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 […]

My Turn: Plum sauce has many uses

Argen Duncan A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, […]

In Search of Ponies: Animal language simple

Sharna Johnson I think many of us find within different social settings we adopt alternate vernaculars to our own. For instance, when I visit my grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains, I develop a twang and blend words like “Ain’t” and “Y’all” into my vocabulary. If I spend time with British friends, I inexplicably develop a […]

Forum will focus on area housing needs

Freedom New Mexico The Regional Growth Planning Office is putting together the first of what it hopes are many housing forums on Thursday. The 7:30 a.m. forum at the Clovis Civic Center is expected to take four hours and includes what RGPO Manager Rick Draker said is a good cross-section of locals in the know […]

Constitution exists to guide our nation

Freedom Newspapers With George W. Bush in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress, many Democrats invoked the Constitution when they criticized the administration’s anti-terrorism policies. With Barack Obama in the White House and Democrats controlling Congress, many Republicans invoked the Constitution when they criticized the overhaul of health care. In both cases, the criticism […]

My turn: Blessings come in many forms

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Our church deacon, Roberto Herrera, blessed my daughter Laura’s new car on Sunday. He did a good job, practically drenching it as he walked around the vehicle, sprinkling his bottle of holy water. Having your vehicle blessed is like full-coverage insurance, on the spiritual level. Many people have their homes, religious articles and boats blessed. […]

Labor unions no longer beneficial

Freedom New Mexico More people could be free to rest this Labor Day weekend, although many won’t be doing it voluntarily. We entered the holiday with mixed, but mostly disappointing, news on the economic front. The Labor Department on Friday gave an apparently contradictory report that American employers added 67,000 new jobs last month, even […]

Fixing private property not government’s job

News outlets are reporting heavily about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Mississippi coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Heavy rain from the huge storm overwhelmed the levees surrounding New Orleans, causing flooding that destroyed much of the city. Five years later, much of the damage still exists, and thousands of people are still […]

Commentary: Star Wars fun can have unintended consequences

By Tech. Sgt. Heath Fortenberry: Flight Safety NCO Not that long ago, in a town not that far away, I sat on my back porch having a drink while enjoying the many stars in the beautiful Saturday night sky. As fun as this may sound, believe it or not, boredom kicked in rather quickly. This […]

Obamacare full of hidden surprises

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

Portales past: Aug. 13, 1945

Aug. 13, 1945: Due to a drastic feed shortage in the area, many farmers and dairy cattlemen were selling all or part of their herds, cutting milk production by 20 to 30 percent.

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 […]

4-Hers perpare projects ahead of county fair

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Argen Duncan DeOje Johnson, 14, makes sure the sheep are taken care of, holds a rabbit for a few moments and then heads out to stroke Precious, the horse under his care. Johnson is one of many 4-H members around the county fine-tuning animals or indoor projects in the few weeks before the Roosevelt County […]

Small budget calls for homegrown fun

Our summer began with a wonderful trip into unknown places, at least unknown to me, though familar to many from this area, as we went to southern Colorado. However, that will probably be the extent of our travels this summer, as like many families, our budget is small. We have found, though, small celebrations can […]

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 […]