My turn: Grouse sighting shows life endures

There is nothing better than a good grouse to start a morning … unless it is three of them. I was walking in our sand hills last week when they swooped past me, a trio of lesser prairie chickens, soaring low and to the east, their unmistakable wing pattern carrying them north of my house […]

Portales resident presented views respectfully

Portales lost a strong voice on Feb. 10 when Kirby Rowan lost his battle with cancer. We hardly ever agreed with his left-leaning political views, which he often expressed on these pages, but we had great respect for his passion, his kind heart, and his sincere efforts to make the world a better place. Rowan, […]

McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Horses have deep relationship with owners

One of the most difficult questions every Christmas for Horse Lovers is what to get for that family member that brings you the most joy, is always there when you need him, and understands you better than anyone … No, not your horse clinician, barista or Pilates personal trainer, no. It is Equus domesticus propios, […]

My turn: Which gender is better suited to lead?

In Newsweek, Moshe Dayan’s widow, Ruth Dayan, 95, expressed pessimism about peace between Israelis and Arabs. “I long for the old Israel…It was about living together, working together, creating a bridge. “I’m friends with so many Arabs. This government does not represent my values…Both sides think they are freedom fighters.” Three area women surprised me […]

Freedom basis of libertarianism

Libertarianism rests upon the answers to a few questions. Which is better: Freedom or slavery? Honest possession or theft? Truth or falsehood? For any random individual the answer might be “it depends”. For one thing, define “better.” Society prospers as individuals prosper. It is not right to make different rules for different people. This isn’t […]

Hounds start rugged part of schedule

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico When Eastern New Mexico University senior Bracy McCoy blocked a late field goal try to preserve the Greyhounds’ 23-21 Lone Star Conference win last week at Angelo State, it gave the program a much-needed boost. To borrow from Yogi Berra, it was also a case of deja vu all […]

Family remembers son who died in attacks

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Kevin Wilson A decade after they lost a son and brother, the Milam family still finds things out about Maj. Ron Milam. And no matter how many years pass, their lives will never be the same. Killed Sept. 11, 2001, when a hijacked jet slammed into the Pentagon, Ron Milam continues to inspire memories from […]

Thursday morning briefing: Star gazing, music acts and defending a pardon

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Star gazing Star gazer Sheila Behr of Portales tells us that this week anyone can look up in the sky and see the closest supernova to earth in the last 25 years. All you need are a pair of at least 20×80 binoculars. Supernovas […]

Their view: Bigger not necessarily better

Bigger not necessarily better Curtis Shelburne is pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe. This is his most recent weekly online column he writes for Freedom New Mexico.

Path to happiness better option

Today is the day to be happy, and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy. “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10 NCV). You can do anything through Jesus, […]

My turn: Money to be made in running

I decided to go for a run, not for any particular reason, but just to keep in running shape. Just after taking off, I was just getting into a pace, when I saw something on the ground. I did a quick turn around and went back. There it was, just what I thought it was. […]

My turn: Extra wraps good with fruit

What better way to use extra egg roll wraps than in a healthy dessert? OK, that’s not a common question, but a package of egg roll wraps had more wraps than I needed for a dinner recipe. So, I experimented. Fruit Pockets • Egg roll wraps • 1/4 cup berries or chopped fruit per wrap […]

My turn: Cave people better equipped

It’s amazing that Cave People (CP) made it long enough to reproduce. Today’s health, self-esteem and salvation solutions were not available when a dull butter-knife would have been the too-cool-for-school gadget of the loin-clothers. While we are entertained by The Animal Planet, they prayed to the great turtle in the sky that predators weren’t eyeing […]

Honoring the fallen

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Argen Duncan A Cannon Air Force Base senior master sergeant told a Memorial Day audience Monday that the day is a time to honor those who gave their lives to make America a better nation and to remember that freedom isn’t free. Lora D. Aples, superintendent of the deployment and distribution flight at Cannon, gave […]

In brand name game, shorter seems better

Kevin Wilson Whenever I buy a generic product, I’m reminded of one of the final episodes of “Clerks: The Animated Series.” A bleeding man enters the convenience store and asks Randal, a clerk, if the store has Band-Aids. Randal informs the customer the proper term is “adhesive strips,” which leads coworker Dante to question the […]

My turn: Family issue inspires health changes

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My journey started one year ago on Feb. 7. At 54 years old, my brother began experiencing significant health issues. In a hospital waiting room, I took a good long look at myself. I weighed 260 pounds, I got out of breath just climbing a couple of flights of stairs. It was time to do […]

Their view: Privatization may be better option

Privatization may be better option Bill Sconone of Clovis is not happy about the automated phone services used by government agencies. Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate […]

Aiming to be better next year

Kevin Wilson I’m doing everything I can to eat all of the junk food, swear at all of the people and spend all of the money. Yes, I’m getting in all of the stuff I’m resolving not to do once Saturday comes around. Once 2011 rolls around, I want to spend less and save more. […]