New Mexico conducive to foreign visitors

by Grant McGee The Cannon Air Force Base folks had a real good air show a few weeks ago. Thousands of folks from around our region came to see the planes and aerial displays. Some jets were brought up from Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo — an F-117 Stealth and a German Tornado. I […]

How can I really find happiness? By not chasing it.

Curtis K. Shelburne I’m thankful for the Brits! When the last star twinkles its last twinkle on this world’s last night, if the United States still stands, the English will still be standing right beside us as our most trusted and time-tested friends. I believe that. But I can’t help but remind you that back […]

There’s always a critic in every crowd

Ned Cantwell, State Columnist A reader asked recently whatever happened to my friend Barney from New Jersey. I told him Barney and I had a falling out of sorts. Barney is this couch-potato guy who spends all his time reading newspapers and magazines. He finds out what he thinks is wrong with New Mexico and […]

It’s easy to access MSN Messenger at a public Internet terminal

Tom DiFrancesca The folks at Yahoo have tried to provide local information in the past. This time, I think they’ve been successful. Go take a peak at local.yahoo.com and then give the updated service a test run for yourself. As you’ll remember, the Google people are attempting to do the same thing at local.google.com That’s […]

Wireless networking a booming business

By Tom DiFrancesca It used to be, just a few years back, that if there was a computer in a home, it was a unique situation. Then the Internet went and got popular. All of a sudden people started flocking to stores to purchase new computers, just so they could surf the Web. Eventually, it […]

Daily naps can be helpful, refreshing

So are you one of those folks who take a nap or one of those folks who don’t? I’m a nap taker, and proud of it. I wake up from a mid-day siesta and I’m refreshed, ready for round two of … whatever. It was my father who introduced me to daily napping. He probably […]

Public works, airport Websites are practical

Tom DiFranscesca I’ve noticed a pattern in my last couple of columns; the pattern being that I have been real stingy with Web site addresses (URLs). It’s not that I don’t have many addresses to share with my readers, it’s just that sometimes I get a little long winded when writing about one in particular. […]

Scarelt Pimpernels alert for porch lights

Bob Huber: Local columnist When the Freedom of Information Act brought to light World War II super heroes known covertly as the Scarlet Pimpernels, it exposed a dark world of espionage, bravery, and thankless hardship. The group’s name was derived from a movie by the same name staring Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon, which played […]

Train riders know essence of America

Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist After recently landing at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, I took a cab to my hotel in the Chicago Loop. I was in town to attend the American Philosophical Association Central Division meetings, where I had the honor of having one of my books critiqued in a session of the American Society of […]

May a good month for utter randomness

Bob Huber: Local columnist I don’t go a-Maying anymore, nor do I bring home the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort. But now that I’m officially seniored, I’ve thought about returning to that celebration, because there’s bound to be some good in it. But what I really like to do nowadays is celebrate birthdays […]

Classless society a misnomer

Clyde Davis, columnist The roomful of people is busily engaged in discussing the subject of cultural diversity. This is not just from an ethnic viewpoint, but a class viewpoint as well. How is that possible, you ask, as we live in a classless society? Well, we really don’t. We just have the freedom, at least […]

Web sites offer insight into Bible, Christianity

By Tom DiFrancesca III Christianity — a word used to describe folks who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ of Nazareth. A relationship that is based solely on faith — for you see, Jesus walked the earth more than 2000 years ago. Up until 9/11, Christianity was pretty much bashed by anyone and everyone […]

Meditation more than a practice of the ’70s

By Clyde Davis, columnist This column deliberately stayed away from anything spiritually focused during the recent Lenten/Easter season. It wasn’t that I didn’t see this as vital. It was simply that, especially with the Friday religious pages’ focus, it seemed that there would be enough coverage for the spiritual aspect of life — that is, […]

Negative campaigns leave no true winner

Ned Cantwell Memo from New Mexico to those who would be our president: OK, Mr. President, you first. May I call you George? I mean, you seem like the kind of guy I could sit around a campfire with, drinking beer and telling raunchy jokes. And you, Mr. John Kerry. You are bright, rich, a […]

Bipolar disorder can wreak havoc if untreated

By Tom DiFrancesca III Mental illness — those two words immediately render disturbing images in most people’s minds; images of hospital wards populated with “crazy” people, images of people doing strange things like talking to themselves (or to a nearby lamppost, etc.), or acting in an obsessive or compulsive manner. Bipolar disorder (formerly known as […]

Don’t ignore lobbyists’ gift in Legislature

Ned Cantwell New Mexico lobbyists, I’ve always thought, were nothing more than paid beggars. To my mind, the only thing that separated them from the guy on the street corner with a “hungry-need-work” sign is they wore nicer clothes. What I’ve always thought was if there came a day when I had to decide between […]

‘Dear Bobby’ heals the pessimist folks

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I came out of the closet a few years ago, admitting the authorship of “Dear Abby” columns in newspapers. It began when my identity was exposed by a composing room boo-boo that placed my picture over a “Dear Abby” column. It turned out to be beneficial, however, because I no […]

It takes passion to gamble on a make-or-break film

By Tom DiFrancesca III The death of passion, or so it appears; mediocrity seems to be overtaking society. Now, when someone does something with passion that is intended for the positive, he’s criticized, insulted, and slandered. It seems like most folks these days aren’t passionate about anything — not even their work, and that used […]

Beware the tech-savvy scams online

Tom DiFrancesca Scam Alert: If you have recently received an authentic looking e-mail, purportedly from Paypal — and it is asking you to confirm your account information, don’t do it. This is just another fine example of someone with a high degree of intelligence, using that brainpower for evil and not good. Jump over to […]

Not all 40 million uninsured wronged

Tibor Machan The figure of 40 million people lacking health insurance in the United States is bandied about so much it deserves to be discussed a bit, even by a non-expert such as myself. What exactly does it mean? The implication for most who mention this figure is the federal government must do something to […]