Profiteering cuckoos still run baseball

Major League Baseball purists may be mad about the designated hitters, the stadiums with retractable roofs and World Series played in November, but at least one thing never seems to change about the game: The people who run it are PC — profiteering cuckoos. ESPN reports MLB decided this week the Houston Astros can celebrate […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

Real cowboys have horse sense

Branding season. Spring time west of the Mississippi. Long days in the saddle. Sitting on a horse miles from nowhere, it seems, trying to spot cows on the gather, silence except for the thud of your horses’ hooves. You might as well be on a fishing boat in the middle of nowhere watching the waves. […]

Sponsoring cowboys might be good for business

Glenda Price Have you noticed? Everybody seems to have a sponsor these days. Before, it was mainly the race car people, but now it’s becoming ubiquitous. Sporting events — like football bowl games — now carry the name of a sponsor. The Sugar Bowl has become the Allstate Sugar Bowl while the Cotton Bowl in […]

In brand name game, shorter seems better

Kevin Wilson Whenever I buy a generic product, I’m reminded of one of the final episodes of “Clerks: The Animated Series.” A bleeding man enters the convenience store and asks Randal, a clerk, if the store has Band-Aids. Randal informs the customer the proper term is “adhesive strips,” which leads coworker Dante to question the […]

God has given us gift of time

The world seems impatient with time. The young can’t wait to grow up. The young adult can’t wait to get married. The grown-ups wished time had not passed so quickly. The older ones wish for “the good old days.” No one seems to have enjoyed the stage they were in. Yet God means for every […]

My turn: Marking one year with roses

This one-year anniversary of column-writing seems like a good time to recount my attempts at taking friends’ advice to stop and smell the roses. But, with 16,000 varieties, it’s been a thorny task. I’ve whiffed a rainbow of climbers, floribundas, grandifloras, heritages, hybrid teas, miniatures and shrubs, but the appeal has eluded me. They don’t […]

Grant McGee: Manners lesson from mom

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were having breakfast at a local eatery when I got to thinking about manners; manners in restaurants to be specific. It seems there are some manners everyone follows and others no one cares about. “You know,” I said, “You just don’t hear anyone belch in a […]

We are all part of God’s family portrait

Do you like to look at old family photos? It seems I have had to do a lot of that lately. Sorting through family photos is hard for me. I go through many emotions with joy, laughter and tears. I also have a profound realization of the brevity of time. It seems only a few […]

God has given us a brand new year

There seems to be a universal desensitizing to sin. Year after year, it seems just a little more. A constant portrayal of sin on TV and movies leave the impression that sin is the norm! As for us, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11 […]

Awareness important tool in fighting cancer

Clyde Davis Before getting into this column, I need to make a correction and apology. To my Lutheran colleagues: It seems probable the Martin Luther incident never occurred — the punch in the nose over Holy Communion. The church history professor from whom I heard the story is very likely no longer alive; he was […]

Shooting victim’s widow still committed to husband

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Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems smaller. She has aged too. But despite all the changes that 17 years have brought, Shirley Ornelas has not wavered in her commitment to her husband. She was widowed May 30, 1993, in Portales when a bullet […]

Trade fear for faith

Bad news seems to be all over the place. I heard of a man being so upset by the bombardment of bad news that he decided he would go on “a news fast.” It sounds funny, yet it’s not a bad idea. Fear is the most destructive force I know. It is paralyzing and tormenting. […]

My Turn: Watermelon not for me

Watermelon seems to be one of the best-loved parts of American summers. Which is why it seems odd that I’ve never cared for watermelon. I’ve met few people with a similar opinion. Nonetheless, I have good memories of the summer fruit. When I was a kid, Dad saved seeds from a watermelon he found particularly […]

McGee: That new-fangled 21st century work ethic

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Did we waste our time back in the 20th century having a work ethic? You know, being on time for a job, finishing a job, stuff like that. It seems there’s a new way of doing things here in the 21st century. This came to mind when I ran […]

My turn: Cold weather can be troubling too

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With near triple-digit temperatures expected the next few days, this seems a good time to remember the cold. Our coldest day is quite debatable, but here are a few of the contenders: • The weather.com website claims the coldest temperature recorded in Portales was minus-17 on Jan. 2, 1979. Clovis was only minus-7 that day, […]

Yard sales also social events

By Grant Mcgee: Local columnist We went to our first yard sale of 2010 last week and picked up a fridge for 40 bucks. It seems yard sale season has begun. These sales just seem to flow and go with the seasons. In the winter there are few if any sales. As spring gets closer, […]

Ramifications for all options in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Based on statements from various officials, it seems our preferred approach to Afghanistan — pulling out most U.S. military forces from that country and focusing on al-Qaida, which is not operating in Afghanistan and is unlikely to secure a “safe haven” in Afghanistan however the struggle there turns out, especially if the U.S. […]

Seems early for election campaigns

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist “Hey, since you work for the newspaper, there’s a guy I know…”I hear this statement a lot, but I’m finding these guys they know are most often considering running for office. “He’s not running yet, but he’s considering it, and I wonder if you could give him some coverage.” I’m […]

Maybe duct tape will get point across

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I may have a new use for duct tape. That hardly seems like a discovery worthy of mentioning at all, let alone in a record that will stand forever in print — one also assumes the standard exists for online records, but I just saw “Terminator: Rise of the Machines” […]