Obesity matter of personal responsibility

Many of us in the food producing business are watching with a suspicious eye Michelle Obama’s pending federally funded efforts to combat obesity in children. Our skepticism is justified because every special interest group from global warming to UFO conspirators somehow wind up casting blame on modern agriculture. Nevertheless, obesity apparently is a serious problem […]

DISCLOSE Act limits freedom of speech

Freedom New Mexico Americans rightly are jealous of their right to freedom of speech; it is a prerequisite of freedom and a bulwark against government tyranny in so many ways. That’s why the First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Most important, the founders had political speech in […]

Torts better than regulations

Tibor Machan Many moons ago I directed a conference on government regulation, out of which the book edited by me and the late M. Bruce Johnson, “Rights and Regulation,” was created. In this book some of those who supported government regulation — and most mainstream contributors did so — maintained that being opposed to government […]

My Turn: Uncle Nacho testament to biculturalism

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My uncle Ignacio passed away recently. Like many Hispanics with the same name, Ignacio was nicknamed “Nacho.” After moving to San Angelo, Texas, though, he suddenly became “Nash.” That was the name embroidered on his shirt. I laughed, but Uncle Nacho was serious. His co-workers called him Nash, and so […]

Shoutouts

Bella Vista pinewood derby On May 13 at 1 p.m., the Arts Academy at Bella Vista hosted the first annual pinebox derby car race. Nine students built one of a kind cars and competed against one another to identify the fastest car at Bella Vista. Each student spent two months creating, painting and decorating their […]

Miranda rights worth defending

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico How many times does Lucy get to pull the football away? For the umpteenth time, Sen. Joe Lieberman is proposing something that’s ridiculously harmful to our way of life, and Democrats are open to compromising with him because he’s with them on everything except the war (and other things […]

Cancer remains surreal experience

By Clyde Davis: FNM columnist Welcome to the world of insecurity, and realizing that, no matter how safe you think you are, you have no guarantees. You can control your habits and actions, but you cannot control forces beyond your impact. This is the world of cancer; this is the world which has been walked […]

Oklahoma Lane holds many stories

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist If you don’t know where Oklahoma Lane is, then you’re a newcomer! Yes, that’s right, if you don’t know where Oklahoma Lane is, then you’re a newcomer. Located about six miles east of Farwell, this farming community has generated some “hard to believe, but true” tales. Here are a few […]

Police bust cockfighting operation in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police said the scene of an illegal cockfighting event in Clovis on Saturday night was littered with about 100 dead birds and many more injured and maimed. “It was pretty alarming and disturbing,” State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. Clovis Animal Control took custody of 53 birds, Glascock […]

Jamboree draws young and old

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many guests for the event’s 60th year was Rebecca Lawson. She started performing in the jamboree in 1973 but moved to Oregon for a job three years later “When I […]

Let’s get excited about life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I have discovered two ways to live: I can let life happen to me or I can happen to life. Allowing life to happen is not very exciting to me. In fact, it could be dull. The same routines and rituals do not require much enthusiasm or energy for me. […]

We all have teacher for life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist A student who recognizes and remembers me is one of the many blessings in my life. Thirty-one years of teaching little ones stay indelibly imprinted in my memory. The bond between teacher and student remains. I tried to figure out one time just how many students I had taught in […]

Letters to the editor: Voters have many issues to consider

Voters have many issues to consider With the city election March 2, there are serious issues voters might want to discuss with their candidates: • City revenues are running below last year’s by more than 10 percent. How would the candidate cover these losses? By cutting costs? If so, cutting what and how much? By […]

Tax hike only temporary solution

By Keith Gardner: Guest columnist The day many of us warned of is now here. New Mexico’s budget deficit has risen to somewhere around the $650 million mark. This problem was not just caused by the shrinking economy and the declining state revenue that followed — it was also caused by state government overspending. Between […]

Pride comes from being early riser

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]

Fighting terrorism should be focus

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full […]

Families cope with separation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Shoppers hit stores after holiday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Business was brisk the day after Christmas for many local stores with shoppers making exchanges and taking advantage of special sales. Joe’s Boot Shop owner Joe Rhodes said business was busy Saturday from the time he opened the front door. “People have done a lot of exchanges,” Rhodes said. […]

Thankful I can count many blessings

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things large and small. For instance, on the world stage I am thankful that Saddam Hussein finally got what he had coming. But I’m also thankful for more personal things like the fact that there are still airports and convenience stores that have […]

Many resources available to military families

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back home […]