In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their [...]

Border patrol waste of taxes

I am not a believer in immigration laws or national borders. I know that’s a seriously radical admission, especially in these border states. Even more, I resent the Border Patrol vehicles I sometimes see around the area. They are not “keeping me safe,” but are instead wasting tax money and bolstering the emerging U.S. police [...]

My turn: Youth on right track

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating [...]

My turn: Hoping youthful ambition stays strong

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating [...]

My turn: Know any Rosies?

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American Rosie the Riveter Association is looking for a few good stories — stories about the women of World War II who learned to be electricians, welders, riveters and more, keeping the country moving while the men were off fighting. Here’s one of those ordinary, extraordinary stories: Gertrude Lacey was a French-speaking Catholic school girl [...]

Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. [...]

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 [...]

Shoutouts — Oct. 2

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Family offers thanks to community When a family confronts sadness and misfortune with a gallant spirit, the family learns to live bravely and strong. For we know that sometimes the most beautiful intentions in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart. We also know that a candle loses [...]

Fine line divides types of martyrs

There is a fine line that divides things that seem alike. A line, however thin, is still a line. It exists to define and make clear truths that would otherwise be missed. Usually, we know the line is there; and, usually, we understand what it defines. But sometimes we are fooled by the similarity of [...]

Gov. Perry good enough in debate debut

Freedom New Mexico Getting to know Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his record was one of the consistent themes of the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At times, the debate almost felt like an indictment of Lone Star state chief executive, given the questions and challenges directed his way. [...]