We don’t live for others, but for ourselves

by Tibor Machan The most prestigious of contemporary moral philosophers favor the morality of fairness and impartiality. By this they tend to mean we all ought to think first of everyone’s welfare across the globe as we decide how we are going to conduct ourselves. Although they often implore us to fashion public policies by […]

When is a house a home, and where is home, really?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately I’ve been thinking more than usual about the venerable “father of the faithful,” old Abraham. More than ever, the great patriarch has my respect. God called Abraham to take a trip (God didn’t specify exactly where), to make his home in a country that would one day be his (God […]

Longest day becomes shortest night

by Bob Huber There was a crucial moment preceding my half-century matrimonial partnership that made my future wife Marilyn shout, “You WHAT?” Her scary attitude resulted from something I mumbled in her ear about eloping and getting married. We were students at the time at the University of Colorado, a campus full of world class […]

Pool tables: Assembly, sanity required

By Bob Huber Looking for adventure? Like to live on the edge? Want to be the first on your block to wake up in the middle of a nightmare screaming, “Eeaauugh! Eeaauugh!” You can have all that and more if, like me, you rid your living room of furniture, give everything to your daughters, and […]

Take work on the road with bookmark site

Tom DiFrancesca: Internet Safari I travel quite often and have done so for years. In the past, I would maintain a Web page that would contain all of my favorite Internet bookmarks, but alas I’d forget to keep it updated and then would find myself on the road, trying to track down a previously visited, […]

Still many good people left in the world

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Just after noon on Sunday I got the word that my sister Lois had died in Maryland. She was my oldest living sibling and her death was not totally unexpected. Makes no difference. Even the expected carves at your heart. Lois was an accomplished woman, a good woman. And as the […]

Reading about heaven makes me a believer

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

Poverty an exaggerated concept in U.S.

Walter Williams It might have been Ross Perot who first used the expression that America is turning into a nation of “hamburger flippers,” in reference to the decline in good paying manufacturing jobs replaced by low-pay service sector jobs. Here’s my question: If millions of high-paying jobs are leaving the country only to be replaced […]

Endangered Species Act needs overhaul

What’s the difference between a ferruginous pygmy owl living in Arizona and a ferruginous pygmy owl living just across the border in Sonora, Mexico? And no, south-of-the-border birds do not wear tiny sombreros. If you answered, “nothing,” you’ve just shown more common sense than the geniuses in Washington who wrote and passed the Endangered Species […]

Partnership ‘beefs up’ business

By Jack King When Margaret George and her husband Jacob began preparing natural beef for themselves and a few friends four years ago, they had no idea it would turn into a business with outlets around eastern New Mexico. Today the Georges sell beef from their ranch near Trujillo, under the label “Living Waters Ranch,” […]

Gray water rule makes a little sense

By Ned Cantwell I’m sorry, Taos. Look, I know you are a unique little city, a center of the arts, bastion of intellectual freedom. You are one of New Mexico’s gems. Your architecture is intriguing, your artistic colony outstanding. Your newspaper is a perennial award winner. Even your name has a mellow ring to it. […]

Frazier lived ‘a Christian life’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Following a long and painful illness, retired carpenter Glen Frazier died peacefully at the age of 80 on April 11, the way his wife said he would have wanted — lying on a tree-shaded recliner enjoying the outdoors. “He said he felt so good he wanted to go out and he […]

Disney, Aileen

Mrs. Aileen Disney, 89, of Portales, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at her home. She was born Sept. 20, 1913, in Clifton, Tenn., to Lula Mae and W.B. “Doc” Smith. She married Lorace Disney on June 16, 1933. She spent her formative years in Clifton. As a teenager, she moved to Portales for the sake […]

Nature, military aggression tests Curry County residents

Don McAlavy “From 1931 to 1934 was the driest years I ever saw in New Mexico, and there were a lot of sandstorms,” said Lee Merrill, who owns a 10,000-acre ranch in Running Water Draw. “Back then, you could buy all the groceries you could carry for $1.50. During the big drought in 1934, the […]