Magic altered perception of HIV

Basketball was on my mind as I turned on the TV Sunday night, but I wasn’t even thinking about a bracket. While Selection Sunday was upon us for the NCAA tournament, my mind was at the Great Western Forum, and a speech Nov. 7, 1991. In its latest production, ESPN Films has created, “The Announcement,” […]

Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has […]

Religion column: Put all trust in Lord

Have you ever given something to the Lord and then turned right around and took it back? You have given your total being to the Lord, but slowly and surely, a gnawing worry keeps a problem to creep back into your mind. I have to fight that thought and hold my ground. The enemy would […]

My turn: Always aiming for good time

I discovered Tuesday night that my aim with my .380 gun is still horrible because I have had very little shooting time with it. So, the adventures of learning how to shoot continue but with a new resolution in mind: I am now determined to go to the shooting range a minimum of once a […]

Recognize, mind your own business

“Mind your own business” used to be the American way. Or at least, the openly-proclaimed preferred way to live. Sure, there have always been gossips and nosey folk; the meddlesome neighbors and busybodies who can’t seem to mind their own business, who therefore feel the need to direct your life “for your own good” (the […]

Grant McGee: Medical marijuana not worth risks

Grant McGee If you could use medical marijuana would you? This was something that crossed my mind recently after the eye doctor told me I have glaucoma. “Hey, if you have glaucoma that means you qualify for medical marijuana in New Mexico.” It was my friend The Holy Man offering up his first thoughts upon […]

Keep childrens’ safety in mind as school starts

Freedom New Mexico It’s that time of the year again. The madness of getting our children back to class has already started in most area school districts. That means early morning and mid-afternoon traffic will be heavier and school zone restrictions go into effect. Higher traffic and slower speeds will affect all drivers, not just […]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

Mother Nature has mind of her own

Years ago there was a commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” followed by a catastrophe. Actually, fooling Mother Nature is a fool’s errand — it can’t be done. That’s why country people are inveterate weather watchers. I grew up in the drought times of the 1950s. When the earth was brown […]

Passing judgment injustice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist No one in his right mind denies that people in commerce can become criminals. That’s because people in any walk of life can — it is a basic human capacity not only to do something wrong but to hurt others with it. No other known animal is like […]