‘Feel good’ laws make for confusing interpretations

A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation that turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — the courts […]

Windbreaks on Llano get creative

By Baxter Black Dear Dr. Black, I have a question. I live in an area prone to guerrilla grazing. It’s private land but New Mexico is a fence-out state, so it is legal for people to put cattle on other people’s land. This is unregulated, so unfenced land gets overgrazed. Then cows resort to busting […]

Quest for satisfaction never ends

By Helena Rodriguez “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” — T.S. Eliot, 1943 Last week’s final episode of “Frasier” left me in tears. I’ve found this TV psychiatrist’s dry sense of humor funny […]

Duct tape clearly a part of American history

By Kevin Wilson On Saturday, life changed for nearly 350 people who graduated from Eastern New Mexico University. It took somebody else’s graduation gift to make me realize the impending change one company is unleashing on our world. While attending a post-graduation celebration for some acquaintances, I noticed that one graduation gift was wrapped differently […]

Toolbox doesn’t work without tools

By Jim Lee At a recent weekly Kiwanis meeting, I announced to my fellow members that I intended to install a new kitchen faucet. That got a bigger laugh than Nixon offering a job to George Carlin. For a minute I thought they were all going to say in unison, “Tell Saundra to go get […]

Bad day stories can prevent others

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw in […]

Prayer can help in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Caring for my ailing mother while winding down the school year brought many anxious moments. I remember one incident in particular. I tossed and turned and sleep evaded me. I glanced at the clock, which read 3:30 a.m. In just a few hours I would be in my classroom, a […]

Power naps have a purpose

By Helena Rodriguez My one and only nephew, Bobby Stoppel of Albuquerque, introduced me to a phrase called “power napping” when he visited recently. I’d never heard of a “power nap,” but since it came from Bobby, I figured it was a cool new concept sweeping America by storm like Krispy Kreme donuts and reality […]

Great mystery is just good business

By Kevin Wilson Two. Six. That’s me on Saturday, 26 years old. This might not be the time to spout off about a midlife crisis, but it’s pretty daunting to realize that a full quarter-century is about to take place, and I have yet to A) write the Great American Novel, B) cure cancer or […]

It’s important to have pride and plants

By Jim Lee Plants hate me. When I watch those leaves, buds, and stalks (in other people’s yards) bobbing and swaying in the breeze and those emerging blossoms basking in the Portales sunshine, I see much more than meets the eyeball. Yes, I know what they’re doing. I can see through all that supposedly innocent […]