McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the […]

My turn: Youth on right track

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating […]

Time for some GOP candidates to call it a day

Freedom New Mexico The TV networks declared Mitt Romney the winner in New Hampshire about five seconds after the polls closed, so commentators had to scramble to find something interesting to say the rest of the night. It wasn’t easy. Mr. Romney had been expected to win Tuesday’s GOP primary and did. Jon Huntsman tried […]

Searching for a cure for life’s screwups

While sitting next to a 20-something young woman on the airplane, I shook a handful of peanut butter M&M’s into my palm. She said, “I wish I’d bought some of those, too.” I offered her one but she declined, “Oh, no.” she sighed, “I’ve got these.” She indicated a plastic baggie with enough pills and […]

McGee: LSD not for me

LSD is something I’ve never done or plan to do. It ain’t on my “bucket list.” I bring this up because I’ve been flipping through the pages of a recent Rolling Stone magazine reading about the life of Steve Jobs, the computer dude, who brought us such goodies as the iPod. According to the article, […]

Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

My turn: No shortage of musical talent in area

Last weekend, I got to enjoy the musical entertainment of local one-man band Something Blue at Mark’s. Musician Brandon Tautfest plays the occasional cover song but most of his music is original songs and I have to say he is a talented songwriter as well as a singer. There are now some pretty good performers […]

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

My turn: In search of my “Silver”

I think I am going to name my shoes. Roy Rogers had Trigger. The Lone Ranger had Silver. Lonnie Berry should name his transportation, too. But I have to come up with the right name, or I completely lose the impact. It has to be something that inspires, something that has a catchy ring to […]

Rainstorm soaks Portales

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CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s something other areas of the country refer to as “rain.” While it was far from a deluge, Thursday night’s rainfall — and the rainfall in Roosevelt County that preceded it over the past few […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Egg-citing possibilities and the universe off and running

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Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Something to crow about Excuse the pun, but M.K. Thompson of Clovis isn’t kidding around when he says he’s after a Guinness World Record for having found the world’s smallest egg. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Thompson, who raises a variety of chickens, says he […]

Feels good to purge closet

It had to be done. Critical mass had been reached. Something had to go or my side of the closet would burst at the seams. I had long ago ruled out expanding into my wife’s side. When we moved in, she pointed out the three rods she would be taking and the one that was […]

We all possess unique gift

I often hear people say they do not have any talent, no abilities and nothing to offer. Nothing could be further from the truth. I spent 31 years in the classroom, and not once did I find a child who did not possess something wonderful. Whether it was faith, hope, a sweet spirit, some special […]

More laws create more chaos

Robert LeFevre was one of the bright stars of the freedom movement before his death, but whose legacy remains. He once said when most people feel threatened that their freedom may be taken away, they try to take away the freedom of those they fear. In other words, in their fear they become the thing […]

My turn: Roast has twist to it

Traditional roast with root vegetables is nice, but sometimes I want something different. This recipe has meat, carbs and vegetables in one dish. It’s also easy to prepare, although it can get interesting if your roommate police scanner hollers about a house fire you need to photograph as you’re getting ready to load the crock […]

My turn: Next bestseller could be in my head

I was hard put to come up with something to write for my column this week, because due to being ill last week, I haven’t done anything since New Year’s Eve. Not going to events definitely puts a damper on writing about them. Then as I thought, it occurred to me that I had experienced […]

Libertarianism true love of freedom

How does a kid grow up in a deeply conservative background, and become libertarian? Probably by taking those teachings to heart and realizing there can be no double standards without compromising the principles he was taught. By internalizing the lesson that if someone is doing something you believe they shouldn’t be doing — unless they […]

Grant McGee: Medical marijuana not worth risks

Grant McGee If you could use medical marijuana would you? This was something that crossed my mind recently after the eye doctor told me I have glaucoma. “Hey, if you have glaucoma that means you qualify for medical marijuana in New Mexico.” It was my friend The Holy Man offering up his first thoughts upon […]

Entrust your worries to God

Joan Clayton Of all the things you have ever worried about, tell me something good that came about as a result. What is worry? I define it as “rehearsing calamity” or meditating on the worse thing that can happen. It is to feel anxious and uneasy, to be disturbed, harassed or annoyed, to be troubled. […]