New year brings clean slate

By Joan Clayton 2009 has come and gone with its challenges. With so many issues in government, chaos in culture, economy and all kinds of personal situations life would seem to be the pits. Not so dear reader. We are living in the “meanwhiles.” Whatever our life span covers, the real life is “losing your [...]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up [...]

Former DA arrested for domestic assault

Freedom New Mexico Former District Attorney Randall Harris was arrested Wednesday night for domestic assault after his wife told police he threatened her and pushed her into a door. Harris, 48, was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond, court records show. According to an arrest warrant filed in Curry County Magistrate Court, Harris assaulted [...]

Being tightwad proves to be expensive

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam [...]

Pet peeves reveal personal side

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Mostly I write on topics I suspect concern a wide enough audience. Columnists don’t just write on anything that pops into their minds but need to do a bit of service to reader-clients. But I think it’s OK, now and then, to indulge myself with a topic or [...]

Moms shouldn’t feel guilty about personal time

By Anita Doberman I recently made plans to go see a movie with a friend and scheduled a babysitter to watch my five children for a couple of hours. When the time to leave came, I felt terrible because all the kids were crying and seemed so unhappy to see mommy leave. I went anyway, [...]

Health care reform requires personal responsibility

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think I

Citizens’ privacy shouldn’t require qualifying terms

Freedom New Mexico The whole point of gathering intelligence is to learn what others don’t want you to know. Using satellites, computers and real-time analysis, it’s never been easier to track down the bad guys — along with U.S. citizens who presumably count themselves among the good guys. Presume no more, citizen. Your privacy rights [...]

Totalitarian government begins with baby steps

Editorial Nothing else has turned a majority of Venezuelans against dictator-in-making Hugo Chavez; maybe his Easter Week booze ban will do the trick. Chavez recently won re-election, despite a string of policy shifts that are moving the country in the direction of a Cuban-style dictatorship, with Chavez reprising the role of Fidel Castro. He’s nationalized [...]

Civil warrior’s fight for truth made big impact

Editorial It is rare when great intellectual and policy achievements are combined with great personal decency, warmth, charm and unfailing consideration toward others. Milton Friedman, who died last week at age 94, combined all those characteristics and more. He was a great friend of freedom, an untiring champion of liberty, and he will be sorely [...]