Every vote counts – ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That's what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

Western shows full of cliches

I think one of the reasons I love Westerns of both the big screen and television variety is that they're so predictable and loaded with clichés. My wife in particular is a fan of the TV Westerns and lately we've watched a number of episodes of "The Virginian," "Wagon Train," "The Big Valley" "Gunsmoke" and […]

Limbaugh’s words hurt conservative cause

The language wasn’t the worst part about Rush Limbaugh’s tirade last week, in which he called a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because she wants contraception to be a requirement of health insurance. Limbaugh’s decision to target a private citizen, rather than, say, President Obama who has championed the idea, wasn’t […]

Limbaugh’s words hurt conservative cause

The language wasn't the worst part about Rush Limbaugh's tirade last week, in which he called a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" because she wants contraception to be a requirement of health insurance. Limbaugh's decision to target a private citizen, rather than, say, President Obama who has championed the idea, wasn't […]

Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of town, were on […]

Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region's agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of town, were on […]

Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn't exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

No excuse for not staying in touch

It’s hard to keep up with old friends and former coworkers. They promised me email, Facebook and cell phones would change all that. Eventually we find out that people change email addresses for one reason or another and Facebook is great for reconnecting but not very personal. Cell phones, well they don’t keep us any […]

No excuse for not staying in touch

It's hard to keep up with old friends and former coworkers. They promised me email, Facebook and cell phones would change all that. Eventually we find out that people change email addresses for one reason or another and Facebook is great for reconnecting but not very personal. Cell phones, well they don't keep us any […]