Looking for a positive light in negative conditions

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Positive light doesn’t shine, especially with in-laws

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Dramatic reading brings history to life

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Margaret Waters doesn’t just read history. She re-enacts it and brings it alive, as she did on Thursday at the Portales Public Library when she presented her one-woman impersonation of “Ma’am Jones of the Pecos.” Barbara Culp Jones, better known as Ma’am Jones, was a pioneer woman from the […]

Not all warriors meat eaters

Anita Doberman Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if my husband is […]

World can’t be viewed in black and white

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if my […]

Sweating small stuff not worth the effort

My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family and friends that this […]

Companies insult buyer’s intelligence

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I recently got a new computer, and I’ve lost a lot of sleep over the last week customizing it to my liking. The computer started up right out of the box and it was fast — and by fast, I mean the speed at which Time magazine ran away from […]

Caring companions

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Senior companions help their clients run errands. They alert doctors and relatives about health conditions. They act as caregivers when the need arises. Something else happens with senior companions — almost as an unwritten rule. They become friends. “I’ll (schedule some companions) from 8 a.m. to noon, but it doesn’t […]

Deals missed by drive-by garage-salers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor You’ve heard of drive-by shootings. My wife is the master of drive-by garage-sale shopping. She wants to go to garage sales but the whole process of walking up to each house, pawing through the stuff and making a deal is too much for her sensibilities. The idea of a […]

Immigration: Compromises only solution

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers To translate the Holy Bible and read or recite it in a language other than Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin or any of its original forms is un-Christian. Does that sound ridiculous to you? The notion that singing the National Anthem in Spanish is un-American is also ridiculous. Some people may not […]

Priorities become simpler with age

Bob Huber: Local Columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

Get over it: Blame game only brings shame

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I spent the early part of my adult life playing the blame game. You know how that works. To quote my 3-year-old niece, Marissa, “It’s not my fault!” Now that I’ve entered the 30-something years, tilting closer toward the big 40 in which I’ve been there and done that, and […]

There’s music coming from The Hole

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers It was just another weekend in Clovis for many music lovers who gathered Friday at The Hole to rock out to the sound of heavy metal with a twist of punk. Bands such as Clovis’ Deer Tic, Albuquerque’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, Semi-Automatic Bunny and The Oktober People play at […]

Portales gets ready for district tourney

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By Kevin Wilson Portales senior Chris Kirchner doesn’t know how he injured his shoulder, only that he wasn’t able to play for a few weeks. He doesn’t know how long his shoulder will hurt, only that it doesn’t hurt enough to keep him out of his final district tournament. “It still hurts, but I have […]

What really matters? I can’t remember

Jim Lee: PNT columnist Sometimes I forget things. Wait a minute, I should correct that statement. After all, I need to be specific and accurate here — if I can remember how to do that. I rarely have difficulty remembering things from a long time ago, or other things that don’t really matter. The real […]

Campos tries to retain seat against Grider

By Tony Parra Democratic incumbent Jose Campos said the District 63 state representative election will come down to voters choosing which candidate is most effective. Republican candidate Russell Grider said he believes voters will choose a candidate who will do more for them and not for himself. Voters from District 63, which includes precincts 6, […]

DeBaca debacle: residents want sheriff out

By Darrell Todd Maurina Rex Pope once supported Sheriff Gary Graves and his election campaign. Now, the man who’s lived in De Baca County for 17 years said he has collected more than 300 signatures of people he says want Graves out of the office. “On the petition it says, ‘We, the registered voters of […]

Lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Make sure not to ‘fall’

By Helena Rodriguez I know why they call it fall. Right about this time of year, everything starts falling into your lap like a tree that comes crashing from nowhere. Every year — just before the leaves turn to rusty orange, lemon yellow or dirt brown — those lazy days of summer transform into a […]

Letter to the Editor

As we read the article on the front page of last Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune concerning the removal of unused vehicles from private property, we were saddened and somewhat frightened to think that in a free country a government agency could and would seize personal property and remove it from private property. Even worse is the […]