Do right, law or no law

You know the right thing to do. I know you do. So don’t wait for someone else to do it first and don’t wait for a “law” to tell you to. Do it now. I’m reminded of the Clovis Hobby Lobby shoppers this month who tripped up a shoplifter. Instead of watching the thief and […]

No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

My turn: Book shows similarities between New Mexico, Holy Land

Helena Rodriguez During Advent, many people go to the Holy Land to get to the true reason for the Christmas season. Nuevo Mejicanos don’t have to travel to feel like we’re in holy land. In his 1974 book, “My Penitente Land,” Fray Angelico Chavez, a Franciscan priest and writer commended by T.S. Eliot, compares New […]

Women have come long way

In our little country school we had basketball goals on a dirt lot, and girls and boys played together, choosing up teams. In fact, I don’t remember any discussions at all about boys and girls competing together in sports. We all learned not to dribble the basketball in the goatheads and other sticker weeds if […]

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers The Internet is developing so rapidly that users typically discover only after the fact that their privacy was invaded or their private online activities were revealed to strangers. Safeguards don’t seem to keep pace. That’s troubling if, for example, a private marketer stealthily follows your online activities, as the Wall Street Journal has […]

Military mama: Must make effort to get out more

This may surprise you, but I am quite a homebody. So much so that a more accurate term would probably be hermit. I have settled on the explanation that I don’t have much of a choice because I stay at home with the munchkins five days a week. But I’m going to come clean right […]

Stay safe: don’t drink, drive

By William Keely: 27 SOW Safety Don’t let Halloween turn into a nightmare is a reference to both the spirit of Halloween and the possibility of arrest or crashes due to impaired driving. Night is an especially dangerous time to be on the road, but Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of […]

Chilean rescues inspiring

Karl Terry Inspiring news stories don’t come along too often. Inspiring news stories on a global level are even more rare. The rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile will rate up there with the miracle U.S. hockey win in the 1980 Olympics and the rescue of Baby Jessica from a well near Odessa, Texas, […]

Positive thoughts keep negativity at bay

Joan Clayton I don’t know about you, but I am tired of hearing bad news. The media predicts doom and gloom. Negativity is spread everywhere and any day Chicken Little will say, “The sky is falling!” Let’s look for the good. Let’s learn to trust God and be happy. Someone has said, “Worry is the […]

Don’t forget to thank spiritual leaders

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, and I join with many others in honoring our spiritual leaders. First, let me say there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for the many, many selfless acts you do for others. You are vital to my spiritual being. I realize you are on call around the clock. Bible […]

Current administration dangerous

It bothers me to no end that millions of Americans simply don’t get just how dangerous this current administration’s views are, especially about the nature of our basic rights. I suppose I should not be surprised, given the utterly perverted primary and secondary education most people receive now in their government-run schools. After all, those […]

Coffee staple in cowboy life

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist I don’t speak until I’ve had some coffee in the morning. And I don’t want any of that fancy schmancy latte or whatever you call it. I want regular store-bought Folgers, thank you very much. They say coffee won the West. According to my cowboy father, that certainly was […]

Political debate taking toll on Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents don’t have it easy. Nobody seems to like what they’re doing. To many they’re the face of increasingly oppressive policies and arguments that have racial undertones. Others say they aren’t doing their jobs, since many people still manage to encroach our boundaries without getting caught. So news that suicides by Border Patrol […]

Taxpayers not taken into consideration

Freedom New Mexico We suspect that if Congress had asked, American taxpayers would have emphatically explained they don’t want to pay to bail out failing companies. Nevertheless, Congress approved $700 billion in late 2008, ostensibly to stabilize the financial system by injecting tax money into banks and other financial institutions. Most Americans, it seems likely, […]

Let peace rule in your heart

Life is full of wonderful treasures, and God blesses in so many ways. Things can be enjoyable, and we are grateful, but they really belong to God. We really don’t own anything when we are born into this life or when we leave it. Yet we can own a wealth of precious memories while here […]

My turn: Yep, I’m a tree hugger

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Don’t take trees for granted. They could save your life. I used to go four-wheeling with my uncle, Terry Smith, in the woods by his house. The trail he made went down a hill and through a small stream. It follows the stream for a couple of feet and then up a ramp built from […]

Debt can’t be escaped

My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position about human […]

Good deals don’t always cost you

Back in the olden days grocery stores used to pass out trading stamps. S&H Green Stamps were the most famous, but I remember Gold Bond stamps, too. I can’t recollect for sure, but I think they gave out one stamp for every 10 cents we spent. Probably my fellow “elder” readers will remember. Wednesday was […]

In search of ponies: Frog dilemma

Sharna Johnson It would appear my garage door has become the gateway to hell. Frog hell that is. They hop in, but they don’t hop out. Problem is, I don’t want their little souls. Yet daily, I must kick three or four back to the driveway from which they came. Their eyes stare at me […]

Man’s reaction to ticket priceless

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Jared Tucker Next time you get pulled over and issued a ticket, don’t do what the guy in this video does. Now normally, if you put your hand on a police officer, you’re probably going to get yanked out of the car by force, slammed on the ground and taken to jail. I don’t know […]