Camouflage makes issue clear

From high school on, whenever somebody would pull out some kind of school or office supply decorated in camouflage, there would always be some kind of joke. “Wow, John … how is that pencil eraser just floating in the air? It’s magical. Oh, oh, sorry … I didn’t see the pencil because it was camouflage.” […]

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]

Defining marriage private affair

Kevin Wilson Whenever somebody tells me that allowing same-sex marriages will decimate heterosexual marriage, I tell them gay marriage will make hamburgers tastier. I figure, as long as neither of us has proof … A slightly more rational argument is taking place after New York’s Legislature approved same-sex marriage. There’s already talk of a domino […]

In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he just saw the attributes for himself — after all, who can deny the tranquility of the rolling greens, the shade of wind wisped trees and duck filled ponds. But even in the beauty of the place, he stands […]

Social insecurity

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When it comes to identity theft and fraud, Clovis Police Detective Sonny Smith has three words of advice. Stop and think. Smith, who investigates identity theft and fraud, known as white collar crimes, said that people should exercise caution when somebody offers exorbitant money for a simple task. “People […]

Brain could be next Bluetooth frontier

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Christmas is great for many reasons: Congress isn’t in session, so I have no reason to get upset about what elected officials are doing. All kinds of once-a-year food items and television shows are available, including Mint M&Ms and Home Alone — a movie that’s just no longer realistic because […]

Small talk more than minor irritant

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I never […]

A tale of two Web sites is spun

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers This is a story of two sites — Web Site A and Web Site B. I’m not going to identify A or B, because I’m guessing there are a lot of Site As and Site Bs on this particular topic. Site A, updated by somebody I would consider a friend, […]

Dowhat? It’s the way to find a native

By Kevin Wilson It’s taken me quite a while, but I’ve figured it out. I know what it is that separates a Portales native from others. It’s the difference between somebody who’s just visiting, attending college or making a shopping trip for peanut butter, and somebody who’s been in Portales for the long haul. I’ll […]

Government works best with its citizens involved

By Jim Lee A few months ago, four Portales people started talking about how they thought life could be made better for Americans if they could get people involved in the political processes of our republic, get people to think for themselves, and contribute to the preservation of our constitutional rights. Among the questions they […]

Planet Kevin worth the effort

By Kevin Wilson I was talking with a coworker recently, regarding the Mega Millions lottery that somebody won, and I thought about Planet Kevin. What’s Planet Kevin, you ask? Even if you didn’t ask, you’re about to find out. But I’m getting ahead of myself … back to the lottery story. The news report said […]

Be nice this holiday; skip the shopping

Jim Lee Well, Monday starts the last month of this year. It seems like the year just got started. In a couple of weeks or so I’ll be so tired of the constant repetition of holiday songs I’ll be tempted to sneak bark beetles into Christmas tree lots. I’m not really a scrooge, but enough […]