Religion feature: Local Catholics learning new translation

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Staff and wire reports For decades Roman Catholic priests have begun Mass with the words “The Lord be with you.” For decades the people’s response to the priests’ greeting has been “And also with you.” On Nov. 27, the people’s response will be “And with your spirit,” a reply that derives from the new translation [...]

My turn: Sloan’s slogans get point across

I have begun a line of inspirational T-shirts. You know the kind: “Please Be Patient: God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet” — “Until They Pry It from My Cold Dead Fingers” — “Mama Mia, That’s a Spicy Meatball!” My color-coded shirts let passersby know instantly whether they are blood-pressure friendly: Red for Republicans, blue for [...]

No regrets after wedding

By noon 29 years ago today I had begun to feel the heat. By 4 p.m. I was sweatin’ bullets. Yeah, it’s my wedding anniversary today and while June 12, 1982, was hot, it wasn’t the reason I was sweating. After I got the proposal part out of the way the previous year, I was [...]

Editorial: States should have Obamacare opt out choice

A Republican effort to allow states to opt out of Obamacare has begun in the U.S. Senate, adding another front to the war waged against the nation’s sweeping new health care law. We prefer the finality of a Supreme Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. Governors of 28 states Wednesday urged President Barack Obama [...]

Wednesday weather closures

Area agencies and institutions being impacted by the cold weather have begun announcing early closures for Wednesday and hours for Thursday. • Eastern New Mexico University will conclude classes at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will close the campus at 5 p.m. The campus will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday with classes resuming at 11 a.m. [...]

Developers push to meet housing needs

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Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase of development. [...]

Efforts to repeal Obamacare need to continue

Freedom New Mexico It may be overly optimistic to believe this is the beginning of the repeal of Obamacare. But when the White House urges Senate Democrats to scale back one of the most egregious provisions of the so-called health care reform law, something significant has begun. Even though two Senate votes failed Tuesday, it’s [...]

My turn: Football season has begun

“Some people don’t have a life,” I was telling my parents on Sunday. “They’ve been counting down on Facebook the number of days, even hours, until the Cowboys pre-season opener today.” I hadn’t even finished my sentence when Dad interrupted me. “Today?” he gulped. “Yes,” I responded, but before I could finish my sentence, in [...]

Government bullied banks into TARP funds

Freedom New Mexico A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just [...]

Editorial: Government bullied banks into TARP funds

A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just a matter of [...]