Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Technology hard on adolescence

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The thesis to this column has multiple personality disorder. It just doesn’t know what it wants to be. The idea started on Sunday night, when I got a text from a girl I’ll call Shelby (I’m changing details to protect the innocent, and the guilty). Shelby writes, “Heyy its Shelby.” I respond, “Who?” She responds, […]

ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser proves lack of size doesn’t matter

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Dave Wagner Chase Kyser wasn’t necessarily high on Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo’s radar screen two years ago. He just kept hearing about the then-Roswell Goddard senior. Eventually, Ribaudo went to see him play and came away impressed. “I just thought he was a different kind of player,” Ribaudo said of the […]

‘Scarlett’ doesn’t understand me

Kevin Wilson

“I get into enough trouble talking to people,” I said. Or at least, that’s what I would have said at the register last week. Or last December, or October, for that matter. For then I could have declined the ability to talk to my machines. The trouble started for me last week when I decided […]

One size doesn’t fit all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist For most of human history, it used to be standard practice for parents to insist their children live by principles the parents have found to be sound. They also insisted children adopt all sorts of practices of dress, play, work, taste and so forth that they approve. Father was a […]

Crying not sign of weakness

Clyde Davis Popular enough, on Facebook and other social networking sites, are those questionnaires that reveal categorical details about who you are, by insight into certain categories-favorite food, best movie you ever saw, and so on. I am going to propose one I have never seen, which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, and as […]

Government doesn’t need to meddle in relationships

Government doesn’t need to meddle in relationships Kent McManigal of Farwell writes columns for the Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner. Here’s a snippet from a recent effort:

Sen. Bingaman confident of Obama re-election

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Kevin Wilson Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is glad he doesn’t have to face a re-election bid this year, but he’s confident President Barack Obama will win his two years down the road. Bingaman talked about upcoming legislation, recent legislation, the difficulties of the filibuster and this year’s election during a stop at the Clovis News-Journal […]

Not many food items on ban list

Karl Terry Michelle Obama doesn’t like beets and apparently neither does her husband. My grandmother once called me her little beet-eater because I liked the red root vegetable that I really only ever got at her table. I don’t think they were fresh beets too often but their sweetness seemed to me a little like […]

South Korea doesn’t need U.S. help

Freedom Newspapers There’s no question the dictatorship running North Korea is one of the more dangerous — and nuttier — in the world. It’s headed by the Kim dynasty, something that wasn’t supposed to happen under the “classless” ideology of communism. In recent days current dictator Kim Jong Ill has been acting up, as he […]

Gulf oil spill doesn’t justify cap and trade

The White House was more successful last week forcing a private company — British Petroleum — to set up a $20 billion fund to pay for damage from the oil spill than it has been in stemming the flow of crude fouling the Gulf of Mexico and the coastlines of several states. Chances are BP […]

KENW online auction bidding begins

Freedom New Mexico Bidding has opened in the annual KENW Online Auction, even though the auction doesn’t officially begin until June 1. The auction features 25 categories and includes items such as a registered yearling bull from G-13 Angus Ranch, a 1995 Happy Holidays Barbie and a package of two nights at the Inn on […]

Don’t wait for life to happen

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Life doesn’t happen to some people. Instead some people happen to life. They dare to make life the best it can be. Mediocrity is not in their vocabulary. I have a dear friend who recently had radical surgery. She was in surgery many hours. When she was at home in […]

Their view: Udall doesn’t know what’s best for me

William L. Smith of Portales has an opinion regarding U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s opinion that appeared in Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Udall wrote, “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited for generations for health care reform.” Smith writes: “Has Sen. Udall visited with every New Mexican for generations […]

Dog names reflect habits

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Sometimes a given name just doesn’t suffice for a dog. A nickname sometimes works better. The new dog at the Terry household, Ranger, earned one early on in his residence for his tendency to find out of the way, even hiding places to sleep. We found him behind the couch […]

Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

Let freedom ring in America

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Freedom doesn’t come cheap. It comes with blood and tears. Soldiers have been separated from loved ones. Who among us can know their pain, loneliness and willingness to fight for freedom? The military personnel have given their time away from families, yet they think of protecting those they love, our […]

Federal criticism of Fox-TV unjust

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It doesn’t matter if Fox-TV news is unbalanced, biased, partisan or whatever. All newspapers, magazines, journals and such have leanings — they are produced, managed and edited by individuals who have agendas and however much they wish this had no influence on them, that just isn’t realistic. Of […]

Pork doesn’t deserve our prejudice

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When the Asian flu hit the country in 2003, were people warned to stay away from Chinese restaurants and Japanese cars? When the West Nile virus was diagnosed in humans did the Health Department tell us to avoid going to Egypt? Does riding Tennessee walkers give you a charley horse? […]

Advice would still ring true today

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Greg Southard doesn’t have to guess what his father the editor might say if he’d been here Tuesday to award the annual Bill Southard Scholarship to a communications student at Eastern New Mexico University. “Since I worked at the paper for him as a kid, I know […]