Non-citizen recruits serve longer

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Time to find sources of gratitude

The autumn months are, not creeping, but barreling, through, and Thanksgiving looms large, in spite of the mostly unseasonably warm weather. It’s a wake-up call time for most teachers, as we realize how much we hoped to get covered first semester, and the reality of how much we probably did not get covered. Not sure […]

Uncertainty slows down economic growth

Freedom New Mexico Two months ago, President Barack Obama lamented that a “cloud of uncertainty” hampered economic recovery. He said Congress must agree on a debt ceiling so businesses will regain confidence to add workers. Congress did. Businesses didn’t. Nevertheless, we agree with the president that economic uncertainty discourages business and consumers. It’s clear, however, […]

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be months before a replacement is appointed. Orlik, 64, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Services were held Wednesday in Clovis. “Judge Orlik is well […]

Social issues belong on backburner for now

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Glenda Price: Human inventions interrupt natural rhythm

Rhythm rules the world. Years, months and seasons (where appropriate) are directed by a rhythm or cadence. Animal migration, hibernation, reproduction all follow the directive in Eccliastes: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Plants grow, bloom and die on cue. Even inanimate objects expand or crumble according […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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By Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two counties are suffering a dry season. Farmers said only wheat crops have suffered badly from this winter’s dry spell. According […]

Portales past: Sept. 22, 1910

Roosevelt County Herald: Professor George Lind opened the Floyd School and will conduct for a term of four months. After its closing, he will begin a four-months’ term in a community near Cromer.

Unprecedented terrorism taking root in Mexico

For months we’ve heard reactionaries call for sealing off the Mexican border, alleging that armed terrorists are, or could be, swarming across the border and putting Americans in danger. We’ve been among the many who have insisted that it just isn’t happening; in fact, some of the safest cities in the country are on or […]

My turn: Start making preparations for big game season

Clarence Plank Big game season will be cranking up in the next couple of months for New Mexico residents. Here are some tips to help you prepare: • Always check out the place you want to go hunting, even if it’s someplace you’ve been to many times before. Some private owners could have changed their […]