My turn: Let’s all be truthful

Valentine cards should be more realistic. Here are some suggestions for the front and inside: • “I found the perfect card…Wish you were.” • “I loved you at first sight…Turns out I was nearsighted.” • “I love your sense of humor…Especially the restraining order.” • “I can’t wait to see you…In court.” • “My feelings […]

Food at the speed of life: Let there be peas on Earth

My family’s New Year’s Day dinner is required to include black-eyed peas, for luck. (I think the tradition followed us from Texas.) I put a lot more faith in Providence than luck, but I like fun traditions and my dad’s black-eyed peas. My family used to grow black-eyed peas in our garden and shell them […]

Let’s celebrate Jesus every day

Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest human event of all time. No other event compares to or has affected history as much as this man called Jesus. None other brings peace like the “Prince of Peace.” None other wants the highest good for its converts, and certainly no other religion gives life abundant […]

Immigration enforcement not police’s job

With the 82nd Texas Legislature just a couple of weeks away, pre-filed anti-immigration bills already are piling up. Let’s hope that reason wins out and bad legislation is shuttled to the dustbin where it belongs. One such bill, filed last month by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, would require law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration […]

Don’t forget to thank spiritual leaders

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, and I join with many others in honoring our spiritual leaders. First, let me say there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for the many, many selfless acts you do for others. You are vital to my spiritual being. I realize you are on call around the clock. Bible […]

Food at the speed of life: Don't let excess go to waste

A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, I poured […]

Let peace rule in your heart

Life is full of wonderful treasures, and God blesses in so many ways. Things can be enjoyable, and we are grateful, but they really belong to God. We really don’t own anything when we are born into this life or when we leave it. Yet we can own a wealth of precious memories while here […]

Commentary: Texting while driving can cost you

By 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine: 27th SOW Public Affairs Let’s say next weekend you pack up the family and head out on a 1,000-mile road trip for your summer vacation. But you decide to take a nap for 766 miles…at the wheel! “What?!” you say. “No self-respecting parent would risk his or her family’s safety […]

Let’s look to tribes for economic recovery

Ruben Baca is executive director of New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Association. Here’s a snippet from a recent column he submitted to newspapers around the state:

Don’t let fear rule your life

When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed on my […]

Let’s keep tax dollars in Portales

Portales’ construction worker Danny Smith is unhappy with a recent Portales school board decision to hire an Amarillo contractor for a roofing project. Here’s his letter to the editor:

I’m blessed to live in America

Let this Fourth of July be a renewal of respect, courage and dedication for this great country. I don’t know about you, but I get just a little weary of continual controversy over issues that would adversely affect this nation. Excuse me, but I love our country. I love the red, white and blue, and […]

Don’t let spirit of World Cup spill over

Freedom New Mexico The FIFA World Cup tournament is about to begin. The quadrennial global championship in the world’s most popular event, which challenges the Olympic Games as the biggest sporting event on the planet, starts today. Mexico’s national team, the local favorite, takes on host South Africa in the inaugural game. The United States […]

Let’s stop criticizing farmers

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Back before the collapse of the United Soviet Socialist Republic we had visitors from Romania tour our feedlot. We explained the program including cost of cattle, feed, maintenance, and cost of grain. “How much will they pay you for your cattle?” they asked. “We don’t know,” […]

My turn: Let’s give graduates the truth

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist As local students graduate, I hope commencement speakers will be forthright. Tell high schoolers they’ll be lucky to make it home from “college night” without having maxed-out their credit cards buying rounds for coeds who won’t remember them the next day. Explain how hard an 8 a.m. test is when […]

Let’s hope for centrist replacement

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

My Turn: Certainties in life are few

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. Let’s not forget tax increases as well. Let’s also add rising gas prices to the list, especially with the upcoming summer driving season. Death and taxes. Such heartwarming subjects. Did I mention Thursday is tax deadline day? That means no excuses […]

My turn: Let’s talk about this

In completing this two-part introduction, let me assure you I’d rather not write about politics or religion. Unfortunately, I am sometimes compelled by misfired missives or wanton words. Example: a recent mass e-mail that said our country had elected a “half-Arab president” who had “nominated a black attorney general.” Whether you are apolitical, think Glenn […]

Sandwich best paired with dairy

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer As promised, let me introduce a sandwich I recently put together. I’ve kept the fat and processed sugar lower than they could be, but it’s still nice and sweet. Cherry-banana sandwich • two slices of bread (I like white for this, but whole wheat is healthier.) • one banana, […]

Let’s get excited about life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I have discovered two ways to live: I can let life happen to me or I can happen to life. Allowing life to happen is not very exciting to me. In fact, it could be dull. The same routines and rituals do not require much enthusiasm or energy for me. […]