My turn: Nature opens up my eyes to life

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Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

Our people: Answering the call

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Clovis natives Richard and Gerri Gomez have run the Lighthouse Mission for nearly 25 years. Richard Gomez said the reason is simple. “It’s a calling.” Gerri Gomez said they do what they do “to give people help today and hope for tomorrow.” The mission is a family affair with the original staff including several members […]

Cuts could impact TRICARE users

Low reimbursements are the top reason physicians say they turn away beneficiaries who use TRICARE Standard, the military’s fee-for-service insurance option, or TRICARE Extra, the preferred provider option, according to TRICARE health care provider surveys. Access to health care for these two groups of beneficiaries could become an even bigger challenge thanks to the convoluted […]

One more reason not to mess with Texas

Freedom New Mexico If there weren’t already enough reasons to follow the admonition, “Don’t mess with Texas,” here’s one more: Do it frivolously, and it could cost you. Republican Governor Rick Perry recently signed into law a comprehensive legal reform measure that will give Texas one of the nation’s toughest protections against frivolous lawsuits. The […]

Goldfish racing hard to swallow

For the benefit of the folks at PETA, let it be clear at the outset this columnist stands unequivocally opposed to Goldfish Racing. Goldfish have but one purpose, to float around a bloated jar and be stared at by people with even more boring lives than mine. And yet this benign creature is the reason […]

Bill infringes some rights to protect others

Freedom New Mexico Reason and prudence are needed to untangle the digital-age Gordian knots posed by Internet technology. Unfortunately, Congress can be short of reason and prudence. A bill to protect online property rights of owners’ copyrighted material sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee this month, 19-0. We urge the Senate to rethink this approach, […]

‘Professional patients’ need tough love

Perhaps it is because it has been more than nine years now since the doctor came in and told a perfectly healthy me, who had no reason to suspect it, that “Your biopsy tested positive. It was cancer.” Perhaps it is because, as someone told me at the time, this would one day seem like […]

Letter to the Editor: Greed reason for high rental costs

I am appalled by the high cost of rent in the Portales/Clovis area. I am a retired military dependent. Here our troops are fighting in a war, defending and protecting our country. Since Cannon Air Force Base has remained opened, and more squadrons have come in, to raise the cost of rent to such outrageous […]

Solutions not found in big government

Freedom New Mexico Political corruption remains a perennial concern for the voting public, and with good reason. Still, this particular brand of dishonesty has something in common with other human failings: People tend to see it clearly in others but not so clearly in themselves. We all know the images associated with ethically challenged elected […]

Press release: State departments see no reason to close schools for flu concerns

For Immediate Release Contact: Deborah BusemeyerCell: 505-470-2290 or Beverly Friedman, Public Education Dept.Cell: 795-0180 Health, Public Education Departments Advise No Reason to Close Schools for Health Reasons Local Schools Districts to Decide How, When to Reopen 16 Closed Schools (Santa Fe) – Based on new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

Melrose police chief dismissed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose has dismissed Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. City officials cited job performance as the reason. She said it’s retaliation because she refused to date Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. “The Village Council was not pleased with her performance and, as a probationary employee, has released her from […]

Lopez cites conflict as reason for resignation

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The announcement that Jake J. Lopez is resigning from city council didn’t come as a surprise to many at Portales City Hall, but it was a disappointment. Lopez said Tuesday he was resigning his seat on the Portales City Council, effective after a Jan. 20 meeting. Lopez said he […]

U.S. fortunate media can cover spectrum of bias

Freedom New Mexico For some reason, this election season seems to be more emotionally charged than is normal (as if anything is normal in presidential elections). Maybe it’s that neither major tickets for the nation’s top spot are the usual pairings of middle-age white guys. Perhaps it’s conservative talk radio providing handy sound bites and […]

1/9

Jan. 9, 1961 • Bob Heselton of Hessie’s 66 Service Station received a $50 award from Phillips 66 for providing perfect driveway service to a “Mystery Motorist.” • Travis Gossett advertised Jersey and Holstein milk cows for sale from one to 100 head. His reason for selling, as stated in the ad — “Going fishing.”

Their perspective: Melrose seniors sound off

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By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Thoughts and insights by Melrose’s graduating seniors based on a written survey: Most will be going to college The U.S. military is in Iraq for a good reason Most will likely not return to Melrose to live Alcohol, drugs and peer pressure are the biggest challenges today’s teens face […]

Constitution must preserve individual liberties first

Editorial Face-scanning technology for police to compare the faces of thousands of passersby with mostly driver’s license photos on file to find known criminals is of serious concern to civil libertarians — and for good reason. As was reported last week, the technology, designed for Arizona law-enforcement agencies, operates on everyone who comes under its […]

Kurt Vonnegut proves lifes is about searching

Jim Lee: Local Columnist On Oct. 7, I watched a television interview with author Kurt Vonnegut on PBS. Although TV makes me more disgusted just about every time I hit the “on” button, this interview became a rare and valuable experience. I witnessed non-contradictory contradiction. Hey, how’s that for a topic to drive a person […]

Ideas I have had for columns

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Here at the Bureau of Very Important Essentials, we’re often asked where in the world we get ideas for our columns. So, allow me to come out of the closet today and tell you. After long, arduous, scholarly hours in front of a computer, I steal them. Still, that routine […]

More questions than answers surround Sept. 11

By Helena Rodriguez More questions than answers following Sept. 11 Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday […]