Army officials owe Tillmans complete candor

Exactly what sequence of events led to the death by friendly fire of Army Ranger Pat Tillman —the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University athlete who gave up a pro football salary to join the war on terrorism — remains uncertain. And as long as they are, those who loved and respected Tillman will continue […]

Learning to do nothing during summer break takes effort

Helena Rodriguez I’m bored! There’s nothing to do! I miss my friends! When does school start again?” No these are not the words of my teenage daughter less than 24 hours after schools in Portales let out for the summer. These are words I have been biting my tongue over, trying to shake out of […]

From one generation to another

Baxter Black Grandpas have a special job and have since days of yore To teach his children’s children things his parents might ignore. Like how to spit and whistle, carve initials on a tree The value of an empty can and why some things aren’t free. Why dogs get stuck, how birds can fly, why […]

Cell phones make life easier

Grant McGee I don’t like answering the phone. The phone ringing always means bad news.” I can’t remember who told me that. It’s one of those sayings that are kind of closed minded, no room for negotiation. But I kind of/sort of agree with my long-forgotten acquaintance about the telephone. I’m really not fond of […]

Teachers should take reins on unruly students

Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyons columnist After reading a series of articles about students’ behavior in public schools, I have but one question: Where is Mrs. Babcock? Those of us who were privileged to have her as a teacher at Tucumcari High School know that one such person turned loose in each school and […]

Studies at U.S. Air Force Academy prolonging time until change

Just what this country needs — another task force study of what’s already been studied, analyzed and debated to death. Off we go, once again, on a prolonged orgy of navel gazing that won’t do a thing to hasten the speed with which we address the problem at hand. The problem being studied to death […]

Mothers know true potential, hope

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Behind those eyes there shines a light That’s guided me from my first step Down life’s highway through thick and thin So I could tell the wrong from right. Behind those eyes there beats a heart That taught me love is what you feel And to […]

Grad school should be simple as preschool

By Helena Rodriguez: FreedomColumnist My 3-year-old niece Marissa wants to bypass Head Start and go straight to graduate school. Unlike her mom, Julie, who marched into the principal’s office in Head Start at age 4 and announced she was quitting school, Marissa simply wants to jump ahead. Marissa is in training right now — potty […]

Mother’s Day honors memories

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyon Mother’s Day is one of the most special days of the year because it gives us a chance to honor one of the most special people in our lives. Even though some of us have been without our mothers for many years we still enjoy memories of the […]

Plaza holds memories of times gone by

By Lyn Moncus: Comments from the Canyon Not long ago, Mrs. Donah Cooper and I read an article about the San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso and exchanged some of our memories of what to us had been a very exciting place. Most of us just referred to it as The Plaza and often spent […]