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 [...]