Privatization boosts free market

It is strange to see how many people object to the idea of ending the government monopoly for any service or product that is even marginally now provided by government. Some people seem to really believe things can be best done by government, using coercive wealth confiscation known euphemistically as taxation and by not allowing […]

Solutions shouldn’t limit liberties

I am not one to accept things on faith. I want solid evidence, if not concrete proof. However, there is one thing I, along with other libertarians, accept as an article of faith: I believe that any problem that can be solved, can best be solved in a way that bolsters and respects individual liberty. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Golf, a chicken fest and shots fired

Welcome to the best way to start your day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Sponsors needed The 2010-2011 Leadership Clovis Class’ Annual Golf Tournament — in memory of the late Greg Skarda — is Saturday at Chaparral Country Club. Teams and sponsorships are currently being sought.

Our ancestors knew best

I recently came across the following in a U.S. government publication: “Realistically, livestock are the primary practical tools for altering vegetation on rangelands because of environmental concerns about herbicides and the high costs of treating vast acreages of rangeland.” The story described a “recent development” called “conservation grazing,” and said it had “resulted in a […]

Children teach us best lessons

“Los ninos son como los pajaritos … Tu ensenas volar … Cuando ellos aprenden, estan listos y vuelan.” A beautiful mother of one of my students spoke these inspiring words in Spanish to me. We were discussing the end of school and how quickly the year had passed. “The children are like little birds. You […]

NM fishing report — March 22

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Animas River – The flow is 162 cfs. Fishing is reported […]

New Mexico fishing report — March 8

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information availablefrom area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Animas River — The flow is 265 cfs. Fishing is reported as […]

My turn: Age not factor for honor

Freedom New Mexico The Oscar Awards media coverage was bothersome and not because of the best and worst dressed picks. It was what they said about Best Screenplay Writer, David Seidler, who won for “The King’s Speech.” They called Seidler a late-bloomer because his first golden statuette came in his mid-70s. What a flawed cultural […]

The best is yet to come

Do you wake up in the morning with creaky stiff bones? Do you allow “stinking thinking” to dominate your thoughts? Do you long for the good old days? I have good news. The “now” of life becomes “the good old days.” You are older and wiser. You have a treasure of experience. You have learned […]

My turn: Best job benefit is education

Sadly, last week marked the fourth time I’ve been sick this winter, which means I missed out on several great events. So my forms of entertainment in the last week have come entirely from my work and home life. Last weekend, I wrote a story on local gamers and I learned a lot about the […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Animas River – The flow is 203 cfs. Fishing […]

Educational choices best left to parents

Freedom New Mexico Hurray for Colorado, a state of school choice in which parents may open-enroll their children in almost any school they choose. If education is the future, Colorado’s future is bright. State money follows each student, so schools compete for the favor of parents. In trying to win the hearts of parents, schools […]

My turn: Goodbye doesn’t have to be complicated

It always amazes me how the simplest forms of entertainment are some of the best. All it takes is a box of eight multi-colored markers and a large piece of white poster board and you instantly have the attention of eight fully grown people. On Sunday, I attended a coworker’s going away party and I […]

Fishing report – Jan. 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 18, 2011: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

My turn: Holiday events highlight birthday weekend

Alisa Boswell Last weekend was my birthday and it was by far, one of the best I’ve had in awhile. After 21 years of living in the area, I finally visited Elida for the first time Friday night to attend the Christmas on the Square event. The square was charming with its lit buildings and […]

Love makes best gift

Our first newlywed Christmas happened in a “mansion.” (We thought.) My husband, Emmitt, had just finished his tenure in the Army. We lived in “Vetville,” rows of army barracks converted to apartments. They housed World War II veterans for $25 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]

My turn: Family dinner best show in town

Alisa Boswell Last weekend was definitely a weekend for music and fun. Saturday night, I enjoyed going to the State Theater in Clovis for the “Big Band Dance.” The band played beautifully and from the looks of it, everyone there was having fun. Not to mention, I had an excuse to wear my favorite formal […]

Their view: Politicians don’t know what’s best for nation

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this letter to “everyman:” In July, my family and I visited a small living history farm, just outside of Washington D.C.. After walking miles of hallways around the U.S. capital and bustling National Mall, the change in scenery was refreshing. While strolling the quiet trails by row crops, animals […]

Area families share holiday traditions, recipes

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Alisa Boswell Thanksgiving is the time of year treasured for memories of holiday traditions and family legacies. With this in mind, Freedom New Mexico decided to get together with local Clovis and Portales mothers of all ages for holiday memories, suggestions, and best of all, recipes. Kala Adair, 32 and a mother of three, said […]

Elida’s Best signs with Zias

C Reavis Best fulfilled a dream Tuesday when she signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Eastern New Mexico University. The Elida High senior is also keeping a promise she made to her older sister, Heidi Best, who died in 2007 in a motor vehicle accident. “I actually promised her, or it was the deal […]