Let’s keep Halloween safe for children

The fall season, where I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, brought a lot of superb things from the viewpoint of a child. There was the changing colors of the leaves, which I think I was aware of from a very early age; teachers would often build class projects around this. There was the likelihood of [...]

Socialism weakens freedom

Collectivism or socialism, in whatever form, is like a deadly parasite excreting a poison into its host. As long as your society is vibrant and healthy it can support a small amount of this societal poison. The collectivism feeds off of the rest of the society, dragging it down a little, but not enough to [...]

Their view: Medicaid cuts could impact thousands of New Mexicans

The importance of Medicaid to New Mexicans is detailed in a report released jointly by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association, and the health care consumer group Families USA. Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans are covered by Medicaid. Of this number: • An estimated 6,900 [...]

God-fearing families keep this nation strong

Why is it so hard for the world to admit that a society governed by biblical principles is a society that flourishes? The world’s answer to this dilemma is more gun control, more laws, more policemen, more government funding and more taxes. Those who live by biblical standards seem to me to have longer lives [...]

Reader-submitted content: Portales teen earns scholarship

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Erin Scanlan, a Portales resident and Texico High School senior, has been named one of the 53 state winners in the National Honor Society scholarship from NASSP. One hundred and fifty NHS state finalists were first chosen from among more than 6,000 applications. From the 150 finalists, 53 state winners were selected. Each state winner [...]

Society can’t be victim of crime

Often when the impact of increasing liberty is being discussed, especially with regard to things some people resist on moral grounds (such as ending the criminalization of prostitution, drug prohibition, regulation of gambling, etc.), someone will claim that victimless crimes actually do have a victim: Society. What is a victim and what is society? A [...]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships, a local cotton conference and losing a crown

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Cancer scholarship Young cancer survivors have until Feb. 25 to apply for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $10,000 offered in increments of $2,500 per academic year. Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before age 21 [...]

Time to lift sanctions on Myanmar

The release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the house arrest to which she has been subject since 2003 is rightfully celebrated as a small step toward a freer and more open society in Burma. The Southeast Asian country was renamed Myanmar by the military junta that has ruled the country ruthlessly since [...]

Science fiction can reflect society

Clyde Davis The realm known as speculative fiction (politically correct term for science fiction) has always held a moderate level of fascination for me. By moderate, I mean that I sometimes like to watch it, I occasionally like to read it, and I am in no way a die hard fan of either film or [...]

AGW claims can’t be made forcibly

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist A powerful and vital aspect of the fully free society would be that only those burdens may be imposed on citizens that they have been convincingly shown, via due process of law, to deserve. This is roughly how the criminal law works. This is why the prosecution carries the onus [...]