Independence an event for every day

By Jim Lee Happy Fourth of July or, more accurately, happy Independence Day. This is one of only two holidays that come to mind commonly called the date it occurs rather than the event it commemorates. The other is, of course, Cinco de Mayo. How often do any of us refer to Independence Day? It’s […]

Is the future better? Fat chance.

By Bob Huber Notes on Independence Day from a historian of the future: Here at the Corporation for Better Health through Chemistry, we in the history department are researching the ill-fated Fat Revolt of 2004. Our investigation uncovered several first-person accounts, all written in brown gravy. To clearly define the opposing forces of that historic […]

Towels part of life’s tapestry

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Laughter not a bad career choice

By Kevin Wilson I’m beginning to think I’m in the wrong line of work. Actually, I know it. Like several of you, I’m not at what I’d call my dream job at this point of my life. I’m not at a midlife crisis, but I get a little bit closer every time I turn on […]

June 30 Letters to the Editor

Only in places like Roosevelt County do newspapers give serious credence to citizens who defend the term “nigger” in any context. Only in places like Roosevelt County do elected officials such as a county commissioner refer to the removal of a racist term as “silly.” I guess a born Northerner such as myself just can’t […]

Sledge hammer a necessary tool

By Jim Lee What really annoys me is a skinny cooking show host. If that stuff the host is demonically devising is anywhere near as good as claimed, why is that person skinny? It has about as much credibility as Bob Vila in a body cast. Who’s going to believe a fix-everything toolmeister who falls […]

Here’s your (Zodiac) sign

By Bob Huber It’s time once more to glance over our shoulders at the leering dog days of summer, then consult our horoscopes. And well we should, because without astrology to get us through these hot days we’d have to rely on luck, karma, ancient curses or the judiciary, and those ploys can be risky, […]

It’s never too late to be bilingual

By Helena Rodriguez Habla español? Yo no espeako espanish, but as for Spanglish – a mixture of Spanish and English – si, yo espeako most of that. After a lifetime of speaking broken Spanish, slang and Spanglish, I’m finally on the road to learning Spanish once and for all. There have been all kinds of […]

Something’s fishy about certain pets

By Jim Lee I doubt if there is anything on this planet that ranks remotely close to a fish in the hierarchy of general weirdity. Just watch one of those critters swimming around aimlessly in its tank or bowl for a while — unless there’s something better to do. They always look surprised. Why does […]

Baseball hasn’t changed, but we have

By Kevin Wilson In late May, I had a chance to use a few days of vacation to get away from the constant variety of sports that I had covered over the previous few months. Just two days into the vacation, as I sat in the left-field bleachers at Isotope Park in Albuquerque, it was […]