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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 20t0 7 Just A Thought What tensions do you have in your life? By RICK KRAFT Tension is good. It is impor- tant that each of us have some. If you are living a life without ten- sion, you probably aren't accom- plishing much with your life. You see, without tension, there is not much to life. If you went out to see a movie :and the movie does not have tension at any point in the movie, it is probably not a movie that you would want to see. Think of you favorite television show. The writer wrote tension into it. Every sporting event you attend has tension. Just driving your car into town will likely create ten- sion for you and the vehicles around you. My wife Tanya and I went to a conference earlier this month in Atlanta.. The title of the confer- ence was "Tension is Good." We heard 13 speakers over'two days share their thoughts on a .broad array of topics mostly directed at tension in our lives. There are areas in our lives that we don't desire tension, then there are areas in our lives that tension should never leave. We need to recognize the areas of ten-. sion as such and not worry about the fact that tension exists. For example, there has never existed a marriage without ten- sion. Even after 26 years of be- ing ma.rried to my best friend, Tanya and I still work through tension regularly. Parenting is packed with ten- Rick Kraft sion. Have you ever felt the battle between loving your child and disciplining him or her? Have you ever felt the struggle between doing things for your child and expecting your child to do things for himself or herself? What I am saying is that if you are a par- ent of a child and you have no tension, than you are probably doing things wrong. What we need to remember in these situations is that the battle that leads to tension is a good one. If, as parents, you never discipline your child, your child may run in front of a moving car or put his hand on a hot stove burner. If as parents you over discipline your child, your child may wake up each morning fearing you and the world. If you do everything for your child, he or she will become de- pendent on you and will not be prepared When it is time to leave the nest. If you don't help your child at all, he or she may fail out of frustration and never try again. How do you handle tension in your life? In the situation of tension within a family, your level of commitment will deter- mine if you can work through the tension of the relationship, If you decide that giving up is not an option with a child or children, you will fight io work through the tension. We shouldn't live our lives seeking to create tension, but, in recognizing its existence, we must live our .lives learning how to manage tension. Your ability to manage ten- sion will determine the quality of life that you will experience. We should welcome good tension and use it to fly higher and to ac- complish more in the lives we live. How shouid we handle bad tension? Unhealthy tension can Foster, adoptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYIZD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Nicole Age 16; Grade 9 Nicole is one active teen- aged With an array of cre- ative interests, she bounds through her days writing poetry, play- ing the violin, singing, and enjoying arts and crafts. Dancing is one activity she hopes to add to this list some- Nicole day! Happy and outgoing, she almost always boasts a big smile. ............. ....... "=This youn~"~"rnan enjo~cs:Tong walks and other activities that help her relax, such as watching movies and attending church. Her nurturing spirit is evident by the many pets she has rescued in the past, and she hopes to someday have pets of her own. Experiment- ing with makeup and trendy fash- ions demonstrate her pride in her appearance. Although content staying in and enjoying a home cooked meal, she always looks forward to going out for her fa- vorite pizza. Nicole does well with structure. Making new friends is very important to her, and she flourishes when she is praised. She benefits from coun- seling, which will need-to con- tinue after placement. Nicole is searching for a loving and atfen- tiye family who can appreciate her resiliency, sensi- tivity and heart. She may want to maintain contact with her biological sister. For more in- formation about adopting or foster- ing through the New Mexico Chil- dren, Youth and Families Depart- ment, please visit or call 1-800-432-2075. cause a person much greater prob- lems in the area of health or even cause conditions that lead to death. Another word sometimes used for tension is "stress." Many studies have shown that a signifi- cantly high percentage of health problems that people experience are stress related. Bad tension is a form of ten- sion that regularly occurs in rela- tionships that cause both sides to be impacted negatively through the relationship. It gbnerally comes from poor communication. It often occurs when individuals or organizations solely look at the world from their own perspec- tive with no consideration for the other's view of the world. Open communication be- tween the two sides may not cor- rect the communication issue or end the tension, but it should re- duce the tension by better under- standing the other side. My challenge to you today is to recognize the role tension plays in'your life. If there is no tension in your life, you may as well pass on. Seek the