Working for AARP could have its perks

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor OK, maybe I’m not officially an old geezer yet but recent events have got me a little concerned about the inevitable. In the last week or so my younger brother (the one with a lot less hair than me), called me to let me know how old I was […]

Difficulty of multitasking depends on tasks

By Helena Rodriguez My former editor, Scot Stinnett, shook his head one evening when he walked in and saw me simultaneously developing film, eating dinner and proofreading a story. I thought I had this multitasking thing down perfect: Once every minute, jiggle the stainless steel container with the film developing solution and the roll of […]

Writers possess real talent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I’m going on strike. Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is […]

Fears should be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice, mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I moved […]

Fears must be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice and mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I […]

Man finds comfort in masculine surroundings

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Greetings from the man cave. Maybe I’m going through a mid-life crisis, maybe it’s just a desire to focus on me. Either way things took a decidedly masculine turn for me over my recent vacation. First of all, before the vacation really got started, I decided I would totally […]

Movie industry would benefit from suggestions

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes smoking, […]

Residents should feel obligated to donate

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart you […]

I’m the mom my mom warned about

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes it’s the little things about Mom: That annoying tone in her voice when she wants something. That wrong-size birthday gift. That “Someday when I’m no longer here” line, which gets old. But the worse part is I’ve found myself doing and saying all of the above “mom things” to […]

Santa gets help from naughty editor

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I’ve never had the chance to do it here in Portales, but each Christmas season I set aside one column to help Santa Claus with a few ideas for some of our favorite public figures. Being so close to the news and the newsmakers, I think I can maybe lend […]

The revolution has not been televised

By Kevin Wilson I don’t claim to have ever met Uncle Sam, but I believe he had a message for me a few weeks ago. I was doing my taxes, and that message was, “Buy a new television.” So, I’m awaiting my tax returns so I can do my duty as a patriotic American. I’m […]

Elections can be better than Halloween

By Jim Lee Here we are at Halloween again, munchkins begging for munchies while dancing along the street in quasi-Mardi Gras outfits. As a matter of fact, some may be coming for the second consecutive evening because of the occasion falling on a Sunday. I would really look forward to Halloween if I were allowed […]

Daylight savings leads to divorces

By Bob Huber You don’t hear much about it, but daylight-saving time is a major cause of divorce. I don’t know why the Legislature doesn’t do something about it. In our half century of marriage, my wife Marilyn always pooh-poohed that notion, because she said the battle of the sexes was impossible to win anyway. […]

Beginning of May marks end of Cold War

By Jim Lee Saturday was a holiday of sorts, I suppose. Do kids still do the Maypole thing? I remember as a child in elementary school (yes, there were schools back then) we were supposed to grab the ends of long ribbons (crepe paper?) and dance around a pole. Now there’s the thrill of a […]

We should take a cue from NASA

By Jim Lee Last week I got into the water issue and how we need new ideas to go along with the ideas already on the table. I suggested brainstorming, coming up with as many concepts as possible without thinking about whether they’re good or bad, smart or dumb. Of course a lot of ridiculous, […]