Ned, you have a question?

Columnist Ned Cantwell has a few questions he’d like answered, beginning with “Why do politicians ask loaded questions?”

Friend upholds scrappy relationship

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist My friend hasn’t been in touch much recently. Barney from New Jersey used to call quite often, our conversations normally ending with one of us slamming down the receiver. Barney thinks New Mexico is a backward state and that I am a hick columnist. It’s not too hard to understand […]

Formality has place, but not in this column

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist When the reader response message begins “Mr. Cantwell,” I immediately grab a baseball bat and crouch in a corner. What follows is probably not going to be good. You just know the writer is thinking, “Mr. Cantwell, oh you fool.” This is not a “Mr. Cantwell” type of column. Such […]

Column writing not all tea and roses

By Ned Cantwell Advice to beginning column writers: Don’t write about Billy the Kid unless you have a vague idea of what you are talking about. If your knowledge of country music is limited to the notion it is all about a guy with a hangover who lost his dog a week after his wife […]

Journalism workshop arrives

By Mike Linn High school students from throughout the state will come to Portales next week to learn numerous aspects related to journalism: from photography to news writing, ethics to interviewing skills. Professional journalists from across New Mexico will teach the four-day workshop at Eastern New Mexico University. The seminar is sponsored by the New […]