Nothing derogatory about animal sayings

Common language on fauna betrays an anthropocentric bias… “Words such as ‘pets’, ‘wildlife’, and ‘vermin’ are derogatory…” says the director of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics. I imagine there are people in England who take the director seriously. But, as we watch this once-powerful nation disintegrate before our eyes, it may be observed that […]

My turn: Not all Dublins built the same

What do shamrocks and Dr Pepper have in common? You would think I had a better recollection of driving through the rolling fields of Dublin a few years ago, passing magnificent architecture and swearing I spotted a leprechaun or two hiding behind tall oaks. Wait a minute, these creatures were too big to be leprechauns, […]

TRICARE new: Risk factors for cervical cancer can be common

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — You may have heard that a virus called HPV is a risk factor for cervical cancer, but did you know taking birth control pills can be one too? While the best way to survive cervical cancer is to catch it early by screening regularly with a pap […]

Chile should be lauded for mine rescue

Freedom Newspapers The effort to rescue 33 miners trapped a half-mile underground for 69 days was bound to attract attention, but the worldwide interest in the operation has made it a perhaps surprising global phenomenon. Perhaps people are hungry for a happy ending in a world in which unhappy endings are all too common. Perhaps […]

Expanded digital access uses same common sense

By Master Sgt. Keith Houin: U.S. Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Social networking sites are open to Air Force servicemembers and employees in the workplace. This change to policy has raised many questions about using social media officially and personally in the workplace. When you get right down to […]

I’m not paying for beef unless I can eat it

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The Hindu dairymen, represented by the Hare Krishna (HK) in the United States, have much in common with dairymen from California, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The HK dairy is in West Virginia and is called New Vrinaban. Owners refer to themselves as a cow sanctuary. The big distinction is they never […]

Solutions not found in big government

Freedom New Mexico Political corruption remains a perennial concern for the voting public, and with good reason. Still, this particular brand of dishonesty has something in common with other human failings: People tend to see it clearly in others but not so clearly in themselves. We all know the images associated with ethically challenged elected […]

Residential developments make snake-bites common

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer As New Mexico’s population continues to grow, encounters with displaced wildlife are becoming common place in rural and suburban communities. For wildlife biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro at Eastern New Mexico University, running into snakes in the field is common. Gennaro said he gets phone calls about snakes […]

Shame you can’t buy common sense

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 […]

Tips for protecting people and pets from animal bites

27th Special Operations Medical Group On the High Plains, stray animals are a fact of life. With the significant number of stray animals on and around our installation, as well as the difficulty in controlling these animals, bites by stray animals are equally common. While several base agencies are work to control and diminish this […]

National Day of Prayer events planned

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Many people throughout Portales, Clovis and across the United States will dedicate themselves to one common purpose next week: the power of prayer. For this year’s National Day of Prayer, local groups have organized a variety of events and services beginning Wednesday and Thursday to rally area men, women […]

Officials hoping flu outbreak has passed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Gripped by a flu outbreak with assessment tests scheduled this week, local school officials are crossing their fingers and hoping the worst of the outbreak has passed. “It’s been pretty bad, we’ve had a lot of students and faculty out with it,” said Randy Fowler, Portales Schools superintendent. “I’ve […]

Advice: Don’t get a bee in your bonnet

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Have the evil killer bees arrived at last in Roosevelt County? Is it time to panic? Shall we call in the National Guard? First of all, they are not “killer” bees. The recent attack near Causey and Lingo was from Africanized honey bees, not “killer” bees. Second, it is never time […]

Feelings on reaching the century mark

By Jim Lee It really doesn’t seem possible, but this is my 100th column on this page. Next month will mark two years of doing this. It feels like I did the first one just a few weeks ago. Thank you for reading what I have to say. And thank you for your comments. Probably […]