Reporter’s notebook: Mom says son saved her life

A Clovis mother is crediting God, her son, and actor Robin Williams for saving her life Wednesday. Shelly Burger said she was sitting down watching television and eating a bowl of cereal when a piece of cereal lodged itself in her throat and blocked her airway. “I couldn’t get it loose,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

Daylight-saving time helps some business thrive

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Some people love it, others hate it. Either way daylight-saving time arrived early this year thanks to a law signed by President Bush in 2005. Officially the change should have been made at 2 a.m. this morning — local time. “It’s good for our business,” Portales Country Club pro shop […]

Saving daylight calls for rebellion

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here at the Ministry of Pesky Problems we’ve stated again and again that we’re not putting up with daylight-saving time anymore. If the powerful daylight-saving time lobby wants to make something of it, so be it. This straightforward decree came about because the entire civilized world went totally wacko this […]

Living debt-free harder than it looks

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I completed the Consumer Credit Counseling Services program a while back. A few years ago my bills got the better of me and started to drag me under. I reached out for a helping hand and CCCS grabbed it. When I was through I got a packet with a congratulatory […]

Gift cards can make fast food even faster

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McDonald’s and Sonic have launched pre-paid, debit-style cards for purchasing food. (Staff illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The fast-food experience seems to be getting faster with the inception of a new payment option at two local restaurants. McDonald’s has launched The Arch Card, while Sonic is calling its version My Sonic […]

If daylight is saved, where does it go?

Bob Huber You don’t hear much about it, but daylight-saving time is a major cause of divorce. I don’t know why the Legislature doesn’t do something about it. In our half century of marriage, my wife Marilyn always pooh-poohed that notion, because she said the battle of the sexes was impossible to win anyway. Too […]

Daylight-saving time has its good, bad points

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about daylight-saving time. Some responses: “I’ve read numerous articles about the history and origination of daylight-saving time, and at one time or another there may have been a usefulness. But I believe it’s outlived itself. It’s become nothing more than a nuisance. It’s time to put an end […]

Turn back the hands of time

By Sue Gilmore Welcome to the dark side … of the day. Yes, it’s that time again. Time to set back the clocks and bid farewell to that extra hour of daylight. Except, of course, in Arizona (not including the Navajo Nation), Hawaii and most of Indiana. Their time zones are constants — always standard […]

Protectionism would create bad results

By Walter Williams Recent advocacy of free trade in this column has caused considerable reader apoplexy and anxiety, not to mention accusations of unconcern with worker plight. Readers have protested loss of good paying jobs to low-wage countries such as India, China and other Asian countries. I’d like to propose a way to completely eliminate […]