Totalitarian government begins with baby steps

Editorial Nothing else has turned a majority of Venezuelans against dictator-in-making Hugo Chavez; maybe his Easter Week booze ban will do the trick. Chavez recently won re-election, despite a string of policy shifts that are moving the country in the direction of a Cuban-style dictatorship, with Chavez reprising the role of Fidel Castro. He’s nationalized [...]

Parents: There’s no such thing as normal

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Parents seem to obsess about what’s normal for their children, wanting to make sure little ones fall within the right parameters for their ages. This obsession is not placated by the pediatrician’s reassurance that our children are indeed more than normal. We hope that they are and will be better [...]

Family: Alleged kidnapper always wanted children

Staff and Wire Reports CLOVIS — For years, one thing had controlled Rayshaun Parson’s dreams, behavior and sometimes even her body, those who know her say — a baby of her own. It was an obsession that some say included a so-called phantom pregnancy — a rare medical phenomenon in which women who aren’t pregnant [...]

Texico mom: Parsons in hospital before

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Texico woman who had a baby in January at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center’s Lakeside Campus says she repeatedly encountered suspected baby kidnapper Rayshaun Parson during her stay. LeBeth Crisp, a mother of five whose youngest daughter was born Jan. 9, said Parson told her she was visiting a friend [...]

Clovis hospital confident with baby security plan

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers A spokesman for the parent company of Plains Regional Medical Center said Monday he is confident in the modern approach the hospital takes to prevent infant abductions. PRMC has had infant safety measures in place for five years, according to hospital officials. “While the Lubbock incident has created a higher [...]

Kidnapped baby found in Clovis

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — A newborn kidnapped from a Lubbock hospital by a woman wearing hospital scrubs and a hooded jacket was found safe Sunday in New Mexico and returned to her mother. Four-day-old Mychael Darthard-Dawodu was found in a home in Clovis by police following up on tips, a day after she was [...]

Having positive attitude is essential

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When I speak, and often when I write, my husband “gracefully” watches our five children, ranging in age from 6 years to 5 months old. The kids’ ages make it difficult for anyone to baby-sit, let alone for a man, my husband, to handle them for long stretches of time. When [...]

First impressions are lasting

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve had plenty of opportunities to make first impressions in my life because I’ve had so many job interviews. I’m just about an expert in the field. As they say, first impressions make lasting impressions, and yet job experts say it only takes a few seconds for these impressions [...]

New Year’s not all about going out

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist There is a lot of pressure to celebrate New Year’s Eve. When I lived in New York City, I went to parties and made it to Times Square to see the ball drop. It was cold and my toes were frozen by the time I left. I’m not even sure [...]

God’s love shines in child

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist The following column about Lane, our youngest son and his young daughter, Kallie gets to the heart of Christmas. I use it here with the permission of both as the story was told to me. Needless to say, I am one proud “Mawmaw!” It was Lane’s turn at church to [...]