to […]

A tip of the hat

I’ve worn a few hats in my time — straw hats in the garden, fancy little tea-party numbers, hiking caps. And I’ve worn a variety of collars as well — satin lapels at formal gatherings, turtleneck sweaters for frosty events, button-downs in the classroom. But the one I’ve spent the most time in and around has been […]

Job makes me mindful of dollars

Every weekend, a portion of my time is spent doing the payroll for our business. So every weekend, I spend a little time thinking about taxes. I watch those men working hard to earn their paychecks, and it’s my job to get all the money into the various accounts. Being the person in charge of […]

Fair offers chance to help local child

At the ripe old age of 2, Eliza Dodd is not likely to remember, but she’s destined to be the biggest celebrity at the 2015 Roosevelt County Fair. The pint-sized Melrose native has captured a lot of High Plains hearts this summer as she’s been engaged in a battle for her life against HUS, or […]

A better late than never apology

One year a high school student was asked to be a judge at the county fair talent show. There was a little boy who played a patriotic piece on the piano, all dressed up, oozing with stage presence. Overall, she thought he gave the best and most crowd-pleasing performance. She gave him the highest marks. […]

Women should dress according to their comfort

Anna George

People watch movies set in the 1950s and laugh at the idea of a woman waiting eagerly for her husband to get home, so she can wait on him hand and foot. We watch our mothers, our grandmothers, our coworkers, our friends all challenge the idea every day that women cannot succeed in business the […]

Feeling lucky to have modern conveniences

There was another woman in the aisle. She scooted her shopping buggy over a bit so I could join her in the search. She was looking on the right-hand side, and I was looking on the left. Down the entire length of the shelves, and 8 feet up on either side, we were scanning the […]

Phrase should go without saying

Lately I’ve been hearing the phrase “Not a problem” as a response to thankfulness. It’s rampant. Just listen today. You’ll be hearing this string of words. Say thanks to a waiter for refilling a glass with ice water. You’ll hear, “Not a problem.” Thank someone for holding the door open. “Not a problem.” While I’m […]