United States should use gentle means to diffuse Asian conflicts

China and Japan have been feuding of late, with an estimated 10,000 protesters surrounding the Japanese embassy in Beijing over the weekend of April 9-10, shouting, “Be ashamed of distorting history.” The ostensible reason for Chinese anger is Japanese textbooks, not yet officially adopted, that downplay Japanese war crimes during the World War II era. […]

Hay ignites in trailer while on the road

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Jessie Winchester wrote a song called “Mississippi on my Mind.” It contained the line, “Where the dogs are hungry all the time.” The same can be said about team-roping steers. They’re bred to stay thin and rarely are they overfed. Shannon had a little arena and […]

Hectic life can have bitter consequences

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Columnist I saw a scary commercial on TV the other day, a Wal-Mart spot showing a woman with a hectic lifestyle who looks into the camera and says: “I like being busy all the time.” Don’t we all? We just love driving around like maniacs, our cell phones glued to our […]

Storm and batteries bring frustration

Lynn Moncus: Comments from the canyon A question for this week: How many degrees does and Aggie have to earn in order to be able to install small batteries in a remote control? Obviously, this Aggie hasn’t earned enough and must have skipped the part about plus and minus! Yes, that little bit of carelessness […]

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 […]