Our view: Cain presents bold ideas at GOP debates

Tuesday night’s Bloomberg /Washington Post Republican presidential candidate’s debate did little to change the complexion of the GOP primary. It did further distinguish former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and his ideas as deserving of national attention and campaign momentum. It also showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is already running a general election [...]

Parks professionals to gather in Clovis

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Benna Sayyed A host of parks and recreation professionals from New Mexico will gather this week at the Clovis Civic Center to share emerging ideas and trends in the field. Carrying the slogan “Doing the Usual Unusually Well” this year, the New Mexico Recreation and Park Association 2011 state Conference will offer at least 20 [...]

Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their [...]

Time for TV to channel new ideas

I did some travel recently, but also made plenty of time to watch television I normally avoid when I’m working. Here are some things I picked up, none of them long enough for a full column: • There’s a new game show on NBC called, “It’s Worth What?” The show’s hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. [...]

Family source of ideas

L ife isn’t just one big bowl of cherries for a small town newspaper columnist. Some weeks it just doesn’t pay to hand in your copy. This week could be one of those weeks. Someone once told me to write about what you know and it’ll be easy. Writing about what I know leaves me [...]

Tea partiers embracing libertarian ideas

Freedom New Mexico It’s an exaggeration to say the mainstream media don’t like the tea party. Fox News is part of the mainstream media and it loves the tea party. Conservative radio talkers are big fans, too, and right-wing radio’s vast popularity makes it solidly mainstream. But pressing for smaller government and fiscal restraint is [...]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still [...]

Grant McGee: Simple best for romance

One of the writers for the paper e-mailed me a few days ago for my thoughts on five romantic places for a date. I got the e-mail at 4 a.m. as I prepared for my day and he desired my input as soon as possible. Out of my sleep-gummed brain came a few ideas, like [...]

Free exchange of ideas remains vital

Freedom New Mexico Freedom of speech and academic freedom prevailed last week when a deeply religious man — some call him a zealot — delivered a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy after an intensive campaign to censor him by government force. Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary spoke at an Air Force Academy prayer [...]

My turn: Spreads enhance sandwiches

Non-traditional spreads take sandwiches to a new level. These ideas are healthy, as long as you use those with olive oil or avocado in moderation. • Basil pesto. This paste is traditionally made of fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, parmesan or Romano cheese and pine nuts. It’s good on a grilled muenster cheese sandwich. • [...]