Seeing history through a child’s eyes

Bob Huber In my relentless quest for award-winning journalism, I often explore the zany world of “kidspeak,” which is teacher jargon for stuff kids write on test papers. My wife Marilyn’s all-time favorite is, “I just love Tommy Buford. He’s tall, dark, and on probation.” So for my in-depth report today I’ve selected a whole […]

Note to students: Possibilities are unlimited

Helena Rodriguez It doesn’t matter if you were an honor roll student last year or if you were barely passing classes. Every student gets a fresh start Monday on the first day of school. I can promise you, every teacher’s grade book will be blank when the first bell rings. Every student, in every class, […]

State made heroes out of violent criminals

Jim Lee Not too many Americans realize the capital of Latvia is Riga. Then again, not too many Americans give a rat’s left ear about the capital of Latvia. That’s why this week’s topic has absolutely nothing to do with Latvia, or Riga for that matter. Instead, I want to mention an anniversary from a […]

Good one-liners never get old

Bob Huber One of my scholarly pursuits is the care and feeding of one-liners. I get most of them from my wife Marilyn who seems to have an endless supply and loves to toss them out to brighten my day, as follows: • “You may think you’re still young, but you need your false teeth […]

What is a ‘real’ politician anyway?

Helena Rodriguez The California governor’s race has literally become a circus of the stars. From the “Terminator” — a.k.a. “Governator” — to a “hustler” to a 1980s sitcom star who doesn’t even plan to vote for himself. By now, we’ve all heard just about every Arnold Schwarzenegger line being pitched like campaign slogans and I […]

Letters to the Editor 8/13

Dear Editor: The editorial in Wednesday’s paper inferred the people of Texas do not want the blatant gerrymandering of the federal House districts to even up the House representation. Just because political columnist Molly Ivins and the liberal media around Austin say so, it doesn’t mean the people of Texas say so. For as long […]

Summer Boredom Can Be Good For Children

Helena Rodriguez I don’t know how many times this summer my daughter Laura has called me at work with breaking news. The kind that warrants, in her mind, a press conference with a blue curtain in the background, a cluster of information-starved news reporters, a crawl line on CNN and the whole shebang. At least, […]

Letters to the Editor 7/30

Editor’s note: Pat Merritt, president of American Postal Workers Union, Clovis Local, said her letter represents the opinions of the majority of area APWU members. Dear Editor: The President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, appointed in December, is considering a major overhaul of the nation’s mail system. In a report due to President Bush […]

Stupidity always good for a laugh

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about some of the dumb things college graduates have done. When I did that, I committed the latest dumb thing in my cerebral repertoire: writing about something too big for the column. So here’s another installment of mental pratfalls from people brave enough to laugh at themselves. I’ll […]

No cure for these dog days

By Bob Huber Now in these dog days of summer, folks are looking in a mirror to decide if they ever want to go swimming again in public. Which brings up the subject of dog days, and why we even pay attention to them. Dog days occur from about July 3 to Aug. 11, and […]