My turn: Sometimes roommates need to shout it out

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About two weeks ago I brought up that my house was like the real world, well, the situation just got real this weekend. Most people have had a roommate in their life, whether it was their sibling growing up, a dorm buddy or whatever the case may be. You have to be willing to set [...]

Drunken driving simulator makes students think twice

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Christina Calloway Portales High School students got to spend a class period drinking and driving in a virtual simulator Tuesday. The effects were synthetic, but the consequences were real to the students who went through UNITE’s Arrive Alive high-tech distracted driving and drunken driving education program. “It affects everyone around you,” said Jacob Nunse, 16, [...]

My turn: Real life doesn’t mean fighting

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As much as I try not to compare my life to reality TV, in this week’s episode of my life, I think my house just became “Real World: Portales.” I originally had two roommates and on Sunday, a third one moved in. All of us are very unique, from different places all over the country [...]

Real spirit of Christmas easy to catch

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist During this time of year, it’s so easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. It’s also not that hard to rediscover it. I remember one Christmas, when I lived in Abilene, Texas, and my daughter Laura wanted a Barber Shop Cash Register. I called Wal-Mart Supercenter. They [...]

Your hard work makes you a hero

Are there any real heroes today? Yes and yes! I submit there are many of Americans who are God-fearing people who strive to do right and live by “The Golden Rule.” I am prejudiced because I know more than I can count in Portales. These people are the ones who go to work every day, [...]

Rooney was the real deal

He’s entertained us and made us scratch our heads every week for more than 30 years. But it’s possible that’s all you got out of Andy Rooney over that time. If so, that was probably enough. Like Brett Favre, George Burns, Bob Hope and Charlie Sheen he didn’t relish the idea of giving up his [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Free art, a real classic and jail for a cause

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing: Free art A free solo exhibition, “Sleeping in the Forest, Waking in the Desert,” by Jessie Dodington will be displayed in ENMU’s Golden Library on Tuesday through Oct. 28 during normal library hours. A real classic The annual Milk Jug Classic is 8 a.m. [...]

Their view: Real problems lie with Congress

Kirby Rowan of Portales writes about the troubles the public faces because of elected politicians:

My turn: No sense, just real-life experience

One of my columns generated an e-mail from a gentleman who said that I didn’t have a lick of common sense. Apparently, I set him off by not toeing religious, political or fishing lines — or perhaps my tongue-in-cheek lines didn’t hook him. The blue-collar worker clearly wanted to wring my stereotyped collar. He probably [...]

Real cowboys don’t curse

I never heard a swear word come out of my father’s, or my husband’s mouth. Both were what modern “dress-up” cowboys consider anachronisms — REAL cowboys. I suspect they might have cursed now and then when they were in a wreck out among the junipers and cactus — and no human females were around to [...]