Memories of laws and sausages invite distaste

I have been following New Mexico Legislature stories, thanks to the Quay County Sun’s arrangement with the Santa Fe New Mexican, and I am reminded of Otto von Bismark’s observation, “Those who like laws and sausages should not see either being made.” I actually have spent more time watching meat being made than laws. I […]

There were not that many super commercials this year

The Super Bowl has come and gone so I might as well get right to it and talk about the elephant in room. I think we all know where this conversation is going. That’s right, I am talking about the lack of awesome Super Bowl commercials. Now, to be fair, I thought there were some […]

There is no more mystery about what life will be like at 64

Paul McCartney was 24 when the Beatles recorded “When I’m 64,” and I was 17. This song was included in Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the foundations of our overblown youth revolution, and brought unwelcome thoughts about aging to mind. We viewed old age with fear and wonder, and our motto was […]

Thomas: People deserve to have their names spelled right


In most jobs where you interact closely with the public, such as journalism, you learn that each comes with its share of inherent risks. There are times when you are applauded for the job well done, telling a story that needed to be known or catching a breaking news story before everybody else (the scoop). […]

Steve: Weather like something out of comic books

Last week, the news was dominated by a solar flare and the polar vortex. The news was beginning to resemble a story conference at DC Comics. You had unbelievably cold weather extending to unbelievable places, a weather pattern that looked ominous from space, and X-class solar events whose names sounded like secret code. As he […]

Steve: Getting left behind in the digital age

I used to consider myself tech savvy back in the days when personal computers could do about a tenth of what a cell phone can do now. In those days, PCs cost $2,000, weighed about 30 pounds and featured clunky monitors with monochrome screens that showed letters, numbers and a cursor (often that was me […]

Thomas: Thanks to everyone who shared my memories

The year is coming to a close and while I knew this day was coming I’m still shaking off the effects of the Christmas turkey coma. This year has gone by fast. And while I’m aware that time is relative and constant and it does not speed up or down in any instant, I’m sure […]

Letters to the editor — Dec. 31

Christ belongs in Christmas Recently watching the news, I was surprised and appalled on how lazy we as Christians have become when it comes to Christmas and our traditions. This is a holiday that all Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior and King of our lives. We do not say much when other religions […]

Steve: Holidays good time for musicians

Christmas is a time of year when even mid-level serious amateur musicians can find themselves overbooked. Just about all of us with any claim to musical ability can find work during the holidays. When you run yourself ragged for the season, as I have a few times, you wonder why you keep volunteering. There are […]

Letter to the editor — Dec. 18

City staff deserves recognition Regarding the Oct. 23 comment in which Dora Salinas McTigue said, “I have done more than anyone including my predecessor for my district:” The 16 years I represented City Commission District 1, commissioners worked together with the city staff, local, state, federal elected representatives, and private citizens to upgrade and replace […]