Letter to the editor: Using animals for fashion cruel

Regarding Baxter Black’s column in Friday’s Portales News-Tribune: “PETA’s death threats go too far” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was just as surprised as figure skater Johnny Weir when we learned he allegedly received death threats for using white fox fur in one of his costumes. PETA, like most animal protection groups, is […]

Public input sought on Conchas lake plan

QCS Staff New Mexico State Parks invites the public to review and comment on the draft park management plan for Conchas Lake State Park. “The public needs to be there and make their opinions known,” said Marti Niman, Public information officer for NM State Parks. “Their input helps to guide planners and park officials on […]

Churches should reflect Jesus’ ownership

By Leonard Lauriault: Religion columnist I saw a piece of mail recently addressed to “(name withheld to protect the innocent), Owner/Manager, Church of Christi.” My first thought was along the lines of, “Oooh! I thought Jesus was the owner/manager of the church.” After all, he did tell Peter, “I will build my church (Matthew 16: […]

Ingenuity common among cowboys

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist Cowboys are nothing if not ingenious. It takes that sort of out-of-the-box mentality to allow them to solve the myriad of problems that arise when you combine horse, cow and rope. In the northeastern Montana country, Jim and Norvell (aliases) were backtracking one fall after the gather. By noon they […]

Big government out only for itself

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist The theory of the big (but good) lie goes back to a certain reading of Plato’s most famous dialogue, the Republic. There are more or less crude versions of it but the gist of the theory is that for reasons of state — to secure the chance of the ruler […]

Redesigning money costly honor to Reagan

An airport in Washington. A highway in Illinois. A 7-foot-tall statue in the Capitol Rotunda. And, of course, a library in California. When it comes to our 40th president, the landscape of everyday life has no shortage of reminders. Nevertheless, a North Carolina congressman wants to add Ronald Reagan’s cachet to America’s cash. It’s hard […]

Comfort more important than fashion

Recently, a friend and I were discussing shopping and fashions. As most of you know, either subject is rarely on my agenda because I don’t really like to shop and because I rarely pay much attention to fashion. She mentioned, however, that she never shops in the “old ladies’ aisles” in the stores because she […]

General obligation bonds up for election

Freedom New Mexico State Representative Dennis Roch (R-Tucumcari) announced that the House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 1, legislation which would allow voters to consider four General Obligation (G.O.) bonds in the November election. “In this tough economic climate, capital outlay funding is simply unavailable,” Roch said. “My colleagues and I therefore felt it […]

Governor signs water authority bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]

Nara Visa’s Travis Nelson possessed indomitable spirit

By Thomas Garcia: QCsun Columnist Nara Visa’s Travis Nelson has passed away. She was a big part of the community, and one of Quay County’s proudest residents. She spent her life working to help 4-Hers and Garden Clubs throughout the county. I can remember Travis from the age of 6. I always thought of her […]