Area officials share new year goals

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Benna Sayyed While today brings the promise of a new year, it also brings a year of new promises. Less eating, spending and complaining. More working out, saving money and helping others. We asked area officials what they hope to hold themselves to for 2012.

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Christmas get-togethers all about love

Our grownup sons and their families have always filled our holidays with delight, but one Christmas stands out above all others. Our Christmas Eve dinner and the opening of gifts added to our family celebration and with full tummies we relaxed in the warmth of the crackling fire in the fireplace. The long legs of […]

Income gap not wide between rich, poor

A Congressional Budget Office study has claimed that between 1979 and 2007 after-tax income for richest households grew substantially more than it did for others. Let’s look at what is not happening. The poor are not getting poorer because the rich are getting richer. Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution says living standards have improved […]

Don’t let government stop you

What is it you most would like to do if you had no onerous regulations and laws holding you back? What would you do with liberty? This is a question libertarian author and novelist L. Neil Smith has posed in the past. It is still one of the best ways to awaken to the potential […]

My turn: Journal delivers encouragement

This may sound strange but I have recently discovered how much fun it is to encourage others, whether you know them or not. It may not quite fall into the category of entertainment but it’s always fun nonetheless. The mother of a friend of mine who lives out of town was recently battling cancer and […]

Grace in winning important lesson

We humans feel we need ceremonies and symbols, some more elaborate than others. When we marry, we have a ceremony during which words are spoken, and among Christians they invariably involve the three main Christian directives: Faith, hope and charity (love), the greatest being love. Symbols of the love are exchanged — before witnesses. I […]

Portales past: Dec. 23, 1941

Dec. 23, 1941: The Portales Daily News: J.T. Tollett of the Rogers community had seven registered Herefords that ranged from 12-22 months of age and which had been pedigreed for four generations. These young bulls were pets. When one received attention, others came up until the person was surrounded by bulls.

Be thankful to be alive

If I had never been born, I would not have known the joy of falling in love. I would not have known the meaning of unselfishness, sacrifice or consideration for the needs of others. I would never have experienced that special kind of love motherhood brings…a special feeling of pride for three wonderful sons. I […]

My turn: Green Tea Party willing to work with others

After announcing my candidacy last week as a presidential write-in candidate on the Green Tea Party ticket, today I’m unveiling our trick-or-treat platform. “Green Tea Party’s I-Am-Not-a-Witch Covenant with America” We won’t criticize their platform — if they don’t criticize our platform shoes. If they don’t mention our college hijinks, we won’t mention their weekly […]