Resurrection makes a new world possible

By Joan Clayton Many thoughts come to mind when I think of Easter. I call it “Resurrection Day.” I think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for you and me, the pain, the shame and the agony he endured. He came to give us “life and to give it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) How many […]

New Mexico foods have ‘Old World’ influence

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A New Mexico author traced the path of now common foods across the Americas and from the Old World to the New World during a presentation Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. William Dunmire of Placitas based his talk on his book, “Gardens of New Spain.” His wife, Vangie, […]

2-10-08 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Alexander the Great by Paul Cartledge. This book has been hailed as the most accessible introduction to its subject in print. Alexander the Great is a towering hero of the classical world: a fearless general, the conqueror of the Persians, and the visionary ruler of […]

Altrusa taking donations for Haiti

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales peanut butter is more powerful than you may think. The creamy and crunchy stuff not only is a tasty treat for your family — it may also be able to save lives in a third-world country plagued by starvation and poverty. This Valentine’s Day, Altrusa International of Portales […]

Parenting holds challenges even for experts

By Helena Rodriguez By virtue of the official title I’ve held since the day my daughter Laura was born, I hereby declare myself an expert in parenting. Anyone who has a child can arguably be an expert in parenting. Even Britney Spears’ mom. Yes, even Lynne Spears. By virtue of our titles, we’re all experts; […]

Faith one of most valuable things person can possess

By Joan Clayton Have you ever realized that history repeats itself? It’s a concept as old as time. It can be traced as far back as can be pursued. An undeniable result of transgression is that it never happens in isolation. The fact that, “one does as he or she pleases, as long as it […]

Las Vegas good for rodeo despite show business

By Baxter Black Hunter S. Thompson, in his book “Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas,” said, “Circus, Circus (a big casino in Las Vegas) is what the world would be like if the Third Reich had won!” Las Vegas is the equivalent of endlessly switching the cable channel on your television anytime between midnight and […]

Pays to enter new year with hope, expectation

By Joan Clayton The cedar tree in our front yard has gone through many wind storms through the years. One year the wind bent it over to the ground. We straightened and tied it to a strong anchor, and it just kept growing in spite of the storms of life. Its limbs have grown in […]

Invading Iraq may haunt world for years to come

The bombings last week in Algiers, at a United Nations compound and the Algerian Supreme Court, have prompted news reports suggesting the group that claimed responsibility, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has “matured in its ability to conduct terror attacks that could destabilize the Algerian government.” The bombings killed at least 34 people, and […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Anniversary

Hamar Frank and Ava Hamar of Plano, Texas celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 12 with family. The will continue the celebration with a trip to Disney World with their children and grandchildren. The couple was married Dec. 12, 1957 in Rogers. They both graduated from Portales High School. They have two children and […]

Christ’s birthday should be celebrated

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Imagine that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded in his heinous plot. The thought makes me shudder. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no absolutes, no restraints, no hope … and where there is no hope, there is only desolation. A world […]

Veterans should be honored, as they honored us

Freedom New Mexico As we all owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s veterans, those same veterans should be thankful for the efforts of Raymond Weeks. A World War II veteran, Weeks organized “National Veterans Day” on Nov. 11 — then the designated date for Armistice Day — in 1947 in Birmingham, Ala. Weeks’ […]

Rockies worthy of fan support

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With Tom Brady throwing touchdown after touchdown for my fantasy football team and Kevin Garnett lacing them up for the Boston Celtics, I’m really happy with the way Boston sports are going. However, I can’t go for baseball’s Boston participant. Nothing against the Red Sox, but I’m rooting for […]

Burmese freedom movement becoming harder to suppress

Editorial Senior Burmese general Than Shwe did deign to meet Tuesday with United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari after giving him the cold shoulder for days, but he met from a position of relative strength. No public comments were made. The democracy movement in Burma seems to have been defeated, at least for now. The […]

Iranian president OK, but not ROTC?

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices and all sorts of comments regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of […]

Anti-Hispanic attitude becoming prevalent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Growing up in an ethnocentric world, the barrio of north Portales, my ethnicity was a major factor in my early life. Now, it’s not color of skin or language that unites me with people. It’s common Christian beliefs. But in my adult life, I’ve learned you cannot entirely separate the […]

World can’t be viewed in black and white

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if my […]

Sept. 9 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Pants on Fire By Meg Cabot Katie Ellison is not a liar, but telling the truth is tricky. She knows she shouldn’t be cheating on her boyfriend. Since she is running for Quahog Princess she should probably admit that she doesn’t even like quahogs. And […]

Brown second at tae kwon do world championships

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales resident Audra Brown came home from the tae kwon do world championships last month in Birmingham, England, with a silver medal and plenty of smiles. The 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student captured second place in third-degree black-belt female patterns. “I was thrilled to win second,” Brown said. […]

Celebrity touts dictator, country

Editorial It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he had discovered […]