Nothing derogatory about animal sayings

Common language on fauna betrays an anthropocentric bias… “Words such as ‘pets’, ‘wildlife’, and ‘vermin’ are derogatory…” says the director of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics. I imagine there are people in England who take the director seriously. But, as we watch this once-powerful nation disintegrate before our eyes, it may be observed that [...]

My turn: Not all Dublins built the same

What do shamrocks and Dr Pepper have in common? You would think I had a better recollection of driving through the rolling fields of Dublin a few years ago, passing magnificent architecture and swearing I spotted a leprechaun or two hiding behind tall oaks. Wait a minute, these creatures were too big to be leprechauns, [...]

Chile should be lauded for mine rescue

Freedom Newspapers The effort to rescue 33 miners trapped a half-mile underground for 69 days was bound to attract attention, but the worldwide interest in the operation has made it a perhaps surprising global phenomenon. Perhaps people are hungry for a happy ending in a world in which unhappy endings are all too common. Perhaps [...]

I’m not paying for beef unless I can eat it

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The Hindu dairymen, represented by the Hare Krishna (HK) in the United States, have much in common with dairymen from California, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The HK dairy is in West Virginia and is called New Vrinaban. Owners refer to themselves as a cow sanctuary. The big distinction is they never [...]

Solutions not found in big government

Freedom New Mexico Political corruption remains a perennial concern for the voting public, and with good reason. Still, this particular brand of dishonesty has something in common with other human failings: People tend to see it clearly in others but not so clearly in themselves. We all know the images associated with ethically challenged elected [...]

Residential developments make snake-bites common

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer As New Mexico’s population continues to grow, encounters with displaced wildlife are becoming common place in rural and suburban communities. For wildlife biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro at Eastern New Mexico University, running into snakes in the field is common. Gennaro said he gets phone calls about snakes [...]

Shame you can’t buy common sense

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 [...]

National Day of Prayer events planned

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Many people throughout Portales, Clovis and across the United States will dedicate themselves to one common purpose next week: the power of prayer. For this year’s National Day of Prayer, local groups have organized a variety of events and services beginning Wednesday and Thursday to rally area men, women [...]

Officials hoping flu outbreak has passed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Gripped by a flu outbreak with assessment tests scheduled this week, local school officials are crossing their fingers and hoping the worst of the outbreak has passed. “It’s been pretty bad, we’ve had a lot of students and faculty out with it,” said Randy Fowler, Portales Schools superintendent. “I’ve [...]

Advice: Don’t get a bee in your bonnet

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Have the evil killer bees arrived at last in Roosevelt County? Is it time to panic? Shall we call in the National Guard? First of all, they are not “killer” bees. The recent attack near Causey and Lingo was from Africanized honey bees, not “killer” bees. Second, it is never time [...]