Flag Day prompts patriotism

By Joan Clayton: Columnist June 14 is “Flag Day.” This is a time to honor “Old Glory” and to show our patriotism for America. I love our flag and the freedom it stands for. On June 14, 1777, Congress officially passed an act declaring that our flag have 13 stripes, alternating with red and white. […]

Airman recalls life before Air Force

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman 1st Class Yi Liu felt she had no hope for a future in China, however immigrating to America and enlisting in the Air Force has changed her outlook. The 24-year-old will soon be promoted to senior airman. She is hoping to trade her job at the Cannon Air Force […]

Extending immigrants credit poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

America is country like no other

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I have something to say about my country. If America is so bad, why is it everyone wants to come here? Why do countries with dictatorship loathe America? Why do enemies, domestic and foreign, want to destroy this land? I think I have the answer. Our founding fathers had […]

Orchestra honors military with special performance

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Lubbock Symphony Orchestra will present a salute to America’s military, with the “America at War” series at 7 p.m. (MST) Jan. 12 and 13 at the Civic Center Theatre in Lubbock. The performance is part of LSO’s 60th anniversary celebration. Guest conductor will be Jeffrey Pollock, Fort Worth, Texas, […]

Freedom shouldn’t be taken for granted

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day. Our freedoms have been bought with “blood, sweat and tears” from many who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. It has been said, “bad officials are elected by good people who don’t vote.” Edmund Burke, a British statesman has stated, “For evil to triumph, […]

Rapidly growing population not biggest problem

Editorial America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, more people […]

Immigrants make U.S. better place

Editorial Immigration won’t destroy America — rather, it built America and made it great. No one knows that truth better than George W. Bush, whose international vision was clear back when he was Texas governor and wasn’t shackled by conservatives at the national level. So it might seem that in signing the bill earlier this […]

America isn’t always beautiful

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Communications As a kid in Budapest I read a bunch of exciting American novelists, including Mark Twain, Zane Grey, Max Brand and others. I also saw some pretty exciting movies before the Soviets marched in and banned them all in 1948. Even afterward, we kept trading the books back and forth […]

Cheese plant opens

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers This behemoth on the High Plains has evolved from a patch of caramel dirt scratched amid acres of farm land to a gleaming metropolis of cheese and whey production, with 60 miles of stainless steel piping and 742 miles of electrical cable above and below ground. The Southwest Cheese plant […]

America has ability to withstand all attempts at harm

Editorial It is hard now to remember the feeling that swept over our country five years ago Monday. Our country, our people, had suffered a devastating and destructive attack by a shadowy but malignant force whose motivations we struggled to try to understand. In the aftermath, however, we were all Americans together, all determined to […]

Media should focus on nice stories

By Baxter Black: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes I think I live in a different country than the ones I read about in the newspapers or hear on the radio and TV. For instance, I was in Sacramento, Calif., recently. It is not the same California you read about in the letters to the editor in the […]

Give thanks for our country and for Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist America has come through many conflicts to preserve her freedom. Many have given their lives to keep this nation free. Let us not take this for granted. Is that not why we celebrate July 4th? We want freedom and independence. No other place can replace the United States of […]

Equipment failure caused ammonia leak at local plant

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer DairiConcepts plant officials said equipment malfunctioning caused the June 6 ammonia leak that forced the plant’s evacuation and sent two employees to a local hospital where they were treated and released. “We’ve identified the root cause of the problem,” Ed Steven, DairiConcepts’ site manager, said in a press release. […]

Be grateful to those who have sacrificed

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Every day I hear complaints, murmurs and criticisms of my beloved land. I am an American and proud of it. I cherish the freedom I have. I wouldn’t live anywhere else on Earth. For more than 200 years this country has opened arms to those who seek a better […]

Actually, we think Moussaoui lost, and America won

Editorial It is always wise to be cautious in commenting on a trial one has not attended. But from everything we have heard and read, the federal jury in Alexandria, Va., acted appropriately earlier this month when it decided that Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker, should spend his life in prison rather than be […]

CrossWalk America group given cold shoulder in Clovis

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers They say they are passing through the area spreading Jesus’ message of love. Their self-described progressive views on Christianity, however, are not embraced by everyone. Six primary walkers of CrossWalk America began their four-month journey in Arizona and plan to end in Washington, D.C., where they will hold a rally […]

Santa Fe architect seeking election to U.S. Senate

Republican David Pfeffer is campaigning to win the U.S. Senate seat held by Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Pfeffer, 61, is a self-employed architect from Santa Fe, where he has served on the Santa Fe City Council since 2002. Born in upstate New York, he has lived in New Mexico for more than 30 years. Pfeffer visited […]

Bookworms take over Valencia Elementary

By WIlliam Thompson Valencia Elementary School students just might get hooked on books next week as daily activities centered around “Reading Across America” are scheduled. “Reading Across America” is a National Education Association (NEA) program begun in 1998 and coincides with children’s author Theodor Geisel’s birthday on March 2. Geisel is better known as Dr. […]

Embracing ignorances ensures more dumbing down

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer We always talk about the dumbing down of America. I think of it every time I see an episode of Friends, or each time a comedian gives a routine completely made up from routines done years before by better comedians. There are many signs of the dumbing down of […]