Our people: Portales resident still enjoys Maypole

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Barbara George worked as a teacher for 25 years at Portales High School. Portales resident Barbara George has been teaching people most of her adult life. She has taught physical education, history, track, volleyball, how to wind a maypole and how to drive a car. After being maypole director for […]

Military mama: Every opportunity provides chance to learn

We’re full of molars and the alphabet at my house. I recently wrote of Kaleb’s adventures, and now he’s added another complication to my immediate parenting plan. This latest coming-of-age moment with my oldest child has negative repercussions on my television schedule. Petty, I know, but he is now aware when I’m bluffing about it […]

Bin Laden’s death ignites conspiracies

Freedom New Mexico Conspiracy theorists are just so darned cute. Unfortunately, they are big in numbers and serve as an alarming indication that truth no longer prevails in these times. Lies get to flourish, despite any amount of evidence that proves them as false. Get enough people telling the same lie, all day, every day […]

Military mama: Still time to figure out ‘what I want to be’

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Every once in a while I look around my house and just wonder how in the world I got here. How these three angelic little devils came into my life and how I’ve been married for almost seven years. I swear it’s impossible since I’m only 21, in my mind. I often feel like I’m […]

Team loyalties span years, mugs

Every few Fridays coworker Tony Bullocks comes in with some new gear marking the 2010 World Series title for the San Francisco Giants. • “Wow, this Giants World Series champs hat fits nicely.” • “Man, look at all of these color photos in this special San Francisco Chronicle.” • “You know, Kevin, I normally enjoy […]

March 25 — March 31 Event listings

All times Mountain Every Sunday, All Year Round • Church of Beethoven: Chamber Music Concert 10:30 a.m. The Kosmos, 1715 Fifth St. NW in Albuquerque Tickets: $15 adults and $5 kids Information: www.churchofbeethoven.com

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SONY DSC Sercey On March 4, James and Martha Sercey celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. When they met, James Franklin Sercey was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and Martha Anna Drager was attending school in Bovina, Texas. It wasn’t long before they were happily married at the First Presbyterian Church on Pile Street in […]

Conservative leadership easily distracted

Freedom Newspapers Leading conservatives are the greatest asset President Barack Obama could ask for. They help his cause each and every day. In a country of rising fuel and food prices, unpopular foreign wars, high unemployment and hope for change at an all-time low, the president and first lady should be in political turmoil. They’re […]

Letter to the editor: 3D not considered enhancement

3D not considered enhancement I am disheartened by the number of 3D movies that are out. Every time I see a trailer that looks appealing, it is followed by the announcement, “In 3D,” and my heart sinks. Many friends I have spoken to have severe headache issues following a 3D movie. Shouldn’t we, as consumers, […]

Dec. 3 — Dec. 9 Event listings

All times Mountain Every Sunday, All Year Round

Politicians extortionists at heart

Tibor Machan It may have been Will Rogers or Mark Twain. I cannot now recall which of the two great American humorists it was who said all politicians are criminals. But it makes no difference because when something is true, its source is not the main issue. Fact is, politicians are extortionists at heart. Their […]

Bible God’s “Google”

Curtis K. Shelburne It boggles my mind to wonder how I ever got by without Google. Every day, multiple times, I “google” some word or phrase looking for a trickle of the amazing flood of information available on the Internet. I chomp down on a Tootsie Roll Pop late one evening and pop off a […]

County fair much more accessible

County fair much more accessible Scooters, chairs, walkers and canes: Every handicapped person that has to use one of these devices has one goal in mind — to go places that a normal healthy person would go. We just have to use different means to get there. I met and spoke a few months ago […]

Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]

Food at the speed of life: Hobo stew feeds soul

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I learned about hobo stew when I lived in Socorro and went to First Baptist Church there. The congregation made the interesting stew every year. Everybody brought a can of … whatever. It just had to be edible. It didn’t even have to come in a can. Everything from potatoes to enchilada sauce to fruit […]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

Freedom Newspapers In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners […]

Infant CPR classes being offered

CNJ staff The American Red Cross and with Plains Regional Medical Center are offering monthly infant and child CPR classes for new parents and caregivers. The classes focus on teaching cardiac and breathing emergency skills for infants and children up to about age 8. Classes will be held on the fourth Saturday of every month […]

Mother’s job duties never-ending

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every job has a euphemistic title these days. Betty Lou, a wife and mother, met a “business man” at a meeting. When he asked about her occupation she replied, “I’m an early childhood educator.” “That sounds really interesting,” he said. “Do you ever get called in on weekends?” Betty Lou […]

Easing taxes on corporations benefits economy

As the U.S. economy pops its nose up out of the whirlpool of recession, every effort should be made to keep from going back under, for a “double dip” recession. A major area of action should be the high tax rates paid by U.S. corporations. Although corporations are attacked for having “excess” profits, every dollar […]

Experts: Military pay gap no longer exists

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every witness before a Senate subcommittee hearing last week on military compensation — all experts on service pay and benefits — called directly or indirectly for Congress to end its 12-year run of voting for annual military pay raises that exceed wage growth in the private sector. No witness suggested […]