Don’t let change dampen your holidays

By Helena Rodriguez When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical touch.” As […]

We should celebrate essence of Christmas today and everyday

On Christmas Day, like no other on the calendar, compassion and generosity resonate. Children are the center of our universe. Our bonds are celebrated. Hope lives. It is Christmas. This is the day the birth of Jesus is observed in Christian communities from Tucumcari to Portales and across the world. As told in the gospel […]

Asking Santa to be good to me and others

By Kevin Wilson Dear Santa, Let me begin by saying what a pleasure it is to make contact with you again, after so many years. I’ve got a lot to ask of you this year, and I thought I’d make those wishes known to you through the media reach of the Portales News-Tribune, rather than […]

Holiday gifts are meant for adults, too

By Bob Huber Now that I’m knee deep in sunset years, I suppose it’s time to stop pining for the mornings of my life and enjoy the evenings. But that doesn’t mean I have to stop playing with Christmas toys, does it? I say nuts to that. I don’t want you to think I’m angry, […]

It’s time to embrace my calling

By Helena Rodriguez I’ve felt like Jonah fleeing from Ninevah the better part of my newspaper career. In the process, I’ve made more than a few waves and, in my ignorance, I’ve allowed that Great Whale of Stubbornness to swallow me. But no more. This week marks my two-year anniversary of quitting my last “real” […]

Gesture reflects Christmas spirit

By Margaret Kirby: Guest Columnist I would like to thank a young lady — whose name I don’t know — from the Dora Baptist Church. She gave my 3-year-old daughter a candy cane at the Portales Christmas parade on Dec. 3. I know that collecting a ton of candy is not what Christmas or parades […]

Dec. 15 Letters to the Editor

Noise pollution reflects poorly on Portales I have lived in Portales for four months, and it is the loudest town I have ever heard. I thought this small town on the Plains would have one benefit: It would be quiet. I haven’t been that wrong since I asked for parachute pants for Christmas in ’84. […]

There’s not always a “bad guy” and “good guy”

By Jim Lee The recent outbreak of violence at sporting events nudged me into some reflection. Something really big usually has to happen to jumpstart my thought processes, so those nasty little episodes with the athletes and spectators must be something more than hype to get us to gawk at CNN. Getting my mind in […]

Holiday not without its hoaxes

By Bob Huber An independent survey this week showed that hidden in the dusty catacombs of my files are dozens of juicy Christmas stories I experienced as a young, insolvent reporter. But only one stands out as a reminder of how innocent I was in those days. (Some biased reports claim I was stupid.) That […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Icon has survived centuries

By Helena Rodriguez Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe are printed on jewelry and T-shirts. Rivers, mountains and towns bear her name. Her image is displayed in homes and cathedrals and both males and females are named after her. Since the first reported apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico in 1531, this Virgin […]