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. [...]

Let’s put ranch families out in space

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist One of the qualities that characterize dedicated ranchers and farmers is a joyous commitment to hard work. It’s sort of an odd combination of curiosity, independence and bravado. They actually crave the struggle like long-distance runners crave the race. They love their job. Ranching is not a sport. It pits [...]

Obama needs to weigh all troop options

Freedom New Mexico Before leaving on his trip to Asia, President Barack Obama let it be known he is not satisfied with any of the four alternative plans he and his national security team have been considering — involving troop augmentations from zero to 40,000 — to prosecute the next phase of the war in [...]

Let freedom ring in America

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Freedom doesn’t come cheap. It comes with blood and tears. Soldiers have been separated from loved ones. Who among us can know their pain, loneliness and willingness to fight for freedom? The military personnel have given their time away from families, yet they think of protecting those they love, our [...]