tension that occurs when you are doing good things to make a positive impact on those around you. This tension may push you way out- side your comfort zone, but, done right, it will make this world a better place and will cause growth for you. If you are riddled with nega- tive tension, find a way to mini- mize or eliminate the tension that is taking life from you. Schedule an opportunity to work through communication issues, change your way of seeing the world, or change what your life is involved in. It will add years to your life. One of Webster's dictionary definitions of tension is "inner striving, unrest, or imbalance of- ten with physiological indication of emotion." May you do great things because of the tension in your life. Just a thought... ,Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, corn mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexic.o, 88202 - 0850. Rural Bookmobile West to visit Hidalgo County The New Mexico State Li- brary Rural Bookmobile West will be visiting Hidalgo County and surrounding areas on the fol- lowing dates: Thursday, December 9 Rodeo Grocery/Cafr-2:00 - 2:45 Animas Post Office-3:15 - 3:45 Hachita Food Mart-4:30 - 5:30 Rural Bookmobile West serves Catron, Cibola, Grant, Hidalgo, McKinley~ Sierra, Socorro and Valencia Counties. The program is funded in part with a grant from the Insti- tute of Museum and Library Ser- vices which administers-the Li- brary Services and Technology Act. The bookmobile vehicles are purchased with funding appro- priated by the New Mexico state legislature. Funds contributed by several counties support the book budget. A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy JANET MCGHEE MECHEM I Las Cruces Jack McGhee and Louise Fisher McGhee~ on their'wedding day - April 7, 1940 Jack and Louise McGhee, longtime residents Of Lordsburg, were married on April 7, 1940. They raised a family of three daughters, Jackie, Janet and Jane; and a son, Jerry, all graduates of Lordsburg High School. Mrs. McGhee, a resident at Sunshine Haven Nursing Home, will mark her 96t~' birthday on Nov. 9. We extend our best wishes to Mrs. McGhee on her special day. Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ! ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Get a life To Whom it May Concern: For those of you or the per- son that started spreading rumors or sending text pics of a girl around town titling it to be my daughter, let me say to you that this is disgusting, disrespectful and in bad taste. I, for one, am not into this type of "entertain- ment". But for those of you who are, and hopefully I speak for oth- ers that this has happened to, GET A LIFE. There are way more im- portant things to do with your- selves~ To clarify this,. I know this is not my daughter, but I'm more. than sure she belongs to some- one. So not only have you disre- specte'd my family but you are doing this to this girl's family as well. Not to mention the fact that this could reach out to ~ome un- der age child. In closing, enjoy your Face Book, your My Space and your texting but show a little more couth a/k/a SOPHISTICATION. Respectfully submitted, causing diesel exhaust into the Martina Elias Lordsburg Hazardous Dear Editor: It starts around 2:00 a.m. on some days, and other days around 6:00 a.m. First you're awakened by the loud noise from half a dozen or so large diesel trucks slowly mov- ing dowfi Animas Street. If you can fall back asleep after they pass by, it doesn't take that long. You're suddenly and rudely awakened again by the extremely loud noise of rocks banging, clanging and rattling against metal. Bright lights shine into windows, loud engines rumble and all this disturbance now makes it impossible to fall back to sleep. What is this invasion of your peaceful slumber in the small hours of the night? I{"s a cement mixing opera- tion gearing up for their day's work at the expense of people who live in the neighborhood by the plant. When daylight comes, you can look outside and see the ce- ment dust pouring from the hop- pers and into the air that you breathe. You' can't safely go out-" side and you must make sure your windows are closed or your lungs and home will be filled with clouds of cement dust. This is a very hazardous threat to your health! Not only do the many diesel trucks that run up and down the street and idle at the plant pour toxic, cancer- air, but cement dust can also cause serious skin, eye and breathing problems. No one can be outside when this cement plant is in op- eration! No one can get a nightls rest as long as this company ~s allowed to operate in such close proximity to our residences! The homes on Animas Street were here long before the Desert Valley Cement Company came all the way to Lordsburg from Deming, and whoever allowed this to happen should come and li've by this pollution-causing cement plant and experience the misery it causes the residents on Animas Street! The desert is a living, breath- ing world where animals, plants and people exist. It is not a place to arbitrarily create a public trash heap, or build a factory that will hurt the environment and the crea- tures that live there. The Desert Valley Cement Company is creating an unsaf~ and uninhabitable environment while it is in operation here, and needs to be moved away from the homes on Animas Street and com- pelled to upgrade its' equipment so that it will operate in a safer and environmentally conscious manner. Jim Reeves Animas Street Resident Lordsburg l ll YOll Warren D. WALTER.