Causey/Lingo folks reunite

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer After some initial hesitation about moving to Causey, Maureen Kennedy felt at home in the small town in southeastern Roosevelt County. Now nearing the century mark, the 97-year-old former school teacher has not missed a single Causey/Lingo reunion since the event began in 1989. “I’m just sticking out here […]

Words are all we have to honor soldiers’ sacrifices

Editorial They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was serving […]

Memorial Day a time to honor our fallen heroes

27th Fighter Wing On Memorial Day we pause to remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation, the fallen warriors who never came home to their families and friends. Liberty is a precious gift whose benefits we all enjoy, but too often give little thought to its price. Memorial Day is the one […]

Letter to the Editor, Jan. 4

This is a letter of remembrance of the wounded and the 2,165-plus men and women who have given their lives in the Iraqi war. I grieve for them and their families. In remembrance of the 406,000 men and women who died and the thousands who were wounded in World War II, I grieve for them […]

Let Thanksgiving reign in your heart

Joan Clayton: Religion columnist We have lived in the same house on the same corner for 42 years. The house is too small when our sons come home with their families. The den seems even smaller when the tall handsome men of my household lie down to relax after the big meal. They are hanging […]

Life’s milestones make us who we are

Jim Lee: Columnist Four years ago today, something awful happened. Just about everyone can probably recall that morning with detailed clarity. As with those who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, the death of President Roosevelt, and the assassination of President Kennedy and Dr. King, we know exactly where we were and what we were […]

That wonderful place called home

By Joan Clayton While cleaning out my files I found one of my first articles written many years ago. Imagine my blessing when I received a copy of “The Bible Friend” with this article in it. I don’t remember submitting it but God’s surprises always bless me. Many writing seminars later, I see writing mishaps […]

Keep our military in mind

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Every generation has heard about the “good old days,” but I remember a time when our lives were governed by The Ten Commandments, good judgment and common sense. We were taught the difference between right and wrong and to take responsibilities for our actions. Until we come to grips […]

We should celebrate essence of Christmas today and everyday

On Christmas Day, like no other on the calendar, compassion and generosity resonate. Children are the center of our universe. Our bonds are celebrated. Hope lives. It is Christmas. This is the day the birth of Jesus is observed in Christian communities from Tucumcari to Portales and across the world. As told in the gospel […]

More questions than answers surround Sept. 11

By Helena Rodriguez More questions than answers following Sept. 11 Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday […]

Discover the blessings in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Last week I saw my beautiful friend walk across the stage to receive her educational degree. She is on her way to a successful career, discovering one of the many blessings in her life. This friend has shown me a wonderful trait that enables one to be blessed. She […]

Aug. 18 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Rain and all is welcomed on the ranches. The cotton needs some hot, dry days to get things going good for maturing. The wheat is beginning to show signs of soft shells from so much moisture and there is concern it may damage their value at harvest. Sympathy Earl Parkinson passed away […]

A true hero makes life better

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist America’s heroes are innumerable. Countless numbers have given their lives that you and I might enjoy the freedoms we have.  From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present war in Iraq and all the sacrifices in between, those who gave their lives are too many to count. We […]

Lessons from a church pew

By Joan Clayton “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner. Make me sensitive to any wrongdoing and may I be a friend to man, helping in any way I can.” My grandfather’s prayers filled with awe and deep devotion instilled an unforgettable memory in my childhood heart. This humble man’s sky blue eyes spoke volumes […]

Memorial Day time to remember those who died for us

By Joan Clayton Memorial Day brings reflections, honoring and remembering those who have gone on before us. The importance of younger generations knowing and appreciating the principles that has made America great cannot be measured. As a child during World War II, I vividly remember the symbols of pain and sacrifice. My grandmother lived by […]

Reflection on ‘Passion’

By Joan Clayton “The Passion” confirmed to me what I already had long held in my heart. In fact, I experience some of the same feelings during communion. Mel Gibson has brought to the world a vivid realization of the depths of love and sacrifice of this man, Jesus. This man, human yet divine, displayed […]

Veteran uses faith to get through tragedy

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Some people know pain and suffering. As a Marine who lost an eye and arm while leading his men in combat during the Vietnam War, Clebe McClary said he has more cause than many others to speak of his own pain. “I didn’t get drafted, I didn’t […]