My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut […]

Commentary: Cannon celebrates Women’s History Month

By Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris: 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Something that many people may not know about me is that I grace the Community College of the Air Force marketing poster. You may have seen my likeness as you went through a leadership school and thought I looked familiar. Friends still email me […]

Libertarianism offers contentment

Life. Family. Friends. Those are things that really matter. At least, to me. I hope those are the things that really matter to you, too, regardless of where you might place yourself on the political grid, or the antiquated (and never very accurate) “left/right” political spectrum. The reason I embraced libertarianism, after I discovered there […]

Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, […]

My turn: Today’s TV programming recycled

A friend and I were talking about how many things have changes since we were kids. We talked about cars, prices and then about television. We spent a lot of time talking about our favorite TV shows from years ago. We had both really liked “Gunsmoke,” as well as “Bonanza,” and even “Mission Impossible.” We […]

My turn: Nicknames make all difference

My grandfather could give some really cool nicknames. I don’t know what it was, but he could give you a moniker that you could be kind of proud to have yelled at you in a large crowd. I think it was from his days playing baseball, when many players had colorful and creative nicknames. I […]

Marcelle and Ruby Go Shopping: A mother and daughter buy back-to-school duds that aren’t duds at all

Tricia Romano If there’s one thing about the new school year that kids love and parents don’t, it’s shopping for clothes. As children get into their tweens and teens, fashion and trends play a bigger part in their lives. But single mom Marcelle Karp, of New York City, satisfies her child’s sense of style without […]

My turn: Years at L.L. Brown helped mold me

I saw a comment posted on the Internet this week, asking about fond memories from school. It caused me to think and really reflect on what memories I had from school. Part of the difficulty, is that I have been out of school for a long time. I have many good memories of childhood friends, […]

Libertarians lead invisible life

In day-to-day life, being a libertarian really doesn’t attract any attention. We are pretty much invisible. We are the neighbors who mind our own business. We probably don’t have noisy parties but won’t call the cops about yours. We are the people who pick up the dropped keys for the person struggling with grocery bags. […]

My Turn: Planking for stiffs

By Lonnie Berry As long as I can remember, there have been fads. Some of them have been really popular, some really odd, and some the subject of songs that outlived the fads they celebrated. Many years ago, streaking was a popular fad. It was so popular that there was a song written about it. […]

No easy escape from financial crisis

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Dad provides the legwork, and son is his partner in fun

Don Dustin Webb

Blair Anthony Robertson There’s nothing to it, really. They get on their specially made bike, with their helmets, sunglasses and matching jerseys, and then they go, riding together mile after mile, the faster and farther the better. Dad, who is 59, pedals smoothly and efficiently while going 20 mph or more. His 30-year-old son sits […]

My turn: Don’t take promises too seriously

I am not sure I would know anything, if it were not for infomercials. I am not talking about some really loud guy trying to sell you a paper towel. I am talking about the good stuff. The stuff that is such high quality that if you order now, not only will you pay half […]

My turn: Butt diving takes toll on shorts

When summer hits, I always start to think of outdoor activities. That is not just hiking, jogging or biking; it includes baseball games, and playing in the park. And I don’t think about the outdoors without thinking about swimming. When I was a kid, every summer we started off with swimming lessons. That was usually […]

My turn: Keep big government out of small-stakes gambling

Should adults really be busted for small-stakes gambling at country clubs? My one-man Green Tea Party may join the Libertarians on this one. It feels like notorious B.I.G. Government foot-wedging common sense into a sand-trap. Who is being protected? If the Portales Country Club was operating a casino, I could understand. We don’t want to […]

My turn: Hunger pangs lead to unique sayings

Helena Rodriguez When my sister Julie gets really hungry she says, “My big tripas are eating my little tripas.” This translates into, “My big gut is eating my little gut” or as my Uncle Paul’s wife, Roxanne, of Arkansas, says, “My belly button is about to munch on my spine.” Most of us know the […]

More cold coming

Sharna Johnson Old man winter was really nipping in Clovis on Tuesday morning with predictions he’d be biting by evening. Area residents didn’t wake to the 2-5 inches of snow that had been forecast, but the less than an inch of flakes that did fall was dry and blowing as wind-chill drove already low temperatures […]

Spouses club thanks veterans

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon spouse Michelle Patterson, 29, stuffs a small stocking with candy canes for the Single Airmen’s Dinner with her 11-month old son Devawn in her arms during the meeting. Liliana Castillo At first glance, the Cannon Spouses Club gave veterans in nursing homes crossword puzzles and toiletries for the holidays. But […]

My turn: Chocolate blessing too

I like Christmas. I try to remember the holiday really is about a loving God stooping to our level, becoming human, to save us from our own shortcomings. At the same time, I enjoy family, presents, the decorated tree and other things about the season. When I stop and look, I see the love and […]