Best advice true, but sometimes hurts

By Baxter Black: On the edge of common sense Sometimes the best advice one can get is the least appreciated. I’m reminded of this observation when I hear of the honest, some would say cruel, comments the English judge Simon makes to mediocre contestants on American Idol. But blunt doesn’t necessarily have to be cruel. […]

State’s economy needs federal spending

By Jeff Bingamen: Guest Columnist For most Americans, the subject of the federal budget is about as interesting as diagramming sentences in a high school English class. For New Mexicans, however, the federal budget is of vital importance. Here’s why: In the current fiscal year, direct federal expenditures made in our state will total about […]

New papacy about more than church’s traditional’ versus ‘progressive’ ideas

Perhaps the safest prediction about Pope Benedict XVI, nee Joseph Ratzinger, is that he will surprise most of us, especially those who are now most certain about the nature and impact of his papacy. We look forward to his reign with a certain amount of anticipation. From the perspective of modern political theory, the Roman […]

Sunday drive leads to canyon adventure

Lynn Moncus Thanks to Mrs. Dorothy Randals of Montoya, who mentioned happenings in the Bull Canyon, Aggie and this woman from Ima had another great adventure last Sunday when we headed in that direction. Actually, getting into the floor of that canyon took only a little over 70 years! Although our canyons were but a […]

Technology changes calf-branding ritual

Baxter Black Springtime. Grass is greenin’ up, wildflowers are blooming, longjohns are comin’ off, and it’s brandin’ time! It is a festive occasion on lots of ranches. For years it has become a time for neighbors to get together and help one another. The cows and calves have been gathered the day before. By daylight […]

Identity theft laws should come after slow consideration

Few things can be more infuriating than having someone steal your identity — Social Security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, even your medical records. Such “identity theft” — as well as the related simple loss or unauthorized release of personal information — is occurring more often in our digitized society. On Monday, California […]

Georgia’s spring turns outdoors yellow

Tova Fruchtman:Quay County Sun It seems as though springtime has finally set in here in New Mexico, and for this Georgia girl, I’ve been blown away. Literally. The wind here is unbelievable. It’s quite different from springtime in Georgia. Here, in the mornings you check wind speeds before venturing out of the house for daily […]

Tucumcari has always been my home

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyon A friend from down south continues to express her amazement that I chose to return to Quay County after retiring from the English department. She was sure that I wouldn’t last a year before returning to live in a place in which I could associate with “degreed” people […]

Combining recipes make good creations

By Tova Fruchtman My mom never cooked with a cookbook. She always just added a little bit of this or that, tasted it, added a little more of this, tasted it again, added a little more of that. So, with that model I have never been one to follow recipes very well. We have about […]

U.S. Supreme Court decision may make it harder for older workers to get jobs

It would be ironic if it weren’t so sad. Just as market conditions are making older workers more attractive to an increasing number of employers, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a decision that is likely to make older workers less attractive. That wasn’t the intention, of course, but sometimes the law of unintended consequences […]