Better ways to combat terrorism than war

Freedom Newspapers Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow […]

Their view: Americans need to clean house next election

Bill Cathey of Dora shared his views of America in a letter to the editor: Twice a year I help put out flags at the Mount Zion cemetery. These American heroes fought for freedoms we enjoy, some even died for their country. I worry about the America my kids and grandkids will live in. Fifty […]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners that detail […]

I’m blessed to live in America

Let this Fourth of July be a renewal of respect, courage and dedication for this great country. I don’t know about you, but I get just a little weary of continual controversy over issues that would adversely affect this nation. Excuse me, but I love our country. I love the red, white and blue, and […]

Fire officials using decals to warn motorists

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The Portales Fire Department has new safety decals on two of its vehicles that firefighters say should make responding to emergencies much safer. The new decals are part of a campaign designed to create awareness about pulling to the right side of the street when emergency vehicles are approaching, […]

ENMU’s Mitchell preseason All-America choice

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University cornerback Rodney Mitchell has been selected an NCAA Division II preseason All-American by The Sporting News and Lindy’s Sports. Mitchell, from Sarasota, Fla., will be a senior at ENMU this fall. He was one of two Lone Star Conference players chosen for Sporting News and Lindy’s Sports preseason […]

Glad I don’t live in “24′ America

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Nine years of my life gone, but no regrets. Last week I watched the finale of Fox’s serial drama “24” about agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). I loved all eight seasons and the made-for-TV movie that bridged the gap created by a writer’s strike. I’m sure I will enjoy […]

Portales Junior High news — May 4

Choir news The Portales Junior High School choir, under the direction of Franklin Smith, traveled to Hobbs recently for Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators of America Choral — Large Group Festival. There were two ensembles, a treble choir and a mixed choir, competing at the event. The mixed choir received excellent marks from the judges […]

Palla named Dairy Farmers of America first vice chair

Freedom New Mexico The board of directors of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. elected Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla as its first vice chairman. Palla has previously served as vice chair of DFA’s board. He also is a member of DFA’s executive committee and chair of the Southwest Area Council. Palla is on the National […]

My turn: Lessons learned by watching

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I recently found out how much you can learn by watching other people cook. My friend Nisha, her husband Victor, and their friends David and Martha fixed quite a dinner when I visited. Nisha told me to relax when I offered to help. When Nisha moved to America from […]