Wednesday morning briefing: A talented crew, a kid needs help and West Point

Good morning. It’s our version of must reading…the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. And they can cook, too? The Single Airmen group at Cannon Air Force Base is volunteering to be the Habit for Humanity construction crew Saturday in Portales. Habit says not only are the Single Airmen handy around the house, but they’re furnishing […]

Pot legalization needs to be taken seriously

Freedom New Mexico Proposition 19, an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, was soundly defeated in the November election after California’s political establishment, Democratic and Republican, came out strongly against it. We had concerns with a provision related to the ability of employers to combat marijuana use at the workplace, but we are […]

U.S. needs to re-examine role in drug war

Freedom New Mexico Officials say the death of Jaime Zapata could lead to a reassessment of U.S. policy for its residents, particularly government employees, in Mexico. That’s probably little comfort to the families of dozens of U.S. citizens whose trips to Mexico have proved fatal, or David Hartley, a Texas resident who is presumed dead […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Government needs to focus on real threat

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply […]

Their turn: Lifestyles section needs better stories

Portales’ Chris Harrell offers this critique of the Portales News-Tribune in his letter to the editor:

Attorney general candidates discuss open government

Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico invited attorney general candidates Matt Chandler and Gary King to share their views on New Mexico’s Open Records Act and Inspection of Public Records Act. King accepted the invitation we made to both candidates to write a guest column. Chandler responded to questions submitted via e-mail.

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, cornbread tips and a reporter gets out of jail

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. A little help needed United way needs volunteers to help stuff bags of goodies for Health and Wellness day. Meet 1 p.m. Thursday at UW’s offices in Clovis, 1200 Thornton St., to help stuff bags. Health and Wellness Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Ethnic fair needs help and Billy the Kid busted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Fair needs help Selmus Price, the director of the Clovis Ethnic Fair, is looking for volunteers to help with set-up and tear down at the fair this week. Below are the times he needs help. To volunteer call Price at 575-749-6570: Friday – […]

Our people: Sports fan

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Oscar Robinson is in his second term as the city councilman for Ward B. He said he ran again because he loves Portales and he can lend a positive outlook to the processes the city needs to go through. When he’s not working on city business, he drives a school bus for Portales schools. He […]

English political situation bears watching

This viewpoint, which reflects ours, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. To get through its current crisis, the United Kingdom needs another Iron Lady. That’s the derogatory term bestowed by her opponents upon Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party’s prime minister from 1979-90. But the moniker later was adopted by […]

Their view: Governor needs to bolster border protection

Brian Moore of Clayton is one of eight candidates for New Mexico lieutenant governor. Here’s what he had to say recently on his Web site about violence along the Mexican border: “The murder of an Arizona rancher with ties to New Mexico is more evidence of the violence spilling over our southern border with Mexico. […]

DoD disability board understaffed

A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael F. LoGrande, president of the […]

Majority needs to make their voices be heard

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County Register.

Government needs Sunshine Portal

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Information is power, and right now the public has none. Legislators and the public are rightfully outraged at Gov. Bill Richardson’s ongoing refusal to release information about his exempt state employees, including 59 positions that were supposedly cut last month. What little information has emerged isn’t good — employees who […]

My cowboy pride has taken a hard hit

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I was wounded. I got cracked across the bridge of my nose. Not that my nose needs to do anything to attract attention. As one friend put it, “Bax, if you’d lie flat on your back in the sun, we could tell time.” Of course, the next day I had […]

Obama needs to take care of U.S. first

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday to a U.N. General Assembly packed with more than 100 heads of state was a strange combination of modesty and chutzpah, of a change in tone designed to persuade people that more substantive changes in policy had occurred. Insofar as a more modest tone reflects an understanding […]

Special needs day gives youth chance to bond

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Halley Manley said her reserved daughter with Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder became outgoing and made physical and emotional improvements, all thanks to horseback riding. “She has self-confidence now and is willing to try anything,” Manley said of her daughter, 9-year-old Emma Purcell. Manley […]

Calling all readers

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico needs your help. We’re looking for your favorite teacher. Maybe it was your high school English teacher, whose love of literature sparked your own interest in reading? Or an algebra teacher who took the time to walk you through the mystery of formulas and opened up a whole new […]

Area geography needs clarification

Jim Constantopoulos: Guest columnist The July 18 CNJ article “What’s in a name?” was fun reading, but some of its sources lacked factual data. Let me clarify some misconceptions and add some facts. Portales is located in Portales Valley, an east-west trending valley that can be traced from near Fort Sumner to just north of […]