Matthews cooked up book in spite of stroke

By Don McAlavy John Matthews’ life suddenly changed in 1984 when suffered his first serious stroke. Then 55, Matthews had been a full-time youth and music minister. Bu the major impact of his stroke was visual impairment. “After that stroke I couldn’t lead music, couldn’t drive; so I started looking around for what I could […]

Chile’s identity crisis: Fruit or berry

By Helena Rodriguez The burning question in Santa Fe right is how to label our precious red and green chile peppers. This is not a mild matter for us chile-chomping Nuevo Meji-canos. But in a strange twist, the debate over our fiery state vegetable has turned fruity. And I do mean fruity. A bill was […]

Thirty years adds plenty of perspective

By Leonard Pitts Jr. My daughter started high school last week. We took her to orientation, which she entered with a face full of boredom and sighs of long suffering. That’s pretty much the way she goes everywhere these days. At least, everywhere she is accompanied by her mother and me. Needless to say, she […]

Kerry’s campaign fails to connect with audience

Freedom Editorial D emocratic presidential nominee John Kerry had more than 50 minutes to make his case to the public, and to show a more human side that even his supporters say is lacking, yet put in no better than a passable effort. In the beginning of his acceptance speech on Thursday, and at a […]

Apologies only count when genuine

By Helena Rodriguez Saying “I’m sorry!” has become so easy nowadays that it often loses its real meaning. It is the genuine “sorries” that are the hardest to express in words. And even harder, is knowing when to say “I’m sorry!” Do you apologize when you are not truly sorry just to make peace with […]

Convention: To watch or not to watch

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if participants would be watching the Democratic and/or Republican national conventions. And if so, what would they be be looking for from the candidates? Some responses: “I AM LOOKING FOR suggested solutions to the mess that Bush got us into that can get us out without another 900 […]

Ronstadt broke professional promise

By Tibor Machan “Those who complain that (Linda) Ronstadt should just sing, rather than express her opinions, forget that all art has a responsibility to inspire and provoke, not just soothe and entertain.” Those are the words of George Varga, the pop music critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, in the wake of Ronstadt’s […]

Strength better than ‘golden’ diplomacy

Mona Charen The vice president suggested in a recent speech that the election of 2004 will be the most significant in 20 years. He’s right. In 1984, we were engaged in a worldwide struggle that one party was committed to winning and the other party did not even want to fight. If Walter Mondale had […]

Area citizens outraged at judge’s words

Letters to the editor Editor’s note: John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis, on Thursday entered an Alford plea — maintaining his innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict — to a charge of attempted criminal sexual penetration. Jacobs had been acquitted of a charge he raped Stacey Patterson in Portales, but faced four more rape […]

Sex contract idea is dubious at best

Leonard Pitts Jr. You knew this was coming. It followed as naturally as broken promises follow elections, the inevitable byproduct of Kobe Bryant’s arrest last summer on charges of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker. She says he forced himself on her, he says the sex was consensual. A jury will decide. But a Los Angeles-based […]

Calendar confusion must be corrected

By Jim Lee Welcome to 2004. Are we ready to start another year of wondering which months have 30 days and which have 31? It seems easy when we say long and short alternate, starting with a long one. It’s a matter of 31, 30 and so on, right? Well, not quite. There is the […]

Like, do first impressions matter, dude?

LIKE, DO FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER, DUDE? “First impressions matter. One is a fool to think otherwise.” So wrote former Houston minister Bill Love. As I read Bill’s words, I thought about an interesting first meeting I had with my wife’s niece’s then-boyfriend who was welcomed to the table a few years ago at Thanksgiving. May […]

Cyclists raise money, awareness

By Mike Linn Jane, a fictional character in the form of a puppet, said she had Down syndrome and was a slow learner. She said she wasn’t like others because she had an extra chromosome. She also said with practice she can do many things ordinary people can — and she proved she can do […]