Nurse shortage overshadows health debate

Freedom New Mexico While the president and Congress bicker over private insurance and tax funding in Washington, the question of who will provide our nation’s health care has a more direct, and important, meaning. A growing shortage of doctors and nurses already affects many Americans’ ability to get the care they need. The Robert Wood […]

Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic […]

Distributive justice not justice at all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist For a long time, political philosophers were interested in identifying the nature of justice. It started with Socrates and lasted to when John Stuart Mill did his work, although by that time there had been talk of this thing called distributive justice. By now, most political theorists dwell […]

Our choices revolve around ethics

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The basic task of ethics is to answer the question, “How should I act?” What standards apply to me as I conduct my life?” “What are the fundamental principles that I should follow?” Those are pretty much equivalent questions, but the answers are extremely complicated and multifaceted. There […]

U.S. no longer has active role in Iraq

Freedom New Mexico Two large bomb blasts in Baghdad, one aimed at the Foreign and Finance Ministries, killed at least 100 people and injured about 600, putting something of an exclamation point on a month of escalating insurgent violence and calling into question the capacity of the Iraqi government to provide effective security. There will […]

Competitive equals

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By Clarence Plank All sports have a high level of competitive play a player must achieve, be it baseball, football or softball. The age old question: Man vs. woman, which is more competitive? Men’s or women’s softball? Several competitors at the 26th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic softball tournament — a nearly around-the-clock event this […]

Progams designed to keep youth busy

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent A summer library program that stresses more than reading, a recreation program that stresses more than sports, and a kids college that does more than keep kids busy. These options may answer the question of “What do we do with the kids this summer?” Come Monday, three summer programs will […]

State’s ruling slowly stripping away rights

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Daniel Hauser is at the center of a heated controversy that pits his parents against the state of Minnesota in a question of life, death and freedom. Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minn., was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, this past January. His parents, Anthony […]

Life-in-prison sentence OK legislation

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Open conference question comes to state senate

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican To open conference committees to the public or not? That seems to be a key question before the state Senate this session, one that’s nearing a vote on the chamber’s floor. The Senate is considering two measures to allow the public and the media into conference committees, […]

Honors: Sabrina McCarty

Sabrina McCarty of Clovis was a recent recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded by Cannon Air Force Base. More than 5,000 students applied for 600 scholarships, according to a release from Scholarships for Military Children. Applicants were required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership […]

Immigration issue becomes personal

By Anita Doberman This week, I attempted to sign up my children for swimming lessons. I would have easily succeeded in doing so, except that out of curiosity, I decided to ask the owner of the gym a question about the forms she gave me to fill out. On paper, there were the usual spaces […]

This chile is red, not red hot

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By Helena Rodriguez The official state question of New Mexico is “Red or green?” Chile breeders, however, are not only saying “Red!” but are seeing red with NuMex Garnet, a new pepper being bred specifically for its pigment. Stephanie Walker, a vegetable specialist from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, will talk about this […]

Hopefully Spitzer investigation not political in nature

No question, there has been a satisfying sense of what-goes-around-comes-around pleasure in the downfall of resigned Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as there is when almost any politician is made an object of public disgrace. Spitzer was notorious as a confrontational, even bullying kind of character who as New York’s attorney general sometimes stretched […]

Small talk more than minor irritant

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I never […]

Public defender likes having an impact on people

Monica Casias, 26, was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office. Question: When were you officially hired as an attorney with the public defender’s office, and when did you start work here? Answer: I began working in this office on Sept. 17 as a law clerk for […]