We have nothing to fear from yoga

The American Yoga Association reports the word yoga means “to join or yoke together” in an effort to bring body and mind into harmony. “In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout […]

Steve: Government shutdown — what was the point?

Whew. I survived the federal shutdown by the skin of my teeth. My federal sources weren’t available, except for one nice lady who talked to me from her home. Most of my favorite federal websites were down, though, which caused untold disruption in my routine. That hour I spent trying to find data that I […]

Thomas: Remembering a veteran and a friend

I am saddened that I will not hear any more stories about Indiana, the Ford Motor Company, trips to Mexico or smell the smoke of those Havana cigars. Recently a friend of mine, and many others in Logan and the American Legion Post 77, passed away. His name was Dave Hessler, he was a Vietnam […]

Steve: ‘Good old days’ hold both good and bad

My alma mater, West Virginia University, has regained the title of Playboy magazine’s top party school. I greet this news with a mix of gladness and despair. Being a graduate of a party school sounds like a great thing, unless someone reminds you of it in a job interview and you have to say, “Yes, […]

Thomas: No stealth mode when it comes to moms

The other day my sister an I were arguing. That comes as no surprise to myself and others, considering my argumentative nature and tendency to want to be right. I’ve always been a talker; in fact, on many occasions I’ve proudly claimed to have the “gift of gab.” My family and most friends would say […]

Letters to the editor — Oct. 9

City manager’s dismissal irresponsible The city manager’s hiring and firing is within the purview of the City Commission; in fact, that’s its primary function. However, commissioners Dora Salinas-McTigue, Jimmy Sandoval and Ernie Dominguez have shown an astounding lack of judgment and a shocking degree of irresponsibility by firing City Manger Doug Powers without having someone […]

Thomas: Keep trying, even if it seems hopeless


I was making a breakfast burrito the other morning and much like the times when I make a sandwich, it didn’t come out quite as good as when one was made by someone else. I don’t think I’m alone when it comes to this situation, at least I hope I’m not the only par level […]

Middle ground needed on Ute water project

The Ute water pipeline project, some insist, is needed to sustain life across eastern New Mexico for our children and grandchildren into the next century. Opponents claim it’s too expensive and won’t help anyway when the Ogallala aquifer is depleted in the next decade or three as experts predict. It seems there’s not a lot […]

Thomas: Sometimes the irrational is stronger than the rational

It is funny to me that no matter how old we get we can still be scared sometimes by the most natural and expected of things. Last week we had another glorious downpour of rain that was accompanied by a few loud claps of thunder. I know lightning and thunder are a natural result of […]

Steve: Journalism is still a business of storytelling

Sometimes you meet or hear about someone who has a job you would kill for or would have at some point in your life. I just met someone like that. She’s a young college degree holder working with a program designed to get people to sign on with enhanced Medicaid and Health Care Exchange programs […]