People change out of self interest

I can’t imagine how anyone could be considered to be different in any way that matters — better or worse — just through an accident of birth. No one chooses their skin color or which government claims the territory where they were born. To use either of those to evaluate anyone is absurd, as is […]

Community calendar: Jan. 1

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

My turn: New year won’t change my opinions

New Year’s resolutions that I can’t possibly keep include: • Not yawning when stars are praised excessively for charitable acts — even though it costs them little for the fawning attention. • Not Sunday-morning-quarterbacking pietists who say that the United States was founded on Christian principles — but can’t name any. • Not scoffing at […]

My Turn: Low tech laments

Betty Williamson Although I lack the genealogical records to prove it, I may be descended from the Luddites, those skilled weavers from 200 years ago who feared that the invention of mechanical looms would be the undoing of life as they knew it. Over time their name became synonymous for people who oppose technology or […]

Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. […]

My turn: Library sale offers books for change

I am a shameless promoter of the Portales Public Library. It is my home away from home, especially for the better part of this week before Thanksgiving when we self-confessed Friends of the Library hold our annual used book sale. You have to really love books (doesn’t everyone?) to spend as many back-breaking hours as […]

Anti-abortion activists should change tactics

Freedom New Mexico Anti-abortion activists in today’s headlines are not politically savvy and don’t care to change. Unless they agree to play by conventional rules of politics, they will continue to lose. In losing, they won’t save the unborn. It can be fun to indulge extremism, rejecting compromise and political alliances that may water down […]

Zias coach trying to change culture

By Larry Booker: FNM correspondent First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Lindsey Wilson brings a strong pedigree of success to the job. A former Lone Star Conference player at Southeastern Oklahoma and Central Oklahoma, Wilson says she’s quite happy with the reception she’s received in Portales. “ENMU is great,” said Wilson, who spent […]

Climate change no excuse for tyranny

Kent McManigal You are being lied to about global warming. By both sides. Of course, it’s no longer called global warming, but “anthropogenic global climate change,” to communicate the idea that the average global temperature might go up or go down in the short term, along with other climatic effects, and that human activities — […]

Thursday morning briefing: Noodles, peanuts and an unsolved murder

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Make a note The annual CHS Wildcat Bands Noodles and Notes Dinner is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 1501 Sycamore. The band performs at 7 p.m. at Leon Williams Stadium. Tickets are adults $5 and children $3 and […]

ENMU briefs —

lsxh72-lsxh6xenmu.jpg

Fundraiser to be held at festival Change is anticipated at this year’s annual Peanut Valley Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Eastern New Mexico University campus in Portales. Jennifer Neilson, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, will have a booth dedicated to collecting pocket change for Belize. The change will be donated to […]

My turn: Turkey burgers gobbling good

By Argen Duncan: PNT columnist For a healthy change, these turkey burgers with cranberry combine Thanksgiving and summer cookouts. We’re using the recipe from www.tasteofhome.com with permission. Marla Clark of Moriarty submitted the contest-winning recipe to Taste of Home. Sweet and Sassy Turkey Burgers 6 turkey bacon strips, diced and cooked • 1/4 cup dried […]

Cannon command changes in emotional ceremony

lo1czi-lo1cyo79cannoncoc2.jpg

Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of emotion Friday as he bid farewell to the airmen of Cannon Air Force Base during a change of command ceremony. Clark turned command of the base over to incoming commander Col. Albert Elton II, ending his two years in charge […]

Thursday morning briefing: Change of command and one big dam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Big change Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. Friday morning at the base. Website of the day A schedule and […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, nearly two years after the […]

Driver’s license resolution unfair

Roosevelt County commissioners who supported the resolution to change the law that allows immigrants to get a driver’s license undermine our cherished values of equality and fairness. In the last legislative session, the senate decided to keep driver’s licenses for immigrants because it was the right thing to do. Religious leaders and people of faith […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Victim’s family hopes to change youth-sentencing law

Sharna Johnson The family of an Eastern New Mexico University student fatally shot by a 13-year-old neighbor say they plan to try to change the laws for youthful offenders in memory of Angel Vale. Convicted of her murder, D’Angelo Montoya was sentenced June 6 to the custody of the state Children Youth and Families Division […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

Friday morning briefing: On marriage, no degree and a deadly fire sparks change

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Quirky quote of the day “An open marriage is nature’s way of telling you that you need a divorce.” — Ann Landers Peek-a-blog Political blogster Joe Monahan’s latest posting includes this comment from Tommie Newman of Clovis regarding questions raised about possible GOP Senate candidate […]