My turn: Facebook is modern day scrapbook

I love social networking … knowing that my neighbors are baking bread, my friends are celebrating birthdays, or my cousins are off to the zoo. When I was a child, Mrs. Frances Christo provided Portales with just such snippets of information in her News-Tribune column.

Can’t depend on corporations to feed us

England has made a choice to remain dependent on other countries to feed them. Recently corporations have proposed to build a modern dairy and sow unit in their countryside. Two activist groups objected saying it would force a significant number of small farmers out of business. The proposal was withdrawn. We in the United States […]

Modern hero names: Monroe is just the beginning

I was sitting here last week, making a list of what I was thinking of as Modern Hero Names – you know, like Palin and Winslet – when the news came in about the names Mariah Carey had chosen for her newborn twins. She’d given her daughter the Old Man Name of Monroe, she said, […]

On the shelves — April 17

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis was given by Maria Inman in memory of Sara Denise Shell. A thoroughly modern woman with a successful career, Sarah Cain had ridiculed her sister Ivy’s choice of a Plain lifestyle, but after Ivy’s death, Sarah is stunned […]

Nuclear energy still one of safest power forms

Freedom New Mexico Americans need electricity. But when a modern source of it threatens humans and wildlife, it is time to reassess how much risk we’ll accept for voltage. Is an abundant and sustainable source of electricity worth the risks? To date, no American has been killed by commercial nuclear power — a fact confirmed […]

Atlatl competition: Throwback to prehistoric times

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Clarence Plank Modern people took a step back to pre-historic times Saturday by competing in the annual atlatl competition at the Blackwater Draw dig site. The tournament featured contestants armed with replicas of ancient atlatl spears. John Poitras, of Albuquerque, was in town for the tournament, now in its tenth year. “I think it is […]

Mothers are modern-day superheroes

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects ours, was written by the editorial staff at The Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia, Mo.

Conflicted over modern technology

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist At times I’m a little conflicted over technology. I love it for the most part but there are downsides. Let’s take cell phones for instance. My contract is up and I’m thinking real hard about upgrading to a new model. Music and e-mail in my phone sound like handy things […]

Right to private property recognized

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist There was a bit of good news recently from New York state, that bastion of modern liberalism and American statism! As The New York Times reported Dec. 4, “In a 3-to-2 decision, a panel of the Appellate Division of (NY) State Supreme Court in Manhattan annulled the state’s […]

Thanksgiving expression of gratitude

Freedom New Mexico If the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who were present at the original Thanksgiving feast, somehow were transported to modern times to take part in the holiday as we know it today, even they would wonder why we have to suffer through another Detroit Lions football game. Thankfully, since NFL announcer and video […]