Humans can be as witless as dogs

May I state the obvious? People react to other people, situations, and issues on the basis of their perceptions of those people, situations, and issues, and not necessarily on the basis of reality. I mean no particular disrespect to either breed, human or canine, but in that regard I think we humans generally operate a […]

Nature opens up my eyes to life

Wendel Sloan

Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

Retail all about respect

It was a little bit of a shock to see his obituary since I didn’t know what had become of Mr. Nick or for that matter that he was even still living. Luke Nichols, Mr. Nick, as my grandmother referred to him, was the J.C. Penny store manager in Portales when I was growing up […]

Storm spotter’s courses being offered

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a little more than a week away. So is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and […]

Roads in need of repair

The roads in Clovis are horrible. I have lived in three states and these roads in Clovis are the worst. They are filled with potholes and are a hazard to drive on. Everywhere I have lived, the roads are watched over 24/7 and are always under construction to maintain the best quality. I was hoping […]

GOP voters have little choice in race

Freedom New Mexico Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination suffered its first real setback, a resounding loss to Newt Gingrich in Saturday’s South Carolina primary. The former House speaker’s first victory is the latest manifestation of the trepidation GOP conservatives and Tea Party activists have for the former Massachusetts governor. Still, Republican voters […]

Christmas proposal memorable

Christmas 1981 was easily the best one ever for me. It was the Christmas that I proposed to my bride. I wanted to ask her that Christmas but every time I thought about it I got the shakes and cold feet. Then one day in early December, while I was back in Portales for the […]

amos the churchmouse: amos turns holiday glutton

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. amos turns holiday glutton boss this holiday seasongot the best of me iturned […]

In search of ponies: Hummingbirds need some sugar

Every now and then a neighbor needs to borrow a little sugar — and sometimes it could be a matter of life and death. No, not because of that batch of cookies they started only to realize they didn’t have enough in their canister. It turns out that perhaps because of the extreme weather we’ve […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]