Power outages shouldn’t make us powerless

By Lynn Moncus We surely become powerless in more ways than one when the electricity goes off. Actually, the outage Friday evening wasn’t very hard on those of us not involved in business because we could amble to a neighbor’s porch to watch the traffic, see the stars clearly and visit quietly. Of course, we […]

Low road suits me just fine

By Lynn Moncus Recently, a couple of friends from elsewhere mentioned that they felt I must lead a dull and boring life in Tucumcari. They had passed by on Interstate 40, were sure that no one could even pretend to find anything interesting to do here, and suggested that I consider moving elsewhere. As you […]

Attention other 49 states: New Mexico exists

By Grant McGee It’s true. A portion of the population of the United States of America apparently can’t wrap their minds around the concept that there is a state called New Mexico. “New Mexico” magazine has a feature in their issues called “One of Our Fifty is Missing,” stories submitted by folks who had encounters […]

President’s speech buys him time, but costs him political capital

President George W. Bush probably bought himself a little more time with his speech Tuesday night at Fort Bragg, but unless conditions on Iraq improve substantially and fairly soon he may only have blunted criticism temporarily. The call to set a timetable to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will be less loud, […]

Value of money changes when it’s yours

By Helena Rodriguez My brother-in-law Manuel tried to ask me rather inconspicuously about my daughter the other day. “So what’s Laura been up to this summer?” he asked. “Oh, I’ve been trying to keep her busy,” I responded and just as I was beginning to tell him about our summer routine I stopped short because […]

Time to reunite with Rattlers

By Lynn Moncus When The Rattler arrives each year, many of us just take the rest of the day off to read it and to look at the many pictures from last year’s Rattler Reunion. From the attractive cover, featuring the Quarles’ murals, to the back cover with a snow-whitened mountain, we savor all 56 […]

Congratulations always worth bringing up

By Lynn Moncus Whenever we receive good news about Tucumcari High graduates, we need to share in order to show how pleased we are with their accomplishments and to let them know that our hometown pride is still alive and well. Margaret Lee Elliott Hoffman received the 2005 Employee of the Year Award for the […]

Abuses can’t be regarded as acceptable

Just suppose you were on Route 66 Boulevard and came upon a man systematically destroying Bibles. Maybe he’d be burning them, one by one. Or tearing them to pieces with his hands. Or maybe he’d just put them on the ground and spit on them. You’d be outraged, wouldn’t you? While the man would certainly […]

Getting back into the swim of things

By Helena Rodriguez Never too late to get back in swim of things I love water and I’m having a big splash this summer getting back into the swim of things. Water is one of my greatest weaknesses. I dream of water, in some form or another, almost every night. I read that water represents […]

Aggie makes return despite harsh weather

I, Aggie, am in charge of the computer this week because I sent the slave to the south forty to look for her mind, and she won’t be back for ages because she won’t find it there. Besides, I haven’t had a chance to visit with my fan club for months and need to impart […]