Faith in government unfounded

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Enthusiast for increasing government regulations of people in business, including those in the financial markets, never bother to answer the one basic question that any rational person would need to have answered before joining them as champions of their proposed remedies of our economic wows. This question is, “Why would […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

My turn: Never trust a mud puddle

Never trust a mud puddle, no matter how innocent it looks. James Wooten and my uncle Terry Smith grew up together in Ider, Ala. Like most country boys, they enjoyed four-wheeling. One day James, Terry and myself were just hanging and we decided to go see Terry’s dad Butler “Smitty” Smith. Well we cut through […]

My turn: I want to hear veterans’ stories

I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens. My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born. A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens, a paratrooper, was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944. That’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him this year, the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. […]

Portales mayor: Job never ends

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Leading a city, according to Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, is like riding a bicycle: “If you can get on and pedal, you start moving forward,” he said. “But when you stop pedaling, you will eventually fall over. If you’re not pedaling every day as a community, you […]

Technology never ceases to amaze me

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist A comment by a coworker last week about how much technology has changed just in our middle-aged lives spawned a long list of new things we never would have dreamed. At the top of that list is cell phones. All involved in the discussion remembered through first-hand experience party-line phone […]

Blessings come with prayers

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist We may never know where or how our prayers are answered, but be assured they are. I was privileged to know an answered prayer that happened in a doctor’s office many years ago. “Have a seat, and the doctor will be with you shortly,” the young receptionist said. She then […]

Hounds dominate WNMU in opener

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Josh Megyeri had a shooting debut to remember, and Western New Mexico had a start it would like to forget. Playing in its season debut, and the Eastern New Mexico University coaching debut for Andrew Helton, the Greyhounds held Western to one field goal in the first eight minutes […]

Newspapers’ relevance has never waned

Freedom New Mexico Positive news about newspapers is good news to us — and we’ve got a little to share. Since National Newspaper Week begins today, we celebrate those achievements with you, and offer our looking-forward view on the future of your newspapers. Newspapers have been published in Clovis and Portales for more than 100 […]

Student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico tho When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t leave many prospects for dating, so she had to break the rule. She’s 18 now, attending Tucumcari’s Mesalands Community College, and preparing for a trip to […]